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

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RATINGS: 818   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 6, 2008
33cl Bottle. Really dry, grassy hops over pils malt. Tangy, metallic and with some acid. Grassy and fresh. Pours a brilliant, deep golden, with a tall ragingly frothy head in crisp, creamy white. Effervescent. Flavor is subtle. A dense, rich wheat sugar comes out with some banana, papaya and almonds. Grassy, fresh and super-dry. Hops come as grass and plant oils, fresh and bright, not too bitter. Gives a good rounded edge to the mature, complex pale malt base. Finishes on a bright, juicy hop edge. This is delightfully balanced, real and drinkable. This has an astonishing amount of really well-built flavor for this alcohol level.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - SEP 5, 2008
Trionfo di luppolo nell’aroma e nel sapore, questa ottima e coraggiosissima ale si distingue proprio per il suo carattere fortemente citrico, floreale e amaro. Bevuta al Duca insieme ad un piatto di ravioli di branzino.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogivlado (6012) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 4, 2008
Bottled(330ml). -Cloudy yellow coloured, huge white soapy head, hoppy spicy nose. Extremely lively carbonation. Citrusy hops, buttery and light wheaty taste with herbal (nettles) and spicy notes. Bitter and peppery finish, lots of sediment. A bit unbalanced belgian ale.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
papat444 (23) - Mercier, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2008
Thanks to Glouglouburp for giving this to me as a last minute extra. When i open the bottle (33cl), i see loads of bubbles rising and not long after, it starts foaming out of the bottle. No time like the present to pour... Appearance: Hazy, golden body with massive foam that doesn’t take to long to form a nice 2 finger head which is fluffed like a cloud as if it were whipped. Aroma: A sweet aroma that i can’t put my finger on (at first). Bubblegum? Not quite, more like a natural sweetness, sugar cane? Closer but not quite. More of a fresh dough smell, bordering on a fresh donut. Flavor: I like it right off the bat. First thing i taste is hops. mixed with some dry fruit maybe? Malt rounds it off quite nicely. Extremely well-balanced. Palate: Carbonation is low. Bitterness felt throughout the palate. Hops are always present but never dominant. Some find of rind-like feel (lemon?). A floral/grassy character is felt which reminds me of a meadow or pasture with are the aromas linked to that. Very easy to drink with enough taste to match. Seriously, this beer puts to shame all beers that sacrifice taste for ease of consumption. The most flavorful beer with a lower ABV i’ve had to date. A beer i would have again in a heartbeat. Definitely put one on the top of your list.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8218) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2014 My Bottom Line:
A colourful hop bouquet explodes into citrusy and spicy fireworks, falling back onto mild but crisp hay before sticking for an everlasting spicy, herbal bitterness. Lively and boastful, this Belgian Ale sure knows how to please the hop lover.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sumptuous head of foam decorates the hazy yellow beige.
-The big-bubbled carbonation is frothy and expansive, which might hinder drinkability early on.
-That nose is something else!
-A lightly fruity, bready yeast flavor accompanies the prevalent hoppiness in the last half.
-I see this in the same family as Rulles Estivale and De Dolle Oeral (to name a couple). I must say I’m quite fond of this family!
-While this is not immensely complex, it remains highly quenching and satisfying.

Bottles.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1121) - FINLAND - AUG 20, 2008
Bottle. Hazy orange with a white head. Citrus, fruity aroma with a hint of yeast. Hoppy flavour with some fruits, yeast and bitterness. Mouthfeel is very smooth. A bit bitter aftertaste. This beer was surprisingly good, very smooth and tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kingslender (3) - , California, USA - AUG 20, 2008 does not count
Bottle, 33cl from La Cave a Bolles in Paris. Brilliant pour with creamy, almost meringue-like head. Stunning golden color, light hoppy flavor with lavender notes throughout. Drinks quite easily, and the fact that it’s labeled "extra hoppy" but is Belgian should tell you all you need to know -- it’s as far from a Bear Republic mega-hoppy brew as you can imagine. It’s delicate and fun -- a really enjoyable pre-dinner drink. Really refreshing.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jeanbxl (4) - Bruxelles, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2008 does not count
Non filtered, dry, refreching, hoppy, one of the best beer we have in belgium.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4178) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Rating #1600. This is probably my newest contender for most underrated beer ~ just a beautiful brew. Pours hazy light orange with a large pillowy white head. The aroma is lightly fruity with citrus / pine hops, Belgium yeastiness and light spice. The aroma is very sturdy, clean and complex. Medium body with a touch of smoothness, but it is mainly crisp and grainy. The flavor starts with Belgium yeast and maltiness that is smooth, rich and earthy. Those aspects are quickly overtaken by nectar fruits and very assertive citrus / pine hops. The finish has a hint of fruit, but is mainly the hops joined with some earthy traits that are lightly harsh. There is then a dry hoppy presence that lingers in the mouth for a long time with a resiny feel. This is a great beer with a ton of flavor and complexity which is very impressive considering the low alcohol content.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2008
Tap at the Rake. Aroma is hoppy, citrus and grassy, belgian sweeter malts, yeasty. Taste is along the same lines, quite drinkable stuff and different due to the high hop character.


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