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Vervifontaine Bière du Fagnard Blonde

Formerly brewed at Brasserie de Vervifontaine
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Jalhay-Vervifontaine, Belgium


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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
This enchanting beer is brewed at the edge of the Ardennes. From this regoin of magic and withcraft comes a legend...
Sorcerers are always ugly and old. But in our forest of Fagnes, it is said wanders a blonde sorceress of fatal beauty. If, at the edge of a wood, a sensual voice taunts you, you must raise your left elbow and drink your beer in a single gulp. If you fail, her azure gaze will consume you in a thousand fires.

Dominique Thonnard makes all the Vervifontaine beers using converted dairy equipment in a small brewery. These are impressive, big beers, with a wealth of flavor and character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (5657) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2002
Golden color with a sea of particles in suspension. Tall fluffy off white head with a plethora of lace that can be spooned of the side of the glass. Aroma off orange peels, clover honey, mild herbs and barnyard yeast. Feels creamy to start then the carbonation bites on the back of the tongue. I have a small tasting glass and I can pour and then scoop the foam like whipping cream. Flavors of orange, light belgium candi, and peppery yeast. Finish with a mouth puckering key lime sweet sourness. I’ll visit this siren again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jayb0 (1161) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2002
A wonderful beer that can give Duvel a run for its money. Hugely appetising head and aroma. Sweet up front, creamy mouth feel and a slightly citrus-like finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2002
Huge head, hops, yeast, spice and orange peel in the nose, hazy orange body. Before tasting, I’m reminded of Orval. This 750ml bottle has a blonde woman with a flower in front of growing barley on its label. Starts with sweet honey, and dries out a bit; a herbal, hoppy flavor begins to emerge. This is a terrific ale, but the nose convinced me it would be world-class, and it isn’t quite there. Close, though; smooth, medium sweet, with complex flavors. Alcohol completely hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2002
This has to be the most underrated brewery in Belgium, and my new favorite. This blonde is strong, yet it does not have a hot taste. Why can’t other Belgian brewers pull this off? Very nice beer, my local store had Vervifontaine beers on sale for $2.99 and I bought every damn bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ernest (7322) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2003 Head is initially large, rocky, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow, dense particles of all sizes, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), moderately malty (cookie, toasted grain, caramel), with notes of coriander, clove, pineapple, orange, and honey. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, lightly astringent. Persistence pays off...this time I am able to declare that Hallertauer is the major player here, no question in my mind, and I can't get enough of this. My love for this beautiful, succulent, and elegant honeysuckle hop grows with every experience I have with it. Then throw in a dash of coriander for effect, some toasty wheat, some cookies, let that spider web of yeast work its magic, and you have one of the best strong blonde ales money can buy, IMHO. My first rating was being introduced to this charming maiden as a young lad, 3.9. The second was learning more about her depth of character and becoming more intrigued, 4.4. And now, I am positively smitten, 5.0. She has won my heart. Consistent quality, sexual and absolutely mesmerizing aroma, perfect flavor balance (terrific bitterness development in the finish, but just enough), luxurious mouthfeel, and virtually the only place you detect the maiden's alcoholic sting is a warming within. I couldn't ask for more from a beer of this style. If you like Hallertauer, this is a guaranteed delight. But enough squawking, it's time for you to stop reading this long-winded tirade and start discovering this beer for yourself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (11974) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 5, 2001
cloudy honey colour, big head, spicy and lemon aroma, fresh - very pleasant

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