Brewed by Brouwerij Strubbe
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Ichtegem, Belgium


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A Belgian ale spiced with coriander, orange peel, vanilla, lime, and camphor-like Hondsdraf (ground ivy).

ChillCoat's rating

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Draft at The Trappist. The strangest beer I’ve had for some time... Murky copper pour with a frothy ivory head. Strange, vegetal nose with notes of spices and musty citrus. Extremely vegetive flavor. Perhaps its the power of suggestion but it tastes like ivy; I don’t think I like ivy. Somewhat malty with some spice. I really don’t know what to say about this beer but I know I couldn’t finish it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (2813) - BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
Tasted at Oostends Bierhuisje (which unfortunately does not exist anymore). Strange ale with Scottish-inspired label and unusual ingredients; creamy foam, deep and warm, pretty amber colour. Malt and bit of candi sweetness, bit nutty, caramelly, adorned with vanilla, lemon peel and camphor-like spiciness; if you know what ground ivy smells like, well, it is certainly there. Belgian ales can be strange at times, this one is certainly unusual, but I liked it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JulienHuxley (3805) - Trois-Rivičres, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle from Willems. Clear amber-copper pour with foamy white head. Aroma is really spicy, strong vegetal notes, very leafy, hoppy, spicy. Taste is malty, light caramel, bready notes, very herbal, anesthesic herbal qualities, actually numbs the tongue a bit. Palate is med bodied with med-light carb. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (6789) - Albertslund, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2014
25 cl bottle. Amber colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel, spice, yeast and fruit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJoer (895) - NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2014
Medium mokka coloured head, chestnut brown colour, swert vegatable burned hear sour citrus like smell, sour medium carbonation low to medium bitter some spice afterwards, some citrus a bit sticky some cabbage like taste but also some winegum hints

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tderoeck (5642) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2013 3/VIII/13 - 25cl bottle from Willems (Grobbendonk) @ home - BB: 2/IX/13 (2013-684)

Clear amber beer, big creamy off-white head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: caramel, hay, toast, spicy, hint of yoghurt, bit nutty. MF: ok carbon, medium to light body. Taste: caramel, bit sugary, some citrus, grains, orange peel, bit sweet. Aftertaste: orange peel, sweet touch, bit spicy, bitter touch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
suedehead288 (411) - BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2013
2013.05.19 - bottle 25cl - hazy amber beer, lots of carbonation, beige head - nose : yeast, malts, spices - mouth : sweet, spicy - not really my thing

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Martinus (3440) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2012
Clear reddish brown colour, white head. Fruity aroma, malts, spicy coriander seeds, caramel, candy sugar, light herbal notes. Sweet malty flavour, caramel and fruity notes. Light herbal finish, caramel and malts.
(From 25cL bottle @ De Vlasschaard, Stene, Oostende)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (9432) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 25cl bottle thanks to Dutchdrebus. Clear copper color, full sized dense white to off-white head. Smell malts, a bit yeasty, some herbs or spices. Taste malts, some bitterness, some fruityness and something weird. High carbonation, low to medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (4473) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2012
Bottle @ home. Orange, copper colour with a decent sized white head. Smells malts, yeast, green twigs. Tastes sweet, herbs, malts. Decent beer. Fizzy, strong carbo with a thin to medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7379) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2012 250ml bottle, Strijderhuis, Brugge, 14/02/12. Fizzing copper-brown under a slender cream lid. Aroma of berries and sesame. Fine praline and sesame nuttiness, hazelnut, nice roasted and lactic softness with a balancing bitterness. Cherry Bakewell waking up with the bits in. Didn’t pick up the lime, vanilla or ivy, but then they’re not your everyday spices. Pretty subtle, considering.

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