d'Oude Maalderij Homo Beerectus 01: Bizarre Brewer

Brewed by d'Oude Maalderij
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Izegem, Belgium


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
First beer of the ’Homo Beerectus’ Series by ’De Oude Maalderij’ . More info : http://www.homobeerectus.com/

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nathanvc (921) - Brugge, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2017
Bottle at De Heeren van Liedekercke, shared with Anke and Pieter.
Pours cloudy dark brown with a lasting, foamy, tan head. The aroma contains coffee, licorice, roasted malt, hops, dark fruits, some banana, chocolate. It tastes medium fruity and chocolatey sweet and light hoppy bitter, with a toasty finish. Medium body, slick/oily texture, soft carbonation. If I remember correctly, this was offered to us as a Stout; could have been a Scotch or Belgian 'Dubbel' for all I know. Anyway, it did the job as a dessert beer.

JoeinDahlem (1631) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 22, 2017
Pours blackish-brown with ruby highlights, tan fizzing foam subsides. Smells very sweet, like anise, cola, Dr. Pepper, molasses. Flavor is bittersweet and tangy with a touch of acrid burnt-ish roast; starts sweeter with an earthy-bitterish middle, cruising through that roasty tangy to a somewhat drier finish. A bit like a strong dubbel with stouty leanings. A bit thin and fizzy for its strength and flavor.

Jerre (3865) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2017
Geproefd samen met een groep op 16 maart ’17. Flesjes gekocht bij Deconinck. Zeer donkerbruin met beige kraag. Aroma: zoet, geroosterde mout, tikkeltje kruiden, caramel. Medium body. Smaak: zoet, zoethout, geroosterde mout, wat caramel en chocolade, zachtbitter.

JorisPPattyn (10163) - BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2017
Small cream head over hazy cola-coloured beer. Chocolates, filled with amandine/rosewater, marzipan. First sweet, a bit roasted-bitterish flavour, then immediately sourish. Finish returns to bitterish-sweet. Perfumey flavours with more rosewater, but also slightly sourish fruit. Again some chocolate, bit oxydized cookies, speltbread, bark. Rather well-bodied, bit oily. Good carbonation; reasonably long-lasting flavours. Three main taste colours present, but not in balance. Bizarre seems a correct assessment.

JefVerstraete (3874) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2017
Bottle @ Nuetnigenough. Dark colour, creamy foam. Nose of dark fruit, caramel, some roastiness. Malty, light fruity tartness. Indeed a bizarre brew.

tderoeck (11092) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2017
23/III/17 - 33cl bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck (Vichte) @ home - BB: bottle date + 5y, bottled: 25/XII/16 (really, on christmas day? ;-) ) (2017-403)

Clear dark purple brown beer, creamy beige head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: sweet, caramel, dried fruits, slightly spicy, some liquorish. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: very malty, dried fruits, raisins, caramel, bit sourish, nice hoppy touch, some alcohol, banana. Aftertaste: bit yeasty, bread with raisins, soft roasted touch, alcohol, sweet, bit sour, some chocolate, sugary, caramel, banana, pretty bitter finish, bit yeasty. Nice one!

Hopverdju (1764) - BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2017
85 EBC, 35 EBU. Zwart bier met gelig beige schuim. Geur: zoet, zoethout. Smaak: geroosterde mout, kalisse, licht bitter. Licht mondgevoel. Afdronk: zoethout, licht bitter. Dit doet me denken aan de ouderwetse Belgische stout stijl.

Iznogud (5072) - CROATIA - MAR 28, 2017
Bottle, at Gainsbar. Courtesy of Travlr. Pours dark brown, beige head. Bit roasted, malty, some chocolate, dried fruit, sweet. Bit sourish. Medium bodied.

Alengrin (6086) - BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2017
First beer in a new brand developed by Jef Pirens, elaborately explained on their website as being the starting point of no less than thirty different beers - clearly he is following the commercial ways succesfully launched by the American craft brewers, in making countless one-offs in order to keep the fan base happy, and paying. Irregular, pale yellowish white, bubbly head leaving behind some loose dots of lacing and breaking quickly in the middle, yet retaining well as a thick, frothy, moussy rim; initially clear, dark but fully translucent burgundy robe with beautiful purple hue. Aroma of stewed plums, candi sugar, damp earth, diluted coffee grounds, wet leather, caramel, medlar, overripe pear, blue grapes, sugared tea, some FFF (freshly fermented farmland), damp tree leaves, brown rum, banana, black cherries, nutmeg, glue, liquorish candy, soggy brown bread. Sweet onset but not cloying, residual brown sugary sweetness mixed with quite a lot of fruity esters involving banana, pear, plum and peach, underlying brambleberry-like sourishness, smooth but full mouthfeel with softish carbonation, tad oily. Rich dark maltiness in the middle, very caramelly and toffeeish with a nutty side note and a slightly metallic edge somewhere, acquiring some mellow toasted bitterness in the end, pairing up with herbal, leafy hop bitterness, lingering fruity esters and some clearly warming but non-astringent, rum-like alcohol. This is a dubbel with Scotch-like features (the toasted bitter aspect), thoroughly Belgian but technically more than decent, apart from that FFF sensation. Could have been a bit cleaner for me but as a ’massieve ale’, this works fine - though it does not quite motivate me to start keeping track of all thirty variations, I’m afraid. I heard the second one, made with hibiscus flowers, is already on the shelves - I’ll check it when I happen to encounter it.

beerbeerbeers (1) - BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2017 does not count
Gedronken in Gainsbar. Redelijk zwakke stout met fletse smaak. Een heel braaf begin.

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