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’t Hofbrouwerijke Flower Sour

Brewed by ’t Hofbrouwerijke
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Beerzel, Belgium


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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 2.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Brewed with lavender, dandelion, heather and chamomile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (4605) - BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2016
Bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck. Started gushing quite violently one second after opening. Egg-white, loosely structured, airy head, quickly reduced to a thin moussy rim around the glass and not much else; hazy orange blonde robe with deep amber hue and strings of fizz here and there. Quite powerful aroma of gooseberry, peach, orange peel, ginger, fermenting hay, wet leather, dried cranberries, vaguely honeyish camomile (effectively used), bread crumbs, moldy walnuts, sour apples, home-made herbal tea (I guess this is the heather), wormwood (or indeed bitter dandelion juice?), soap (perhaps the lavender - but in a subtle way, I do not get much explicit lavender aroma, actually). Crisp, estery, vivid onset, lots of sour crabapple, unripe plum and redcurrant, berry-like sourness with a sweetish, peachy core, mildly tingling carbonation, smooth and somewhat oily mouthfeel. This lively fruitiness persists over a caramelly and slightly nutty malt sweet middle phase, with the soft but nevertheless crisp acidity gently drying the palate. Something leathery retronasally (Brettanomyces!) along with aromatic herbal and floral notes, but again, the different herbs are hard to distinguish and remain interwoven with both each other and the estery profile of the beer itself; I guess camomile and heather are recognizable as something honeyish and the lavender yields a subtle soapy accent, with the dandelion providing a light rooty wryness in the end, paired with an earthy, spicy hop bitterish touch; bready yeastiness follows too along with juicy malt sweetness. Somewhat unusual spice beer, with the sourness fitting in well, but the four herbs used are a bit lost into the whole - which is, perhaps, not a bad thing, as many spice beers are drowned in an overkill of spiciness while this one retains only a moderately spicy character integrated in a Belgian ’wild’ (Brett) ale. Still, I did expect a more outspoken floral and herbal character. In all, not an unpleasant beer to my palate, refreshing and tasty, but technically not quite alright considering the gushing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Swaroga (2111) - Gdańsk, POLAND - JUL 9, 2016
Sample. Clear brown with almost no carbonation. Aroma is pear, apple, apple vinaigrette, grape vinaigrette, vanilla cake, tea, dried apples. Watery mouth feel. The beer is sweet and sour like vinaigrette and candied fruits. Some spices and nothing else. Not bad for cooking or food pairing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
impuritylaw (64) - Freibierg, GERMANY - JUL 7, 2016
Kindly given by Bierhandlung, thanks Thomas. Sour Aroma with floral notes and some musty component, like rotten apples. Taste is sour apples with some balsamic notes. Pretty sour, but lacking a some carbonation making the finish a bit flat. Couldn’t get any of the added flowers. Interesting beer that harmonises well with the sour ending of Germany vs France.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40876) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 27, 2016
From tap. Pours hazy orange with a small off white head. Aroma is fruity, citric and wineous. Fruity, citric. Lingering and smooth fruity. Dry and citric finish. Lasting fruity into the far finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (9152) - Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2016
Bottle from The Party Source. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have big floral, herbal hops, a minty character, some lactic acidity, tart, odd fruity notes, some bitterness to the finish as well as a lingering herbal character that is like one of the components was reduced to an oil, strange beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FrankZappa7 (480) - GERMANY - APR 26, 2016
23-Apr-2016@ZBF. Kastanienbraun, trüb, beiger Schaum. Aroma: kröäuterig, funky. Antrunksüß, kräuterig-fruchtig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (17309) - P´Castle, GERMANY - APR 24, 2016
Trübes dunkel orange goldenes Bier mit geringen leicht beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch süß fruchtig, floral. Geschmack süß fruchtig, rote Früchte, leicht säuerlich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SinH4 (3196) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 23, 2016
Hazy dark orange color with white head. Aroma is tart cherries, yoghurt, quite funky. Taste is sweet, phenolic-boozy tart cherry, oily mouthfeel, near-flat. Warming finish. Not bad, but not too good either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (5469) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAR 3, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2016 Keeps foaming... Put a stopper on it. Quite ugly, mostly headless. Very spiced, with fermenting fruit like sources. Some amber malts for backup. A bit too herbal for me perhaps. Sourness isn’t strong though. Bit vegetable but I like it more than I thought I would. (75cl bottle from discount corner at ABS Drinks I belièf)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jredmond (7695) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2015
Sampled at The Festival 2015 in St. Pete with Vinny. Pours a hazy golden body with thick white lacing. Mouthfeel is flowers, lime, lemon, malt and lavender.

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