Brewed by Brouwerij De Koninck (Duvel-Moortgat)
Style: Belgian Ale
Antwerpen, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 1018   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Filtered, pasteurised and carbonated in bottles. Filtered and carbonated on tap in Antwerp.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
billdrinksbeer (18) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle from Rodman’s. Pours a light to medium brown with a thin white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Malty aroma with some dried fruit and faint grapefruit hoppiness. Very thin mouthfeel, watery up front and a malty finish. Average. My drinking buddy said, "I’m surprised a Belgian brewery gets away with putting this out there." Not enough hops to be really called a pale ale, and not enough flavor to be really called good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AGCostaNeves (63) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - APR 26, 2015
This Belgian Ale is a dark amber color. White cream, frothy, thick, medium training and good durability. Formed reasonable cream in cup ties. The malty flavor is moderately caramel, biscuit, reasonably hops Floral, spicy other, lime, as well as the presence of grains, nuts, and some floral yeast. The flavor has a simple roasted character, biscuit with sweet malt, some fruity emerges the senses. Clearly felt a little iron, yet not acted alarmingly in the set. A spicy touch the language, grassy hop bitter finish and a little mineral course. Medium to light body, slightly watery, with smooth taste, good carbonation bubbles with medians. Not apossui no residue or suspended material in your body. The aftertaste is malty and slightly dry, which fortunately asks another sip. It has high drinkability. Serves its purpose as a simple and honest beer to quench thirst and is not intended to duel with the more traditional Belgian beers.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rikstar (1167) - NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2015
Tijdens proefavond biergilde. Amber met een crème kraag. Vanille en appelstroop in de geur smaak ijzer Body valt tegen doordrinker trekken en waterig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hamirubi (188) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - APR 13, 2015
33cl draft @ Fortunia ’Bij Gerda’ in Antwerp. Also had it from bottle many times, as it is a highly commercialized special belge from Antwerp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (2928) - BELGIUM - APR 5, 2015
The classic Antwerp interpretation of ’spéciale belge’ (Belgian amber ale), affectively refered to as ’bolleke’ (an affection I can sympathize with, though I have the impression it has positively influenced some of the Belgian ratings here...). Tasted dozens of times from tap and bottle for many years, I suddenly noticed I hadn’t rated it yet. Clear coppery amber colour with good fizz, egg-white, lacing head fairly loose from tap but more moussy from bottle. Straightforward toasted and biscuity, bittersweet malt character, some restrained fruitiness, some iron but not disturbingly so, sourish touch, grassy hop bitterish finish, bit minerally, lean and rather thin body. Serves its purpose as a straightforward but ’honest’ quencher, I’d recommend people visiting Antwerp and not going after specialty beers to drink this instead of bland macro lagers. Classic embodiment of the style, along with Palm; this one seems a bit more genuine and has more balancing bitterness than the latter so in the times when I consumed this beer style by the gallons, I used to prefer this over Palm. It should also be noted that this classic family brewery was threatened with bankrupcy a couple of years ago and was fortunately saved by Moortgat, where I trust this beer is in good hands...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
luklaer (138) - BELGIUM - APR 4, 2015
12-26-2014: this is the beer of my hometown Antwerp. I think I should try again because I didn’t like it the first time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TedE (361) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2015
25cl bottle into glass. Bronze beer with steady carbonation. Sweet creme caramel nose. Fizzy sour mouthfeel, quite surprising! Aftertaste is fruity, a little sour then dry. Unusual mixture of flavours but interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rosenbergh (7933) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 28, 2015
330 ml bottle. BB 07/2015. (Alko) Tampere, Finland.
Clear dark copper colour with a tiny off-white head. A weak aroma of malt, sweetness and caramel. The flavour is sweet caramel malt, mild strawberries and a touch of hops. Very average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (5654) - Utah, USA - MAR 23, 2015
Bottle at an Argentine restaurant in Amsterdam
Clear amber with a small beige head, light lacing. Aroma is malty and caramel. Taste is malty and toasty

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bosskie (509) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 18, 2015
Beautiful dark red brown colour, crystal clear and with nice carbonation. Weak white head. Smell is mainly caramel, touch of white pepper. Apples. Taste is watery-bitter. Nicely fizzy and salty. Touch of caramel. Refreshing. Dry frsh finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Onslow (1242) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2015
12 oz bottle on tap. Clear brown brew with tan head. Crisp aroma of toasted malts, tart fruit and some Belgium yeast esters. Taste is light, caramel malt with roasted grain / nutty overtone, crisp finish, nuts, floral hops, hints of tart fruit. Light bodied and refreshing palate. Light and refreshing though somewhat meek.

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