Sint Christoffel Bier
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Pilsener
Breda, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 633   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Ingredients: Water, Barely Malt, Hops, Yeast.
Christoffel Blond is a bottom fermented golden-coloured beer with a full body, a very balanced taste and a beautiful bitterness due to a generous addition of fresh hop during the brewing-process. The aroma is fruity and has a fresh taste with a pleasant, hoppy finish. After the bankruptcy of the Christoffel brewery in early 2013, brewed at Proef in Lochristi

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2243) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2002
Golden color, large puffy head, nice hoppy bitterness and sweetness. Long bitter finish. Finally a pils that I can really enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2002
for some reason I remembered this beer as being cloudy, man was I wrong. nice bottle. pours beautiful golden with one of the best heads I’ve ever seen. big, fresh, hoppy, slightly bready aroma. huge herby hops. as the beer warms the malt shows through more to balance it out. excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 The Lure:
A lofty foam thrones atop the regal treasure for the duration of the show. Floral hops grow wild amongst the bulging grapefruit and pink peppercorns. Bready yeast and multifarious citrusy spices levitate from the muted yet sagacious grounds. Becomes absolutely hypnotizing when reaching near-room temperature.

The Festivities:
A hoppy epiphany persuades the tongue and palate that it is the berth of all sensory experience. Dry, resinous, piney, wooden hops are seen growing out of the haystack to become future hop sequoias. Spicy, herbal, perfumy hops stick out of a hidden beehive where a smacking yet monastic honey source rests serenely, waiting to be discovered. Eating pears through this most vibrant garden of Eden, and moderately sprinkling yeast on the perfect number of hop buds. Some bottles though are overly yeasty and sweet, and those aren’t the Christoffel Blond I love.

Transcendence (this one is for my friend Stephen):
The otherworldly amazement of a monk for his exotic butterfly collection. 4.5/5

This one gets old pretty quickly, the hops nearly disappear and yeast takes over. In this condition, it’s not even a 4/5 in my book. When the date isn’t notched on the side of the bottle, I don’t take any chances.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (10163) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Tasted in 2002. Big frothy head. Hops, citrus and cream in the aroma. Flavor has an almost oily hoppiness. Herbal and citric. Medium boedied. One of the best pilseners I know of. 8 4 8 4 16 = 4.0 Tasted in december 2013 brewed at Proef. Bottle, blonde. Grassy hoparoma with a hint of citrus. Grassy hopbitter flavor with a hint of citrus, lingering on in the longish aftertaste, Well made beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2002

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2563) - GERMANY - SEP 18, 2002
Little dusty in the nose but mostly of fresh hops. Hazy gold color and big rocky head. Quick, light malt taste at the start and long bitter finish that seeks the corners of the mouth and stays there for a while. Gritty mouth feel. Thin and dry like a martini. This is the kind of beer I really like – quality stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2472) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2003 First Rating: 6;3;7;4;15 = 4 I love it. Nice light sweet hoppy, also flowery aroma. Dusty golden body with a rocky head. Kicks on the roof of the mouth with it's pleasant malty, hoppy flavor. Medium bitter aftertaste. Totally balanced and deserving a high rating.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
skortila (4483) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2002
This beer is like a more spicy pilsener. Better than the average pilsener, however not impressive. relative fast dying head. Bitter taste, some citrus. I don’t think I buy this beer again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
motelpogo (6559) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 11, 2002
nice to drink a bitter beer after lots of tripels. good firm czech-style aftertaste

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2003 Oh my GOD! I can't believe what kind of total SHITE I wrote about this beer a few years ago... Obviously I was working on memory. This has to be one of the world classic lagers. It is a double hopped pilsener with tons and tons of noble hops. HOLY shit. La Trappe Blond (I must have been totally inebreated). NO WAY this is a spectacular beer that defies style designation. It is unique in every FN way possible. It is like an estra strength Czek pils that keeps that kind of balance all the way. Super hoppy and perfectly malty and wonderfully blond (and cloudy - it is a bottle conditionned pils). I have been loving this beer for a long time now (years!). It is astounding to me that this rating has remained current.****************************************** is interesting how Bov and Josh loved this beer and to what extent. It is cloudy (different for a pilsner) and is bottle conditionned. I somehow did not remember it to be extrodinary in anyway. I thought it was a simple blond ale not unlike La Trappe's light ale version. I will have to rerate this beer when I get an opportunity. 2.9 out of 5, 2002

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