Alengrin (4065) - BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
SNAB’s self-proclaimed "king of honey beers", bottle from a Deen supermarket. Medium thick, egg-white, moussy head leaving patches of lacing on the glass, colour a deep and warm, pure coppery amber, clear but turning light hazy in the end. Aroma of acacia honey indeed, quite dominant but leaving enough room for other suggestions of sandwiches, gingerbread, faint strawberry, grass, iron but in a natural way to the point where it becomes a bit rosehip-like, apple cake, orange liqueur, dry earth, soap, overripe red tomato, some dried kitchen herbs, red apple, jute, toasted bread and even a very weak hint of cooked cabbage (DMS) lurking somewhere in the background. Spritzy onset of canned apricot, raisin and banana sweetness plus a soft, background redcurrant sourishness, strongish carbo, very supple, slick and even slightly metallic caramelly and lightly nutty to even slightly toasted malt sweetness in the middle superseded by honey sweetness and subtle spicy hints, bitterish in the end with ongoing toasted malt bittersweetness, soft herbal hop bitterishness, some faint spicy phenols, warming liqueurish alcohol and, expectedly, honey sweetness, unmistakable yet still managing not to overpower all the rest, though it does stick to the throat a little bit; the toasted malt bitterishness and the hops try to counter this sweetness, but fail in the end. Belgian style sweet honey tripel, tasty but still a tad too sweet; I can, however, appreciate the fact that the people of SNAB have applied artisanal honey in this, but I think adding it in an earlier stage of brewing would have been a better idea. Too sweet still, to my palate at least; needs more body and more ’end bitterness’ to finish off the initial honey sweetness.
Maarten1993 (780) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 8, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank with Rik 04-01-2016. The best SNAB beer so far I think. Comprehensive, rich taste, lot ot sweetness but not unbalanced. Like it.
TtV (362) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33cl. Amber coloured with a medium off white head. Aroma is dominated by malts in which honey is recognizable. The aftertaste mildly bitter accented by Co2 but develops into a sweet, which not surprisingly tastes like honey.
sjogro (1903) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours brown tea like color. Honey, spices, damp clay, yeast, rye bread. Taste is sugary sweet with very light earthy bitter throughout. Mouthfeel is oily and slick with fizzy carbo. Very nice for what it is.
gyhallmanti (177) - Groningen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle at home. Pours a clear dark orange colour with a creamy white head. Aroma of hops, honey, malts, caramel, flowers. Taste is sweet with a slight dry finish. notes of honey, flowers, caramel, candied sugar. Texture is sticky with average carbonation.
Craftmember (36) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle bought at Deen supermarket in Holland.
It pours a beautiful clear dark red amber with a lightly tanned head.
It smells indeed of a lot of sweet honey and malt, doughy bread, wheat. There was a slight tinge of metal which faded away together with the head (Iron sulfate? I hope not...)
The first taste is of beautiful sweet honey and malt, very faint hint of fruity tones, with a very sharp peppery effect in the mouth from the alcohol, it even burns in the throat... Not well masked I’d say...
Very little hop to be found, a nice thin edge of citric acid in the aftertaste.
Silty on the back of the tongue.
Overall it’s not a bad honeybeer, pity of the burning alcohol, and for me the total lack of any hopbitterness, it’s presence only given away by the slightly dry mouthfeel, could be in for some improvement. The mouthfeel is nice and oily enough with a gentle finish were it not for the burning alcohol.
In my humble opinion this could be a great honeybeer if it could find more balance by adding a tat more hopbitterness to counter the absolutely lovely honey, a little less silt in the aftertaste, and a bit more fruit wouldn’t go amiss if it could come from the hops...
It’s interesting ’though, and I will drink it again, only to hope for some evolution!
Abijen (2330) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Oranje onhelder bier met een gebroken wit schuim kraag. Ruikt honing, hoppig en mout. Smaakt erg zoet. Honing en mout. Iets te veel carbo.
MelvinKalksma (628) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel, honey, flowers, toffee.
Lightly turbid golden/amber coloured beer with a off-white head.
Fruity, yeast, honey, toffee, banana.
markextrae (3131) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
sample at 24 uurs maastricht, poured a clear dark golden to amber colour with a white head, note of caramel malts, toffee, sweetness, honey, candy, flowers, red berries, vlierbloessem, floral, spicy herbal aftertaste, but to much
chromeotaphor (136) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Zoetig honing aroma. Mooie romige kraag. Volle bruisende romige honing smaak lekker uitbundig. Gedronken @ 24 uurs van maastricht