jaghana (4355) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - FEB 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 33cl traded with Olliejobbins thanks. A blond beer with good head. Nose is on almond, orange and honey. Aroma is on honey, quince, body is watery, pleasant hops bitterness, less complex.
Gerbeer (2165) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. Pours a yellow/draw color with light retentive head. Aromas of apples, light peach, grain and Belgian yeast. Flavors of apples and bitter citrus, with herbal/floral notes. A very subtle and pleasant beer.
tommann (2967) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours light gold with a medium head. Aroma is spritzy lemon, coriander and a little funky farmhouse yeast. Taste is yeasty with lemon. Light sweet peppery finish.
rouhlas (530) - GREECE - FEB 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle courtesy of skullgeorge. Hazy golden color with white head. Dusty malty and yeasty aroma, citrusy fruity, banana, some funky notes. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft to average carbonation.
varanid99 (609) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale gold pour with a fluffy white head. Spicy, banana, lemon spritz, slightly funky aromas. Taste is yeasty banana and bubblegum, spicy, slight sourness, slight sweetness especially at the end
WonBall (17) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bought at the Abbey, July 2014, drunk January 2015. Wonderfully floral with grassy and herbal notes. Could smell it in forever. A perfect head, as all the Westy products display. Outstanding taste, smooth and elegant, tickles the throat in a most pleasing way. Has the long finish of a fine ale. Not legendary like the Westy 8 and 12 but maybe it ought to be?
Zlotta (186) - Bonn, GERMANY - JAN 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,33l bottle, best before 3/10/2015, souvenir from my colleague’s trip to Antwerp over New Year’s Day. Clear, pale golden yellow with a frothy, stable, white head. As good as a pale ale can look. Almost witbier-like aroma of banana, lemon, vanilla and cloves with sweetish and sourish hints in the background as in a saison. Really appetising although not that strong. Taste is full of banana and yeast with hints of cloves and lemon. Good. It starts just slightly sweet and becomes more bitter towards the finish. A slight tartness remains on the tongue. Medium body, very creamy mouthfeel, average carbonation. Decent brew although I expected way more regarding aroma and flavour. Don’t get me wrong, that beer is pure quality, but it lacks some excitement. Therefore a bit disappointing.
jc1762 (133) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely hazy translucent straw yellow. With a thin clean generous white foam head.
The nose shows a lot of lemon zest.
Lovely foamy body with a round malt/bready sweetness. Begins and ends on the sweetness. It’s very mild - just enough to know it’s there. The mid palate also shows a hint of sourness. Reminds of a good German lager with a good nose and a tinge of sourness on the palate.
Rammer (303) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent blonde. Honey sweet little tart, good balance. But Not special for me.
Alengrin (2813) - BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The ’green cap’ in the holy Westvleteren Trinity, replacing the old ’red cap’ dubbel since 1998. Hazy peach blonde beer with a thick, rocky, yellowish white, very stable head, clearly hops-enhanced; yeasty and dryishly malty aroma, grassy and leafy hops, orange peel, white pepper, bitter honey, peach, dough, hint of banana but also a faint presence of cooked cabbage; fruity onset, in a dryish way, pale malt sweetness, a bit grainy, sourish and spicy yeasty hints, smooth, evolving into a leafy and grassy hop bitter and yeasty finish. Used to be one of the top Belgian blond ales, with a crisp, ’green’, utterly refreshing and quenching hoppiness, but more recent tastings I did appeared less hoppy and more balanced towards the malts. Still a very genuine and ’honest’ beer though, of course on a totally different level compared with its dark brethren, but very enjoyable. Does not age well though: the fresher you can taste this, the better, with a young sample from tap at De Vrede at the top end of the scale.