tderoeck (8733) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2017
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22/XI/16 - 33cl bottle @ HoReCa Expo (Gent) - BB: n/a (2016-1365) Thanks to kraddel and Erwin for sharing today’s beers!
Clear purple brown beer, small aery creamy beige head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: very malty, grains, hay, cow fodder, caramel, malty, some dried fruits. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: pretty sourish, very roasted, lots of overripe fruits, banana peel, little bitter. Aftertaste: earthy, roasted flavours.
kermis (12176) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2016
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle sampled at Essen Christmas Beer Festival ’16 as Brune de Noel. Clear golden orange with a small cream head. Aroma of herbs, veggies, rotten compost and garbage. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Alengrin (4892) - BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Organic dubbel from this small brewery, set up by the brewer of La Binchoise in the old Saint-Gérard de Brogne abbey itself (after having brewed it under license in his own brewery in Binche years ago). Interesting initiative: not counting the trappist abbeys, this is the only brewery set up within an abbey in Belgium together with Val-Dieu, in contrast with all those larger brands (Leffe, Grimbergen, Tongerlo) that try to make the consumer believe they are made within abbeys, whereas in reality they are brewed by large industrial plants often far removed from the abbeys these brands are named after. Anyway: medium thick, moussy, completely ’natural’ looking, pale greyish beige head, retaining well with thin veils of foam in the middle and a steady rim around the edge of the glass; initially clear, dark (but translucent) and warm, mahogany brown robe with crimson red hue, turning hazy and deeper garnet-like reddish brown with sediment added. Aroma of toffee, gravy, beef stock cubes, bayleaf, moist chestnut, fermenting tree leaves gathered from a damp forest floor, dried manure (excusez le mot) and even slurry pit, straw, ginger powder, old milk chocolate, sugared tea, bubblegum (but no ’real’ banana, just actual bubblegum), raisin, earth, beetroot, soggy brown bread, fried mushrooms. Sweet candied onset, lots of candied fig, dried banana and overripe pear, mingled with a brambleberry-like sourishness keeping it from becoming sticky, followed by a thin but notable, meaty, gravy-like umami accent, strongly carbonated (a tad overcarbonated even for a dubbel, actually), but otherwise smooth and slick mouthfeel, medium bodied. Butterscotch-like caramel malt sweetness ensues with a sharper grainy edge somewhere, becoming a little bit toasted in the end, matching with a herbal (tea-ish) and mildly spicy hop bitterish touch drying the finish in an earthy, quite pleasant way; some warming, lightly rum-like alcohol in the end, but no wryness whatsoever. Dried and candied fruit sweetness and caramelly malt sweetness linger without becoming cloying. Pure flavor-wise, this is a well-balanced dubbel, sweet and lightly sourish at first but ending with a fairly pleasant bitterness. I could not, however, get over that manure- and slurry pit-like aspect in the nose, putting me off every time I took a sniff. I suspect some bacterial infection (perhaps even Escherichia coli) got in here somehow, but in all - luckily - remaining restrained and not effectuating other negative effects apart from the ’FFF’ in the aroma. Without this feature, I assume this could be an exemplary dubbel and a very well-equipped, albeit rather stereotypical standard for this particular old school Belgian ale style.
Grzesiek79 (4164) - Radom, POLAND - OCT 31, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
BIO, Organic Eco and natural product. Beer from BelgianBeer.pl. Piekna nezowa i spora piana trwala bardzo Barwa metnista, gesta o ciemnej bordowej czerwieni. Smak lukrecji, czekolady, trufli w alkoholu, tiramisu. Bardzo przyjemne deserowe piwo, slodkie ale w sam raz na podwieczorek. Chmielnosci nie bylo praktyczne wcale, ale nie o to tu chodzilo. plus za ekologiczne skladniki, a minus za lakierowana butelke po ktorej nie bede mial etykiety.
Bov (12350) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 10, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@Hotel Vatel, Martigny - pours adark ruby-brown beer with a long lasting beige foam; toasted aroma of toffee and bread; creamy palate, sweet and full-bodied, malty, caramelish and gently spicy finish with some residual sweetness
yespr (42113) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75 cl bottle, as Brune de Noël. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is phenolic and toasted malt, caramelish to breadish. Sweet, toasted and slight phenolic. Breadishand sweet malty finish.
rami_pl (2606) - Warszawa, POLAND - DEC 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
butelka, daty BB nie znalazlem. Spora acz nietrwala, sredniopecherzykowa piana, brazowe z miedzianymi przeswitami piwo. Aromaty niezbyt intensywne, troche owocow (wisnie?), troche slodowej slodkosci i zbozowosci, nieco przypraw, jest tez alkohol. w ustach stosunkowo malo ciala, malo goryczki, smaki w slodkawa, lekko karmelowa strone, troche kwaskowatosci owocowej, czuc alkohol i drobne, poszczypujace w jezyk wysycenie. sumarycznie, tylko przyjemne, niezle.
wekker84 (2204) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle a brown colored beer with a white head aroma malts dark fruits yeast caramel spicy and some hops flavor malts spicy dark fruits yeast caramel and hops
Beerhunter111 (18473) - P´Castle, GERMANY - DEC 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled @ O.B.E.R. Kerstbierfestival 2014, Essen.
Trübes dunkel bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit geringer beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig, würzig, Kräuter. Geschmack sehr malzig, Gewürze, floral, reife Früchte.
Benzai (14784) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Kerstbierfestival Essen 2014. Hazy reddish color, medium sized beige head. Smell and taste malts, nicely bitter, hard to describe but quite nice actually. Medium body and carbonation.