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White Pony Microbirrificio
Brewed at ’t Gaverhopke

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Piove di Sacco (PD), Italy

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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 321   ABV: 10.7%
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belgian barleywine style ale


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DSG (5634) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle sample at my 5555th rating tasting at Sar HaMashkaot Ramat Gan. Thanks Tom L. Murky dark brown with a bubbly beige head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, a bit of licorice, alcohol and a spicy note. Sweet flavor, caramelly, with dark fruits, some spiciness and alcohol. Medium-bodied, a bit over-carbonated.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3175) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2014
Beige head medium soft carbonation dark pour aromas caramel toffee spice pepper vanilla dark fruits the flavours velvety caramel vanilla liquorice peppery notes candy mild bitter malts are smooth plums figs the finish best tastes spices malts fruits nicely flavoured Barleywine

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Celest (126) - - JUN 1, 2014
Dark brown, big foam. Caramel, plums, chocolate, dried fruits, licorice, candy sugar, sweet but balanced well with dark malts. Strong complex taste, body full and soft. Probably old bottle. not a true barleywine, but label says ’’belgian’’, it’s a big quadrupel!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11127) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle, bought @ Bierhalle de Koninck, Vichte. Gusher. Pours murky brown with a small creamy beige film head. Aroma has raisins, caramel, light chocolate, mild liquorice. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has good caramel, cherries, liquorice, vinious, raisins, plums. Mild cherry tartness, good lingering viniousness.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
KombatAle (114) - New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
75cl bottle Dark brown, beige foam. Nose of caramel, plum, dried figs, chocolate, brown and candy sugar, toffee, biscuits, licorice, nuts. Full body with a soft mouthfeel. Hints of toffee, caramel, dark fruits, plum, dried fruits, licorice, chocolaty biscuits, nuts, candy sugar. Long aftertaste. Not a real english or american barleywine, sure there is belgian yeast inside, so a belgian quad, but it doesn’t matter, complex and full of taste!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (7287) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2014
Bottle @ home. Black color, full sized beige head that lasts for quite a long time. Smell and taste malts, sweetness, overripe fruits. A bit too sweet perhaps. Lively carbonation, ok body. Hmm imo it’s not a real good barley wine. Drinkable, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (6873) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 18, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, dunkle reife Früchte, Karamell, leicht alkoholisch. Geschmack röstmalzig, fruchtig, überreife Früchte, Karamell, alkoholisch.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ShivanDragon (1440) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - APR 13, 2014
#bfgm14, caramelbruin met zwakke witte kraag goed kleverig. Aroma van gist, zoet en moutig tevens iets weeïg. Zeer zachte en gladde Barley wine, goed zoet en stevig alcoholisch Afdronk zoetig, redelijke body, toch wat dun in de ondertonen

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (3488) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
33cl Bottle picked up at De Bierboom (Brugge) about a year ago: opened at home on 3rd March 2014. Poured into a Westmalle challice. The bottle had been in my fridge for over a month but it still gushed out when opened, with some hitting the table cloth before I got it over the glass. Once settled I had a good looking chalice of deep ruby red/brown with a tanned foaming head on top. The nose a lovely brown sugared infused maltiness with a dark hedgerow fruit hint, sweet, yet earthy. Rich, heavy and alcoholic: this is one great beer. Certainly malty and dark fruit sweet in nature, it has a smooth and almost creamy body feel, velvet is a good word to use: this is a velvet brew. The earthiness mentioned in the smell also appears in the taste and this helps to balance the malty molasses that try to take over the taste completely. I love these sort of brews: too sweet for their own good at times, but whether it’s a Barley Wine or a Quad, or whatever, it’s a damn good beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
corkyrory66 (521) - BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2014
Un barley wine avec une superbe étiquette monastique, quasi mystique, bien que le genre n’ait rien à voir avec les monastères … ni la brasserie non plus d’ailleurs … Nous devrions dire plutôt « les » brasseries, parce que ’t Gaverhopke exécute ici pour le White Pony italien, un concurrent sans doute de Teo Musso .. (Le Baladin). Niveau abv de 10,7 % , bien dans le genre de la bière. Couleur noir anthracite (personnellement je ne connais pas de « gris » anthracite.... puisque le mot vient du grec qui signifie charbon … fin de la parenthèse...). Apparence opaque. Bulles difficiles à déceler, mais la vivacité à l’ouverture est très grande. Mousse café expresso bein crémeuse. 1ère bouche sur du malt torréfié avec une pointe de guignolet. Arrière-bouche sur le malt avec des épices en grain. 2ème bouche plus pinçante, surtout café mais aussi du candi brun. En fait, assez indéfinie. 3ème où on n’est pas à l’équilibre. Les épices sont un peu dominantes. La longueur est un peu plus vineuse, jolie, forte. La levure est belle, sérieuse, mais trop imprécise pour un barley. Alcool à la belle progression, avec une force certaine, mais pas du niveau indiqué !!! La finale aurait pu valoriser cette bière, mais elle reste trop dans la même ligne. Conclusion : un bel essai de barley wine, dont les caractéristiques visuelles sont probantes, mais au gustatif on est à la fois un peu en-dessous mais surtout un peu hors normes... Malgré tout un beau travail, mais où il faut retravailler l’équilibre et la finale.


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