Brewed by Kleinbrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Erpe-Mere, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 299   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Beer made by female members of OPA Aalst (local branch of Zythos vzw) and now released for mothers’ day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1429) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - FEB 26, 2008
completly beyond writing notes which made sence by the time I had this beer. It was nice though, obvious wood notes, very balanced level of yeast and very subtle hops. Nicey nice

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2008
Objectively speaking: Under average dubbel that lacks definition and confidence.
I like: Big off-white head. Good lacing. Limited sweetness. Fair floral hop kick.
I dislike: Timid aroma. Quite mineral. Vegetal and apple undertones. Light body. Biting carbonation. Raw, dull yeast dominates. Expensive price.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2008
In short: Generic Belgian Brown ale offering basic toastiness woody hops.
How: Bottle 750ml. Tasting session with Montreal crew
The look: Cloudy light-brown with a medium beige head
In long: Basic creamy toasted malts, some roasted nuts, soft caramel, a bit buttery. Rather hoppy with an old dirty wood finish. Not much in terms of way of fruity flavour. A failed Dubbel. After drinking a few bottles of their excellent Saison d’Erpe-Mère I was all exited to try this one (the highest rated Glazen Toren) but I ended-up as disappointed as a nine year old kid getting a new sweater for Christmas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Earthy yeast overrides most of the fruit esters until it is taken by surprise by a firm leafy hop finale in this drinkable but somewhat incohesive Belgian Strong Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is lots of foam upon pouring, but scant head is left to decorate the cloudy amber red.
-Aroma is too timid to create any excitement.
-Carbonation is a tad too excited for my tastes.
-The yeast’s quasi-dirtiness mars its cherry-like flowers.
-I admit I am surprised at the high ratings so far as I don’t perceive anything engaging here, but I have another bottle I’ll enjoy soon enough to see if I can find the source of this "issue".


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2008
Cloudy dark amber pour with a thin offwhite head. Average aroma of yeast, malt and sweetness. The flavor has the same uninspired blend of sweetness, malt and yeast. The body is light and the carbonation is lively.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2008
On tap at Max’s. Clear orange-red with a white head. Bitter alcohol finish. Eh...didn’t enjoy it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (5886) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2008
On tap from Max’s during Belgian Fest. Pours a ruby, copperish red with a clumping white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, spices, flowers and candy. Flavor has pronounced malt with yeast, grass and lemons. Finish is crisp and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Holdwine (1128) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Draft at Max’s 72 hours of Belgian. One rocking strong ale. Best of the beerfest. Mixes like a bitter with strong tartness swinging around to a slight sweet fruit (peaches?) finish. There is also an earthiness to it that brings up the toasted maltiness of the bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Draft at Beer Table. Deep dark brown in color with a little stable off white head. Dark fruity aroma. Plum, fig and raisin notes. Fruity malty caramel flavor. Chocolatety caramel sour notes. Medium bodied. Well balanced beer. Smooth tasting. Finish is dry. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 Draft at Beer Table. Brownish purple with a small but stable head. Aroma has sweet plum and raisin. Flavors are soft peach balanced with chocolate and caramel.

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