Alengrin (4604) - BELGIUM - JUL 3, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
White Pony’s ’golden ale’ but correctly classified here as a Belgian ale, because that’s what it is (a Belgian blonde, actually). Light gushing upon opening. Yellowish white, creamy, dense head still breaking open in a few minutes, but retaining well around the edges and leaving light lacing. Colour is a misty orange blonde with a ’fog’ of yeast floating in the heart of it; after adding the deposit, I get a muddy, soupy brownish orange. Very estery and very ’Belgian’ aroma of overripe cantaloupe and peach, a ton of sweet honey, persimmon, bubblegum, caramel syrup (prominently so), banana, strawberry ice cream, liquorice, orange candy, apple cake, burning hay, lots of spicy phenols (very suggestive, ethereal impressions of cloves, vanilla and mint; in warming up, a medicinal ’band aid’ odour joins this array of ethereal spices), dried ginger, roses and fried egg but nothing disturbing. Sweet, even somewhat sugary onset, fortunately not cloying too much and countered by a ’deep’, dull and basic sourishness which will persist till the end without giving the impression of any infection; canned apricot, strawberry, melon and orange sweetness, with medium carbonation and lean and smooth body, yeasty spiciness clearly there and even tingling a bit here and there, dryish in the finish but still with lingering sugars, honeyish and very caramelly malt base, toasted accent in the end, leading towards a phenolicly spicy finish with long-lasting caramelly and honeyish malt sweetness as well as a faint impression of earthy hop bitterness. After adding the deposit, the unmistakable yeast ’powderiness’ is there as well. Clearly a malt-forward thirst quencher, another Italian micro brew with entirely Belgian profile. The sweetness is a bit too much and the hop bitterness is clearly too low - the latter resulting in a finish with rather ’watery’ texture, fading away all too quickly and not leaving a lasting impression; the remaining mouthfeel is a bit resiny and sticky, but obviously more so from residual sugars than from hops. Not completely unpleasant in general, but a bit bland and too much aimed at the masses, who have gotten used to overly sweet blondes throughout the years. Fermentation has not worked out well either, this beer looks too ’soupy’ and spreads too many phenols around, so with some technical improvement, a more generous hop dosis and less of the boring candi syrup sweetness, this could already become a lot better.
lello4ever (720) - ITALY - APR 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
White Pony, un birrificio italiano. Una ale in stile belga particolarmente adatta all’estate. Dorata con una schiuma di media compattezza, aroma fresco, di malto e frutta. Bevibilissima, scende che è un amore e la finisci senza accorgertene. Fruttata, leggera, davvero ben riuscita.
CharlyBeer (145) - Bruxelles, BELGIUM - NOV 9, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
C’est une bonne bière mais qui manque un peu de corps: au palais ne tiens pas et elle n’a pas beaucoup de complexité. On sent bien l’eau.
Celest (137) - - NOV 5, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
@tap (shows br. Anders, not ’t Gaverhopke). Pale golden-copper, nice fruity aroma. Taste is very balanced with fruits and hops, clean with few esters. well made!
tderoeck (8217) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2014
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
17/X/14 - 33cl bottle from De Hopduvel (Gent) @ Akke and Fem’s place - BB: V/2017 (2014-1215)
Little cloudy amber beer, fizzy beige head, unstable, dissipates immediately, non adhesive. Aroma: bit sourish, caramel, sugary, floral, hay, grains, infected. MF: ok carbon, medium to light body. Taste: sweet and sugary start, bit malty, caramel, unpleasant sourness, grains. Aftertaste: sourish, hay, cow fodder, lemon juice, infected, caramel.
mikske79 (1500) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - SEP 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Een van de beste bieren dat ik de laatste dagen geprobeerd hebt, een heel zachte maar uitgesproken smaak
guitarhero (33) - Dante’s hell, FINLAND - AUG 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft: medium soft body, pale golden-orangy, really balanced, nice fruity taste with herbal hints. (4.2)
Bottle: medium flat body, copper colour, sweet with a bitter finish, fruits, ripe fruits, nuts. herbs. (3.7)
Sissio (1302) - Orsenigo, ITALY - AUG 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Il Birratrovo in Como.
Tasty and well balanced beer.
Yves (2851) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shared with Wim at his place. Hazy amber colored beer with small white head and only few carbonation. Herby malty, vanilla hinted aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is herby bitter sweet.
kermis (11253) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared. Pours cloudy dark golden with an off white head. Aroma of fruits, leather, malt, tobacco, spice and cardboard. Flavour is moderate sweet and light moderate bitter with a light acidic touch. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.