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Contreras’ Especial Mars

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Brewed by Contreras
Style: Belgian Ale
Gavere, Belgium

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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Formerly known as Maarts Tonneke, or Maartse, which was a Flemish Sour Ale.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheKernOwl (109) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2016
Smells like a brown ale, but with a porter-y lightness - and also a bit thinner than I’d like. Light toffee smell + Apricot? Orange? Caramel?

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (6918) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2015
330 ml. bottle sampled. Purchased @ De Hopduvel. BBF 01/08/2016. Deep amber, light copper, tanned solid head. Nose is metallic, old leaves, butterscotch, oxidation, heavy metallic, copper, light dust. Taste is herbal, metallic, medicinal roots, ginger candy, bay leaf, copper, herbal, toffee,… A bit watery, doughy, some paper. Too rich of medicinal herbs, copper etc. notes for my liking. Not thick enough. Interesting ’though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (9251) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 11, 2015
Bottle at ash’s. Pours hazy orange amber, nose is sweet toffee, caramel, vanilla, taste is dry, toffee, light fruit.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (4825) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 11, 2015
Bottle thanks to Jeevan. Appearance - golden amber with a decent thin head. Nose - apples and lemon. Taste - toffee, more apple. Some citrus. Palate - close to medium bodied with a tangy texture and a fairly good finish. Overall - solid.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (8680) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 11, 2015
Bottle at Ashton McCobb’s. Pours clear amber with a thin white head. Aromas of malty toffee. Taste is toffee, sweet milky puddings. Sweet finish.

Last wee tasting of the summer

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bierridder_S (547) - BELGIUM - JUL 8, 2015
03/07/2015 @ home - 33cl bottle from a gift (2,5 years overdue). Amber with fast fading white head. Sweet smell, caramel, spices. Taste is grains, fruits, spices, sweetness, caramel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markoijelena (1931) - Belgrade, SERBIA - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle 0.33l from De Hopduvel beer shop Ghent Belgium.Pour it amber color with small white head.Taste and aroma of exotic fruits, caramel,candy.Little bit sour, nice balanced.Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (4076) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2014
One of the last remaining ’bières de mars’, a forgotten tradition in which Belgian and northern French brewers made a special spring beer in March due to the fact that the spring water they used, reached its best quality in that time of the year. Industrialization wiped out the dependence on nature for having good brewing water, so this tradition all but disappeared. Contreras, however, kept it in honour and produces this delightful variation on their Tonneke each year. It has a copper colour and firm, thick head, a sweetish, gentle aroma involving caramel, almond and berries and a malty, spicy, rounded palate with relatively high complexity for a beer which in the end stems from an era when complexity was not yet something brewers sought after in their beers. I hope this special little ale will not die out too, like its forefathers did.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (5640) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2014
Bottle at home Pours clear amber , good , fast fading white head . Smell is sweet, fruity yeast . Taste is yeasty , some sugar . Very fruity ( yeast ) , refreshing. Some grains . Unique and quite good ! surprisingly low ABV

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikske79 (1381) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 6, 2014
Een lekker biertje om eens te proberen. Niet heel bijzonder, maar de smaak zal de meesten bevallen.


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