Brewed by Brouwerij Huyghe
Style: Belgian Ale
Melle, Belgium


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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (7928) - 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 (1607) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2004
Nice shining blond beer with a fluffy head. Good bud no exiting aroma’s. Little touch of fruit in the nose and overall soft aroma. The taste round,soft and ends in a fruity bitternes.This is a well made beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2004
My thoughts were that this looks like a typical Belgian Style Wit. Cloudy in the bottle and a creamy head to match. I found the typical esters and fruity diacetyl profiles too and just became a bit bored of it all. Not too bad as a refreshing beer but not a great performer either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (10655) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2004
Orange/amber, no head. Quite weak aroma from yeast and fruit. Flavor is fruity with some citrus. Some spices and bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5613) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2004
Draught at Delirium Café, Bruxelles, Belgium. Deep golden, almost no head. A faint, fresh, fruity and herby aroma. A fruity flavour with late bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierkoning (10210) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2004
Light orange color, cloudy. Orange aroma. Sweetish flavor with orange and lemon. Chalky with some yeasty bitterness. Chalky bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
motelpogo (6700) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 25, 2004
hard to say much about this one. slight hint of nastiness in the yeasty tang. some vanilla and old journals

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Choos (604) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2004
Aroma is peppery with pineapple. Appearance is cloudy darker than gold blonde. Fairly large head that didn't last with some lacing. Sweet pineapple flavours that quickly give way to hop bitterness. Fairly thin though medium carbonation which works well.

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