Alengrin (3547) - BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aperitif beer from De Vlier from a 75 cl bottle. Unusual, but innovative concept: mixed fermentation (i.e. adding Lactobacillus plus refermentation with champagne yeast), mixed grain composition and added elderberry syrup... Fascinating, curious to dive into this one. Pours a rustic, deep old gold colour with pinkish hue, lightly hazy, under a loudly crackling, loose, champagne-like, off-white head leaving a stable rim on the edge of the glass, but otherwise dissolving quickly. In the end and after adding the deposit, there is no head left at all and the liquid has become murky, looking quite like some home-made apple or pear juice. Aroma has lots of things going on: eldeberry blossom indeed, acacia honey, pear juice impression again, unsweetened yoghurt, canned apricot, pineapple, wilted cut flowers, raspberry, lemon peel, white lambrusco, quite a lot of whisky-like alcohol and ’animalistic’ odours of freshly fermented farmland, horse stable and even stale sweat - weird, and it took me a while to get used to it and I could not really decide whether it attracted me or not, it was more fascination than attraction per se. Crisp, candy sweet onset with vivid but refined, very lambrusco-like carbonation; sweet grapes, strawberry, overripe nectarine, some banana sweetness and a fresh orange peel-like acidity make for a lively onset in which quite a lot happens. This party of sweet fruits and champagne-like fizz goes on throughout the palate, there is some lactic acidity somewhere but only restrainedly so (though this may increase with age), as well as a sweet honeyish basic taste, likely representing the elderberry syrup; a dull wheat sourishness is there too. Finish brings a touch of floral hops but not really bittering; the ending is dryish, a bit prosecco-like, with a dash of liqueurish alcohol warmth, even slightly burning, but the sweetness continues - too long for my taste, actually, even cloying a bit. Citrussy acidity also lingers on and brings some balance for this basic syrupy sweetness; the animalistic odours return retronasally. Sweet and sour as well as complexely fermented, this is a fairly complex and very unusual champagne beer indeed; I do not mind the bacterial effects in the nose too much, but I do find it too sugary and the alcohol is not too well hidden and it is clear that the different flavours do not work together all too well. Interesting, though, and I can easily see how this brew divides opinions... I cannot say I sincerely enjoyed it, but I am glad I tasted this experiment.
Benzai (11045) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled from bottle @ Leuven Innovation Beer Festival. Hazy yellowish color, virtually no head. Smell and taste sourish, some kind of red fruit yeast, fruitpeel sour and a touch of sugar. Average body and carbonation. Meh.
sebletitje (8022) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample @ Leuven Beer Innovation 2015, shared with the RB Belgian crew.
Dorée sur léger voile trouble, col blanc.
Arôme au bouquet très fleuri avec entre autre ce sucre de sureau, note de pomme, fine effluve citrique et léger malt caramel.
Palais garde, comme sur la saison, une impression de cidre venant peut-être de leur levure? Effervescence encore moyenne et tirant vers le haut, retrouve peu le côté fleuri du sureau qui est ici censé être plus sucré. Palais épais d’avoine. Astringence et fine note aigrelette ponctuent cette dégustation pour un résultat peu convaincant. Ce n’est pas mauvais, mais il y a juste des éléments qui en les additionnant font que ces bières manquent de finition ou alors je manque carrément le but de cette bière.
77ships (5900) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 24, 2015
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Thanks for sharing! Sampled 750 ml. bottle @ Leuven Innovation Beer Festival. Milky hazy orange,.. Nose is terrible, fizzy, lactic, off, highly unpleasant plus on top it smells like it is mixed with cheap jam. Taste is hugely sweet cheap jam mixed with nasty off vinegar, lactic sourness, totally off with the massive white sugar sweetness,… Syrupy,… Awful in my opinion but what do I know?
Beerhunter111 (11579) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Trübes goldenes Bier mit einer geringen weißen schaumkrone. Geruch fruchtig, hefig, trocken, leicht säuerlich. Geschmack süß malzig, Getreide, leicht säuerlich fruchtig, Honig.
kraddel (4770) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
wbf . Pours blonde, no head . Smell is full , malty . Taste is sharp , sour, very full . sweet, very balanced . Very nice
Torrefacto (1033) - Madrid, SPAIN - SEP 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color dorado pálido y espuma blanca ligera. Aromas de fruta fresca ácida, miel. Cuerpo medio, inicio dulce de miel, saúco, con final seco. Muy bien.
Mora2000 (6055) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yellow pour with a white head. The aroma has a lot of biscuit malt and orange notes. The flavor has some strong orange, apricot and lemon notes as well as some sugar. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
bu11zeye (12363) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml) Pours a clear yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of florals, papaya, Buddah’s Hand, and lemon. Flavor of yeast, florals, Buddah’s Hand, and grass.
Jerre (3019) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taste 08.02.’13 from 75 cl. bottle.
Hazy yellowgolden color, with a white head.
Aroma: fruits, yeast. Medium body.
Taste: sweet, fruits (apples), sour touch, some hops.