RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackisle (2359) - IJburg, - MAR 1, 2014
Can 50 cl. Clear golden, small fluffy white head, settles down quickly, good lacing; sweet malty toasted nose, corn, grass, caramel, fruit syrup, some card board, alcohol; very sweet taste, hint of bitterness, toasted, alcoholic; heavy-bodied, creamey texture; bittersweet and alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
DuffMan (9999) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2017
Can. The following is a compilation of a dozen peoples thoughts who shared this brew with me at my first (and perhaps last?) Malt Liquor Dexterity Games Tournament to celebrate my birthday. Keeping in mind that most of the participants are not regular beer raters, here we go: the Dutch have mad skills at brewing shitty beer wow, honey gold, sweet corn syrup and fumes of alcohol, a little metal, the best of the Dutch atrocities, I remembered to finish strong, malty sugary, not as bad as most, worse than a Dutch oven ok maybe not, does Bavaria have vampires because I taste blood.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rubin77 (1606) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 27, 2017
F: huge, creamy, light off-white with some bigger bubbles. C: deep gold, clear. A: malt, higher alcohols, apples, honey, boozy. T: malt, apples, higher alcohols, boozy, honey, sugary, fruity, medium body, low to medium carbonation, light oily texture, the purpose of this stuff is much worse than aroma and taste, 0,5l can from AH supermarket in Antwerpen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gangstergafje (890) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2017
The beer looks very good. It has a true pilsener appearance. It is crystal clear and a lot of bubbles can be seen rising towards the top. On top of the beer a nice layer of soft white foam is formed, with quite good retention. The color of the beer is golden yellow, darker than most pilseners, which are quite pale. The smell of the beer is nice. It is quite rich for a simple beer like this. It isnt my favourite and of beer though. The alcohol is a bit to strong, it becomes unbalanced. I smell strong alcohol, strong malts and some yeast touches. I hardly smell any hop. There is a familiar touch to the smell. I dont really know what it is. It reminds me of some Belgian blondes. There might be a touch of red fruits. I like the smell. The taste is pretty much the same. Strong alcohol flavour and sweetness, malty sweetness tiny hint of maybe liquorice and red fruits. It is nice, but a tiny bit to alcohol. The palate is not bad. Quite light carbonation, medium body and quite smooth. The finish is nice. Not extremely long, but flavourful. Not a bad beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Alengrin (5006) - BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2017
Super strong version of this ominous series, from a 50 cl can bought at an Albert Heijn supermarket. Unusual for its style in that it contains wheat rather than the usual suspects of malt extract, corn and the like. Tightly membranous lacing, off-white, moussy, medium thick head, slowly dissolving just away from the edges but largely stable in the middle; cristal clear old gold robe with light orangey hue, no visible fizz. Aroma of molten white sugar and a lot of fusel alcohol, damp cloth, white rum, the cooked smell of pasteurization, plastic, pear brandy, hints of caramel, iron, unwashed dishes in an industrial kitchen ironically paired with something soapy, dough, moonshine, strawberry liqueur. Very sweet onset, almost marmelade-like but in a very superficial, bland way, immediately metallic as well, with an effect of sourish grains trying to balance the sweetness; full but unpleasantly fat, slick body. Alcohol is apparent from the onset onwards - long before it should become apparent at all even in this style. Slick wheatiness indeed, bit soapy, otherwise caramelly but superficial again, though weighing quite heavily on the tongue due to the considerable alcohol load. Needless to say, this alcohol manifests itself mercilessly in the finish, though I have to admit that I had worse cases in this league: it heats the back of the mouth and the throat, but still seems to remain relatively gentle and not overly wry, predominant as it may be. The wheat slickness and caramelly sweetness, which is clearly very heavily overloaded with syrup, goes down unpleasantly, like some or other sweet industrial candy, including its plastic-like connotations, which is probably what bothers me the most at this stage. This is almost like the malt liquor equivalent of a wheat wine (the barleywine substyle heralded by Smuttynose); very alcoholic, sickly sweet and slick to an almost soapy extent, metallic and bland, but still more bearable than many other low budget strong lagers in this dreary segment of the beer style world. Clearly made for those who seek to get drunk rapidly and have no money to achieve this goal with decent drinks - but actually quite cleverly done in that respect (which is, in all, perhaps a bit perverted in the eyes of a craft beer afficionado like myself). More or less in the same league as Gordon Finest Platinum in Belgium - or, perhaps, even worse. I was unable to drink more than a few ounces of this, the rest went through the drain where it belongs.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Evilman (199) - Taverny, FRANCE - DEC 7, 2016
My rating certainly cant show it, but Im positively surprised by this one. Its both better and stronger than the regular Bavaria, FAR better than gold one, and not as boring as the red variant. Sure its not great, but still, surprising. They tried to do a bit more than just adding alcohol in it, and thats a good point, it almost taste like a real beer, not too sweet, just whats needed. Be sure to drink it cold however... Well, lets say this one is PARTIALLY APPROVED BY TAVERNYS BLACK METAL CREW!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
ChadPoole (416) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2016
Pours clear gold with a white head. Aroma is malt and grain, taste is over sweet trying to cover the high alcohol. Just plain not good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jesperhammer (4552) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2016
04-JUL-2016, can @Altomincio camping, from Famila supermarket. Clear, nice golden, low, lasting, white head. Very malty fruity. Dried fruit, bright fruit, peach. Not caramelly. Off course it is very alcoholic but still it is a nice malty almost barley wine like drink. Full, sweet, long aftertaste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Beerhunter111 (18819) - PCastle, GERMANY - JUN 4, 2016
50cl can from a trade with Douberd! Pours clear deep golden colour with a mid-sized most good lasting white head. Aroma of strong grainy and sweet malt, corn. Taste of very stong pale malt, grainy, metallic hops, warm alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Pinball (12003) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2016
half litre can shared with gitte on madeira. clear yellow, smooth white head. mild slightly sweet aroma. very mild. sweet malts, caramel, coconut, cheap metallic hops in the aroma. aftertaste is sweet and caramelly, followed by alc. bitterness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Spab (3628) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2016
500 ml can from The Beer Store. Pours a clear golden orange with average-sized white head. Aroma is fruity with lots of harsh booziness, quite sweet and somewhat grainy. Flavour is also big on very sweet tree fruit and rough booziness with light grains and grass. Classic beer for the breakfast club at The Beer Store and as those go this is respectable. By any other metric though, it sucks.

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