JorisPPattyn (9505) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gushing to huge off-white head over veiled amberish orange beer. Caramel, molasses, syrup upon opening; almonds, cookies asn some oxydation notes; old lavender and pistacchios. Oxydation to a high level in the taste; biscuit, (orange)cookies, old nougat with nuts. Extremely stable head (iron?) with a creamy feel, light body, slick. Yeah.... can Ste Hélène really do a steam beer?
rood (85) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - NOV 15, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Gusher + snailer, even when served icecold. Strong head retention. Aroma is yeast, caramalt and cobbage. Taste is iron, coriander, caramalt and green vegetables. Within style at par.
Alengrin (4594) - BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Never thought the steam beer style, not even as common in California as the alternative name suggests, would make its way to the Belgian beer landscape, nice surprise... Quite strong gusher. Towering and rocky, inches thick head, egg-white, leaving thick ’papery’ lacing on the edges; hazy orange blonde colour with a ’yeast fog’ hanging in it. Aroma very bready, hints of toast, brown bread crust, baker’s yeast, dry cookies, straw, biscuit, hazelnuts, apricot, grass, dried orange peel. Restrained fruitiness in the mouth, dried peach, pineapple and pear with citrusy freshness, strong and minerally carbo, bready and caramelly, lightly toasted malt sweetishness under an even more bready yeastiness, ’natural’ iron accent, long floral, spicy and drying, almost tonic water-like hop bitterness in the end but still in good balance with the malts. Very interesting and well done.
Ysok02 (1037) - MOns, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Une bière ambrée au nez épicé et malté et à la bouche ronde et souple mais qui manque un peu de longueur et de complexité.
bartlebier (3496) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl from Geers, shared with a sunflower pit crushing Vladimir on his ICE way through Koblenz. Bit of a gusher, almost coating the carriage... Ar) caramel "Tyskie" nose, quoth Vladimir. hayish with a sprinkling of modern hoppage. T) Hopforward and quite bitter with the fine herbal Perle, studded by thinner honeypop malts. P) Yeastier than a US steam beer or Kölsch, with some Belgian yeast astringency especially in the finish reinforcing hop bitters, rougher edges. Leaves a subtle leafy tingle. Reminded me of some Artzner beers. Overall well done, this première (?) of a Belgian California Common.
markoijelena (2480) - Belgrade, SERBIA - SEP 22, 2015
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle 0.33l from Dranken Geers Gent Belgium.23.07.2015.Pour it dark golden color with medium white head.Aroma of rust, honey.Taste are skunky, too much carbonated, honey, not good for me, maybe is not good bottle.
Kr1zz (428) - BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle procured from Geers in Oostakker. Houston, we have a gusher.
Pours clear orange with lot’s of spices floating around. Big dark white head leaving a nice lacing on the glass. Well carbonated. Nose: fresh hops, pepper, malts, notes of fruit, cookie dough. Taste: waterish in the beginning with notes of fruit, than peppery with a hint of cookie dough and malts. Very dry and bitter aftertaste. Lot’s of flavour for such a low alcoholic beer.
berntholer (1581) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
massively dense and stable ivorywhite head leaves structured lacing and foamhead. orange colour. aroma is yeasty, bit peppery and slight hoppy. taste like aroma with a long bitter finish. good body given the low abv and medium carbonation. not bad for a single perle hop session ipa. bottle 33cl / bbf sep-2016
ruigo (2383) - PORTUGAL - APR 3, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle. Clouded orangish colour with a massive white head. Spices, hops, apricots and yeast in the aroma. Average carbonation and medium body. Taste is more sweet at start with some fruity notes but gets more bitter towards the finish with some citric notes. Overall, a fairly nice beer.
BlackHaddock (6375) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle: poured into a ’Leffe’ chalice on 6th Mar 2015. Shared with no one. Sadly a gusher, third of the bottle came out and the glass filled with foam and a bit of beer, clear and golden, as the brew calmed down I poured in more, each time it became a little darker in colour and cloudier (no surprises there then). Yeasty nose, with a malty base, the hop content not arriving until the flavours arrived late on in the taste. Actually the huge head had a mega hop flavour and once the beer settled it seemed more hoppy than malty in nature. Classed by someone as a ’California Common’, I wouldn’t know, but I really enjoyed the beer even though the initial pour rushed out the bottle, the sediment/grisp adding to the depth of flavour and enjoyment.