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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: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Dark, rich, strong, Flemmish brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2008
33 cL bottle. Pours dark and clear amber/brown with a huge tan head. Light malty and yeasty aroma. Dry and woody flavour. Light metallic edge. Light berry fruity flavour, minor sour note from this but really only minor. Nice lingering yeasty and fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2008
Dark brown with medium off white head. Sweet malty and yeasty aroma with ripe fruits and caramel notes. Flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, ripe fruits, caramel and yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11184) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2008
Bottle, bought @ Kolding Vinhandel.
Pours a great red-brown, rather hazy.Bubbly yellow-brown head - it turns into a small lacing creamy top. Aroma has yeast, prunes, slightly roasted, some distincts sourness. Quite high carbonated. Flavour is very yeasty, quite dry. Some slight chocolate and fruity sourness. Not spectacular, but still refreshing with a good aftertaste, in which the alcohol setlles nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6023) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2008
In short: Some kind caramelized Flemish Sour. Very solid.
How: Bottle 330ml, age unknown but consumed immediately after purchase
The look: Cloudy dark ruby with a medium beige head
In long: Very yeasty beer, almost too much so. Lots of malts. Grainy cereals, fruity caramel, ripe dark grapes, dried fruits and some woody notes. An overall sourness that doesnít felt like cherry or oak sourness, more like sour candy/bubblegum from those 25 cents vending machines. Fluffy body. Overall rather enjoyable. Too bad that as of this writing Riva is in deep trouble and is as desperately in need of external support as your grannyís breast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4395) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Pours clear amber into a Trappist glass. Little to no head leaves no lacing. Pit fruit aromas. Sharp pit fruit with little sourness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lunkie (1403) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2008
Smokey malt aromawith a hin of chocolate. Dark brown colour with good head and lacing. Sweet malt flavour with bitter dark chocolate. Fizzy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Aaahhh. I have fond memories of Vondel. I took a trip with my wife to Quebec about 5 years ago, and had Vondel at this great Moulette restuarant specializing in a variety of mussel dishes and lot of bottled Belgian beers. I loved Vondel, and so I brought a couple of bottles back home in my bookbag. The good old days when they allowed you to put bottles in your carry on luggage. Received this bottle via a trade with Francois_MTL on 12/11/2007. Best before 2010. Pours with a small head of rapidly fading small bubbles. High carbonation. Deep amber color. A tiny bit of cloudiness from the yeast sediment I poured into the glass. Buttery melanoidin malt aroma, possibly from a long boil. A tiny bit of banana in the aroma from a classic Belgian yeast strain. Leans a bit sweet, but then finishes dry.Better as it warms up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrPiva (90) - Alabama, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Bottle. Great aromas of dark fruits and maybe some spices. Brown color with some sediment. A nice malty flavor and finsih.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Maria (10149) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2007
75 cl. bottle - the beer forces the cork out of the bottle as soon as I loosen the metal wire. Dark brown with a stable but somewhat big bubbly head. The aroma has notes of candy sugar, dark, ripe fruit, peppermint and alcohol. I find the same notes in the flavour, that is rather sweet and also has notes of caramel and a hint of licorice. Itís a really nice beer, but the peppermint isnít quite in my liking, even if itís brief...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (8493) - Bochum, GERMANY - DEC 14, 2007
(33cl bottle, courtesy of bierkoning) Hazy, mahogany coloured, very effervescent hue with a big and persistent beige foamy head. Sweet, toasty malty and nutty aroma with caramel, liquorice and spices in combination with light floral notes. Sweet flavour, medium to full body with a moderate carbonation. Strong malty, toasty taste, slightly sugary with caramel; malt-accented, slightly alcoholic finish with liquorice and well-balanced spicy notes.

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