erickok (6037) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAR 20, 2017
Dark amber, medium head. Decent fruity hops. Quite bubbly palate, medium bitter. It’s simplistic, especially the body, but the aroma is nice and hoppy. (33cl bottle from Prik&Tik Leuven) Alengrin (5369) - BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2017
The ’ordinary’ IPA made for De Bieradviseur, bottle from the Prik & Tik in Zele; curious about this one, as I had the black version before and really enjoyed it. Thick, frothy, regular, egg-white, very moussy, lacing head over a hazy peach blonde beer with warm orange tinge. Aroma of dried orange flesh, banana bread and even light bubblegum, ripe melon, overripe mango, cake dough, bitter honey, canned apricot, pink pepper, strawberry jam, fresh toast, soap, old ginger powder, straw, peach, old paper, Madeleine biscuits, raw cauliflower. Spritzy onset, very minerally due to strong (over-)carbonation, souring and numbing a bit, but not entirely blocking a play of sweetish banana, peach and red apple on the one hand and sourish redcurrant, unripe kiwi and gooseberry on the other hand, subdued esters and in that sense starting off quite ’Belgian’, supple and lean mouthfeel coarsened by the strong carbo. Cereally and very lightly caramelly middle, bit soapy as well, certainly not all barley (see label too: "bevat gerstemout", which often says enough), while the fruity esters go along, banana remaining fairly at bay. Finish brings a relieving, spicy, notably floral and mildly citrusy, only lightly aromatic hop bitterness, but it seems to remain rather superficial in comparison with the legions of Anglo-Saxon IPAs it tries to imitate - resulting in that soapiness and even traces of the banana ester to pass through quite undisturbed. Ends with a certain amount of spicy hoppiness, but it’s the malt sweetness and some yeasty aspects that last. Clearly the intentions were good here, but as usual in this country, they failed to make a full-fledged ’new’ (i.e. internationally oriented) IPA: though a very decent beer by itself, breathing technical perfection like many other brews coming from Anders these days, the concept lacks in audacity and expressive hoppiness. This is way too soapy and estery for an IPA of international standard; at best, this is to be seen as a ’Belgian IPA’, i.e. a compromise between classic (blonde) Belgian ale styles and ’real’ IPA - in other words, not an IPA at all, until ’Belgian IPA’ is recognized as a separate style here. If that were the case, this would be a very good and technically perfect example of it. As an IPA in the general, international sense: too soapy, too Belgian and not (aromatically) hoppy enough for me. In conclusion: basically just a Belgian blonde ale with a forwarded hop profile, as there are so many these days, but technically so well executed that it can serve as an example of this hybrid ’style’. rdb84 (609) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2016 Murky ipa orange, large soapy head. A: typical ipa exotic fruits with pronounced citrus character. T: follows aroma, light to medium pineapple and passion fruit, larger citrus taste, medium bitter development, medium bitter finish with fruity notes. Not as hop heavy as US specimen, but very nicely balanced. bonkiedeaap (763) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 24, 2016
Bottle from Dranken Verheyen in Poppel. The beer is dark orange and hazy colored and pours a stable and large white head, with enough carbonation.
The aroma is very fruity, hoppy and spicy, with tones of passion fruits, grapefruits, citrus, oranges and a nice freshness of flowers.
The taste is full bodied, light sweet and malty. After the sweetness the bitterness takes over and some nice spicy notes are noticable.
The finish is bitter, dry and refreshing. Know better IPA’s, but this is oke for me. FrankZappa7 (511) - GERMANY - APR 30, 2016
Beerhunter111 (20472) - P´Castle, GERMANY - APR 24, 2016
Orange, trüb, cremefarbener Schaum. Aroma: Malzig, fruchtig, ebenso Antrunk. Voller Körper.
Leicht trübes orange goldenes Bier mit einer geringen leicht beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch mild grasig hopfig, kaum süß malzig. Geschmack süß malzig, etwas Karamell, rote Früchte. yespr (45446) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 24, 2016
Pours cloudy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is fruity, mild peachy. Crisp hoppy. Bitter and slight citrusy hoppy. Dry and bitter far finish. Koelschtrinker (20398) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - APR 23, 2016
Intensiv hell malziger Antrunk. Geringe Bitterkeit, deutlich malzig, sehr grasig.10/9/9/10//9 Plovmand (8311) - Helsinge, DENMARK - APR 13, 2016
Bottle from Willems. It pours hazy orange with a big fluffy white head. Spicy yeasty aroma with a good fruity hoppy kick. Quite bitter and citrusy hoppy flavor. Yeasty notes. Long bitter finish. Light metallic notes. deanso (10132) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - APR 3, 2016
33cl bottle shared with Kermis.
Thick creamy white head. Very hazy golden pour. Not very bitter. An ok ipa.