MattiasA (862) - Malmö, - JUN 1, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Dominated by a citrusy-crispness with belgian yeast and some spices, coriander.
erickok (5034) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 16, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It’s no longer fresh, but I still wanted to try it, to compare and complete my De Ranke beers. Having said that, I still get the unique spicy hop character from the Hop Harvest series, and I also still much enjoy it. (75cl bottle from Dekoninck)
chrisv10 (14271) - DENMARK - DEC 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as "2013", 6%. Hazy golden with big off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, yeast, hops, grass, floral and spices. Flavour is malt, fruit, grass, hop, yeast, little floral, little hay, spices, little sweet and medium bitter.
Wim (3506) - Weelde, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At Home along with Yves 0.75 liter bottle gold blond coloured body with a white head and with a spicy yeast fruity hop aroma a spicy yeast hop fruity dry bitter taste with a alcholic bitter finish
Yves (2778) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - NOV 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared with wim at his home. Hazy goldblond colored beer with small white head and only few carbonation. Herby hopped aroma. Full palate. Finish is hopped bitter.
Swaroga (1954) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this one without rating it. I guess it was one of those times I only wanted to enjoy the beer without describing it on RB. As I remember it, HH2013 was comparable to 2014. Fresh was harsh herbal and lemon notes. After couple of months it became rounder. Yeasty and nutty too.
Alengrin (4148) - 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 (245) - 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 (2110) - 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 (19899) - 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 (6919) - 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)