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Vondel Flemish Brown Ale

Formerly brewed at Riva Brouwerij (Moortgat)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Dentergem, Belgium


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RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Dark, rich, strong, Flemmish brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11787) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2015
From file last updated 2010. Bottle. Pours ruddy brown with slight head. Dark fruit aroma. Med body. Flavor is mixed fruits and light treacle. Liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alengrin (2730) - BELGIUM - NOV 3, 2014
One of the beers which did not survive Riva’s bankrupcy. Deep burgundy colour, clear, with thin off-white head. Raisins, caramel, candi syrup and alcohol in the nose, malty taste, sweet, a bit resinous, with toasted bitterishness and hops in the finish. Relatively decent but nothing more than that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tderoeck (5510) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 10, 2014
28/III/14 - 75cl bottle @ home, Bier van de Maand blind tasting for Gentse Biervereniging, the extra’s - BB: II/1990 (2014-321) Thanks to JefVerstraete for sharing the bottle!

Clear red brown beer, small beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: very portorized, some mildew cork. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: lots of raisins, raisin bread, little sweet, portorized, basement, some mildew, caramel, bit sweet. Aftertaste: sweet, oxidized, little metallic, bitter touch, bit spicy, sugary, raisins, raisin bread. Yeah, this one did not survive. Too bad. I used to drink this quite often when I was a student (about 10 years ago). If they would still make this today, I’d probably think it was way too sweet, but back then I enjoyed it a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JefVerstraete (1762) - Ghent, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2014
Vintage 1988. Red/brown colour, still a bit of foam. Aroma of dark fruit and port. Sweet with light bitter aftertaste. Good if you like old beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (7868) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2014 1990 vintage at DHVL. It pours clear deep ruby-brown with a small-medium beige head. The nose is toast, roasted malt, dark fruits, cola, concentrated orange juice and ref grapes. The taste is smooth, toasty, roasted malt, cocoa, caramel, earth, light alcohol, faint tart dark fruits and wood with a dry finish. Medium body and fine, soft carbonation. Smooth and well rounded. Has aged gracefully.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4345) - Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2013
Backlog rating 1-05-2009 (Bottle) This beer pours a medium sized very fizzy head that mostly diminished, fast rising carbonation, very little lacing, and a slightly cloudy body. The Aroma is sweet, dark fruits, hints of cherries, and alcohol. The Taste is sweet, dark fruits and alcohol. The Palate is tingly with a warming sensation and this beer is medium bodied. All-in-all, this beer is very quaffable, worth a try and a beer that I would drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OllieBBommel (1158) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2012
Bottle@tasting, 33cl. Head: lots of beige colored foam. Color: clear amber. Aroma: vague sweets. Taste: some bitter and sour. Palate: smooth, medium body, bittersweet finish. Overall: nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dEnk (4097) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2012
Bottle @ home. Aroma is caramel, molasses, some dust. Meh. Flavour is sweet caramel, some red fruits. Meh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BlackHaddock (4367) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2012
From BA (April 2008): Fancy labelled 330ml Bottle, poured into a Forbidden Fruit challice glass. Now owned/brewed by Liefmans I believe. Deep Ruby Red with a huge biege head sat on top, looked great. Rich molasses and malty aroma, very sickly sweet smell really. Too sweet, the strong alcohol feel is all wrong too. Fizzy and malty, but an unsuspecting tourist beer to me (check out the front label). Just not ’my cup of tea’, it is just a sweet brew, well packaged and playing on the Belgian beer scene like more and more beers seem too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (9340) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2011
Bottle at Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Unclear dark brown color, off-white to beige head. Smell malts, caramel and some decent roastyness. Taste is decent, not much to tell. Low carbo, low to medium body.

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