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Thouroutenaere ( ... - 2013)

Formerly brewed at Brouwerijen Alken-Maes (Heineken)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Alken, Belgium


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Once a regular from the defunct Louwaege brewery (for the nearby village of Torhout), then by Jumet, and since the closure of Jumet, once a year by the Alken plant, the ABV being raised to 8.5% for Drankenhalle Verhelle at Ichtegem. Only available in 33cl bottles. Brewed by Alken-Maes until January 2014. New version brewed according to a new recipe at Strubbe as from August 2014. Please check carefully which version you’ve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
markextrae (3982) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2014
bottle sample at a festival, say that name 3 times fast!, poured a deep blonde golden colour with a white head, yeasy, floral, sweet candy sugar, citrus, orange peel, sweet fruit, bit unbalanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alengrin (4604) - BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2014
When Louwaege stopped brewing, Alken-Maes not only adopted their Hapkin, but also this regional ale named after the inhabitants of the Western Flemish city of Torhout. This Alken-Maes version is stronger than the original Louwaege version and is still made for beer shop Verhelle each year. Off-white, milky head over a pure ’old gold’ coloured, clear beer. Sweaty grains in the nose, unripe peach, apple peel, tomato, walnuts, hay, raw potatoes, vanilla, ’jenever’. Rounded, supple palate with subdued peachy fruitiness, some caramelly and very lightly nutty malts, herbal hops and some noticeable, but not disturbing alcohol in the finish. Rather bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (9448) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAR 10, 2014
(bottle, 33cl, bb: 26.09.14) Slightly hazy, pale golden colour with a big and blond foamy head. Grainy and delicately strawy malty aroma with notes of citrus and shades of floral hops. Moderately sweet and slightly bitter flavour, medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Pale malt character with grainy and slightly bready notes, a subtle fruity touch, as well as herbal and slightly flowery hops in the background; sweet-bitter, grainy and slightly citric finish with a deceptive alcoholic strength. 10.III.14

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (14270) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2013
Bottle shared with my good friend Niels. Clear yellow to golden color, full sized a bit soapy white head. Smell and taste lightly malts, lightly some yeast, lightly some fruits. Hmm one of so many. Average.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tderoeck (8202) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2012
UPDATED: APR 26, 2012 22/IV/2012 - 33cl bottle from De Hopduvel (Gent) @ Bouvier’s place - BB: 12/X/11 (2012-394)

Clear orange beer, big creamy head, pretty stable, little adhesive. Aroma: somewhat yeasty, floral character, a bit off, sweet and sugary. In all it’s very faint. MF: good carbon, medium body. Taste: some bitterness, a bit off, floral, bit nutty, sweet, spices. Aftertaste: bitter lemon, zest, quite some banana.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bosskie (766) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2011
Transparent well carbonated beer with a typical hayish pils colour. Beautiful head. Citric breay yeasty smell. The taste is well balanced with a very subtle sweetness, could be honey. Creamy bready feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Abio (1859) - Waasland, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2010
Golden with an orange shine. Medium head that should hold some longer. The smell is sweet, fruit and yeast. Taste is sour sweet, fruity. A lightly bitter dry aftertaste, but the sweetness stays. Not completely balanced, but expected worse.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2010
0.33 l bottle at Petalax Beer Festival 2010. Deep golden color. Toffeish, solventy and perfumed aroma. Sweet, berryish and slightly soapy flavor. Reminds cheap sweet white wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2010

Bottle 330ml. @ Petalax Beer Festival 2010 - the 4th. edition.

Clear medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, vintage notes, moderate yeasty, fruity. Flavor is moderate sweet and light moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100703]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wimpie133 (381) - Brugge, BELGIUM - JUN 13, 2010
Bottle, 33 cl. Blond beer with medium white head, many bubbles. Taste is hoppy and light bitter, some fruitiness and orange peel noticeable. The strength however lies in the taste, where malts are combined with fruitiness and orange peel on the background, some nice sweetness of the foreground and a light hoppiness and bitterness in the finish. In the overall pallet however the beer lacks a bit depth. Nice beer overall, but certainly not that exceptional one.

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