Garrold (6150) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2018
Bottle. Etre Gourmet. The last Brabant beer I ever buy. A third of the bottle gushed all around the kitchen. The remainder just died in the glass. It’s a bit milky and sweet. Some roast malts. I can’t be bothered. The brewer doesn’t seem too bothered either. Shame really, as there’s possibly a decent beer in there, somewhere. diabel (1733) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2017
Totally black body. Hardly any head. Aroma of molasses, malts, ... Moderately sweet, lightly bitter flavour. Ok, perhaps little bit too sweet. Zita (6333) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2017
Zythos 2016;sweet chocolate, brown, brown foam, medium sweetness, very sweet,sweet,sweet chocolate, finish. JorisPPattyn (10219) - BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2016
Serious gushing to towering, if not very stable tan head. Deep black-brown beer. Carbonation goes downward continually audibly as well as visually - from the explosive opening towards a lame-sih finish. Sourish nose, lactic, overlying roasted/burnt stout notes. Some choclate: but a certain buttermilk aroma keeps hanging. Phenols, lightly smoked, impression @ peated malt, but all the time a lactic sourness remains, one that is certainly more than the classical stout acidity. Chocolate too, sourish butter/milk and ketjap in the finish. Logically not very well-bodied, acidthinning, dwindling carbonaton. Despite a quite obvious infection, I could not help liking this beer. It’s challenging, nowhere off-putting, hence I accept a little paradoxicality. txspartan (1085) - Wilrijk, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2016
Sour aroma with hints of metal and some dark fruit. Head lasts a while. Velvet texture. Peaty syrup.
Countbeer (6590) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Dark brown beer. Quick disappearing beige head.
Aromas of toast, lacto, hazlenut, milk, light tobacco, smoke and chocolate...
Flavours of lacto, roast, milk, toast, hazlenuts, malts, light bitter, light chocolate and mocha tints...
Aftertaste is lacto, toast, light chocolate...
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied. erickok (6037) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2016
Black and creamy head. Licorice, toast, charcoal herbal hops and only a touch of lactic aromas. Bubbly but appealing mouth feel. Medium bitter, good toasty malts. Not to long in the aftertaste, but that’s okay, ideal a nice rich dry flavour and enough body to carry the big bubble. Very appealing and well done beer! (75cl bottle from Belgian Beer Shop Leuven) Alengrin (6202) - BELGIUM - JUN 10, 2016
From a 75 cl bottle with Brabant’s typical ’minimalist’ label style. Gusher, with beer streaming out of the bottle neck seconds after opening. Deep beige, non-lacing, very coarse and bubbly, completely loose head consisting of large bubbles which pop in instants under an audible crackling sound, leaving nothing but a wafer-thin rim on the edges only seconds after that, and eventually nothing at all, a problem I’ve encountered in most of his new beers. Black appearance but translucent on the edges, revealing a very ’muddy’ and murky look with an ochre brown hue - the content of a mud pool, fortunately only marginally visible under bright light. Unusual and sweetish but in all not too unattractive aroma of unmistakable buttermilk, strong clove, liquorish candy, sweetish graininess (’cow fodder’ as my esteemed colleague tderoeck would say), fudge, overripe fig, banana somewhere, coffee grounds, very old red wine, raisins, soggy tea bags, clove-like phenols, earthy beetroot, mangosteen, candi syrup, soggy brown bread, hints of beef broth or even beef stock cube, stewed plums, damp earth, rotting garden weeds. Sweet onset but not overly so, balanced with sufficient sourishness, yielding impressions of fig, banana, blue plum and blackberry all intermingled; soft carbo - unsurprisingly seen the lack of head and the fact that 90% of carbonation seems to have escaped upon opening the bottle. Residual candi sugar melts with caramelly and even honeyish malt sweetness, while fruity esters continue and strong clove-like phenols build up retronasally; mouthfeel is a bit oily, slick and smooth. A soft chocolatey (as in: chocolate milk) accent shows up right before the finish, when the moist grainy ’cow fodder’ sweetishness comes to dominate; I suppose the soft caramelly malt body is reinforcing the added lactose here, but I had lactose-enriched milk stouts with a more ’creamy’ and balanced feel to them. At the back, a soft but unmistakable touch of earthy and eventually lightly peppery hops adds a little bitterness, merging with the remains of the lactose and caramel malt sweetness as well as this undercurrent of soft sourishness. A bittersweet feeling remains after swallowing, but retronasally, a clove- and liquorish-like effect also clings. Weird interpretation of the old milk stout style... Feels exaggeratedly artisanal, meaning ’unfinished’: no head, a problem I’ve seen in many other of these new generation Brabant beers when bottled; less creamy than it probably could have been; and disturbed by Belgian yeast effects which really have no business in this style. The taste as such is enjoyable - though admittedly a 75 cl champagne bottle is a bit much for one person. Alcohol stays well hidden, but the unfermented lactose sweetness sticks a bit and is just as obnoxious in the end. Tiring, I worked my way through the bottle with a certain amount of effort, but on the other hand I do applaud the fact that this brewery is trying out so many ’international’ craft beer styles since a few years instead of looking back - at the very Wallonian, largely saison-like beers they had before the ’resurrection’. My sympathy for this daring approach will probably push this rating upwards more than the beer by itself deserves, but one thing is certain: I am keeping a close watch on this brewery. In spite of the technical errors, I am looking forward to try their IIPA, but I also passionately hope that some day, this guy gets his beers right. For now, I get the feeling he is trying to draw attention by aiming at beer styles he simply does not understand yet - please mr. Magerat, stop trying to run before you have learned to walk, as an old Flemish saying goes... markextrae (4762) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2016
sample from bottle, black pour with a mocha colour head. nose is sweet bakers chocolate, milk chocolate, oats, lactose, milk cream, slight mocha, tastte is dry creamy. Bierridder_S (1258) - BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2016
23/04/2016 sample glass shared with the Belgian Ratebeercrew @ZBF2016.
Very dark brown, small head. Nose is soft roast. Taste is soft coffee, milk chocolate, creamy. My favorite du Brabant until now.