kermis (11000) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared. Very hazy brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, nutty notes, caramel, light herbs. Flavour is light moderate sweet and bitter. Light medium bodied with soft carbonation.
deanso (8982) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
25cl bottle shared with kermis.
Thin off white head. Clear amber pour. Pretty bland
Alengrin (4529) - BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Frui Vita. Medium thick, slight ’papery’ lacing, fairly stable, pale greyish beige head over a translucently mahogany brown beer with vermillion hue, clear. Sweet yet fragrant aroma of hazelnut paste, cashew nuts, lots of caramel, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, candied dates, some sweet sherry but in the simplest kind of way, banana, milk chocolate bars, cooked red cabbage but not in the DMS way, apple cake, toasted brown bread, cinnamon powder, old gingerbread, cloves and a lot of iron. Sweetish onset, hints of pear, blueberry and the inevitable ’Belgian’ banana, medium carbo, sweet, very emphatically caramelly and honeyish malts quickly shifting to a bittersweet nuttiness but all things considered and even regarding its 5% ABV, rather thin; some of the initial fruit esters continue but restrainedly so, metallic ’zing’ in the middle as with many Leroy beers, leading to a simple, toastedly and nutty bittersweet malt finish adding a dash of herbal hops (retronasal old tea bags and dried flowers but subtly so) and that is about it. Classic Belgian ’dubbel’ with no other ambitions than to be friendly to the intended audience - arguably better than its blonde sister (Vaertlander) but still on the bland and boring side. Technically okay though, if one ignores the metallic quality and old school simplicity. This specific type of brown beers may have worked well forty years ago, but it has no relevance anymore in this day and age - though I still respect Leroy’s stubbornly old fashioned approach, even though it only serves to keep some ’living fossils’ of 20th-century Belgian beer culture (you know, before ’craft beer’ began) alive. In all: simple and thin, but decent, almost reminiscent of an English brown ale.
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Hazy brown colour, mediumsized brown creamy head. Aroma is nutty, mildly spicy, some spruce and a bit fruity notes as well. Flavour is nutty, wooden, mildly toasted as well as some slight herbal and yeasty notes.
tderoeck (8127) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
6/XII/15 - 25cl bottle from Beer Planet (Brussels) @ home - BB: I/2016 (2015-1689)
Clear red brown beer, creamy yellowish irregular head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet, caramel, dried fruits, some milk chocolate, malty, grains, bit oxidized. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: metallic start, bit oxidized, some caramel, chocolate. Aftertaste: bit sourish, pretty bitter hops, oxidized, metallic.
Martinus (4496) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear caramel colour, yellow beige head. Sweet caramel aroma, iron. Sweet flavour, metallic, burned sugar. Bitter finish, bitter caramel.
(from bottle @ Café De Koophandel, Boom)
kraddel (6175) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear brown, small white head. smell is bit sweet, some leaves. Much carbo. Earthy spices, bit caramel, not too bad actually. Rather thin, high carbonation.
Erzengel (7755) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 7, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
25cl, best before 01.16. The beer starts smooth and fresh. Lots of grain, fresh. Hints of mould, full and smooth body. A bit dusty. Nice but a bit unround.
77ships (8038) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
250 ml. bottle @ home. Procured from Willems & Zoon. Smells of honey, esters, industrial & light oxidation. Very high carbonation. Tastes of basic esters, industrial, oxidation, honey, very dull & bland BE sweetness, apple. More bland than particularly bad. Fizzy amber Belgian beer.
ST247 (493) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 17, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @home. Pours dark amber/brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty. Taste is a bit sweet, malty, watery. Nothing special.