Brewed by Brouwerij Huyghe
Style: Belgian Ale
Melle, Belgium


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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Bottle conditioned.
On the basis of ancestral recipes, this relatively light blonde, remains faithful to the principles of the monks who populated the old abbey of Belgian. It refreshes intelligently, and will charm the thirst in hot weather.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 11, 2005
(Bottled) Hay orange-yellow color with a medium, tight and lacy head. Mild, yeasty and perfumy aroma. Fruity (oranges), acidic flavor with a mildly bitter finish and somewhat noticeable alcohol. Medium-bodied with a bit hard carbonation. Still quite balanced. A refreshing, basic blonde with no serious flaws.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stew41 (1772) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2005
Dirty orange and quite cloudy. Nose is a little abrupt with some strong spice and corriander notes. More of the spice in the mouth with some noticable bitterness and sour notes. Does feel a little clumsy to be honest and some overt alcohol heat doesn’t help. Interestingly I picked this up for $3.75 at a competitor which gives me some confidence I can sell for close to $3.25, so in the Oz market good value for the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2005
Opaque orange-amber with persistent medium head. Corriander dominates the aroma. Tastes a lot like a pretend, not strongly flavoured Orval. Has a warming, slightly sour finish. I guess the idea is to produce a more consistent (boring) undemanding version of the trappist.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
highlandlad (1424) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 10, 2005
Abbey-style golden ale in which 6% abv doesn’t translate into much in the way of flavour. Poured a cloudy gold with a moderate white head. The nose is subtle, with a hint of grapefruit and some yeast. Medium-bodied and creamy with some light fruity notes at the front of the tongue and a muscular shot of alcohol in the finish. It’s perfectly drinkable but the experience is not particularly satisfying. (Bottle)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonMoore (1924) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2005
Cloudy blonde with particulates, good sized beady white head. Aroma is honey, oranges and yeast. Taste is sweet oranges, honey and spices with a nice acidity and hoppy finish. Medium bodied, average carbonation and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8410) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2005
Hazy orange and gold in appearance. Aromas are are sweet oranges and spices with yeast and floral hops - good. Flavours are sweetened oranges and spices with yeast and a nice peppery feel on the tongue. Fairly dry on the finish. This is delicate in many ways but still quite complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Delirium Cafe Brussels: poured yellow with a thin white head. Yeasty and fruity aroma. Mildly bitter. Light banana and apple flvor. Full bodied mouthfeel. Refreshing. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8095) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 15, 2004
OK, here I go again. The current Huyghe version, against the original ’t Damberd - 1989 - version, fermented with Rodenbach yeast.Points in bold <P>Very huge, very dense yellowish foam, leaving lace; darker gold beer, clear.Virtually no head, slim white rim; orange-gold, nearly amber beer, clear 4/5 Quite grainy nose, bit lactic (not quite diacetyl), and celery (DMS?). Then the inevitable alcohol kicks in, but thankfully paired to fine citrus/citrusblossom aroma Great lactic-sherry nose; sweet-sour as a good fino; touch of both lactic and acetic acids; RGC or even quite old lambic-like. 9/10 Harsh alcoholic-sweet taste, a serious dash of resin in it. Not quite retsina, but all the same. Citruspeel. The harshness fades a bit, without completely disappearing. Again, delicately balanced sweet/sour; sweet on the lips, sourish and complex retronasal; grapes, both sweet and sour, ripe grain, again sherry - this time I’d venture Amontillado. 8/10 Aggressive alcoholburn, medium bodied. Aftertaste of stale cookies. Diacetyl after all? Watery texture, but medium bodied and even slick mouthfeel. Moderate acidburn 3/5 Not a very impressive beer - alcohol, diacetyl, DMS... Pff - the fine citrusaroma is a nice surprise, but not nearly enough.A great beer still - though age, I have to concede has changed its character notably. The Rodenbach yeast is more than obvious, but in this pale aged beer, it is truly a sherry flavour that appears. Wish I could drink this every day. 16/20 Both beers have one thing in common. The name. Guess who was first.</P>

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2004
The beer after its excavation from the 330ml brown bottle takes up temporary residence in my glass a luminous gold color with a portly bright white head that is semi-creamy in texture, as it dissipates the lace forms a thin sheet of lace upon the glass. Nose is sweet malt, citrus like in crispness, fresh and pleasing to the eye and nose, start is lightly sweet start with a pleasing malt presence, the top light. Finish has a stern acidity with the hops pleasantly spicy and the aftertaste extremely dry, drinkable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1611) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - AUG 13, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 Bottled - at Kulminator, Antwerp, Belgium
Normally clear, yellow body. Huge particles - average density. Mostly diminishing, white head. Virtually no lace. Moderately sweet, moderately bitter initial flavour. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter finish - averagily long. Medium to fully bodied.

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