Alengrin (3884) - BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
As Wadesda #2, older bottle from Belgiuminabox; now apparently continued as Qroontje, which I haven’t seen anywhere so far. Experimental Belgian specialty grain with very thick, rocky, densely moussy, egg-white head captured after a light amount of gushing; colour is a warm, lightly orangey ’old gold’, clear with very strong sparkling, almost champagne-like, turning more sedate and misty with deposit, as expected. Somewhat unusual but not unpleasant aroma of freshly cut grass, sweet red apple, fresh banana, soap (probably the wheat), apricot, straw, dry cookies, yoghurt, dry earth, gooseberry, sourish grains (oat?) and some onsetting oxidation. Crisp, lively onset with an interesting play of sour (unripe stonefruit), sweet (hints of banana, pineapple and peach) and bitter (firm grassy hop bitterness already manifesting itself in the foreground); prickly carbo but not overdone, supple bready malt base with soapy wheat undertone, bit oily mouthfeel, hop bitterness increasing towards the end and ending bone dry, spicy, tonic water-like and herbal, deeply bittering, lending it a very quenching effect. I do not get much of the Lactobacillus here, are we sure this earlier version is also fermented with bacteria? In any case: interesting, appetizing Belgian blonde for sure, but perhaps not the best in this series. In terms of style, I would hesitate to recommend this as a witbier, considering the amount of hop bitterness, which is totally unexpected for the style. Rather a ’Belgian bitter blonde’ as there are many others nowadays following the example set by XX Bitter in the nineties, but distinguished by the grain bill and fermentation.
Suttree (5768) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to grownfool for this one. This one was...ok, I guess. Smells pepper and piney, taste is more grassy hops and...tobacco? Weird mix of flavors, not sure if it all comes together.
kraddel (5206) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from belgiuminabox.com
Pours clear blonde , huge white head .
Smelll is soaly , bit spicy wheat . Taste is bitter , smoky , plastic . Very , very overcarbonated .
Theydon_Bois (15029) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle split at Scopey’s 5K Extravaganza of Oompah Band meets doorbell - thanks to Paul, 15/02/14. AS Wadesda #2.
Lightly hazed golden orange with a moderate off white covering that retains well.
Nose is tangy citrics, straw, earthy, peach, bitter orange.
Taste comprises bitter fruits, orange tang, straw, scorched grass.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with lingering bitter notes.
Ok stuff - Belgian Wit - really ?
madmitch76 (20080) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
15th February 2014
Scopey 5K Tasting in deepest Croydonia. As Wadesda #2. Cheers Paul. Light haze on this burnished gold beer. Little white head. Palate is light and crispy and dry. Mild minerals. Pretty intense grapefruit bitterness along with an unsweet lactose. Light dry finish and a strong bitter linger. Bitter bastard beer.
maneliquor (3480) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2014
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle shared at Scopey’s 5000th rate. Cheers to Paul for this shocker. Hazy golden pour with a big white head. Nose is big lemony biscuit, sherbert and quite peachy. Taste is very, VERY bitterwith heavy tangy lemon. Bitterness is just so over the top it comes across as burnt. Not good at all
Leighton (16286) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2014 Bottle shared at the Scopey 5K tasting - big thanks to Paul for this one. Pours clear, yellow-gold, effervescent with a frothy white head. Sugary dough in the nose with nips of cereal, puke and corn. Light sweet flavor with dry wheat, bitter hay and grains. Light bodied with average carbonation. Bitter, husky grain finish with dirty hay in the mix as well. So so. The bitterness is a bit harsh, though.
Scopey (10705) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at my 5K tasting. It pours clear light amber with a thick white head. The nose is hay, toast, peppery, biscuit, orange peel and dough. The taste is doughy, hay, spice, toast, decent bitterness, biscuit and citrus peel with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not a whole lot going on, but fine anyways.
Martinus (4317) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy golden colour, white head. Aroma of malts, hops, bread and marmelade. Bitter flavour, malts, yeast and orange zest. Bitter finish, malts, hops, bretty citrus peel, hefty carbonation. Nice, also for its age. I quite like De la Senne brews!
(From 33cL bottle (as Qrootje) @ the pre-RBBWG get-together at Tim’s place. Shared by Tim, thanks!!)
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a four finger thick, plus an additional two-finger thick note above the rim of the glass, pale tan colored head. The beer is a copper color that shows a clear, bright yellow color when held up to the light. The aroma smells sort of tropical, but with ample pear cider notes, up front and is immediately followed by a complex pale malt character that leans towards dried hay, and nutty pale malt notes, as well as a complex pale grain cracker like maltiness.
As I was keeping the beer from overflowing my glass I had to eat some of the foam, it is quite bitter and hoppy. Light bodied up front, the beer then has a solid bitterness that is perhaps just a touch metallic in the finish. There is a floral, spicy, lightly herbal character to this beer that definitely seems hop influenced. Perhaps a touch of light citrus character is in the middle, and there is a solid pear like fruitiness here that isn’t quite as noticeable as in the aroma. There is a light, sun-baked, straw character here, as well as a touch of pale wheat cracker character that even has a hint of rounded, savory, not really sweet grain character.
There is a touch of light tartness to this beer, but this is definitely not really a sour beer; this is a really good Belgian, Golden Ale though. I really like the mix of bitter, herbal hop character, light tartness, expressive pale malt character, and earthy fermentation character here. Definitely my type of beer.