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Brewed by Contreras
Style: Belgian Ale
Gavere, Belgium

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RATINGS: 293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (530) - BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2014
Curieuse stratégie de ce brasseur qui place 4 bières au même niveau abv, qui plus est faible, de 6,5 %. Par ailleurs le plus étrange est encore entre les 2 blondes, à savoir la valeir blonde et la valeir extra. Qu’est-ce que c’est extra a donc de plus ??? Ceci ne peut que se passer qu’au niveau de la dégustation... Donc, dégustons … Couleur blond doré intense. Clarté nette. Bulles par milliers très fines partout dans le verre (tulipe). Mousse blanc cassé énorme, avec des flocons moyens en bas et du blanc d’oeuf en haut. 1ère bouche souple et douce sur du malt, avec une pointe de fumée, épices, fleur, tabac. Arrière-bouche bien sur le malt et le houblon. 2ème nez de houblonnage à sec. 2ème bouche sur l’ensemble malt/houblon avec un peu de fruits blancs. 3ème bouche superbe, équilibrée, avec une toute fine pointe fumée. Arrière-bouche pleine, qui va vers la complexité. La longueur commence sur le malt fumé, avec de la noisette et de la reine-claude. La levure est douce, lisse, pure. L’alcool curieusement est bien malgré son faible niveau. Il soutient valablement l’ensemble … jusqu’à la finale. La finale constitue le seul maillon faible de cette bière, parce qu’elle tombe un peu courte et avec moins de valeur dans les saveurs … Conclusion : une bière qui échoue à la dernière marche pour la cote maximale … Sa finale est faible par rapport à l’ensemble. Pour ma part, je suspecterais le niveau abv d’être responsable de cette faiblesse ultime. Comme quoi, ce dont nous parlions au début se retrouve à la fin....

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (4448) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2010
Pours a little cloudy blond beer with a fine laced head. A lot of carbon is present in the glass. Smells like passion fruits and pineapple. Tastes very soft, fruity, spices. In the aftertaste again some fruityness and hops. Very complex and well balanced beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2205) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2013
big malted barley and wheat aroma like butterscotch and sweet with caramel and perhaps a bit of vanilla. flavors like above with hint of vegetable and a bit of really any fruit i’ll say pineapple. Beige looking brew with a hop presence that intensifies and retreats. never had such a full brew yet with a watery body this is magnificent beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7743) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Wow, what a surprose. I went to Craft Ale for Avery 16, but this one stole the show. Poured turbid deep goldish orange with 2-fingers of fluffy, clingy white head and spare lacing. The nose was citric in a pineapple and tangerine sense, with yeasty spice, rock sugary malt, and floral spicy wafts. The flavor was rock malty, on the sweet side, with a pronounced ciitric, floral, and yeasty spice presence, all balanced to perfection and smoother than silk. I had two of these, and wish i could have growlered it. Truly one of the best saisons i have ever quaffed.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thure (152) - DENMARK - APR 8, 2009
very nice floral hoppy aroma hit me right away. the colour is cloudy straw yellow with a great white head. the flavor is an almost american ipa kinda hoppy with some suttle belgian funk to it. over all a really pleasent hoppy belgian hybrid style beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Pours a dark hazy golden orange color with golden ripe nanana yellow hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head. Excellent retention with a nice amount of lacing in the tulip. Earthy hops dominate the aroma with some nice bready yeast and clean crisp light fruit. Slight malt backbone with some straw and grass notes. Very hop forward for a Belgian with a fuller end of medium body with a nice citrus bready yeast presence. Hints of citrus fruit, peppery spice, ripe banana, light crisp apple and pear and a bone dry pine finish. This is a very complex beer which is extremely dry, piney and bitter for a Belgian beer with a nice amount of light crisp fruit from the Belgian yeast strain and a slightly malty backbone.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zita (4546) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2011
Den tatoverede enke;soft hoppy fruit aroma,yellow,hazy, white foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long nice soft hoppy ,fruit finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swaroga (1273) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2012
33cl bottle. Clear orange and hazy. Big head with ivory white color. Sip : Strong citrus aromas. Hay and bit caramel malts. Sip ; It’s low to medium density, a bit oily liquid with almost flat carbonation. Somehow it grows in the mouth. It’s very low sweet start is overpowered by very refreshing fruity citrus sour and nicely bitter notes. It’s also a bit soapy. Well balances and a bit spicy with notes of clove, yeast and little sour cherry background. It reveals quite rich flavor after couple sips. Well done and greatly refreshing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1908) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2012
Muddy orange with good, foamy, white head / Mellow, perfumey nose of candied citrus / Medium body, fat with soft carbonation, somewhat malty and sweet but not cloying, with moderate hop balance and good finish / Perfumed flavors of candied orange, passion fruit, pear, straw, rose petals, caramel, and coriander / Very nice in a fuller style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (11029) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2009
Cloudy golden with a big white head. Very inviting aroma of tropical fruits, peach and pineapple in particular - makes you wonder, yeast esters or American hops? Flavour has both yeast and hops. Spicy and fruity, especially with that special saison yeast pepper note, but also a nice hop flavour and firm bitterness. This is right up there with Dupont. One of those beers where you just want another right away. And one more.


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