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Brewed by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Emelgem, Belgium

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RATINGS: 616   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This rebellious Brigand is a dry bitter, blonde beer that re-ferments in the bottle. It used to be amber in colour; now it is pale blonde thanks to the use of pale malts and pils malt as well as unmalted wheat. Brigand tastes full in the mouth with a slightly malty aroma. It also has a slightly malty taste with accents of spices and hops. The hop bitterness comes through in the finish.

Ingredients: water, barley malt (Pale, Pilsener), unmalted wheat, sugar, hops, yeast, antioxidant (ascorbic acid).

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - SEP 15, 2002

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1627) - BELGIUM - JUL 20, 2012
Jai toujours aim la Brigand, comme jai toujours apprci la brasserie qui nous donne la formidable Kasteel, la brasserie Van Honsebrouck. Lorsque jai commenc frquenter Ratebeer, notre site bien aim, jai t franchement surpris par la sous cotation de cette trs belle bire... (80!!) Alors comment expliquer cela? Cette blonde classe en strong ale affiche firement un niveau abv de 9 %. Trs bien. La couleur est blonde dore la feuille dor brillante. Trs bien. La clart est limpide. Trs bien. Les bulles sont fines et par centaines partout dans le verre. Trs bien. La mousse est flocons moyens en partie basse et crmeuse en haut. Trs bien. Les armes sont dabricot, bl, paille avec une pointe de riz (venant du froment) et de pain grill. Trs bien. Le volume enrobe bien la bouche et est soyeux en finale. Trs bien. Lamertume de lentre en matire est parfaite, avec de la girofle, du fruit frais, de lamande et des noisettes. Trs bien. La 2me bouche est sur du sureau fin, de la rglisse et du houblon. Trs bien. La 3me est sur la levure, la noisette et le froment. Trs bien. La levure est douce et soyeuse. Elle est vraiment fine. Trs bien. Autrement dit un sans faute avant daborder la longueur. Et cette longueur ne dfaille aucunement, elle est dune belle conception, trs rgulire. Elle se complexifie progressivement en rvlant de grandes beauts, avec mme une petite pointe de genivre. Parfait. La finale est toute en quilibre entre les 2 crales, la finesse du houblon et lalcool qui soutient lensemble de faon bien dose et sans exagration. On retrouve aussi les fruits frais et quelques pices dlicates. Parfait. Je confirme donc mes impressions de toujours pour cette bire. 100...

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2001
Near perfect wicked ale. Incredibly refreshing with many complexities throughout.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
airen99 (20) - Bellevue, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2002
Liquid mud, but oh... so good. One of the best trippel style beers I ever had. Great nose, better palate. And the 8.5% alcohol is just in the perfect range.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ronaldtheriot (1843) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Brigand Belgian Ale has a thin, almost nonexistent, grayish-white head, and a dank, opaque, peach-colored appearance, with essentially no lacing and some gray-brown chunks sinking down, once the caked sediment at the bottles bottom is swished and poured in. The aroma is super rich- apricot, dark, slightly turned fruit, some citrus, candy sugar, and lighter fruit cake, with maybe some strawberry shortcake and cream cheese. Taste is also extraordinarily rich- dark, slightly turned fruit, apricot, citrus rind, lighter fruit cake, cream cheese, peanut butter, sweet bread, white bread, lemon, and even milk, of all things. Mouthfeel is light to medium and extremely prickly, and Brigand Belgian Ale finishes not so dry, cloying, rich, sweet, and wonderful. This is not for beginners. What a substantial beer! I rate it as outstanding. RJT

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RobertVerloop99 (130) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2001

4.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
ddj (1) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2014 does not count
Een heerlijk fruitig biertje, echt een aanrader om van te genieten, heerlijk vol van smaak

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boufhmong (7) - Vermelles, FRANCE - JAN 14, 2017 does not count
Bire dlicieuse, je suis en train den boire une et glou glou quest-ce que cest bon.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - APR 7, 2005
A true classic--a beer with a lot of body and shape, a great copper color, a strong yeast flavor and an almost syrupy acidity. Good stuff!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Corked bottle from a store in Crystal Lake, IL (Jason Vorhees was the cashier). Pours with typical Belgian ale flair: nice, frothy head, deep amber with reddish-yellow highlights, and lively carbonation. Aroma is slight banana with a quick injection of orange and wood. Nice lacing around the glass. A fat orange slice with a bit of yeasty peachy immerges almost immediately after the beer makes contact with the tongue. Balloon-like palate that starts small, expands in the middle, and slowly fades. Nice, nice feeling on the tongue. Lingering woody notes in the finish. Alcohol is a bit stingy, but it never detracts from the overall feel and taste of this beer. Exceptional Belgian; I dare say its one of the best Ive had.


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