Brewed by Contreras
Style: Belgian Ale
Gavere, Belgium


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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Formerly known as Maarts Tonneke, or Maartse, which was a Flemish Sour Ale.

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Stuu666 (15248) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 11, 2015
Bottle at ash’s. Pours hazy orange amber, nose is sweet toffee, caramel, vanilla, taste is dry, toffee, light fruit.

AshtonMcCobb (7027) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 11, 2015
Bottle thanks to Jeevan. Appearance - golden amber with a decent thin head. Nose - apples and lemon. Taste - toffee, more apple. Some citrus. Palate - close to medium bodied with a tangy texture and a fairly good finish. Overall - solid.

allmyvinyl (11172) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 11, 2015
Bottle at Ashton McCobb’s. Pours clear amber with a thin white head. Aromas of malty toffee. Taste is toffee, sweet milky puddings. Sweet finish.

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Bierridder_S (1152) - BELGIUM - JUL 8, 2015
03/07/2015 @ home - 33cl bottle from a gift (2,5 years overdue). Amber with fast fading white head. Sweet smell, caramel, spices. Taste is grains, fruits, spices, sweetness, caramel.

markoijelena (3200) - Belgrade / Amsterdam, SERBIA - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle 0.33l from De Hopduvel beer shop Ghent Belgium.Pour it amber color with small white head.Taste and aroma of exotic fruits, caramel,candy.Little bit sour, nice balanced.Not bad.

Alengrin (5884) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2014
One of the last remaining ’bières de mars’, a forgotten tradition in which Belgian and northern French brewers made a special spring beer in March due to the fact that the spring water they used, reached its best quality in that time of the year. Industrialization wiped out the dependence on nature for having good brewing water, so this tradition all but disappeared. Contreras, however, kept it in honour and produces this delightful variation on their Tonneke each year. It has a copper colour and firm, thick head, a sweetish, gentle aroma involving caramel, almond and berries and a malty, spicy, rounded palate with relatively high complexity for a beer which in the end stems from an era when complexity was not yet something brewers sought after in their beers. I hope this special little ale will not die out too, like its forefathers did.

kraddel (9321) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2014
Bottle at home Pours clear amber , good , fast fading white head . Smell is sweet, fruity yeast . Taste is yeasty , some sugar . Very fruity ( yeast ) , refreshing. Some grains . Unique and quite good ! surprisingly low ABV

mikske79 (1753) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 6, 2014
Een lekker biertje om eens te proberen. Niet heel bijzonder, maar de smaak zal de meesten bevallen.

miquelcrush (2053) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 18, 2014
Bona cervesa, equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, equilibrada y sabrosa.

corkyrory66 (2398) - BELGIUM - MAY 9, 2014
Troisième bière à 6,5 % abv !!! celle-ci sur la base d’une bière de mars alsacienne, en fermentation haute avec refermentation. Couleur roux clair joli, quoique un peu caramélisé (peut-être?). Clarté nette. Bulles par milliers très fines en vaste colonne spiralée. Mousse beige clair très épaisse, avec une texture d’oeuf battu en haut. Arômes de malt caramel, prune, pointe d’agrumes, miel brun, réglisse. 1ère bouche structurée sur du malt brun, candi, épice, pointe de girofle. Arrière-bouche assez équilibrée avec une petite amertume. 2ème sur la réglisse, sucre de canne brun, mais très peu d’ampleur. 3ème bien agréable mais peu complexe. Arrière-bouche très faible, caramélisée. La longueur donne des notes ferreuses, elle semble descendre encore … La levure est douce et fine. L’alcool est sur le standard de la brasserie, progresse bien mais ne peut relever les saveurs. La finale ne donne rien de plus, voire un peu moins .. CONCLUSION : une bière banalisée par des arômes et des saveurs simplissimes. Notons quand même que les bières de mars en Alsace ne valent pas plus … Mais c’est une bien maigre consolation !!

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