Brewed by Brasserie Lefebvre
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Rebecq-Quenast, Belgium


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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MonsterMagnet (462) - - JUN 30, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2014 Bottle, bb 6-2015. Pours pale yellow with a large white head. Grass, citrus, hay, spices, dough, floral. Medium body, thinnish texture, medium sweet, medium bitterness. Somewhat flat, but with a nice long lasting dry and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (2938) - BELGIUM - APR 30, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2015 Last year’s version of Lefêbvre’s (now) most renowned beer, with rocky, very thick, very dense and very stable, moussy, yellowish white head, very firmly lacing; and clear ’old gold’ colour with quiet sparkling, misty light orange with deposit. Aroma of Granny Smith apple, freshly baked white bread, unripe pear, the white bottom side of orange peel, cookie dough, rosé champagne, overripe gooseberries, freshly cut grass, cooked and sugared rhubarb, freshly baked apple cake, suggestions of vanilla extract, honey, pine resin-based bath foam, white raspberry, gin, biscuit and a suspiciously heavy amount of candi sugar. Taste kicks off with a combination of sweet, pear- and gooseberry-like fruit sweetness along with a refreshing, green apple- and unripe plum-like sourness; fairly strong carbo, a bit minerally, with a smooth but ’full’ body, revealing bittering hints already in the middle; acetaldehyde is all around. Becomes hoppier and more bittering towards the finish with leafy, earthy, grassy, somewhat peppery, very long and deep ’English’ hop bitterness, persisting bready and honeyish malt sweetness and a fair deal of warming, ’jonge jenever’-like alcohol; bit yeasty, if not doughy, as well. Hoppy alright, but in a more restrained way than I hoped for even though I have to acknowledge the duration of the hop bitterness is clearly above average here; another ’tripel hop’ trying to build a bridge between the hoppier Belgian tripels and the true IPAs. By itself an enjoyable beer, the sweet biscuit smell was a bit over the top for me though, and I just wish Belgian (family) brewers had the guts to come up with ’real’ IPAs or DIPAs. Somewhat overcarbonated as well. Not sure if this brew can stimulate to keep following track of the different vintages... Still, enjoyable alright, with that long bitter aftertaste and warming ’jenever’-like glow which typifies so many strong Belgians.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AGCostaNeves (65) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - APR 24, 2015
Light golden color and slightly opaque body with fine bubbles and slow climb. A rich White Cream, good retention and numerous fine bubbles. Foam cup ties adhere to the body along the tasting. The Belgian yeast aroma shows its face and is accompanied fortunately fine Hop flowers dominated by citrus notes, white pepper, powerful malts and white bread. A small pickle yeast is perceived and reflected in an interesting way. In a very well balanced bitterness with crisp lemon and mint notes. Complementing the flavor could enjoy a very slight woody together with white fruits, bananas, maybe? The alcohol is well integrated with your body and flavor. Its aftertaste is quite spicy with a hop background. A beautiful seasonal beer in line with the Duvel triple hop or hops Chouffe, this Opus is considerably less intense in flavor than the ones mentioned above, but still holds the fray. A beautiful Lager brewed with fresh hops between January and April. Being available for consumption between March and June this version 2014 rating 8.3% ABV. Worth much be tasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PauloAG (146) - BELGIUM - APR 24, 2015
330cc bottle. Pours golden with nice white head. Nicely sweet balanced with hoppiness. Nose is honey and some earthy yeast and grass hops. Mouth is mostly honey sweet and again earth and grass. Some herbs mostly in the after taste like rosemary or so. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonnyConga (108) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2015
Looks lovely. Aroma hops, grain and yeast. Good carb. Lovely balance of graininess, hoppyness and bitterness. A little bit sweet but quite dry overall. A very refreshing and tasty beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
paulvanpelt (367) - Reusel, NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2015
Goudgeel en nevelig met een flinke en dikke, witte schuimkraag. Aroma is hoppig, verder gist, citrus, brood. Bitter, licht zoet. Ondanks de levendige co2 toch vrij zacht in de mond. Plakkerige textuur, vrij volle body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
XCaellaX (22) - Bramois, SWITZERLAND - MAR 31, 2015
33 cl bottle from Drink d’Annevoie, BE. Clear golden color with a large frothy long lasting white head. Aroma: grass, citrus, hoopy. Flavor: moderate sweet and nicely bitter. Medium body and soft carbonation. Nice hoopy taste!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
androman (731) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 16, 2015
MAR 9, 2015. 33cl bottle @ home from Balazs as a gift, many thanks. Body is clear golden to hazy peach, head is big white creamy mostly lasting excellent lacing. Nose is sour yeasty, flavor is biscuits, hops, floral. Light sweet, medium bitter, light sour, light umami. Finish is medium lasting hoppy bitter, light alcohol warmth. Medium body, sticky texture, lively carbonation. Easy hoppy Belgian style beer, flavor changes during drinking, which makes it interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Deu (867) - Nantes, FRANCE - MAR 5, 2015
Bottle at home. Yellow color, medium body and medium carbonation. Not very fruity for a Belgian ipa. Lasting bitter finish. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wekker84 (1800) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - FEB 25, 2015
Bottle a golden yellow colored beer with a white head aroma malts fruits yeast and hops flavor malts spicy citrus fruits and a bitter hoppy aftertaste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sebilinz (800) - Linz, AUSTRIA - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle. Hazy golden body with white head. Aroma is herbs some malts and typical Belgium fruity yeast. Taste is malty sweetness with some yeast and herbs. Aftertaste is medium bitter with some malty sweetness.

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