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Vondel Flemish Brown Ale

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


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RATINGS: 293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Dark, rich, strong, Flemmish brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borresteijn (5842) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2008
Had this on tap @ in de Wildeman a few times. Dark ruby brown colour, big beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, yeast. Taste is sweet, dark fruits, a little yeast, somewhat dry finish. Nice mouthfeel, although the bottled version contains too much CO2, repressing the nice flavours a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeinDahlem (1406) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - APR 13, 2008
Strong, fruity, sweet but fairly dull brown ale. Drunk on tap at Chez Moeder Lambic. Looks gorgeous, a ruby-brown with tall, lasting beige head. Goes downhill from there. Relatively weak nose of cranberries, malt. Sweet flavor with fruity notes gets cloying as you drink more, very slight tartness, with a light bitterness and fruity tang on the finish. A bit thin and wet. Not bad, not interesting, not my style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EnSiFeRuM (501) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2008
Bouteille de 330 ml. La bière est de couleur brune avec des reflets rubis. Une mousse légèrement brune de magnitude 7 sur l’échelle de Richter se présente à nos yeux. Au nez des arômes de levure, de caramel, de mélasse, d’alcool, d’épices et de sucre brun viennent saluer mon sens de l’odorat. En bouche la bière a un bon corps et nous dévoiles des saveurs d’alcool, de cerises confites, de levure, de canne à sucre et de caramel brûlé.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (37603) - 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 (10406) - 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 (11726) - 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 (6103) - 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 doesn’t 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 granny’s breast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5116) - 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 (1664) - 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.

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