Sircatis (91) - FRANCE - MAY 14, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2016 Bière blanche avec belle mousse blanche. Au nez très fraîche, au goût très fruitée et très rafraîchissante. Forte acidité, une bière pour l?été.
R2k2 (450) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
A cloudy, slightly yellow beer with a compact, firm layer of foam. It’s aroma is quite sour, and contains quite a bit of citrus. The taste is bitter sour for just a second, and also contains some herbs. This quickly turns into a sweetness, but unfortunately, it doesn’t have much of an aftertaste.
Een troebel, lichtgeel bier met een compacte, stevige witte kraag. Het zurige aroma bevat tinten van citrus. De smaak is héél even bitterzuur, en bevat ook iets kruidigs. Dit slaat snel om in een aangename zoetigheid. Het bevat helaas niet veel nasmaak.
darioklc (678) - Karlovac, CROATIA - MAY 6, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle. Hazy yellow color with nice white head. It has aroma of coriander and clove. Aroma is fruity. Very smooth and refreshing beer.
ALIBALI (535) - Kiel, GERMANY - MAY 6, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stefan is King !!!! Feinporige Schaumkrone und ansehnlich trüb, so siehts aus. Der Trunk sehr ausgewogen und der für ein Wit gar nicht so niedrige Alkoholgehalt hält sich galant zurück. Schmackhaft. Der Nachhall leider etwas zu gewöhnlich, der Gesamteindruck aber sehr solide. Probierschluck von Stefan und vom Hahn, beim Fest der Biere in Kiel.
Rex_Remes (108) - Bonyhad, HUNGARY - MAY 2, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(330ml bottle, beijing) Aroma: floral, citrus, soap, coriander. Appearance: orangey-yellow, slightly cloudy, short lived head, decent clinginess and fingering. Taste: yeast, fruit, some sweetness, herbal essence. Palate: not heavy, creamy, some acidity, fizzy/sparkly. Overall: definitely Hoegaarden-ish, but a bit softer (even with the extra alcohol). Well balanced. Easy to drink. Enjoyable.
sjogro (2495) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Shared bottle at Kingsnight Avoidance Tasting. Hazy pale blonde with white head. Coriander cloves soap, really bad. Sweet cardboard.
deanso (8664) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
25cl bottle shared at Kings Night Avoidance Tasting.
Thin white head. Very hazy blond pour. Average
Maakun (3618) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2016
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at Kingsnight tasting. Slight hazy very light golden with white head. Coriander, flour, milk, loads of weird herbs. Medium sweet and lasting bitter herbal finish. Medium bodied. Not good.
kermis (9995) - Zeeman, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared at Kings night avoidance tasting. Hazy golden with a ring white head. Aroma of wheat, grain, yeast and light citrus. Flavour is moderate sweet and light bitter. Light medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Alengrin (4451) - BELGIUM - APR 22, 2016
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2016 As Grimbergen Blanche, bottle from an Albert Heijn supermarket. I still feel a bit uncomfortable with this brand, claiming to be genuine Belgian abbey beers, but being brewed in France due to a string of take-overs in the mass-marketed beer industry - but then, it’s only Grimbergen, I shouldn’t mind that this is technically not really Belgian anymore. Medium thick, creamy, lacing, eggshell-coloured head over a misty yellowish straw blonde beer with greenish hue - could not look more like a classic witbier. Aroma is very soapy, bath foam even, along with hints of banana bubblegum, coriander seed, mandarin, sweet apple juice, pear, honey, some vague straw, gypsum, rose water and ladies’ perfume. Fruity onset, lots of sweet isoamylacetate (banana-flavored bubblegum) with notes of sourish gooseberry and candied lemon, citrus freshness but in an artificial, essential oil kind of way, spritzy carbo but fit for the style, very soapy middle phase (wheat) with some bready malt sweetness while the perfumey citrus effect and the banana effect persist, coriander soapiness added in the finish but fortunately not exaggeratedly so, sweetish and sourish citrus effect keeps dominating and get the last word, with a vague lemonade-like connotation; hops are only present for structure but provide not a trace of even the slightest earthy bitterness which could have made this a lot better. In this form: clearly another ’generic’ Hoegaarden epigone, aimed at a large audience; admittedly it has a kind of refreshing citrus effect, but in a somewhat artificial manner, and the banana sweetness keeps accompanying the whole flavor trail even till after swallowing the last drop. Too sweet, soapy to the point where it becomes ridiculous, not spicy enough and superficial: I guess this could appeal to the ardent Hoegaarden fan, but even within its narrow style, this is too one-sided and too sweet for my tooth. For one time only, I kind of miss the coriander overload, this one emphasizes bland sweetness with lemonade-like citric acidity, and - even for the style - lacks a hoppy presence at the back. Witbier as a whole is not my preferred style to begin with but even in comparison with the countless epigones Hoegaarden’s success has spawned in the eighties and nineties, this is not its best representative.