Brewed by De Graal
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Brakel, Belgium


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Especially brewed for BLES 2012 Edition voor BLES Vzw Zottegem.

77ships' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, - OCT 14, 2012
draft tasting glass @ 19de Nationale Bierhappening: apparently this is the 15th! time that they made their own festival beer - it looks like this one is the first on RB - imagine how much stuff is not on RB from all these local happenings with virtually no or none all coverage - very hazy stuff with a reasonable white head - nose is very heavy on yeast, some white brad, citrus, berries and indeed some neat jenever - carries that jenever stuff through in the taste with some bitter herbs, white bread, bitter esters, lightly floral, touch of pear, leading into a herbal and jenever finish - very, very yeast heavy, hazy body - still quite lovely and nice stuff - better than expected

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jerre (3235) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAY 15, 2015
Taste first time @ Bles beerhappening 14 oct. ’12. Second time @ home jan. ’13. Almost clear darkgolden color, with big creamy white head. Aroma: spice, sweet malts, liquor notes. Medium body. Taste: start softweet, spice, citrus, malts, bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (4538) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2013
Clear golden colour, firm white head. Aroma of malts, berries, light metalic touch. Malty flavour, light juniper berry, light hops, somewhat bitter. Quite dry. Malty finish with bitter juniper berry.
Interesting beer.
(From 75cL bottle shared @ WW II tasting, Amsterdam)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheJvd (1206) - NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2013
Bottle @ WWT II. Pours clear golden with a small white head. Aroma has some malts, bit of spice, yeast and grassy hops. Taste is mainly sweet malts, some fruitiness and a light bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrHangover (4019) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2013
Bottle @ WWT II. Pours a clear blonde color with a white head. Aroma is very faint, a bit yeasty. Flavor is quite sweet, very floral and fruity. This is not much special, just a decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borresteijn (6496) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2013
75cl Bottle at WWT II. Clear deep golden colour, white head. Aroma of baking yeast and a hint of juniper berries. Flavour is medium sweet, dry, yeasty, esters, juniper berries, light bitter finish with a little plastic. Light bodied. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (14269) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2013
Bottle @ WWT II thanks to Martinus. Clear golden color, small white head. Not much aroma. Maybe a bit yeasty and some berries. Taste lightly malts, lightly fruity, fruitpeel, lightly bitter. Medium body and carbonation. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (9211) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2013
Sample at wwt2 evening. Thick white head. Clear blond pour. Slight bitterness. Nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (8187) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 19/XII/12 - 33cl bottle @ home - BB: VII/14 (2012-1381) Thanks to David for the bottle!

Clear golden orange beer, big irregular creamy white head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: sweet malts, bit spicy, smells like a pilsener or even a malt liquor, weird. A hint of grassy hops. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet malty start, spices, citrus, little bitter. Aftertaste: pretty spicy, bitter, and indeed, juniper berries carrying a long spicy bitter aftertaste. Some alcohol in the end. Ok brew, and very interesting experiment, but I’m not convinced the juniper berry is the best spice to flavour beer with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2012
Draft @19de Internationale BierHappening, Zottegem. Dorée trouble léger, col blanc épais et crémeux. Arôme est ce bouquet distinct de genièvre mais aussi ce côté framboise terreuse très discret. Malt typique dans pâle, levure et toujours le genièvre subtile mais efficace. Palais, genièvre est bien là donnant un profile unique de baies, le tout sur un palais alcoolisé réchauffant malgré n’être que 7.5%. Malté et léger caramel, le tout est rugueux un peu pâteux avec un léger fini caramel. Le profile de retrait reste bien belge avec un rappel léger à la framboise. Au final, pas mal pour une bière DeGraal ... une bière de plus dans la série du genièvre qui force m’est de constater que quand ces dernières sont bien utilisées peuvent faire une très belle bière.

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