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Superior Hoppy Belgian Ale. White very rich foam, small bubbles. Very hoppy, spicy, fruity flavour and full, heart warming body. Brewed at first at Van Steenberge, now brewed at Koningshoeven - La Trappe brewery.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (549) - - JAN 30, 2013
Blonde spéciale houblonnée, et comme dit le brasseur « rare quality brew ». On a placé la barre à 9,5 % abv. (on veut ou on ne veut pas....). Couleur blond doré foncé. Clarté nette . Bulles fines très vivantes partout. Mousse blanche épaisse bien crémeuse en haut. Arômes de pomme, poire, houblons très fins, avec une pointe de citron et de camomille. Texture soyeuse, quasi veloutée. 1ère bouche de houblons très fins et céréales. Arrière-bouche entière, fine, et de très grande longueur. 2ème bouche de houblons et malts fins, avec une pointe de banane verte. 3ème de grande fraîcheur, bouche pleine et malt en fond. Longueur très belle, constante avec des alternances entre les houblons. Levure adéquate, précise. Alcool très bien dosé, de haut niveau. Pour la finale, on clôture en finesse... Très grande bière parce qu’elle répond parfaitement au lourd cahier des charges qu’elle s’était donnée. 5. (son premier...)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (975) - BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2014
One of the pioneering ales paving the way for IPAs in Belgium. Hazy, deep golden blonde colour, pale and caramelly malts with hints of apple and apricot, quickly overpowered by a bone-dry, ’green’ and refreshing, citrussy, peppery, long hop bitterness, though still ’friendlier’ than most American double or triple IPAs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seynie (146) - Tienen, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2014
Light gold with a clear head, some residue. Hoppy, malty, some sugar, spicy. Nothing we haven’t tasted before but very well balanced and with a pleasant slightly sweet and spicy finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikske79 (1096) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 18, 2014
Een lekker biertje met een wat speciale smaak, ik vind het een aanrader om eens te proberen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flying_pig (932) - SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2014
330ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glagow (£4):
Light spice & yeast the medium strength citrus hops with pine & grapefruit. Some sweetness, mainly from some sugar & background fruits, mainly oranges & some pineapple with subtle hints of alcohol then some earthy hops & grassy notes at the end.
Bright, golden amber with a slight haze & a 1.5cm, foamy white head with excellent retention, it holds steady for even after I started drinking the beer.
Hops, citrus & pine hops to begin alongside the spice & yeast. Orange & some grapefruit feature & it’s well balanced with some sugar from the fruits as well. Some herbal & floral flavours come through with hints of alcohol at the end.
Almost full bodied. It’s smooth with touches of alcohol without being too boozy or hard to drink. Sweet throughout with low carbonation.

A fairly good example of a Belgian IPA with more hops than I’d anticipated. Easy to drink & the dry hopping definitely made a difference with this one. Definitely a beer worth looking out for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremyh70 (685) - Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2014
A clear pale copper color with an off white head and good lacing. Aroma is spicy with some tropical fruit and clove. Taste of clove with traditional banana and caramel. Semi creamy mouthfeel with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
leopolito (61) - São Caetano do Sul, BRAZIL - AUG 2, 2014
Cerva belga eh bão demá! Mó daora essa ceva. Forte e gostosa, feita pá machu. Bebia a noite toda...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AtronSeige (555) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 30, 2014
Aroma: Malt: Hops: Medium hops, earthy, musty, floral. Yeast: peach, apricot, pear, Appearance: Body, light gold, slightly hazy. Medium white head. Good retention. Flavour: High hops flavour, medium high spicy/alcohol. Harsh plant aftertaste with high bitterness. Malt: light bready, Yeast: Fruity, pear, peach. Mouthfeel: High carbonation, creamy. Medium-light body. Definite warning. Slight astringency, very dry finish Overall: Harsh bitterness, but otherwise a great, complex beer. 330 ml bottle. 18D. Belgian Golden Strong Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RhetoricalAns (233) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2014
Hazy golden amber pour, with a tall rocky white head, great lacing. Yeasty aroma, floral hops. Light cereal malts, fairly bitter, dry bitter finish. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ZodiacM (13) - - JUL 23, 2014
Mooi goudgeel bier met een mooie schuimkraag, bitter van smaak met een dosis alcohol. Smaak van hop en gist, waarbij de bittere hopsmaak lang in je mond blijft hangen. Ondanks het alcoholpercentage van 9,5% drinkt hij heerlijk weg doordat hij fris en sprankelend is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MunBro (315) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 18, 2014
Aroma is earthy and malty. Not very bitter or hoppy as far as IPAs go. Not too bad but not great.

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