vickey9 (999) - Brussels, - FEB 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy blong with a nice white foam. Spicy aroma, hops, citruses. Rather bitter taste, fine carbon, a medium body. Hops and citruses palate, spices and very bitter aftertaste. Enjoyable! B@H
Hopverdju (671) - BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Goudblond bier met witte schuimkraag. Geur: hoppig, kruidig gistkarakter, zoetig. Smaak: bitter, citrus en wat moutzoetigheid. Goede koolzuurprikkel. Afdronk: licht bitter, droog en licht zoet.
Alengrin (4529) - BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this in its original Hofbrouwerijke version shortly after it hit the market, now rating this renewed version from a bottle bought at Bierhalle Deconinck. Thinnish but still ’steady’ and moussy, egg-white head, not lacing and breaking quickly in the middle, over a lightly hazy, deep ’old gold’ coloured beer with vaguely greenish hue. Aroma of ripe gooseberry, old lemon rind, ripe pear, some banana, stewed and sugared rhubarb, quince jam, fresh bitter garden weeds, dried camomile, green tea, cooked turnips, bitter honey, moist straw, unripe melon, peach, white pepper, old potatoes lying somewhere in a cellar, old dried chive, vague hint of stale sweat. Fruity, crisp onset, some green-apple-like acetaldehyde and some banana-like isoamylacetate but both remaining restrained and nicely intermingled with ’deeper’ sourish gooseberry hints, medium carbo, minerally accents here and there but faintly so, mild fruity esters continuing over a soft, lightly bready malt middle with a sharper grainy edge, subtle phenols in the end along with a ’noble’ and even somewhat greenish hop character gaining confidence, floral, bit spicy, bit rooty but not as dimly earthy as is often the case in this type of Belgian ales; it leaves a subtly tonic water-like, peppery bitterness at the back, tickling the root of the tongue a bit and sticking to it, while the fruity and malty aspects pass by into the throat, carrying along minerally aspects here and there. The minerally basic character of this beer seems to support its bright, refreshing hop character quite well, while the Belgian fruit and spice clichés remain more at bay than usual, though still very emphatically present. Has a certain ’sweaty grain’ character which took me a while to get used to and does distinguish itself a bit from the vast array of other Belgian blondes in being more elegantly hoppy, more minerally and more dry. Very quenching beer, well made from a technical point of view but I guess you need a lot of experience with all these Belgian blondes in order to identify it from its countless congeners. Seems to have become softer in the hops department than its original self but I cannot exclude the possibility that this is just my memory playing tricks on me from a time when I was less accustomed to hoppy beers. I still, however, have the feeling that Nest was aiming for the stereotypical Belgian ’outdoors café’ blonde but tried to distinguish itself by using more hops, thus creating more bitterness - the exact same feeling I had with the Hofbrouwerijke version years ago. I acknowledge the claim of this being a different recipe, but still I am left wondering what has actually changed with this beer...
dutchbeerpages (2265) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost more like an IPA in bitterness, 85 IBUs. Nothing new that it offers, but it is pretty good to drink.
Bottle from De Zwart in Wilnis.
kidmartinek (4670) - austin, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Holy crap that’s a lot of foam. In the bottle, in the glass, in your mouth. Maintains a 4 inch pillowy head. Belgian yeast, clove and wood aroma and eathy, belgian yeast flavor. Pretty good if you can deal with the growing foam upon drinking.
Japalo (1833) - DENMARK - MAR 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home Erik. Golden haze. Small head. Diacetyl in the nose blended with alcoholic. Sharp sweet bitterness and fresh dry finish. Love this brew for its complexity and drink ability.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
pils70 (124) - - MAR 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color oro carico, con tanta schiuma bianca che fatica a scendere. Decisamente presenti sia al naso che al palato, lievito e luppolo. Abbastanza amara per una Belgian ale, ha un finale secco.
GoufCustom (1616) - HONG KONG - MAR 9, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle bought at Craftissmo in Tsim Sha Tsui East.
Looks: Cloudy hazy golden apricot colour with a ring of dirt-like yeast sediments; Two finger head and crumpety white foam which lasts for 3 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing with slight carbonation.
Aroma: Fragrant and sweet malt, with vanilla, lemon peels, moderate plums, light cinnamon, sugar, light earth, strong Bel yeast and very light grass.
Taste: Close to medium sweet Pilsener malt, with grapefruit peels, yellow fruits, light floral, molasses, strong spices, resins, strong yeast, strong lime, strong bitter hops and strong grass.
Body: Medium body. Slick and creamy palate.
Mouth Feel: Pretty rich maltyness in a thick and smoothie background. Hops-driven with strong citrus peels, ooze, strong spices and earth. Very bitter kicks which balance the sweetness perfectly. Limey ending. Very nice!
Hoppiness: All Fuggles and Hellertau - lemon peels, light cinnamon, and earth in nose. Grapefruit peels, yellow fruits, light floral, strong spices, resins, strong lime and sharp grass in taste; Bitterness is strong for a lasting, high astringent bitter sweet finish.
After Taste: Fairly dry. Creamy and very hoppy bitter to mouth.
Comments: This is a Belgian Pale Ale with strong English and German hops characters - limey, resiny, spicy and bitter, mixed with smooth rich maltyness and good looks. It really spunky and kick ass. Love it!
MelvinKalksma (943) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malts, caramel, yeast, fruit, spices and hops.
Hazy golden/amber beer with yeast and with a medium white head.
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, yeast and fruit; ends slightly bitter and dry with spices and hops.
DandyWolfFloyd (1041) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma - caramel , Belgian yeast, alcohol, fig, and spice.
Appearance - the body is a hazy goldenrod yellow, with great nucleation. The head is off-white and well over 2+" foamy, and takes a long time to settle.
Taste - slight caramel, touch of pungent hops, coriander, Belgian yeast, touch of fig, and some oak.
Palate - medium body, slight oil, average carbonation, and a slight bitter and slight booze finish.
mike_77 (5427) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a nice hazy blond colour. Aroma is quite strong with bready yeast. Flavour is bitter and tangy. Just a hint of citrus peel in the finish next to a hop bitter aftertaste.