Brewed by Contreras
Style: Belgian Ale
Gavere, Belgium


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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Formerly known as Maarts Tonneke, or Maartse, which was a Flemish Sour Ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2007
A Mes rate: Bottle from the Belgian Belly. Erm... pretty poor effort. Sweet and lifeless, nothing to shout about by any means.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 bottle from uto. Amber with spotty white head. Ornate lace. Nose of oranges and hops. Taste is of spicy cider apples, oranges and caramel. Finish is slightly metallic, but overall of sweet fruits. Creamy, medium body. Very drinkable. A nice moderate brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (9423) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - APR 9, 2007
(bottle, with thanks to bierkoning!) Almost clear, amber to copper colour with mid-sized, slowly lacing tanned foamy head. Moderately sweet, slightly dusty toast-malty aroma with caramel, subtle fruity (berries, dates) and noticeable alcoholic notes. Sweet flavour, medium body, smooth carbonation. Toast-malty taste with caramel and a subtle fruitiness; sweet, slightly spicy and bitter finish with a bit of alcohol coming through. Decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2007
Reddish amber body, light brown head. Coriander sweet aroma, butter, mango, grass. Sweet malty flavour, some nuts and caramel, roasty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 18, 2007
(Bottled) Hazy reddish amber with a medium, frothy-lacy head. Sweet-sour, berryish aroma with some yeast, flowery hops, and hints of metal. Spicy, very malty, berryish and slightly tart flavor with a sweetish finish, and hints of alcohol. Medium-bodied palate with smooth, but a bit fizzy carbonation. A quite nice, malty and balanced ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (4670) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Bottle: Poured a hazy amber with foamy cream head. The aroma was a spicy fruit. The taste was sweet spice malt flavor that finished tangy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2007
33 cl bottle. (This version says 6.5%) Yeast at the bottom. Amber colour with a nice fine white head. Light yeasty aroma with notes of fruit and some spices. Quite sweet and fruity flavour with a little acid finish. Ends up alcoholic and sweet.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Skinnyviking (8689) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2007
Bottle. High white fluffy but lasting head. Hazy light orange body. Light and sweet honey peach aroma with notes of soap. Thin honey flavor with no bitternes. Watery and thin mouthfeel. Sorry highraters I find it boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DerDoppelbock (22) - Aachen, GERMANY - OCT 1, 2006
An dieser Stelle ein großes Dankeschön an Joris, der mir dieses spezielle Bier für den März hat zukommen lassen! Ganz sanfter malziger, gewürziger Geruch. Das Mars Especial vermittelt einen stimmigen Eindruck, der nicht nur gute Aromen, sondern auch Balance zeigt. Hefig-fruchtiges Grundaroma, worauf sich die zarten Gewürznoten beziehen und dennoch die Ruhe selbst signalisieren. Die restlichen Aromen versuchen nicht schon die bestehende Ordnung zu toppen und bleiben auf dem gleichen Level. Feines Bierchen!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2010 In short: A super nice Saison-like golden.
How: Bottle 33ml, consumed (probably) very fresh the day if purchase in Belgium
The look: Cloudy dark golden body topped by a large white head with low retention
In long: Nose is barnyard, dusty, musty, with citrus notes. This is a Saison alright. Taste is pleasantly dry with a strong spicy sensation. Very yeasty and the yeast has a strong barnyard dusty character the brings a sawdust sensation. Some citrus fruits, bubblegum and tropical fruits lighten up the beer. This beer feels a lot more like a Saison than Contreras own Saison (Valeir Extra). If anything this is an exemplary Saison that is not a Saison. Weird. I want more Contreras brews, especially especial.

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