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Brewed at De Graal

Style: Belgian Ale
Herentals, Belgium


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Amberkleurig Belgisch bier van hoge gisting met aangenaam hoparopma. Hergist in de fles. Naar origineel recept van hobbybrouwers Hopscheppers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Renobob (1462) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 31, 2015
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Couleur blond foncé. Grosse et longue amertume. Corpulence et effervescence moyenne. Malt présent. Classique.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kermis (8524) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2015
Bottle shared. Pours cloudy orange with a medium off white head. Aroma of weedy hops, yeast, light fruits, light citrus, caramel. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (7453) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2015
33cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis. Thick creamy white head. Cloudy amber pour. Light bitterness. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dedollewaitor (15109) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle @ Willems Grobbendonk. Pours hazy amber with a creamy head and lacings. Sweet caramel, yeast, hops and mildly phenolic. Toffee and butterscotch AS it warms. Quite some flaws.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11732) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle, bought @Belgianbeerz. Pours hazy orange with a large, staying creamy white head. Aroma has yeast, doughy malts, resin, citrus. Medium to low carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has good malty sweetness, doughy, grass, citrus. Lingering, quite heavy bitterness. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (3884) - BELGIUM - JUN 14, 2015
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jerre (3033) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2015
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EddyBeer1 (1058) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fkoolen (752) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (6317) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2015
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.

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