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Brewed by Contreras
Style: Belgian Ale
Gavere, Belgium

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RATINGS: 285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Pours a cloudy light amber/golden with a decent sized cream colored head that stays for awhile and produces nice lacing. Aroma is complex with grapefruit, passion fruit, pinapple, light malt and an undertone of Belgian yeast. Very light sweetness with medium to heavy bitterness, short dry finish. Medium bodied, creamy texture, lively carbonation. Of all of the Belgian IPA’s I have had so far this one is by far my favorite.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crlnts (59) - SWITZERLAND - APR 9, 2014
Off-white creamy head. Hazy light amber. Aroma of american hops and herbal. Caramel, yeast, grapefruit, apricot. Good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drunk_again (120) - GREECE - MAR 4, 2014
330ml bottle. hazy golden color with medium head. aroma is malty with raisins and hoppy notes. taste is similar with hints of yeasts. bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
r464 (1781) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Deep golden color with a significant white head. Smooth, slightly tart, yeasty and bready. Light hints of fruit and spice.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (437) - 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....

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mmahut (613) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 31, 2013
Pours in clear pale body with medium creamy white head. Aroma is malty, hoppy, earthy, alcohol. Taste is sweet, low bitterness, metalic. Body is medium with fair carbonation.

1.3
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
maxwelldeux (3052) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Bottle. Nose screams of really old nasty hops that shouldn’t be consumed by anyone I like. There is a bit of yeast too, but the nasty hops dominate. Taste is slightly bitter, but tastes more of really old ipa than anything good. Yuck.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorgeLee (1065) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2013
Tap in Moeder Fontainas. Bright golden colour, thickish foam. Bit of a disappointment this one, rather bland, kind of generic Belgianish ale. Really couldn’t think of much more to say, which says it all really. It was of course fine, but struggled in the environment. Dunno if batch was dodgy or something given other reviews, but I was sober and it was forgettable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrWally (50) - BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2013
botte 33cl at home. flowery hops, aroma and taste. Rich palate with a fruity bitterness. YUM

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (1714) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle from Bottleworks.

Pours into a tulip with a rich nearly white head atop a body of cloudy amber with lots of sediment. The aroma is grapefruit hops and a touch of some strange oil lubricant. The flavor is surprisingly sweet and dominated by the grapefruit; light caramel below with apricot and bubblegum. This is a fairly one-dimensional beer and a strange one to my taste; oh SO easy to drink in a way that reminds me why I love beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
berntholer (669) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2013
ivory white head that disappears quickly with some lacing. orange-blonde clear colour. aroma sweet, fruit, peach, caramel, almond, alcohol, malt. taste like aroma with bitter aftertaste. quite dense mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation. nice tripel. bottle 33 cl / bd mar-2013 / bbf mar-2015


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