sdmmb (252) - USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drink from 33cl bottle bought from Malting Pot Brussels. Lovely hoppy beer.
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EddyBeer1 (556) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blonde ambrée, effervescence moyenne, mousse généreuse qui finit en un col fin persistant. Les malts caramel se laissent rapidement dépasser par l’amertume des houblons qui donnent aussi de bonnes notes fruitées, notamment de pêches. On s’approche ici d’une IPA. Encore une réussite de De Leite!
PriorL (892) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle, shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, small unstable white head.
NOSE: hoppy, alcohol, fruity.
TASTE: hoppy, bitter, dry-out.
ekstedt (4905) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled (33 cl) at Rose Red, Brugge, Belgium. Hazy amber, medium off-white head. Fruity, earthy, bready aroma with floral hops. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry, medium bitterness.
thewolf (10532) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, bought @ De Hopduvel, Gent. Pours clear copper golden with a large, staying, frothy white head. Aroma has sweet malts, peach, fresh apple. Fresh. Highish carbonation, fine creamy and light dry mouthfeel. Flavour has mild doughy malts, light yeast, apple candy. Heavy lingering bitterness. Light peach and orange.
maekchu (1457) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 7, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Asahiya. Lemon zest, honey, some funk, earthiness, and grassy hops in the nose. Hazy but bright golden straw, with a fat frothy head and good lace. Initial hits of lemon rind and some honey / mid brings spiciness, mild bittering, and a little carb burn / finish is malty with hop traces. Has a long finish for the style. Good stuff. Very interesting take on the blonde style. Like a really rude messed-up pils blended with a take-it-or-leave-it saison.
KyotoLefty (5542) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Asao. Great grassy hop nose, tart, barnyard, citrus, light lactic acid. Slightly wild. Very intriguing. Deep gold with tons of little bubbles and a fine, high head. Sweet, bready malts to start, moving into hoppy bitterness and slightly funky dryness. Oranges, hay, dust, crackers. This is good stuff. Again, this brewery impresses me with a barnyard style that is “Belgian-American.” Puckery grapefruit hop finish. I want to visit this brewery!
bartlebier (831) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - APR 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
New generation spéciale belge with a more forward earthy-floral UK and shy citrus hop profile than the usual caramalt suspects (Palm, De Koninck). Hope this is part of a trend of less sugary, sessionable Belgian light(er) amber ales. Yeast orchestrating interesting secondary off-tastes in the background. Somewhat unhappily, the pleasant fruit and grass hop aromas are only set free after a good gulping in the taste, as a chalky foam layer covers them under a gyprock blanket. strange.
Always happy to encounter consistently punned beers and beer puns: "ma mère=amère=onverbitterbaar"(Joyce’s defunct liver is hopping in approval)="indépassable" (the Belgian pun trains stops here, predictably, after recrossing the language barrier once too often). Pleasure, brewery listed!
jgb9348 (4274) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice crisp deep amber coloured body with some lighter copper glow and a thin, half centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of fresh hops, light alcohol, some grassiness, a hint of yeast and some light sugars. Medium-bodied; Assertive effervescence with a very bubbly mouthful; Strong malt flavour with some yeast definitely noticeable, a hint of grass, some light hops and a bit of sugars at the tail end. Aftertaste is very bland with only the malt and yeast sparkling through - not much of anything else, perhaps a bit of barnyardie funk, like a biere de garde or almost like a saison, but not much else. Overall, a decent belgie, but there are much better out there of course. Still - worth the space in my suitcase for this one, and definitely, well worth sampling here! I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from Beer Mania in Bruxelles, Belgium on 30-June-2012 for €3,50 sampled at home in Washington on the other side of the pond after a great Detroit Red Wings victory on 22-March-2013.
shoulderbroken (1500) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sugaya. Slightly cloudy light amber colour, big bubbly off-white head. Aroma is citrus, bit soapy, slightly herbal, bit of funkiness, bit creamy too and lots of hoppy bitterness. Taste is light and belgian. Lots of citrus bitterness, biscuity malt but with touch of spiciness. Slightly chalky and much sweeter and quite fruity with yeast added. Like an XX Bitter but with more maltiness and a bit herbal. Pretty nice and very easy drinking.