vipinvelp (1171) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazy golden yellow with lasting and lacing white foam head. Aroma is light hoppy, mostly barley. Taste is nice bitter, with slight floral notes. Nice aftertate, good beer. (Velp 201301)
Douberd (632) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown swing top bottle of 330 ml, poured into a footed pilsner glass. ABV is 6%. Beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized.
First time I see such a pilsner. Yellow colour, very hazy body. Nice two fingers in height, white and soapy head. Good retention.
Lots of the Saaz hops on the aroma, some bread maltiness too.
Wow, taste is amazing! Is this really a pilsner, I ask again? Just an initial sweetness on the tip of the tongue and then is bitterness and hops all the way! A light apple taste somewhere in the middle.
Medium body, average carbonation and a very dry and long finish.
What a surprise this was! Definitely worth every penny, will keep it in mind.
Abrakarl (96) - SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unfiltered and solid head. That its called a pilsner doesn’t do it justice. I think the Dutch make really interesting beer with one foot in Belgian tradition and one in the new experimental American style. Christoffel’s beers are however a bit more old fashioned in their approach. This bottle is slightly old but I’ve had this beer before. Pretty malty aroma with some yeast in it. There is a nice bitterness but it has more depth in it than just that. Not the best in the world but very drinkable and not too ’difficult’. Also works nicely with food as it doesn’t overwhelm. Also a lot more subtle in its style compared to a lot of new beer, which can actually be refreshing after a while. Bier/blonde is just excellent when its totally fresh. Will have again and would be really nice to have totally fresh. It has more body and the head is creamier then.
Viper666 (2696) - Saint-Hubert, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Grosse bouteille blanche surnommée "The Big Dutch" avec la bière sous le nom de "Christoffel Blond". De couleur dorée et voilée. Nez de houblon floral, herbeux et aux faibles notes citriques, de pain, léger de caramel très doux avec des notes mielleuses, fruitées (agrumes) et de grains de céréales. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture légèrement crémeuse. Goût légèrement fruité (agrumes sucrées) et aux petties notes épicées (poivre très doux) avec une moyenne-légère amertume de houblon floral aux faibles notes citriques et résineuses (une amertume qui dure toute la gorgée) ainsi qu’un léger goût de grains de malt pâle lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de malt légèrement sucré de caramel très doux contenant des notes de miel et de pain puis en finale l’amertume de houblon prend une tournure légèrement plus herbeuse. Post-goût moyen-long et légèrement sec, moyen-léger amer de houblon floral et herbeux et avec des notes fruitées (zeste d’agrumes).
Yorker (585) - Århus, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours cloudy golden with a white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is malt, yeast, and citrus. Flavour is citrus, malt, and yeast – with a dry finish.
Habanero (1671) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2013 Bottled. Pours slightly hazy and golden with a small white head. Nose of yeast, grass, caramel and citrus notes. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry and decent bitter. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft CO2. A pleasant and balanced beer. ★★★
daknole (7204) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Blonde color, white head. Grassy hops, some light fruity notes and caramel with a yeasty finish. Not bad not amazing.
JaKeAFC (316) - ITALY - NOV 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl swing-top bottle, 2.75€. Look: Hazy yellow colour, unfiltered, nice creamy white head. Hoppy nose, hmmm! Aroma is prominently hops, with bitter orange peel. Is this a pilsener? More similar to a soft IPA to me... It has an american hop feel in the beginning, then the saaz remain on the tongue. Malts seems a bit subdued, less bready than others, still being smooth. However, aroma focus on the grassy notes, possibly a remain of yeast. Alcohol hardly noticeable. Taste, again, hops does a major role. Minimal initial sweetness and an exciting bitter bite, good and not excessive. Finish is quite long and hoppy, bitter, soft. Body is medium, low carbonation. Overall an unexpected nice surprise, very good when a hoppy one is desired. Price over the average, but hard to find and absolutely worth. Somewhat similar to Urthel Saisonnière.
ClubGonzo (2707) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A high-rated pilsener from the Netherlands? Definitely worth checking out. Pours a hazy, honey-hued orange body with a tiny white head. Nose is pale malts, grass, honey, hints of straw, peaches and caramel. Nice and very well integrated. Taste is grains, honey, cereals, hints of bitter grass and heather in the finish. Nice and mellow. Slick mouthfeel, medium to full body. Definitely a different kinda pilsener, and pretty good too. But at 6 % ABV, I’m starting to doubt the categorization here...
BlackHaddock (2356) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33ck Flip-top bottle taken at Cafe de Grendelpoort, Valkenburg during a stay over in Oct 2012.
The beer pours a cloudy/hazy orange colour: on top a white covering of thick foam, which stayed for the whole tasting.
The nose was yeasty and hoppy with a strong fruitiness to the fore, a semi-sour citrusy smell became more apparant as the beer warmed in the glass.
Taste wise it was a pleasant blend of hops and malts, each around the same in their strength of flavour. So, well balanced and neither sweet or dry. Refreshing and easy to drink with enough hop bite to excite and plenty of malty sweetness to counteract those bittering hops.
The alcohol sits nicely within the brew and is just about noticed in the mouth feel, wouldn’t want it any stronger.