Alengrin (1824) - BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hoppy ale in the literal sense of the word, because this is bottled with an actual hop cone inside. Notorious gusher, due to which the hop cone usually is driven out of the bottle - a playful gimmicky effect a hophead like myself can only condescendingly smile at. The head I eventually captured, was very thick and rocky, sticky, yellowish and stable; the beer itself a cloudy peach blonde. Aroma dominated by the ’green’ and resinous effect of the hop cone, with a vegetable, spicy hoppiness, under which more subtle hints of peach, orange zest, melon, caramel, pineapple and cheese are present. Fresh fruity and citrussy taste, light and smooth, with the expected fresh and green, powerful, dry peppery, sticky, long hop bitterness finishing the palate. I enjoyed this very much, a kind of direct forerunner to the hops revival in Belgian beer culture; when I first tasted it, in late 2005, the label was not yet finished...
3fourths (8055) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle at Molenhof in Oostvleteren. Highly effervescent and uncontrollably turbid pour, it’s yeasty and milky and ugly in the glass.
Of course, the nose is yeasty, musty, green, lemon-y and slightly lactic. Highly effervescent, highly acidic, off dry, hoppy and green. Medium-light body with a faint touch of alcohol. Hard to review in this state... you see, they put a hop cone into the bottle, giving the beer an extra billion nucleation points, so there’s no controlling the pour, you end up with a milky glass with a raw / wet / green hop character. The beer seems to have potential, if they could just give up on the hop cone gimmick and make it clean.
Leighton (11122) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at home in London - sourced from Ales by Mail. Gusher! I mean, even the stock image is gushing. Pours murky gold with a few hop leaves floating about (most of the cone flew out with the initial gush) and a creamy white head. The aroma has some pale, doughy bread malts, hints of yeast, floral hops. Medium sweet flavor with some alcohol, ripening apples, yeast, candi sugar, bitter grass. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Grassy bitter finish with some raw alcohol burnt, more pale and bready malts, some wheat, yeast, plastic, white grape. Not a big fan.
mjik83 (145) - - AUG 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl flesje bij café De Gouveneur, Maastricht
Alcoholpercentage van 6,5%
Uitgeschonken in Tripel Karmeliet glas
Uiterlijk: goudoranje kleur met dikke witte schuimkraag. Apart natuurlijk de echte hopbloem in het glas. Zoals eerder vermeld een echte 'gusher', indien niet bekend is de helft weg van je fles
Aroma en smaak: bloemig, fruitig zoals perzik, bitter door de hop
Conclusie: apart ook door de originaliteit. Maar smaak is ook lekker, ondanks ik niet zo van bitter hou.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Jyrsa (60) - - AUG 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ blue jay. Bbe 2013. Strange concept. Pours a very hazy orange with lots of particles. nose is hops snd caramel. Taste again hops with hints of citrus. Body is bit odd with a bittet after taste.
mikske79 (1242) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 7, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Een bier met een hele speciale smaak, niet echt mijn ding, maar sommige mensen zullen dit goed vinden.
Camons (6045) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Michaels. Heavy gusher. Pours slightly hazy golden with a white head, heavy floaties. Aroma of malt, grain, light yeast, grassy hops, little citrus. Flavor malt, grainy, yeast, grassy hops, citrusnotes. Medium body, lively carbonation. 210614
MarcoDL (2226) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer itself is a Belgian blond, with more hops than usual. But the real cool thing is the hopcone they put in every bottle. I comes out when you open the bottle, giving the beer a fresh touch of hop. Very special.
Douberd (2304) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 330 ml at home, poured into a tulip glass, ABV 6.5%. A hop cone in the bottle.
Opens with a gunshot. If you have troubles seeing the hop cone on the bottom, don’t worry, this GUSHER will shoot it straight out of the bottle along with half of the beer and onto your floor (or a plate or something if you read this beforehand).
Bright golden colour on the body, quite hazy of course, with a huge snow white head on top. Fantastic retention, usually gushers have a froathy, non lasting head but not this one. Heavy lacing left around the glass.
Aroma of malts, light citrus, grains.
Taste has grains, quite a bit of yeast, malts, light citrus, light peaches. Moderate dry on the aftertaste.
Medium thin body, soft carbonation, mildly dry palate.
Overall much better than expected, quite drinkable in spite of the grainy taste.
rikstar (780) - NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,33l fles van de fust, huis eerst gedweild na het openen van de fles. Goudgeel troebel bier met een hopbel. Geur is Citrus fruit gist, smaak is hop en gistbitter. Aardig maar niet heel erg bijzonder.