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Brewed by De Graal
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Spiced with ginger.


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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3025) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 15, 2012
13-Mar-12 (750-ml bottle)
This tasty Belgian ale brewed with ginger is a wonderfully refreshing beer. The moderately sweet, fairly bready, doughy, and mildly toasty malts set a substantial base, while light hops add a touch of grassiness and modest bitterness, and ginger gives the flavor quite a bit of spicy pizzazz into the long finish. The nose is very similar, with aromas of ginger, hay, sweet, bready malts, honey, and alcohol. The beer is medium-full bodied with some additional weight from residual sugar, and the carbonation is low-medium, but the ginger makes up for that with its added vibrancy. Clear and pale-golden in color, though subsequent pours are cloudy, and the off-white head pours to nearly an inch before settling to a wide ring and dusty coating. Overall, this is a pretty nice beer. The ginger is at just the right level so that proper balance is maintained. I don’t know if I’d buy it again, but I at least enjoyed all 750-ml of this beer tonight.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJoer (562) - NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2014
Golden copper colour, medium white foamy head, citrus gentle ginger sweet honey malty sour smell, medium bitter spicy medium to high bitter, ginger sweet citrus like a bit creamy

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ST247 (169) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 12, 2014
33cl bottle @home. Pours clear golden with a white head. Subtle fruity aroma. Taste only a tiny hint of ginger. Actually pretty nice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (6347) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle 330ml @ home
Pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, yeast, dried fruits and ginger. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - NOV 23, 2013
Clear blond body. White, creamy head. Hoppy aroma with subtle gember touch. Well balanced flavour.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shark_Pants (130) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2013
Aroma of pickled ginger with peppery yeast. Ginger is definitely the first thing noticeable and then lemon/lime and strong spices such as cardamom & coriander. Nice dryness & bitterness in the aftertaste. Quite pleasantly surprised by this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaVillum (295) - Valby, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2013
33 cl, flaske, 8,0 %, købt i Belgisk Bryg i Emdrup, 23. oktober 2013. Lettere uklar gyldenblond ale med ca. 2 cm hvid skumtop, som minimeres til 1/2 cm. Ikke gennemtrængende duft af hø, græs. Svage noter af ingefær efter at øllet langsomt tempereres. Dejlig rund og fyldig smag af sødme, hvor den tilsatte ingefær fornemmes. En dejligt mix af bitterhed og sødme. Man får minder i retning af noget Leffe Blonde, men denne bryg har alligevel lidt mere at byde på. Jeg er ikke til ingefær "normalt", men forklædt i belgisk bryg bliver det "spiseligt". Kulsyreindholdet er også behageligt afstemt, så man får den let cremede mundfornemmelse. Overraskende god! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (1521) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2013
I usually don’t like ginger, but it worked very well in this one. I think the bitter dryness of the beer helped.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Countbeer (4035) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - JUL 16, 2013
Bottle: Served in a Graal Chalice: Medium to smaller vast and slowly changing white head on top of a hazy yellow colored beer. Aromas of (yes) ginger, malts, hops, soap, flowers, herbs, flowers, light floral. Flavours are well mixed and balanced within a thicker creamy mix of ginger, malts, bitters, herbs, light yeast, cream, cabbage, light hops, yeast, honey, bitters. Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, herbs, floral, malts, ginger and cabbage. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, well balanced medium body and a thick creamy oily texture. The ginger is well balanced within this beer and the beer itself is wonderfull. Serious a 3.9, it’s really good!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NeoHippie2 (792) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Amber/yellow pour with an off-white head. Aromas of yeast, and spices (coriander, ginger, and some citrus peel). The ginger character on this was a lot less pronounced than I was expecting. The flavor is a bit bland really. Overall, this was an alright brew, I wouldn’t order it again though...just too underwhelming.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (1367) - South Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2013
11.2 oz fat squat brown bottle of "Belgian Ale brewed with ginger" served at about 56F in a St. Bernardus snifter. Coding on cap indicates a best by date of June 2013. A: Pours a hazy amber with a thin but very durable off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing. Aroma: a pronounced, but not intimidating, note of ginger with a surprisingly obvious hits of lemon and spicy hops. Hints of yeasty baked bread from the subtle malts and not-so-subtle yeast. T: Started with ginger and spicy yeast, the flavor profile transforms across time, with flavors of lemon and lime joining in momentarily before the surprisingly delicate finish. M: Medium-full body; medium, very soft carbonation. A very light tingle from the higher ABV and ginger. O: Allowing that Brouwerij De Graal intended to make ginger a prominent component of this beer, the level of spicing is excellent. Ginger is one of the main features of both the aroma and the flavor, yet many other components come through without being masked by the ginger. Certainly one of the best ginger beers I’ve tried.


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