Brouwerij La Fontaine
Brewed at De Graal

Style: Belgian Ale
Sas van Gent, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Belle & Forte is een mooi donker amber kleurig bier met een alcohol percentage van 7% dat bij de eerste aanzet van de degustatie een zoetige volmondige kruidige complexiteit te weeg brengt die overgaat in een frisse fruitige bittere afdronk waarbij een vleugje citrus geproefd kan worden wat te wijten is aan het gebruik van een Amerikaanse hopsoort. Een ideale dorstlesser voor in de zomer, maar kan ook perfect dienen als degustatie bier voor in de winter.

SimplySike's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SimplySike (1248) - The Hague, - APR 25, 2013
33cl. Bottle. Pours hazy amber with tan head. Aroma spice, malts, anise. Taste spicy bitter, some sweet. Mouth-feel thin. Strange taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (4466) - Leuven, BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2015
Brown body, beige head. Amber, biscuit, marzipan, cinnamon, anise. Alcohol heat galore, really dominates the taste. Also some brown sugar, burned malts. Spicy ending, harsh. Not sure what they were after here... There seems to be no plan or direction in this brew. (33cl bottle from Prik&Tik Leuven)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Zupastan (153) - Kortrijk, BELGIUM - SEP 25, 2015
33 cl bottle @ home. Murky brown beer with a big, white head, adhesive. Aroma is very floral (lavender?), herbs, raisins, overripe fruits. Rather high carbonation. Taste is again very floral (lavender again?), pretty herbal, fruity, hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste is alcohol, herbs and a long lasting weird bitterness. It tastes slightly bitter than it smells, but I’m not a fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (6136) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2015
330 ml. bottle sampled @ 20ste Zomerbierfestival. Dark brown, tanned head. Nose is big spices & sweet air refresher,… Odd. Taste is big herbal, liquorish, very sweet spices, lots of perfume, dark fruits,… Lightly fizzy & liquorish body. Odd but okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (7196) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2015
33cl bottle from ABCBeers. Thick creamy white head. Clear amber pour. Nice bitterness. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Icedwarf (923) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2015
Bruin bier met schuim. Smaak is apart. Krijg de indruk dat er getracht is zoveel mogelijk nuances in een enkel bier onder te brengen hetgeen naar mijn idee totaal mislukt is. Het smaak pallet is volledig uit balans, waarbij diverse smaken door elkaar lopen die absoluut niet bij elkaar passen. Wat mij betreft volledig mislukt.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
corkyrory66 (1012) - BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2015
Bière dite ambrée par le brasseur, refermentée, de 7 % abv. Couleur brun roux assez soutenu. Clarté nette. Bulles quasi nulles. Mousse beige, nappage un peu informe à 1 mm. Arômes de cerise noire, cuberdon, pointe d’anis. 1ère bouche souple informe entre des épices et des queues de cerise. Arrière-bouche qui fait penser à une kriek. 2ème avec des allures maintenant de brune rouge flamande. Arrière-bouche un rien plus équilibrée. 3ème avec une évolution sur le bois de fût imprégné, en cave humide. Arrière-bouche avec des relents de moût de vin rouge à papa. Longueur où on passe plutôt sur le vinaigre de vin. Jambes lisses, peu marquées. Levure un peu rigide. Alcool assez banal, peu de travail. Finale quelconque. CONCLUSION : une bière d’abord déséquilibrée, puis peu engageante. Si on résume, en fait, elle n’est ni belle ni forte.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
WingdSoldier (64) - BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2014
Very dark colored amber beer with a spicy flavour and a very bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jerre (3019) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 3, 2014
Taste @ home 33 cl bottle from Geers. Hazy amber color, with an off-white head. Aroma spices ! Medium body. Taste: sweet, spice, softbitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (3675) - BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2015 One of the first two beers of this brewery, erected in 2012 in Zeeland (the southwest corner of the Netherlands) but named after a Belgian brewery that was active in East Flanders till 1932. Moderately thick, pale beige, irregular but stable head, colour a very deep bronze with somewhat orangey hue, dark enough to call it a dark beer rather than an amber, cristal clear but cloudy after adding the deposit. Powerful aroma of sweet spices, even soapy almost like bathpearls, strong aniseed and lavender, supported by more subtle hints of caramel, nutmeg, grapefruit, chocolate, mango, tree bark, liquorice and nuts. Taste at first a bit neutral and mineral-like, fresh citrus, then strongly spicy built on a nutty and caramelly malt base, supple mouthfeel, towards the end increasingly hoppy only to end in a widely fanning, powerful, earthy hop bitterness, grapefruit- and tonic water-like, very long. An interesting ale with lots of personality, stylistically a Belgian-style spiced ale, but also a bit bizarre and certainly memorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (18524) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle at chrisOs... Dark copper... Big tan head... Soft sweet spicy malts nose... Dark roast zezty fruits... Dark malts... Sweet fruits... Caramelised fruit

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