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Jessenhofke Pimpernelle

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Kuringen-Hasselt, Belgium


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (18996) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2014
27th September 2014
Borefts VI. Day 2. ’Craig has blue nipples’ post fest tasting in his room. Light haze on this pale gold beer, good fluffy white head. Airy palate. Mild floralness and light sweetish esters. Dried fruits. Light finish. Okay, bit hollow for it’s abv.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wekker84 (1960) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle a dark golden yellow colored beer with a whitre head aroma malts spicy fruits and hops flavor malts spicy citrus fruits and hops

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheFoamhead (194) - Vught, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2015
Maybe I should start with the list of ingredients: besides the ordinary beer ingredients, Jessenhofke uses brown sugars, burnet (pimpernelle), savory, hyssop, thyme, mirthe and garlic! Whet do you think now? Well, I think I thought the same - but it’s not that disgusting! Honestly, it’s not disgusting at all. It’s different, sure, and the taste is obviously very complex. But it’s well balanced, has a flowery sweetish mouthfeel and a nice heavy alcoholic finish. It’s so different and against the stream of the IPA hype that it’s something I really can appreciate. A challenge for beer sommelliers and a nice beer from time to time. This is not a normal beer - it’s like a well composed dish! You don’t know what’s in, you cannot differenciate all the ingredients but the taste composition is lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (3547) - BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2014
Spice ale since 2010 with the garlic that typifies Jessenhofke but also fresh herbs grown by Sanguisorba in Ranst, a well-known brewery supplier of herbs and spices. The herbs in question are salad burnet, hyssop, thyme, savory and myrte. Snow white, regular head, misty peach blonde colour. Complex ’herbalness’ in the nose as can be expected, difficult to distinguish one from the other even though I am familiar with their aromas, very flowery, some candi sugar, some fruits and, as in the other Jessenhofkes, no noticeable garlic. Sweetish spiciness in the mouth and, much to my surprise, there it is: a faint hint of garlic in the background. Light mouthfeel, sweetish caramel malt base, dry finish with the spices further developing alongside a herbal hoppiness. Interesting if you are into spice beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
corkyrory66 (965) - BELGIUM - OCT 25, 2014
Bière qui mérite tout à fait son classement en spice/herb (bravo ratebeer), puisqu’elle utilise pas moins de 6 herbes : pimprenelle, hysope, thym, myrte, ail et sarriette de montagne. On se croirait dans le chaudron de la Helleketelbier de chez de Bie … La plus forte proportion est accordée à la Pimprenelle, d’où le nom de la bière. Niveau abv de 8 %, pour un exemplaire ayant dépassé sa date de 4 mois. Couleur doré faible brillant. Clarté nette. Bulles fines en colonnes disparates. Mousse qui est un nappage diaphane. Arômes de blanc d’œuf, camomille, concombre, pointe d’oranges amères, thym. 1ère bouche soyeuse à la prise sur du malt clair, confit d’oignons, vin du Rhin. Arrière-bouche singulière sur malt claire et ail. 2ème aux saveurs un peu poivrées par la sarriette. Arrière-bouche de malt clair et agrumes, avec un peu de thym. 3ème sur des saveurs de grande chartreuse dues à l’hysope. Arrière-bouche davantage sur le thym et la myrte. La longueur donne une meilleure intégration, mais le haut pourcentage de pimprenelle fausse une harmonie qui aurait pu venir. Les jambes sont marquées. La levure est un peu légère, un peu mince, mais valable. L’alcool est bien proportionné, il travaille bien mais ne peut justifier l’équilibre. La finale est en-deçà. CONCLUSION : une bière faussée par l’insistance sur un ingrédient. Il est vrai qu’elle en tire son nom, mais une plus juste proportion aurait pu donner une vraie originalité à cette bière.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PriorL (2806) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2015
33cl bottle at home, shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: light clouded blond beer, small stable white head. NOSE: grains, watery, hoppy. TASTE: medicinal, herbs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Icedwarf (852) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - SEP 5, 2015
Licht troebel lichtgeel bier met weinig schuim. Smaak is bitter hopppig en kruidig, iets van basilicum en oregano met zuur fruit. Aparte maar toch goede smaak. PMPRNL versie gedronken.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (13535) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle split in Craigs room, Borefts Day 2 after party tasting, 27/09/14 thanks to the person who brought this number. Lightly hazed orange with moderate off white spotting and edgework. Nose is citric peel, grainy, spice, caramel. Taste comprises tangy citrics, lemon zest, straw, light spice, orange squash. Medium bodied, spritzy and overcarbed, semi drying close. So so, not much going on certainly when you take the 8% ABV into account!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjik83 (1055) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2014
33cl flesje via 8 Zaligheden, Maastricht Alcoholpercentage van 8% Uitgeschonken in Leffe glas Uiterlijk: goudoranjekleurig met dunne schuimkraag Aroma en smaak: gistig, brooddeeg, fruitig, kruidig Conclusie: heb liever een wat fruitigere triple, beetje teveel hoestdrank idee ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (18091) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle in hotel room bodegraven 2014... Golden amber... Big white head... Soft Soft sweet salty fruits nose... Soft fruits... Soft sweet fruits... Soft floral hop

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