Alengrin (2439) - BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A brown ale with a long history, brewed since 1958 by Van Assche, then taken over by Villers and finally, in 1998, by Huyghe; originally called Vieille Villers Dubbel and tasted as such years ago. Misty brown beer with off-white foam and yeasty, sweetish profile with a subtle acidity, probably due to added lactic acid or something, estery, dryish finish. Far from being the most convincing example of the style.
sic1314 (3812) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 21, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Gusher. Poured a cola reddish brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, roast malt. Medium body, flavour is medium sweet, a bit sour. Seemed more off than intentional.
kermis (5733) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared. Pours hazy brown with a tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, malt, red berries, black berries, strawberry milkshake and caramel. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.
deanso (5732) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
33cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis.
Mini gusher. Thin creamy off white head. Hazy amber pour. Ok, nothing special
jfb (4073) - Freising, GERMANY - APR 29, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle) pours a deep ruby colour with a frothy beige head. aroma of heavy wax, some roasted wheat, dandelions, peaches, pears and powdered sugar. flavour is mostly hazelnuts and heavy cherries, slightly sweet, with more pears, rice and just a hint of alcohol. medium-bodied with average carbonation.
Zarrach (4) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAR 31, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent brown Belgian ale. 33 cl bottle in a tulip glass, beautiful colour, smoothy foam. A lot of taste with rich flavours (figs, dried grapes, gingerbread) and a strong character, impressive for a 7% alcohol beer. A very good discovery !
erickok (3794) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAR 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Glowing brown body with stable beige head, looking certainly nice. More moderate aroma than expected, bit toasty, raw grains, dark bread. Okay taste, not very layered or complex but also not too sweet. Doesn’t really need the 7% alcohol for this body, but it can’t hurt either (well, not if your moderate your drinking). It’s okay. (33cl bottle from Cave Gambrinus)
allmyvinyl (4231) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 18, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Dirty brown pour with frankly huge lumps of proteinous gunk floating around. Nice off-white head though. Dark malt (almost wort-y) and dark sugar on the aroma, faint whiff of vinegar. Taste is sweet and sour. The lumps are a bit off-putting as they catch in your teeth. Finishes sweet. A bit crap.
tderoeck (5148) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
13/IX/13 - 33cl bottle from Willems (Grobbendonk) @ home - BB: VIII/13 (well, I guess two weeks ain’t gonna make the difference) (2013-845)
Clear deep brown to purple beer, aery off-white to beige head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: mocha, some dried fruits, quite some orange peel, bready, bit of caramel. MF: lots of carbon, medium body. Taste: sugary start, some sort of citric sourness (been tampered with to make it a bit sour???), caramel, dried fruits and dried/candied orange peel. Aftertaste: sugar, bready yeast, lots of orange peel, slightly metallic.
Yves (2358) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brow coloured beer with large diminishing brownish head and lots of carbonation. Malty chocolate hinted aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is creamed malty dry sweet ending a bit bitter.