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Brewed by Brasserie de la Senne
Style: Belgian Ale
Brussels, Belgium

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RATINGS: 782   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Try-out for a new low(er) alcohol beer with a high bitter content...


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - MAY 10, 2008
Bottle. Hazy orangey yellow, thick lacing head. Exotic fruity (pineapple, pomegranate) and yeasty nose. Flavor is strongly hopped, yeasty with grainy malts. Slightly chalky and citric bitter finish. Medium bodied, nicely smooth palate. Great stuff for such a low ABV. XX Bitters little brother.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Seems to be in the style of the current "Belgian IPA" trend. Resiny and slightly floral hops with a hint of earthy yeast and bready sweet malt. Not terribly complex or unique. Iím sure this is a fun beer for Belgians, but Iíd rather see more of de la Senneís uniqiely Belgian beers here in the US. If Iím going to pay import prices, Iíd like something that doesnít taste like a typical west-coast pale ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Thanks for sharing, bstill! Hazed gold, creamy white head. Fruity yeasty nose rides light lemon funk and vanilla notes. Dry citric floral and peppery hop flavor mingles well with soft bready funk-like tones. Medium bodied, pillow soft carbonation, crisp hoppy finish. A fantastic hoppy Belgian...

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Tasted at the April Northern California Beer Tasting. This Belgian ale pours a cloudy light orange gold color from a corked 750ml bottle. Fairly large sized white foamy head. The aroma is floral hops, sweet, earthy, yeasty and spicy. A medium to lighter bodied Belgian ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are floral. It kind of hoppy for a Belgian ale, and the hop flavors kind of dominate the yeast flavors. Kind of thin tasting, but not to bad for a 4.5% beer. Sort of reminds me of a hoppy wheat beer, but not really. Very lively carbonation. Mouthfeel is a touch thin. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and yeasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6166) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 30, 2008
750, corked and capped. Pours murky, nearly opaque orangeish amber with a towering, fluffy, beaten-egg-whites platinum blonde head. Solid sheets of lace down the sides. Humongous skunky nose when the cork first comes out. Halfway between Heineken on steroids and a cannabinoid typhoon. Super gusher. Two tea towels, a partial pour, and a pizza box later, itís under control. Skunk persists but by the time itís ready to drink, itís settled down to orange peel and caramel. Medium, creamy body. Oranges, caramel, light skunkiness, and a bit of toast on the mid-palate. Mild biscuity finish. Not really a tour de force, but an amazingly showy and drinkable beer, with outlandish amounts of flavor for such a low abv. If it were more gettable, Iíd be gettin some all the time.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5104) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 24, 2008
From a 330 ml bottle. Clear, medium gold body with a long lasting and huge eggshell colored head. The aroma is nice sweet cherries with some marigold flowers. There is also some earthy cellar character. The taste is light with some flowers and bitter orange peel. There is also a little bit of cellarfied funk. Nicely made and interesting.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 Wow really suprised at the overall here. solid beer. Hazy golden yellow, huge rocky head, rings of lacing. Aroma has a great balance of earthy-floral character up front, decent citrus background, slight yeast phenolic character. Flavor again well balanced combo of citrus, lemongrass, skunk, pils malt, pepper, yeastiness. Mouthfeel is soft and lively at the same time. Very well done. If a little cheaper, Iíd buy boatloads of this.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (10834) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 20, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 Bottle, thx to JensenTaster. Dark golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, hop, fruit, citrus. Flavour is hop, fruit, sweet, malt,citrus, spices. Bitter finish. Balanced nice beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yngwie (13693) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 19, 2008
Bottle, 33cl, thx to JensenTaster. It pours a hazy, orange body with a creamy off-white head. Spiced, citrusy nose with pale malt. The flavor starts with pale malt, then a rather unusual (for a Belgian beer) hoppy bitterness enters and takes control of the tastebuds, all the way into the finish, and staying there for a good while. Medium fullness and quite dryish. As mentioned, itís sort of unusual, but I also find it a strange one, and actually, too bitter. (080301)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2008
33cL bottle. Poured orange golden with a big white head into an Orval chalice. Earthy, floral aroma with some herbal and hop notes. Starts with sweet malt, but soon gives way to wheat and hops. Dry, musty finish. Interesting beer.


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