Trappistenbier (51) - - APR 30, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the new beers from bry. De Regenboog is called ’t Smisje + (Plus) Dubbel IPA.
An American inspired hop monster.
Bry. De Regenboog is using a new yeast strain !!
A yeast strain that, already with the first sip, shows a significant change in taste. A change into more delicious.
After all, yeast is one of the most important ingredients of beer, and a quite taste determinative factor.
Here we experience a significant improvement, which implies that we experience a wonderful fruity, refreshing sensation.
When tasting the 60 IBU bitter 10 vol% blond, hazy beer, you will experience an IPA exactly as what an American IPA should embody. In other words: Citric Hops !!!!
The citric hoppy bite is astounding, and the combination of the new fruity yeast gives it that most wonderful flavors.
This is a perfect marriage between Belgian yeast and American hops. Four kinds of hops are used, including some American Amarillo and Cascade hops, which are responsible for the citric characteristics. This beer has still some sugars left.... makes it pleasant sweet.
I’ve had a lot of IPA’s on my trip to the US, and people I can assure you that we’re facing the real stuff here ! A perfect copy.
Alengrin (2436) - BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the first Belgian IPAs and effectively labelled as such; this trend has continued since then, to that extent that extra hoppy Belgian ales can now loosely be grouped as a ’Belgian IPA’ substyle. Thick and moussy, sticky, cream white head, deep orange blonde colour, cloudy. Powerful aroma of grassy, oily and peppery hops, tonic water, peach, chamomille, pepper, bread, apricot, pear, cardboard. Yeasty and fruity taste, vaguely sweet with pretty strong carbo, smooth with an early and long-lasting, complex, dry and assertive spicy hop bitterness on a mellow caramelly malt backbone. Though this style was all but unknown in Belgium when this was marketed, it already showed great similarities with the classic American West Coast IPAs. I hope Johan Brandt will brew this again some day in his new brewery.
baraciisch (2010) - California, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated from beer log during 2009 Belgium trip...Golden in color, not very aromatic by American standards... Slightly sweet, not as bitter as most double IPAs I've had, but fairly otter finish on the palate.. Definitely conceals the 10% abv... Not bad, I've had better on the US but an interesting beer nonetheless
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
MarcoDL (2386) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Double IPA with a very heavy Belgian body of sweet malt and smooth yeast. Full of ingredienst, this beer tastes like a meal.
Beergeek23322 (2473) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
August 2010. From bottle. Pours amber color with a white head. This is not your traditional IPA but more IPA meets Belgian yeast and style. Still an intersting brew, but not for me.
yngwie (14146) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. An unclear, orange-golden beer topped by a dense, finger-thick head. The aroma has some pine cones, but it’s mostly in the Belgian style of strong blondes or tripels. Sweet, fruity and sugary flavor with a decent bitterness. Full-bodied, quite smooth on the palate. A decent beer, but it lacks quite a lot to match the really nice Belgian Ales meeting American IPA hopping. 120525
BiereLuc (974) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Des particules inertes flottent comme dans une gelée. Opaque et or, elle est dominée par un mince collet de mousse qui ne s’essouffle pas. Au nez, les épices et les fines herbes se couchent sur un lit d’alcool légèrement citronné. Dès l’entrée en bouche, la perception d’alcool s’effondre rapidement sous des prétextes épicés et sur une trame de poivre piquant. Puis l’alcool nous hante à nouveau, du haut de ses 10%. Les paysages bucoliques de Bruges se fondent bien dans cette bière surprenante. Ma découverte du Mondial de la Bière 2009 à Montréal.
JefVerstraete (1574) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strange hazy blond yellow colour. Bottle from 2008. I think this beer must have been better some years ago. Strange fruity aroma (grapefruit, banana, bubblegum). Bitter aftertaste. Very strange example of an IPA.
laiti (5957) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle @ hotel room, Brussels. Rated on 18.07.2010
Aroma is somewhat fruity with grassy hops and some caramel. Flavour has lots of grassy hops, some fruits, biscuits and hints of nettles. Decent, a DIPA in Belgian way.
Acid303 (406) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - NOV 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle. Dark orange colour with some redish tones and a large head, which finally vanishes. Looks and smells really good, but I expected better taste. It’s like a mix of IPA and barley wine, not bad but too sweet for me. Alcohol is also present in taste.
gunnfryd (11192) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is hop, nuts, malt, alcohol. Flavour is hop, nuts, malt, alcohol, dried fruit, yeast. full body. OK beer.