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De Prael Bitterblond (Johnny)

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Brewed by Brouwerij de Prael
Style: Kölsch
Amsterdam, Netherlands

bottled
common

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available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Formerly known as Johnny


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arve_Christian (3579) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 12, 2015
On bottle from supermarket in Amsterdam. Golden color, good foam. Medium/ light aroma intensity; fruity, light honey and floral notes. Medium body & complexity. Light immediate sweetness, following bitterness balances well. Enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (2879) - BELGIUM - APR 3, 2015
UPDATED: APR 6, 2015 Apparently named after Amsterdam’s ’folk singer’ Johnny Jordaan, this beer has meanwhile been renamed to ’Bitterblond’ (no idea why but this is the name under which I taste it) and pretends to be a Kölsch, a name which cannot be used in the Netherlands, so the brewery toned it down to ’traditional beer’. Curious to find out to which extent it corresponds with the ’true’ German Kölsch beers. Cloudy deep ochre blonde robe with separate ’columns’ of sparkling, creamy and dense, irregular, egg-white head. Aroma of crabapple, redcurrant, soap, lime zest, stale sweat, nettles, freshly ploughed earth in spring, sourdough, yoghurt, skunky touch of wet hay fortunately (just) not descending into that horrible ’cat pee’ smell, hint of plastic, relatively low (but notably leafy and grassy) hops presence contrary to what the name may suggest. Restrainedly fruity onset, mineral water with hints of green apple, gooseberry and grapefruit, medium carbonation, not as refined as expected from the style; smooth and supple middle phase, slightly bready pale malt sweetishness, spicy yeasty and hoppy notes increasing into a leafy, herbal bitterness in the end, surprisingly more hoppy than expected based on the aroma, bit phenolic, very long and drying, with an earthy, resinous bitterness sticking to the throat. Pleasantly bitter, in an earthy, leafy way and in that sense a good example of what can be called ’Belgian bitter blonde’, but not a Kölsch to me (quote Ratebeer’s own definition: "many beers that consider themselves to be Kölschbeers, are not"). It completely lacks the refinement, restraint and delicate balance which typifies the style! So in terms of ’truth to its style’, a near failure - if anything, this is even closer to an English bitter than to a Kölsch; but as a bitter blonde, quenching beer in general, certainly decent, if not much more.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RW80 (1098) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 25, 2015
Appearance: Hazy yellow/orange with a small white head. Ok retention, ok lacing. Aroma: Malts, citrus grass. Taste Good bitterness with moderate sweetness malt, citrus and grass and yeast. With a long lingering bitter aftertaste. Light-medium body, average carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jerre (2782) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2015
Found @ Albert Hein, taste @ home 19.03.’15. Hazy darkgolden to orange color, with a white head. Aroma: fruits, bit sweet, hops. Medium body. Taste, sweet note, malts, fruits (bit citrus), refreshing, good hopsbitternes. Great beer for this spring/summer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (5599) - Utah, USA - MAR 23, 2015
On tap at the brewpub
Cloudy straw with a medium sized white head, good lacing. Mild aroma of malts, cereal and straw. Taste is malty, cereal, straw and grainy
Good and clean

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty (5753) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2015
Draught (De Prael, Amsterdam) - Golden with a slight haze and a white head. Lemon, grassy hops and a twist of lime in the aroma. Crisp taste with lemon, grassy hops and grain.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DwarfeD (1394) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2015
Draught at De Prael. Hazy yellow/orange with a small white head. Light to medium body. Sweet and bitter. Malts, citrus, grass. A refreshing brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (5540) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 20, 2015
Keg at De Prael. Pours hazy yellow amber, taste is light and fruity, sweet.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Borup (6965) - Albertslund, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2014
Tap at the brewpub. Clear golden colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of hops, citrus, fruit and yeast.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
g_georgiou (331) - CYPRUS - NOV 26, 2014
Clear golden body with a white head. Aroma is malty, orange, yeast. Taste is sweet and medium bitter. Dry finish,


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