Alengrin (850) - BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Specialty ale with manuka leaves which James Cook allegedly used as a medicine for his men, brewed under license of The Mussell Inn, a New Zealand pub, which apparently invented the brand. Yellowish beige head, deep amber colour with copper hue, flowery and herbal aroma, I have no idea what manuka smells like but I suppose this is it, hints of lavender, mango, tea, pineapple, hazelnuts; taste has again the exotic touch of fruit and flowers, hint of tea which should be that manuka, nutty and caramelly malts, dryish spicy notes of pepper and ginger, finishing mildly bitter. I am not the greatest fan of exotic ingredients in beer and this is not my cup of tea - or manuka, if you will.
bartlebier (1631) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - JAN 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Backlog: bottle@ZBF, 27/04/2013. In the Belgoo Lupoo category of pillowy perfumed beers, bordering on air freshener - this can at times actually cater to a need and did as my first airy entry at the ZBF. Feathery yeast, citrus zest hops, biscuit malts, leaving a slightly artificial palate. Weird surprise.
domienS (90) - Oostakker, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2013
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
pours a clear amber beer that is lightly saturated. Has a big white foamy head.
Smells like soap to be honest. I am trying to find something different in the aroma but it has this really dominant soap smell. I can smell a little bit of sulfur.
Tastes bitter but not very nice. I can’t say the taste is balanced or pleasant. The same goes for the palate. It kinda tastes like it smells. Maybe if you are a fan of soap this beer is worth picking up.
gregorydewolf (2) - - JUN 15, 2013 does not count
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
, citrus, kruiden. Best lekker maar volgens mij geen topper. Wel verfrissend bij warm weer.
mike_77 (3026) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2013
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Aroma and flavour are floral, medicinal, herbal and soapy with a hint of hair removal cream. Rather unpleasant. I read that parakeets eat this manuka plant to rid themselves of parasites. My kitchen sink is now free of parasites...
tderoeck (4477) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 29, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
27/IV/13 - 33cl bottle @ Zythos Bierfestival (2013-418) Thanks to the Belgian ratebeer crew for sharing our beers today!
Clear amber beer, creamy off-white head, bit stable, non adhesive. Aroma: very spicy, weird, yeast, floral, sweet impression. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: floral, bitter touch, spices, more flower, black tea. Aftertaste: bitter, watery, weird, tea bitterness. Did not like this one.
77ships (3680) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 28, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
33 cl. bottle sampled @ ZBF 2013. Hazy orange with a white head. Nose is very sweet, almost artificial sweet malts and grains, sickly spices,… Taste is very sweet grains, soda, odd artificially sweet herbs, thick candy sugar, medicinal bitterness in the finish. M/M – not my cup of tea, weakest one @ ZBF 2013 for me.
sebletitje (6624) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ambrée, col blanc crémeux.
Arôme de malt caramel, léger houblon et une pointe de feuille bouillies de thé.
En bouche, malt caramel, note levure, aspect de feuilles de thé et un houblon citronné léger, le tout a juste une pointe de noisette. Jamais gouté à ces feuilles de manuka, mais le tout rappelle le thé. Pas mauvais.
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head: white, bubbly
Colour: dark amber
Smell: herby, special, citric, fresh
Taste: the spices really give it a weird special taste, but it’s drinkable , unlike the captain cooker white one ... bit dry with a bit of sourness ...
Grima (2088) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - APR 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bright reddish beer with a high, fine-pored head. The smell is very promising. Sweet malty, very very spicy. Smells like a very good german Dunkles! The beer starts pleasantly malty, spicy and overall with a very lively carbonation. The finish shows something slightly sweet and roasty. The spicy note dominates even after a very long time. Wonderful beer!