Brewed by Kleinbrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Style: Scotch Ale
Erpe-Mere, Belgium
Serve in Thistle


on tap

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RATINGS: 363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Beer brewed following the Carmelite tradition.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (3695) - Tours (and Paris), - DEC 5, 2012
Dark ruby red with small beige lace. Dark fruits, apple pie, bit of fresh yeast. Taste has cookie spices, medium sweetness and generally a wintery feel to this one. Not as rich in flavour as I expect form this brewer though. Great looks but overall a bit too thin an not as exciting as I was expecting. (75cl bottle from De Bierwinkel Leiden)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (631) - BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2014
Bière qui est établie sur une recette ancienne des Carmélites d’Aalst. Non filtrée, refermentée bien sûr, elle contient du malt de froment en plus du malt d’orge, avec du candi. Mon exemplaire de 75 cl a été embouteillé en octobre 2010. Il a donc 4 ans accomplis, et le brasseur en préconise 2 au minimum. Couleur brun roux foncé, roux en transparence. Clarté nette. Bulles moyennes très nombreuses et très vives (énorme saturation en co2 à l’ouverture). Mousse beige brun bien crémeuse, stable à 2 mm. Arômes de malt chocolat, bois de fût, fruits mûrs, pâte de fruits, collioure très vieux. 1ère bouche soyeuse à la prise malt/houblon, vite rattrapée par les épices et du candi brun, du malt cara. Arrière-bouche pleine, charpentée. 2ème à la belle rondeur. Bel ensemble, mais les épices sont un peu inégales. Arrière-bouche jolie, mais à l’harmonie imparfaite. 3ème où la pâte de fruits est très jolie. Les épices moins. Arrière-bouche pleine. La longueur montre une meilleure intégration, mais il y manque un petit quelque chose. Pourtant elle monte avec le temps, jusqu’à arriver au seuil du très haut … Les jambes sont unies. La levure est large et d’un très beau caractère. L’alcool offre un soutien manifeste à la progression des saveurs. La finale est très de très grande texture et de très grande tenue. CONCLUSION : une bière très jolie, mais pas au top, à cause de légers manques d’harmonie sur les premières bouches. La longueur par contre est en constante progression, et la finale est très grande. Pas de chance (pour les carmélites …).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1717) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Draft at SIB07. Hints of molasses, raisins, candi sugar, peat, and grains throughout. Complex, tasty, and haven’t seen it since.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1017) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Thanks to Ryan for sharing this. Pours dark murky tamarind. Aroma of plums, black strap molasses, oxidation. Old boozy molasses-soaked raisins. Taste is a lot more restrained. Sweet, brown sugar but moderately dry still. Drying finish. Body is a bit thin. Nice enough, even with the cardboard brought out by the age. Would love to try this one fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (1802) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - AUG 17, 2014
75cl bottle, bottled 11/2013. ABV: 8,7%. - Gusher alert...Pours a fizzy candi sugar cola. Strange pollen and chalk aroma, going on chlorine and wet earth - virtually no sweetness permeating. Are these the Alost Hallertauers? Taste is very centered on candi sugar, yet not cloying: candi sugar dryness, with a burnt caramel edge, some berries at best- Easy drinking, but far from stellar considerign DGT’s range.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Elwood (3311) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a hazy ruddy color with a small off white head. Dark dried fruit, dark caramel, and a bit of earth on the nose. Slightly sweet up front with a nice dried fruit note followed by a slight earthy bitterness. Medium bodied. The alcohol remains relatively subdued. Nice winter warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (2076) - BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2014
Brewer Jef Van Den Steen is a knowledgeable man when it comes to Belgian beer history and it is a delight seeing a ’Scotch’ type beer, nowadays almost forgotten, emerge as a winter beer, since the most typical Belgian Christmas ales are based on the Scotch style. Light beige head, very dark brown colour; candi syrup, chocolatey malts, pear, banana, cinnamon, coriander in the nose, dark fruity taste with caramelly and chocolatey maltiness and, as the style prescribes, a hint of roasted, coffee-like bitterness in the background. Well made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2287) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle. Moderate aromas all aroung, with roasted and cereal for the malt, cooked orange for the hops, dough for the yeast, with raisin, toffee and brown sugar. Head is small, frothy, off-white with no lacing and is almost fully diminshing. Color is murky brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, slick with a fizzy carbonation. This Scotch Ale is full of dark fruit with just the right amount of sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (3917) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - APR 21, 2014
750ml bottle. Murky brown colour with huge, foamy, half-way lasting, off-white to beige head. Fruity, yeasty aroma, hints of red berries, caramel malty background. Taste is minimally sweet caramel malty, notes of toffee, hints of red fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4168) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 7, 2014
Initial aroma of smoked peat. Pours cloudy brown with ok head and lacing. Wasn’t quite what I expected but still good. Finished sweet and sour. Tap at Churchkey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (2201) - New York, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Tap at The Jeffrey. Pours ruby brown with nose of dark fruits. Tastes of prunes, apricots, malty, bready, Christmas spices, and caramel. Creamy mouth feel and lingering fruit finish.

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