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Brewed by Van Den Bossche
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
St. Lievens-Esse/Herzele, Belgium

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RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
back (1578) - Holstebro, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2010
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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DeanF (1808) - Nunavut, CANADA - AUG 23, 2010
On tap at the Delirium Cafť. Decent blonde colour, modest head. Okay mix of hops and grains, nice bitter finish. Upper middle of the pack for sure, but not a standout.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Best by date of July 2012; Sampled August 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces four-fingers of frothy, pale head. The beer is a nice gold hue that shows a brilliantly clear, pale gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of green apples, pears and not much else. If you really dig for it some grain notes of dry grass and soda crackers becomes a bit noticeable. The aroma is really quite simplistic in its expressive fruit aromatics.

A touch dry tasting as it first hits the palate, but as it moves across the tongue fruit flavors accentuate a simple grain sweetness. The beer finishes with a linger sweetness and pear / green apple fruit flavor. This beer is amply carbonated which provides a touch of a peppery carbonic bite, though without any real hop character this isnít enough to balance the fruit and sweetness. There is a touch of dusty grain character here in the finish as well as a touch of spicy yeast character. This is really nice and light feeling, so at least it hits that aspect quite well.

Inoffensive, simplistic, though not half bad, this beer isnít nearly as bad as I had feared, but it really doesnít make me want to drink it either. I will say one thing though, the rest of this bottle will be put to good use in my continuous batch of blended malt vinegar.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2010
Bottle. Hazy gold with a thin to medium head. Aroma was quite fruity with a little Belgian yeast. Flavour some yeast, hops, and something I canít put my finger on, angel tears and mermaid piss perhaps? Didnít like it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kavu (2817) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 22, 2010
Pours golden with a medium head: looks like your average lager. Aroma is fresh lemon juice with a hint of bitterness. Flavor is more bitter with some malts and citrus. The alcohol doesnít taste too much. Pretty decent if youíre not too thirsty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigMomma (223) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUL 8, 2010
UPDATED: APR 19, 2011 33cl bottle courtesy of Travlr. Hazy golden with lots of carbonization and a creamy rocky head. Aroma of malt, bread and hops. Lots of bitter hops and citrus notes in the taste. Long citrus bitter aftertaste. Very refreshing beer that is a gift from heaven on this hot summer day!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2010
In short: A sharp, citric, tart and lightly hoppy Belgium blonde ale. Good session beer.
How: Bottle 330ml. Consumed fresh the day of purchase while in Belgium
The look: Cloudy blonde body topped by a large white head
In long: Nose is lightly hoppy (very lightly) with also notes of whip cream. Taste has the basic elements of a Belgian blonde ale, fruity notes of citrus fruits and fruit salad. Good amount of leafy fruity hops, not the noble hops Iíve come to expect from a Belgian ale. Finish is mildly bitter with resinous notes and an aftertaste of lemon and pineapples. Overall very citric and tart. If anything this Belgian Bitter is more tart than bitter. Body is rather full, a bit oily and the carbonation is very lively. Given its name Iím not sure the beer succeeds at what it wants to be but I donít care, this is a good beer whatever its name. I only had two beer from this small brewery. One was total crap and this one was pretty nice. Iím no math genius but from my experience so far thatís over 1/3rd of bad beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (14434) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2010
Bottle, 8.5%. Violent gusher. Cloudy golden colour. Very big stable rocky white head. The flavour is nicely malty with a distinct and very clean bitterness. Very well-balanced.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6137) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 750 ml cage corked bottle. Pours a urine specimen hazy dark golden with a bit of a puffy white head. Tart aroma with some slight hints of lemon and a heavy does of yeast. flavor has a heavy grainy presence and it reminds me somewhat of fruity pebbles. Yeastiness permeates throughout. Some lemony tart accents in the back end redeem it just a bit. Mouthfeel has some decent carbonation. Overall, just a tad underwhelmed.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12033) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2010
75cl bottle. Large, rocky off-white head atop yeast-hazy apple juice body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, apple, some yeast, light hay, grape. Taste is medium sweet, straw, some orange, light yeast. Soft medium body, alcohol well contained.


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