Alengrin (4153) - BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Another White Pony beer made at Gaverhopke, so I carefully open this over the sink - and indeed, heavy gushing once again. What is left, is a cloudy, peachy, brownish coloured beer with a thin, moussy, egg-white head retaining primarily on the edges - carbonation clearly has escaped along with the foam. Aroma, as is often the case with this beer company - and this brewery, for that matter - has a lot of ’animalistic’ odours; I get suggestions of fermenting peaches, rotting pear, baker’s yeast, dried orange peel, sourdough, brandy, canned pineapple slices, rose hip, cooked chicken, FFF (freshly fermented farmland), wet earth, sweet cashew nuts, lots of coriander, overripe mango and quite a lot of it, yellow curry paste, bread crust, some banana, soapy wheat and apple cake along with medicinal phenols (cough syrup, band aid); I also get the clear, rusty sweetish smell of oxidation, so this bottle is clearly far from fresh. Sweet flavour, rounded and full, very estery, peach, mango, banana, hint of passion fruit, soft carbo (because, as stated above, the carbon dioxide has literally fled the bottle upon opening), lightly sourish (citrus peel), deep soapy and sourish ’wheatiness’, very yeasty with a bready, powdery effect, a bit thinned by age probably, caramelly malt sweetness with a light nutty touch, persisting into the finish where it gets the company of not only increased ’powder yeast’ but also a resinous coriander ’bittersweetness’ and a deep, very earthy (dull), herbal hop bitterishness, providing more structure than actual bitterness, and a glow of warming, armagnac-like alcohol appearing too quickly but luckily not causing too much burn; the unmistakable oxidation returns retronasally. Older bottle indeed, but of a 9.5% ABV beer, I would expect more cellaring potential. The overall taste confirms my assumptions of bacterial infection - and I am gradually beginning to hate Gaverhopke for it. I am very much bothered by the fierce gushing and the fermentation gone out of control, releasing a bomb of unpleasant phenols, depriving the liquid from its carbonation and making it a worn-out remainder of its former self. Could be better when young I suppose, but I won’t bother if this is the result I get after only a couple of years of cellaring. In terms of style, I guess this is a ’wheat wine’ - making me ponder if we, at Ratebeer, should not start recognizing this as a style separated from barley wine, like our friends at Beeradvocate do...
wekker84 (2110) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle a golden yellow colored beer with a white head aroma wheat spicy herbs citrus and some hops flavor wheat spicy citrus fruits coriander and some hops
marcogrind (107) - Milano, ITALY - NOV 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light amber, nice foam. Nose is fruity and citric. Taste is spicy, fruity and citric. Well balanced, just a bit too alchoolic but nice
Maltomatto (10) - - OCT 1, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Una blanche ambrata, che di blanche ha un bel naso citrico con note di buccia d’arancia, ma che per il corpo e le note calde ricorda molto più le strong ales.
mikske79 (1389) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - SEP 5, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Een bier dat niet veel speciaals is. Zowel de geur als de smaak is niets speciaals. Tegenvaller
KoNrRiI (1039) - Århus, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
0.33 bottle. Hazy, dark amber color and a small, yellowish head. Weirdly sour aroma of plums, peaches, and various other fruits with skunky notes; a little bit of syrup and herbs. Taste is also a tad sour though not as much and has some weird flavors like cough drops and herbs. Medium body, slick texture, and soft carbonation. Finish is really pleasant at first but gets worse with time as some flavors remain whilst others fade thus making it completely unbalanced. Overall the beer is mediocre at best and should not be recommended.
Trappist1 (646) - Diest, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark golden color with a small white head. nose: sugar, syrup, heavy malts, herbal, sourish touch in the nose. all in all, feels like a comolex nose, but still, cant convince me that all. taste: is citrus, fruity, and a lot of alcohol, punch, kicks in the ass. MF is a bit creamy, Finish is bitter, alchol warming. This beer is a day job. Nasty indeed, but feels a bit too much of the good. But, I am impressed.
guitarhero (33) - Dante’s hell, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper, small white head. Aroma is fruity, citric and spicy. Medium bodied. Coriander, citrus, orange peel, alchool warm. Strange and not white.
kermis (9601) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle shared. Pours murky amber with a ring tan head. Aroma of veg, malt, caramel and light garbage. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Bad.
jmgreenuk (6957) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - AUG 1, 2014
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle courtesy of Kermis. Poured a murky medium amber with a round white head. The aroma is light yeast. The flavour is medium sweet with a sickly toffee caramel alcoholic palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Truly awful.