JorisPPattyn (10026) - Ursel, BELGIUM - NOV 1, 2016
Slightly aged sample Explosive gushing to huge, just off-white head over hazy, faintly orangeish golden beer. Very intense spicy-acidic nose, strange (root)spices & herbs and hints at lactic acid and wild yeasts. Dusty, somehow, but also a bit fruity. Ultra-dry, faintly sourish flavour, with a partly dusty, partly spicy-bitterish finish.. No more fruitiness in the mouth, dryness completely leveling these flavours. Long-lasting main flavour. MF is lean, thinning the body. 10000 $ question. Is this totally wild/ infected, or wanted to some degree? Once in a while, an infection turns out just right... Alengrin (5438) - BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2016
Piet Salomez’ new hoppy blonde, probably brewed at Alvinne (though the label ambiguously states that it’s made "in the kettles of either Alvinne or Maenhout"); commissioned by Theater Platteau. Lots of pressure on the bottle but no gushing. Thick ’papery’ lacing, irregular but densely structured, off-white head slowly dissolving in the middle; warm ’old gold’ colour, clear but with an equal, slight ’haze’ of minute yeast dots throughout, turning more misty and ochre-hued with sediment. Aroma of an ordinary Belgian blonde: sourdough, unripe gooseberry, freshly grated ginger, banana (isoamylacetate), raw rhubarb (acetaldehyde), light hint of soap, freshly cut apples, white bread, apricot, orange peel, hints of sorrel, potato starch and even some cooked potato or turnip, gooseberries. Crisp, initially fairly neutral onset, light esters with well-dosed fruitiness, hints of apple, unripe gooseberry and green banana but less sweet isoamylacetate than the aroma suggests, sweetish and sourish in more or less equal balance, in a well-carbonated environment without becoming too fizzy. Light, supple, slick middle, lightly bready with a sharpish grainy edge, restrainedly sweetish, evolving into a mildly bittering finish, more hoppy than average for a Belgian blonde, earthy, spicy and leafy, with retronasal floral aromas and a hint of wormwood, but remaining juicy and grainy in the very end, with remnants of the initial subdued fruitiness carrying along. Technically this is perfectly fine: I do not consider the banana ester or the green apple acetaldehyde as off-flavors in a Belgian blonde (unless they are too predominant) and within the style’s boundaries I cannot find anything wrong with this, on the contrary: it has superb quenching properties, a more clean fruity character than usual and, most of all, less sweetness and more hop bitterness. A bit more than just your umpteenth Belgian ’terrasjesblondje’: ’tripel hop’ at session ABV level seems like an adequate characterization in terms of style, thoroughly old school Belgian in its general make-up, but less exuberantly fruity, less sweet and indeed ’hopped up’. Pleasant summer quencher for sure, nothing too ambitious, but technically correct and more flavorful than most of the countless other Belgian blondes this country is still teeming with - almost reminds me of a ’downsized’ version of Westvleteren Blonde. For all clarity: this has absolutely nothing to do with IPA in the modern sense of the word and it doesn’t even claim to either. Russo (2011) - Hemhofen, GERMANY - MAY 17, 2016
Hazy orange color with a off-white head that keeps a lasting lace. Aroma is yeasty and fruity, notes of sour grapes. Flavor is sour and a light bitter, again notes of yeast, grapes and malt. Soft carbonation, watery texture, light to medium body with a sour bitter finish. ForlornHope (531) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2016
Bottle at home. Gusher - lost about half. The rest pours a cloudy yellow colour with a slick of bubbles on top. Aroma is yeasty and sour, which is OK if that is how it should be. Tastes quite sharp and sour too. Refreshing but with a harsh bitter finish. I’m really not sure what this beer is trying to be. I wouldn’t bother with another. kermis (13869) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 5, 2015
Bottle at Nuetnigenough. Pours slight hazy golden orange with a big off white head. Aroma of yeast, light veggies, earthy hops, light fruits and light herbs. Flavour is light moderate sweet and over moderate bitter. Light medium bodied with high carbonation.
Benzai (15921) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus and Joes. Clear orange golden color, average sized lightly creamy white head that lasts for a decent while. Smell and taste lightly malts, fruitpeel, sweet-sour and weird. Not an IPA by any chance. Yeasty, high carbonation. Typical crappy Belgian ale. Why is this listed as an IPA? DutchDrebus (6033) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2015
Bottle @ benzai. Clear orange golden colour with a large white head. Smells malt, acetone, lighter fluid. Tastes meaty, malts, onion. Way too much carbo, can’t tell the nody because of it. Jerre (3661) - Waregem, BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2014
Taste 2 times. Last @ home on 16.12.’14.
Hazy amber color, with creamy off-white head.
Aroma: yeast, spices, fruits. Medium body.
Taste: sweet, fruits, bitter, metallic note. Trappist1 (646) - Diest, BELGIUM - DEC 28, 2014
Brewed by Het Alternatief. Yellow crystal clear color with an off-white head. Nose:malty, European hops, but a bit unfresh. Taste. Malts, grainy, hoppy) again, European), citrus, cooked veggies. Mf: slightly bitter with a sweetish stroke, candy in the back, bit spiritzy, gentle but present carbo. Overall :easy going, light body, lacks some punch but seeing the 4.5%, that is more than forgiven. Good for a starter. In the states they would call this a session IPA, alas, this is not a session IPA. markextrae (4424) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2014
bottle sample. poured a light cloudy blonde colour with a white head. lot of yeast in the nose, citrus, dusky hops, pepper, maybe some grapefruit. i was hoping for a ton more fruits with the citra and amarillo used. this was just bad for an ipa