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

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RATINGS: 712   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (13280) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2006
Draught - Bruxellensis Festival. Hazy gold with thin off white head. Hoppy aroma. OK in mouth, some cream. Really hoppy, dry finish, bit like de Ranke XX bitter, but not as extreme

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2006
Draught at ZBF 06. Pours a hazy golden, with a rich white head. aroma is malty, fruity and yeasty. Taste is malty, grainy, almost dusty, slightly sweet and spicy. Bitter finnish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2007 (Bottled) Hazy golden with a smallish, but tight and creamy, very lacy, white head. Crisp, lemony-grassy-hoppy aroma with pale maltiness, genevery hints, and some yeast. Grassy-lemony flavor with hops quite similar to Urquell, but not as harsh - probably since this is an ale after all. Yeast smooths out the bitterness, as expected. Medium-bodied, quite low-carbonated palate. Nice stuff for the low ABV - like a smooth Urquell brewed with ale yeast. Instead of Orval - nah ... instead of most local supermarket swill - hell yeah! (Draught@Pikkulintu, Helsinki, was 7-3-7-4-14=3.5) Opaque yellow-golden color with a very small head. Crisp, flowery, aromatic, hoppy aroma with lemony hints - something like a milder XX-Bitter. Nicely bitter-hoppy, flowery-aromatic first impression in the flavor. The finish takes quite long to begin, but eventually comes with a decent, dry hop bite. Light to medium-bodied, dry and refreshing palate with slightly fizzy carbonation. A nicely hoppy, crisp summer drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2006
Pale blonde, cloudy. Citrus and hops in the aroma. Touch of flowers. Somewhere between thin and medium bodied. Well rounded hop character. Good balance. Very refreshing summer beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5183) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2006
Draft at ZBF. Golden blond body with a small white head. Nose is grassy and malty with light yeast and spice. Touch of fruit as well. Taste is yeasty and bready with light sweet malts, light grass and light fruit. Body is mild with a fine carbonation. Finishes with more dought/bready notes, and grassy flavors with light yeast and fruit. At this point of ZBF I was pretty tanked. Jacob added the following to my notes.... "fruity....lovely....delicious" I can see why he put that down, thoughj I’m not sure I liked it quite as much as him.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
manucorazzini (23) - Braine-L’Alleud, BELGIUM - APR 8, 2006
Une bière bien houblonée, très désaltérante. Cette bière devrait gagner un peu de complexité au niveau de l’arôme pour vraiment séduire...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2006
Draught. Hazy golden coloured with a stable white head. Great aroma of bread, malts and hops. Light and fresh bready and malty flavour with a very dry and hoppy finish. Soft mouthfeel. Well balanced. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (4773) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2006
Bottle. Pours a clear golden ale with a good white head that left decent lacing on the glass. Grassy hop aroma with some sweet maltiness underneath. Also some yeastiness. Sweet malt flavours in the beginning, but it soon turns drier with a very dry finish. Grass and some other spices as well as bread flavours. Long aftertaste. Medium body, low carbonation. A pleasant pale ale with a lot of character and individuality.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16456) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2006
Draught at ZBF 2006. Hazy yellow colour with a white head. Grassy malty aroma. Grassy and slightly fruity flavor with a dry and slightly bitter aftertaste.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2006
Draught (ZBF06): Golden light with a white head. Mild spice. Bit thin and bland in body. Dry, bitter finish. Not bad.


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