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Triomfbier Vooruit 100

Brewed by Brasserie Dupont
Style: Belgian Ale
Tourpes-Leuze, Belgium


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.27/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Brewed for De Vooruit in Gent for their 100th anniversary and the festivities linked to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OldMrCrow (1945) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2014
750 ml bottle from Total Wine.

Given my intense love for all things Dupont, Iím hugely stoked to be able to try this one. Amber-bronze pour with a fluffy and persistent cream head. The nose is fascinating. From afar, itís wild with damp matted sheets of mouldering leaves (great descriptor from a previous rater), but as you really lean in and inhale all of that is swept away on a wave of smoke, like a favorite fleece shirt after an evening standing by an autumn campfire. The flavor, sadly, is a muddle. Sweetish brown-bread malts seem out of place. Abundant band-aid phenols intermingling with smoke recall an Islay whisky. Yeast brings a backgrounded suite of Dupont-style esters through the middle, and drives some spicy notes late. Not a bit tart.

Iím so sad. This one makes almost no sense. Itís too sweet, too phenolic, too smoky, and worst of all, utterly incoherent. Much as I love the brewery, this is a complete mess.

tl;dr summary: Biggest disappointment since Ghostbusters 2.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11510) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 13, 2014
750 c&c from Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Oh to be in Ghent. Or Brugge. Or Brussels. Or so many other Belgian locals.Pours hazy golden amber with a foamy white head. Aroma tends towards a sour aspect. With a veg or herb adjunct. Full bodied. Flavor is somewhat medicinal. Phenolic after the first impact. Moves on towards some fruits, but not losing the phenolics. Then I realize that maybe thereís smoke, which Iíve been adding into the phenolic. This is really quite different, and Iím thinking this phenolization is accounting for the low rating. Now Iím getting some myrtile. If nothing else, it is increasing my mental alertness. :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2014
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Spicy malty flavor with a lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6773) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle from Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours cloudy golden with a huge white fluffy head and a smoky aroma. There is a hearty smoked malt flavor with a bit of brett-like sourness. Very funky, but quite interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5088) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Picked up this bottle about two weeks ago at JCís on first arrival, 25.4 oz corked [2.014] and caged. Nose is dusty wheat, lemon, lightly tart, floral; some later-arrived funky/Brett-like notes with a surprising finish of burning/smoky wood. Pours rich dark amber, edging into a sort of woody-brown, very abundant carbonation without an angry fizz, a sizable off-white foam for a head with no gush. Somewhat fizzy start, oily medium body with tons and tons of turned-up phenols: smoke the strongest and swirling/blending nicely with the slightly smoked malt, and followed not far behind by mild band-aid. Woody with some leaf mold, faint but very bright citrus, more herbal and floral notes up the middle, dash of honey. Very light tang, not much character from the amber/Vienna-like malt, dries out significantly, spice is somewhat limited. Aftertaste is bone-dry and somewhat dirty/woody. Doesnít have the sparkling Dupont hallmarks, but does have some of the subtler ones [this is still their yeast, after all], and is well-made and balanced; like the New Belgium wild ale I had last night, this is an example of a very moreish beer without a single dominant flavor, and one where the superlative yeast is able to elevate a relatively mundane recipe.

Breezy and super easy-going, alcohol not an issue, I could drink this all day!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8912) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle. Pours orange gold white head. Nose and taste of bubblegum, lemongrass, old orange peel and yeast cake. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2014
750 cc from Whole Foods Plymouth. Pours hazy copper with off-white frothy head. Nose is yeasty funk, fruit, mild rauch. Tastes fruity, yeasty, with rauchy notes. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DedicatedToFun (3024) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Tap, gold pour, white head, nose is smokey, taste is smokey, ashes, cigarettes, interesting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6329) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2014
A good cross between a smoked and a light Belgian ale. Mild fruity sweetness, lighter smoky notes. Pretty good. Balanced and clean.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4477) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Easy drinking and a little smokey without being in your face. Golden blonde. Light floral hint. Tap at Churchkey.

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