Douberd (4630) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Van Eecke Hommelbier Nieuwe Oogst Fresh Harvest 2013) 750 ml bottle at home, served into a tulip glass, ABV 7.5%
Clear body, orange coloured, with a tall, soapy, white head, with good retention, leaving medium lacing on the glass.
Nice aroma with floral notes, yeast with light pepper character, some honey-like sweet notes, grassy hops, apricot.
Sweet taste, alcohol, malts and sugars, then becomes fruity with apricots and peaches, again some honey, grass, light bitterness on the aftertaste.
Medium body, good carbonation, quite dry palate.
Very good, tasty, glad it’s a 750.
DwarfeD (2540) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle shared with friends. Hazy orange with a medium white soapy head with moderate retention. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice bitterness with some sweet tones. Citrus, herbs, grapefruit, hops and spices. A nice tasty brew.
Wim (3551) - Weelde, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
with yves at his home 0.75L bottle of golden blonde colored body with a white head and a spicy yeast hop fruity aroma a spicy yeast fruity bitter hop taste with a alcholic bitter finish
Alengrin (4329) - BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
The second edition of this special version of Poperings Hommelbier, with four fresh hop varieties. Sticky, stable, off-white head, hazy peach blond colour. Grassy and explicitly hoppy aroma even more so than the regular, green apple, grapefruit, lemon peel, honey, sulphur, flowers, some vague DMS. Fresh fruity taste, citrus freshness same as the regular, honeyish and somewhat caramelly malts, lightly sweet, finish clearly ’green’ hops, floral and grassy, relatively mild but complex, refreshing, ethereal, long and dry.
Zymurgeist2 (1747) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Out of a 750 ml at Cafe Rose Red in Brugge. Muted malt aroma. Hazy bright orange with full white head. Flavor is not very hoppy - perhaps a little old on this one. It has probably faded from the beer it once was, but a pleasant beer to have. Malt and biscuit flavor.
hobsch (505) - Cologne, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 0.75l. Pours hazy yellow with white head. Aroma yeasty, spicy, hops, slightly fruity. Taste is light to medium bitter, medium sweet, yeasty, fresh hops, some citrus fruit. Aftertaste is quite sweet, slightly bitter and sharp, medium carbonation. Very good.
Palme (3939) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from a 0.75l bottle @ RBNG 2014. This is a cloudy orange honey looking one with a medium sized somewhat sidesticking white lacing head. Soft nose really. Not über hopped really. More floral and gentle with tones of honey and lots of vanilla buns(!?). That’s a new one but it does smell like vanilla buns. Nice non extreme nose. Tastes alright also. Feels light oily in the mouth and it’s about average on the carbonation this. Some reeds, lots of grassy tones with sweet wood juices and bittery soap. Dries my mouth quite a lot in the finish, almost so much that I’ll call it a bit soapy, but definitely tasty and something I could drink again. 15.02.2014
Yves (2781) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared with wim at my home. Hazy blond colored beer with small white head and lots of carbonation. Yeasty fruited hopped aroma. Medium sparkling palate. Finish is hopped bitter fruited in background.
superspak (4471) - Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, late 2013 bottling. Pours slightly cloudy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, grapefruit, orange zest, pear, pepper, clove, light banana, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops, pale malt, and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, grapefruit, orange zest, pear, pepper, clove, light banana, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice/hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, grapefruit, orange zest, pear, pepper, clove, light banana, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish fora while. Awesome complexity and balance of citrus/earthy hops, pale malt, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly prickly/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian IPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/earthy hops, pale malt, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.
gyllenbock (7305) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Systembolaget, bought in May 2014.
Hazy golden with a medium white head. Hops, hay, some malt, citrus, fruit and some light notes of spices. The finish was quite dry. A descent one.