Alengrin (3240) - BELGIUM - JUN 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2015 Hobby brew commercialized through De Graal by this young contract brewer, with initially frothy and thick but quickly thinning, regular, off-white head and warm orange amber colour with a diffuse haze of yeast suspended in it, turning fully but evenly cloudy with deposit added. Pleasantly surprising, IPA-like aroma of fresh orange, mango, lemon, grapefruit peel, overripe peach, toasted bread, acacia honey, wormwood, strawberry, hay and chamomille. Sweetish but ’clean’ fruity onset, lots of mandarin, some mango and peach, soft sourish lemony accent, fairly soft carbo, very smooth and supple body with pleasant toasted and lightly caramelly and nutty malts, some spicy yeast and a long, dry, floral and citrussy hop bitter finish with a deep earthy touch of classic noble hops to it as well, juicy and spicy, very enjoyable. What a nice surprise: a true aromatically citrussy hops profile (albeit it more ’subdued’ than in most really American examples) and a fairly clean yeast profile could easily make me think this is an Anglo-Saxon IPA if I’d have to taste this blind. If there were such a thing as a ’Belgian IPA’, I would not even be sure if this can be classified as one: it lacks their earthiness and ’esteriness’ - this is a somewhat ’subdued’ but nevertheless quite genuine IPA, as there are countless in Europe as well nowadays. Their other beer is apparently an imperial stout, which means that these guys have started off by adopting two of the most acclaimed beer styles of the international, American-driven craft beer revolution, rather than opting for again another blonde, dubbel or tripel, like so many new Belgian brewers tend to do. This is a welcome surprise, not just conceptually but technically as well; this prompts me to go on the lookout for their stout, and keep track of anything new happening with these guys in the future. Maybe they’ll come up with a black IPA or a smoked porter or some other ’Americanized’ craft beer style which has not yet penetrated the Belgian beer consumer’s awareness... Kudos!
Jerre (2978) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taste this beer first time @ end nov. ’13.
Almost clear darkgolden to light amber color, with a white head.
Aroma: fruits, mild citrus: cascade dry-hopping. Medium body.
Taste: softsweet start, fruits, soft IPA. malt notes, well balanced, just good bitterness.
EddyBeer1 (1045) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ambrée-orange voilée, effervescence moyenne, col blanc cassé moyen. Maltée en entrée, elle développe ensuite une amertume légèrement fruitée, un rien herbacée mais elle est aussi un peu aqueuse.
fkoolen (586) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nicely hazy light orange colour, creamy white head. Hop profile is tropical fruity, giving a good bitterness with nice Belgian yeast tones and a beautifully grainy malty base providing a firm body. Medium carbonation and dry mouthfeel.
SaintMatty (5898) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml Bottle - Amber with a haze and a foamy head. Peach, mango, floral hops and a hint of ginger in the aroma. Fruity, hoppy, tangy and slightly sweet taste with notes of grapefruit, peach, apricot and mango. Very tasty.
JorisPPattyn (8440) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge, very dense & fine cream-coloured head, stable; veiled reddish orange-amber beer. Perfumey, exotic fruit & rosewater hops - but only fleetingly. Then more typical EU hops with herbs/weeds aromas. Very hopbitter, dry straw, strong cold tea, nettle cheese. Long lasting dry malt-like aftertaste. Quite slick, hop-oily, medium bodied, rather well-carbonated. Remarkable - normally I would dislike a beer with these characteristics, but here I certainly don’t! The balance is just right, and whatever might seem in excess, happens to please in fact. OK!
MarcoDL (2902) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Golden color, big white head. Grassy aroma of hops and yeast. Taste is dry and grassy, with typical Belgian aromatic hops and fruity yeast. Decent beer, a bit forgetabble.
SVD (893) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home, orange beer with a small head, aroma is hoppy, taste is hoppy, bitter, some fruit, ok beer
Boxereddy (201) - BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Licht troebelig oranjegeel bier met witte schuimkraag.
Onmiskenbaar hop in de neus zoals de naam doet vermoeden.
Fruitige hop in de mond met licht bittere afdronk.
Zeker geen desillusie!
Wim (3094) - Weelde, BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
at the beer festival in merksplas with Yves hazy amber coloured body with an off white head and a fruity hop aroma a sweet fruity hop bitter taste with a bitter finish