Alengrin (2928) - BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2015 The first in this series for me, found the bottle at Fontana Drinkscenter in Sint-Niklaas; 2013 vintage. Hazy ’old gold’ colour (golden blonde with orange hue) under a hops-enhanced, thick and stable, lacing, egg-white, moussy head. Aroma shouts ’lightstruck’ in all directions - the ammonia-like smell of stale cat pee we all know and fear, as if this were a cheap lager from a transparent longneck bottle; fortunately it resides a bit after a few minutes, leaving room for additional impressions of crabapple, dry ’crémant’, almost rotting grass, white bread, unripe peach, raw rhubarb (acetaldehyde alert!), wet hay, grapefruit peel, tonic water, soap, wormwood, pumpkin flesh, minerals. Crisp onset of restrained fruitiness, sour berries, green apples and perhaps a hint of fresh pineapple, strong and tingling, minerally carbonation; rather dull middle phase of pale and slightly nutty malts, typical ’spicy’ Belgian yeastiness with powdery and bready effect, finishing in a lingering pale maltiness and a clear presence of grassy and leafy ’Euro’ hops without noteworthy aromatic qualities, just long, dry and bitter, a bit boring, actually, with bittering, long-lasting yeastiness (which clearly has absorbed the hops) as the last impression on the root of the tongue. Honest alright, a genuine and traditional Belgian ale, quite decent but I do prefer XX Bitter over this and was a bit put off by the lightstruck effect, though I will not take this into account so much as this is not De Ranke’s fault. I expected a luxury version of XX Bitter or even the new XXX Bitter, but what I got was an ordinary hoppy Belgian suffering from having been aged in probably not too optimal conditions. Clearly, this series is intended to be consumed as fresh as possible. A little bit disappointing, but not so much that it challenges my firm belief in this brewery...
Vili (99) - FINLAND - JAN 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle. Clear golden pour with velvety thick foam, really nice lacing. Aromas of grass, dough and spruce. Taste is highly bitter, a bit salty, no sweetness, slight sourness. Medium carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and hoppy, albeit somewhat weak. Not in the prime anymore, but very drinkable and tasty.
wekker84 (1800) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle a golden yellow colored beer with a white head aroma malts citrus fruits some spicy and hops flavor malts spicy citrus fruits some earthy and a bitter hoppy finish
Travlr (14703) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy golden color, medium white head. Aroma of bready citrus, slightly earthy. Taste is hay, yeast, light spice. Tasty.
TaktikMTL (6296) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille verte de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes avec une pointe de levure. Apparence: La couleur est orangée légèrement voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes avec une pointe de caramel et de pin. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’agrumes en arrière goût. (Rating #5982)
ClaudeB04 (191) - Dudelange, LUXEMBOURG - NOV 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours slightly cloudy orange, big head.
Bitter with nicely balanced maltiness.
Kavu (2667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,75l bottle @ Pikkulintu. Pours cloudy yellow with a medium head. Aroma is malts and yeast. Flavor is malts, yeast and hops. Very nice.
ken1 (1160) - DENMARK - NOV 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Hoppy and grapfruit
Flavour: Very dry with a grape like bitterness and floral notes. Long lasting tangy aftertaste.
Color: Amber with an offwhite head.
kerenmk (3047) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at moeder lambic. Hazy blond with a lacy white head. Hoppy dusty aroma, limestone and sand with hints of tropical fruit underneath. Fresh hoppy bitterness, a little bit of grass. Medium body, fresh bitter finish.
teddybeer (2514) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange color with an off-white head with good duration. Aroma has yeasty notes, slightly fruity dominated by citrus and tangerine and flowery hops. Flavor is light bittery, fruity, some spicy and yeasty traces. The final is mild bittery with fruity aftertaste.