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Kempisch Vuur Jeneverbier

Brewed by Pirlot
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Zandhoven, Belgium


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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (4594) - BELGIUM - JUN 12, 2016
Belgian blonde spiced with juniper berries. Irregular, moussy, snow white, stable head on top of a hazy yellow golden beer with ’old gold’ hue and a ’mist’ of yeast throughout. Aroma indeed carries a lot of unmistakable juniper berry (reminiscent of ’oude jenever’), next to impressions of raw celery or even lettuce, straw, banana, green apple (acetaldehyde), white bread, field flowers, vague nutmeg somewhere, unripe pear. Fruity onset, estery with hints of pear, green banana and unripe apricot but in all fairly ’clean’, subtly sweetish with a sourish edge, softish carbonation, lean and supple body, bit grainy middle with bready maltiness at its core, before the juniper berries take over and yield an aromatic retronasal spiciness which cannot be mistaken for anything else - almost like green cypress needles. Restrained ’green’ banana sweetishness and bready malt sweetishness continue underneath and a dash of floral, slightly spicy hops add late but effective bitterness. Not being a fan of juniper berries and having experienced exaggerated spiciness in some other Kempisch Vuur beers, I was dreading this one a bit, to be honest, but it turns out okay: if you must make a Belgian blonde ale with spices, then at least make sure it is technically flawless, and that is exactly what has been achieved here. I will never be fond of juniper aromas but other than that, this is a decent beer and delivers exactly what it claims. And fortunately it has no real jenever flavor other than the juniper berry effect, because I sincerely hate jenever.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wixie (404) - BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2016
Golden blond liquid, average head. Heavy aroma, jenever? Ligth body, strong carbonation. Taste is sweet, sharp, with a strong touch of herbs (rosemary).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (2794) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2015
33cl bottle at The Capital, Leuven. Hazy yellow / orange with a medium white head. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Herbal bitterness with some sweet tones in the background. Citrus, iodine, perfume, juniper, grass and herbs. Weird but I still liked it :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
markextrae (3977) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2015
Shared sample at ZBF 15, poured a blonde to yellow colour with a white head. Notes of grains, fruit syrup, floral hop bitter, red fruits, parfume, soap, grass, off taste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
DJoer (1196) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2015
Medium white head, chestnut clear colour, herby peppery spicy malts smell, medium to high bitter some acid medium carbonation some malts

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Icedwarf (1307) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2015
Helder geel bier met schuim. Smaak is heel apart, iets van grond achtige ondertoon en noot achtig. Mogelijk de Jenever ? Verder heel licht zoet, niet bitter. Is even wennen maar heel apart bier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2015
Sample at the De Proeverij Zandhoven, shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, small unstable white head. NOSE: alcohol, jenever. TASTE: jenever, alcohol, strong.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goozen (3847) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle 0,33ltr: Clear golden colored brew with an dry bitter taste with herbal notes, missed the sharpness of the juniper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrDrood (37) - GERMANY - JAN 11, 2015
Süßlicher Duft, Mandarine etwas Honig. Auf der Zunge breitet sich ein Gefühl von Schaumwein aus. Im Abgang eine dezente Süße, angenehme herbe Noten und ein Hauch von Mandarinen.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nicolas_M (170) - BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
Strong odor but light taste of honey. Enjoyable bitter aftertaste. Huge amont of impurities in the bottom of the bottle.

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