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Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Barley Wine
Purmerend, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Speculator is een levend, niet gepasteuriseerd, bovengistend bier. Speculator onderscheidt zich door een evenwichtig maar toch complex specerijenkarakter waarbij het alcoholpercentage niet in smaak overheerst. Het tijdens het brouwen gebruikte ’kruidenbuiltje’ is een uitgebalanceerde combinatie van diverse kruiden en specerijen die de SNAB heeft kunnen vertalen in dit unieke bier. Hoewel de naam doet vermoeden dat Speculator een typisch december bier is, zullen we Speculator het hele jaar door, maar in beperkte mate blijven produceren. Voor de liefhebbers van kruidige bieren is deze "vloeibare speculaas" een absolute aanrader en bezorgt u dan ook een ware smaaksensatie. Michael Jackson, "the Beer Hunter", was één van de vele Speculator en SNAB fans. In zijn boek "Ultimate Beer" beschrijft hij Speculator als volgt: "Het bier is kersenrood van kleur, met een grote, warme, stoffige, specenrijenachtige, kersenachtige geur. Het heeft een zachte smaak met bittere kersen, wortelachtige, dropachtige smaken en een menthol, kruidige afdronk". Water, Münchener-, Kristal-, Pils- en Special "B" mout, Saaz hopkorrels, Specerijen en Gist.


aenima's rating

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
aenima (323) - Askim, - JAN 1, 2014
Quite weak malty aroma. A little fruity and caramely. A little sweet.Decent but nothing more.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkam (399) - POLAND - FEB 9, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark copper with a small head. Aroma of spices: cloves, cinamon, cardamon, ginger with some spiciness from yeast, pepper. Tastes similar to Christmass spicy biscuits, sweet, medium body, pleasant ,warming alcohol. Very good one for the beer with spices.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (8524) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2015
Bottle sampled at Essen Winterbier festival 2015. Appears very hazy brown with a big bubbly cream head. Aroma of speculaas, veggies, yeast, overripe dark fruit and caramel. Flavour is over moderate sweet and light moderate bitter. Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mateuszk (1391) - Poznañ, POLAND - DEC 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy, dark amber in colour, small head. Aroma and taste of speculas bidcuits, ginger, clove, cinamon, cardamon. In tastes like christmas biscuits. In taste not too sweet, medium body, low carbonation. Finish is lightly sweet. Alcohol well hidden. Very well done beer with speculas flavour, maybe more old ale not bw, but still tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DwarfeD (2077) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2015
75cl bottle shared at home. Hazy reddish brown with a medium off-white head. Medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Herbal bitterness with some sweet tones. Spices (lots of a ’em), raisin, ripe dark fruits, caramel, malts and licorice. A tad too herbal for my taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (3884) - BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2015
A hybrid of barley wine and Doppelbock, thanks to Craftmember for bringing this from the Netherlands. Frothy, egg-white, lacing, milky head over a hazy mahogany coloured beer with bronze hue. Aroma of gingerbread and ’pepernoot’ (quite appropriate for this time of the year!), caramel, some ’natural’ iron, amaretto, dried leaves, cocoa, dried banana, peach and of course the old familiar ’speculoos’. Soft sweet onset with a clear (intended) ’speculoos’ flavour not unlike Ecaussinnes’ Cookie Beer but less one-dimensional, surrounded by hints of fig, medlar and candied orange, soft carbo, fluffy caramelly malt sweetness underneath with a very light toasted accent somewhere; ends in ongoing speculoos sweet spiciness well paired with a soft, gentle, leafy and herbal hop bitterishness and a glow of warming, slightly liqueurish alcohol. Sweet, but in a multidimensional and subtle kind of way, beautifully balanced with faint sourish and gently bittering flavours - this is delicious.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MelvinKalksma (468) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2015

Aroma:
Spicy, cardamon, cinnamon, malts, caramel, slightly hoppy, fruity.

Appearance:
Amber/Ruby/brown beer with a thick foamy off-white head.

Taste/Palate:
Sweet with lots of caramel, seriously full of spices. Ends dry and spicy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vipinvelp (3318) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2015
Opaque dark ruby brown, light brown lacing foam head. Gingerbread aroma and taste, warm drink, alcohol does not show itself when drinking. Tricky. Nice spicy aftertaste. (Velp 201504)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansjelaah (1746) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle with Dutchdrebus @home sinterklaasavondje. Amber color with an off-white head. Smells malty, sweet, speculaas. Tastes sweet, malty, pumpkin beer but less sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DutchDrebus (5275) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle @ ansjelaah. Dark amber colour with a small to medium sized off-white head. Smells pepernoten, speculaas, sweet, malts, herbs, schrobbelaer. Tastes sweet, malts, raisins, speculaas, pepernoten, hint of iron. Medium body, soft to medium carbo.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tricksta_p (2681) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2014
Aroma of malt, bread, speculaas, shitloads of herbs. Flavour is malty and herbal, quite sweet, unsurprisingly. A bit too sweet for my taste. Still, not a bad brew.


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