overall
89
81
style
Brewed by Contreras
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Gavere, Belgium
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottling
unknown

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
During the British Colonial Times, the English exported beer to India. To preserve the beer for a longer period, extra-hopped beers were produced (hops maintain natural preservation and add bitterness to the beer).

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (5360) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2011
33 cl. Le liquide voil a une couleur dore. Une belle mousse blanche persiste. Prsence dune dentelle. Au nez, des parfums de citron et de notes florales rencontrent des grains malts enrobs dune fine couche de miel. Au got, les saveurs maltes sont retires derrire des saveurs agrables de citron et de fleurs au profil amrisant. En bouche, le liquide a un corps moyen-faible avec une effervescence modre et une texture douce. En finale, la langue est touche par une amertume pleine de vie, assez longue et flatte par un alcool tide.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (4415) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2011
bouteille de 330ml.Belle petite bire blonde avec une mousse impressionnante. Le nez est trs invitant avec des esters fruits de litchi, de pamplemousse rose et raisin muscat. La bouche est tout aussi agrable, dsaltrante et fruit encore une fois avec des saveurs de litchi, de miel et de pamplemousse. rose. Si vous aimez le Muscato dAsti,le Nivole entre autre vous allez ladorer. Trs intressant comme bire.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3311) - montral, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2011
330ml bottle, golden color, with a big frothy white head, leaving some belgian laces, nice yeasty, fruity nose of pear, litchi, peach esters, with some mild honeyed pale, toasted malt notes and some faint herbal minty, floral leafy hop accents in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, honeyish pale, toasty malt, candied fruity character of pears, apples, litchis, with some honeyed lollipop, flowery leafy hop, candied lemon, grapefruit peel flavours upfront, with a faint marmalade, zesty undertone, leading towards a fruity, honeyish, lingering citrusy, leafy, hop bitterness finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyMummbles (151) - Pitman, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Poured from a 330cl bottle a hazy golden orange ale with a small white head. Aroma is citrus and floral. Flavor is a nice balance between hops, malts and Belgian candi sugar. Finish is a little dry and sweet. A pretty good Belgian ale/

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Frank (4081) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2011
A hazy orange beer, this pours w/ an enormous head of medium bubbles. Nose is mild, sort of herbal and fruit. The texture is somewhat watery and flat, which is disappointing, along w/ the flavor which is also rather on the light side even for a Belgian of moderate gravity. I tried a tripel from this same brewery just yesterday and it was quite good. Im not sure what went wrong w/ this one. It is overall just very bland and unremarkable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2011
No idea where I tried this. Found it in my notes. Apparently had it from a bottle. Says here it was a little yellower than some saisons, and that it didnt have much aroma. Just some funk and dry spice. Same for flavour. Not too fruity. Flavour and body fill out as it warms. Full body for style. Thats all Ive got. Seems I wasnt overly impressed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9617) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This Belgian Ales pleasantly doughy cereals evolve into lightly citrusy and herbal hops, a flavor profile carried by big-bubbled effervescence and relative dryness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the hazy hay blond.
-The mouthfeel and flavor profile are both really authentic. This is humble and very drinkable; feels like a countryside product all the way.
-The grassy, herbal hop bitterness is levelled, emboldened by the finishing dryness.
-All ingredients are harmonious. This one doesnt try to impress; its simply very good from beginning to end. Great job.
-Discreet bubblegum phenolics roam within.

Bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Allara (148) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Bottle at t Brugs Beertje on 12-07-10 (3,00 euro). Cloudy blonde with a fluffy white head. Definite hop aroma in the nose. Smooth body with a smooth yet dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2010
[email protected] Very nice hops in the aroma. Hazy, yellow, off-white head, good lace. Sweet, bitter and hoppy start, less hoppy and more sweet in the finish, even malty. Soft mouth feel. Lovely hops in both aroma and start of the flavour but then it disappears which is a pity. Still a nice beer though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (9714) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 21, 2010
Lemony, grassy hop aroma, some spice and a bit of honey. Tangy and clean. Brilliant deep gold with a fine, thick head. Clean, hoppy, fruity flavor with bread and just a bit of honey. Nice bitter finish. Crisp, light, clean and tasty. A nice, hoppy Belgian blonde, by far the best of the 4 beers I got from Contreras. Sports a rather saison-like dry finish. This type of hoppy Belgian medium weight blonde has become my favorite style this year. This is a pretty good example of it.


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