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Brewed by Brouwerij Huyghe
Style: Belgian Ale
Melle, Belgium

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RATINGS: 179   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.


2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2005
Murky golden brown with a bubbly head that disappears relatively quickly as there isn’t much carbonation to refuel it. Floral aroma that is very high in wheat characteristics, with some banana/bugglegum notes, and detectable alcohol. There’s some acidity and astringent sourness, which leaves me tthinking it may be a dodgy bottle. Some bitterness at the end, but all of it isn’t balanced at all. Surprisingly thin and metallic palate, with sharp sensations that gives the beer a scattered appearance.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2005
Bottled, sampled at Delirium Café, Göteborg. Pale golden. Sour pale/wheat malt dominates aroma, then there is fruit and spices, almost menthol. Flavour is rich fruity, pale malty and has notes of anise. This is a very pleasant and tasty brew. Light bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2006 Cloudy golden colour with a medium white head. Yeasty aroma with a bit of vinegar. Plenty of background sweetness and sour fruit in the taste, but a welcome dryness as well. Just a bit too much carbonation, but I enjoyed this.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiulijn (16144) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2005
Hazy blond color; almost no head. Stale aroma of bread. Quite dry mouthfeel, really poor.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) He’s back!!! The cute, little,fat, beer-drinking monk on the St. Idesbald labels. Golden, rather light in body, sweetish, pleasant and very easy to drink. The kind of beer that wouldn’t offend even the typical pils-drinker. Only here you get something a lot more interesting. 070996

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 22, 2005
Coriander and candy nose. Huge head with poor retention. Over spiced with little depth otherwise. Sweet and honeyed character with a candy sugar finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4677) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stew41 (1793) - 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.

2.9
   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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
highlandlad (1434) - 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)


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