Brewed by John Martin
Style: Strong Pale Lager/Imperial Pils
Genval, Belgium


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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.17   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BigMomma (223) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2012
Details: 50cl can.
Tasting notes: Pours a clear golden color with a tiny white head that fades away and leaves a headless beer. Aroma is sweet but almost not apparent. The flavor consists mainly of a slight sweetness, maybe some malts but in the end an alcoholic metal finish that ends dry but leaves some sticky sweetness in your mouth. Medium body, too few carbonisation in my opinion.
Conclusion: Quite a dissapointment. From al the ’Gorden Finest’ beers I’ve had this one has the least flavor but the most alcohol. This makes me conclude that this beer is interesting if you want to get drunk easily, however considering the high price there are better alternatives.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Noctilucus (100) - All over Belgium, BELGIUM - JUN 29, 2012
Golden blonde colour with an amber gleam, quickly dissappearing head. The smell is very strong as of the first pour, reminds me of sweet aperitifs, fruity, alcoholic and with only a hint of beer. The taste is strong but can’t hide that there is actually not that much body considering this is a 12% beer; it’s alcoholic, some malts but mostly warming alcoholic. Rather bitter but not excessive and at least it’s a proof there are some hops in there so this is really a beer. The sweet fruitiness that was at first apparent in the nose is not reflected in the taste. Little carbonation, maybe too little as that would help to take away from the predominant alcoholic impession. The aftertaste is bitter and still alcoholic but not very strong for a 12% beer. Strong but too little body and far too one-dimensional to be rated any higher. And I still wonder who on earth drinks 50 cl cans of such strong beer... can’t be aimed at the student population since it’s not a cheap alternative to better brews.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
kiwianer (3339) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 9, 2012
The head is medium. It smells like rum, wooden-oak. The taste is alcoholic, gasy and a bit malty. To strong alcoholic. 10/2/3/3/12/2

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (3747) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2012
Bought in Brussels from some night store (along with some others I didn’t have in my hotel room, thank goodness). Best by mid Dec 2007, drank mid Dec 2006. This 50cl can was poured into two Thistle glasses, both halves look good, pale gold with a thin wispy, white head. Aroma of lemons and other citrus type fruits, slight bleach smell also. The alcohol takes over completely, but before it does their is a hoppy flavour that is also very pronounced. This is not an English Pale Ale, I don’t know what it is either, but if you like your beers strong and getting waisted swiftly, this is your babe. It is like a good lager with an idiot dropping a double vodka in when you are not looking!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 5, 2012
From Backlog , used to be on draft @ Kulminator

Head: white, bubbly, medium
Colour: deep gold
Smell: mostly malts, alcohol, sweet and yeast
Taste: Sweet malty start , next thing is the highly pearling of the beer with a very boozey sweet flavour , end is dry with oily mouthfeel , after is malts , not THAT bad .... offcourse if you drink on draft instead of cans :-S

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
rosenbergh (6784) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2011
500 ml can. From finestshop.be.
Clear pale golden colour with small white head. Malt, alcohol, almond and play-doh in aroma. Very boozy flavour with alcohol, almond and sugary sweetness. This XXXtra strong beer is XXXtra bad. Who is this for? One of the worst Belgian beers ever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (8212) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2011
Bottle at Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. (old rating) Dark yellow / golden color, off-white head. Decent smell and taste, mostly fruits, sweet and alcohol. Could have been worse.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
tderoeck (4671) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 14, 2011
8/05/2011 25cl can @ home - BB: 5/9/2010 (2011-196) Thanks to Peter for the can!

Note: you might consider the rating not to be fair, because the beer was past it’s best before date. But here’s the thing: beer preserves better in can, plus: Gordon puts a very early BB date on their cans so they would be consumed faster.

Clear orange beer with some beige particles floating around. Aery white head, big bubbles, dissipates fast. Aroma: sweet malts, honey, candi sugar. MF: ok carbon, medium body and alcohol numbing my whole mouth. Taste: it doesn’t taste like anything but alcohol? Hard to tell! A bit fruity, some citric hops. Aftertaste: just a little bitter, but mainly alcohol the whole effin’ time. Down the drain it goes, life’s too short to drink bad beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Bierkrug (2133) - - MAY 9, 2011
500 ml can picked up on the road in Begium and had at home in Germany. Pours a clear gold with a thin quick to run off white head. Aroma is alcohol. clean fresh clothes and some fruit. Taste is just like one of those Danish Malt Liqoures. Palate is offensive and full of alcohol.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
sebletitje (6678) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 18, 2011
cannette 50cl, Belgian malt liquor? Forcément en cannette à 12% qui se vend dans une gare, fallait pas s’attendre à une merveille. Dorée blanche Nez de malt, alcool, légèrement fruitée avec en bouche un palais pas mauvais mais qui donne juste trop d’alcool sans vraiment apporter qcq chose d’intéressant. Sucrée avec un profile qui reste sur la malt liquor, touche de houblon donne une fine amertume le tout restant submergé dans une marre d’alcool. Pas su finir 50cl de cette infection.

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