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Brewed by Contreras
Style: Belgian Ale
Gavere, Belgium

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RATINGS: 186   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2009
Tap at The Wharf, Aalborg. Hazy deep golden color, nice off-white head. Aroma is fruity and yeasty. Flavor is fruity and yeasty with some sweetness. Nice, but not great Belgian.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16245) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2009
Draft @ Erasmus, Brugge. Pours a slightly hazy golden color wit ha small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy aroma with some yeasty hints. Fruity malty spicy yeasty flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjs (4438) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2009
(Bottle at Treskillingen, Stockholm, on 2009-07-28) Golden and hazy. Medium sized white head. Honey and fruitiness in aroma. Medium bodied and dryish palate with medium carbonation. Honey, fruitiness, sweetness, lightly grass, bitterness and hint of saltiness in taste. Fruity and bitter aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2317) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2009
On draft at Capones. Pours a cloudy honey gold with a thick white head. Nice lacing. Aroma of honey, yeast and light melon. Taste of honey, light melon and yeast.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2009 I’m surprised that this does not rate higher. This beer represents everything I like about Belgian beer and all of those qualities that American brewers cannot seem to replicate when brewing their own versions of classic Belgian styles. My sample was soft and subtle, with orchard fruit flavors, blunt hops and yeasty notes. Some of the flavors that I find in the great abbey beers like Rochefort. My second sample was no disappointment, but this time I definitely noticed some wild watermelon notes I didn’t get the first time. Great stuff this.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Tap at Capones. Pours a very light mostly clear golden with a nice white head. Aroma is very fruity- belgiean yeasty estery - pear, tropical fruit juice and strawberry- esp as it warmed with a light spciy yeast, and crackery malts. Flavor is malty pils, crackers, toast, hay- grassy hops, and way too much strawberry fruity ester- very bubblegum like overall. A bit too strange and out of control on the fermentation temps.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of fruit, pear, light yeast, and light pale malts. Poured orange/gold/yellow in color with a large, creamy, dense, head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Opaque. Very good lacing. Light to medium sweet flavor. Tastes of yeast, light fruit, slight caramel, slight bubblegum, and light hops. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Yeast, bubblegum, and hop finish is dry.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (2715) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Cloudy yellow color with a soapy white head. Aroma of banana, wheat, and spice. Flavor of spice, hops, and wheat. Different and very enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4763) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2009
33cl bottle - pours a cloudy gold, a substantial, lasting, frothy head - complex, earthy nose, with notes of herbs, wildflowers, spicy hops, lemon zest, white pepper, wheat, light funk and acidity - spicy, hoppy and herbal up front - this is followed by some wheat, tangy citrus, wet grass/hay - some husky character - gains a little bit of sweetness near the finish, which is tempered by warming spices and a light peppery quality - there are better belgian ales out there, but this is quite solid.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Draft at Capone’s. Pours turbid deep gold with 1-finger white head. Nose is hopcit, malt, candy sugar, slight funk. Tastes citric, with orange zest, funk, spic, malt, and a medium heft of palate and complexity.


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