PietS (370) - Bergen op Zoom, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2017
Sweet, fruity, malts. Not very distinctive aroma's. Light bitter finish. Nothing special Alengrin (5639) - BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2017
The blond one in this series of semi-industrial Dutch abbey beers, bottle from a supermarket in Hulst in the southern Netherlands. Frothy, egg-white, ’papery’ lacing, very stable head, slowly thinning, over a cristal clear ’old gold’ coloured beer with warmer orangey tinge. Aroma dominated by the ’cooked’ smell of extensive pasteurisation, damp kitchen cloth, soggy chicken corn that has been soaking in rainy weather for days, sweetened cider, iron, melting powder sugar, industrial honey, canned peach, plastic, wet white paper, natural rubber, plaster. Sweet onset, lots of residual ’white’ sugars but no living yeast fruitiness whatsoever, very lager-like and neutral apart from that sweetness, which becomes a tad cloying in the end; some dull, basic sourishness underneath. Slick mouthfeel, medium carbonated; caramelly, bit resiny but thin-bodied middle, clearly maltose- or otherwise sugar-enhanced, very slick with a clear metallic edge. Finish sadly adds just about nothing and reinforces that sugary peachy sweetness without providing any hop bitterness worth mentioning, apart from a weak grassy note at the back. Powder sugar-like, bit honeyish sweetness sticks in the end while that off-putting pasteurization effect resonates in the nose retronasally. I know that Gulpener has recently joined the league of Dutch craft brewers but, like Samuel Adams in the U.S., it remains a doubtful case; this beer very clearly makes an abominable statement for that. This is a sweet, childishly simple, straightforward, probably bottom-fermented blonde abbey beer, the likes of which are Leffe Blonde or Grimbergen Blond in Belgium, nothing more, nothing less. This type of products should not be made anymore in the 21st century, especially not by a brewery that had a certain significance in Dutch beer history but has been vastly surpassed by hundreds of others meanwhile. More than anything, I sincerely hate the fact that an old, established brewery is trying to sell a ’pimped’ and heavily sweetened, strongish lager to me and expects me to believe it is a top-fermented abbey ale. I am looking forward to the day that beers like this go extinct. Koelschtrinker (21371) - K?ln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 25, 2017
Mild hefiger, mild metallerner Antrunk. Leicht bananig-kräutrig, geringe Karbonisierung. Ansonsten eher wenig aromatisch, süß. 7/8/7/7/9/7 mmmeinike (285) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2017
Dark golden blond with minomal foam and almost no carbonation. Yeast, malt amd spicey aroma. Salmaneser (167) - BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2017
33 cl bottle @ Hotel Raedthuys in Sint-Maartensdijk, Holland. Golden colour, minimal white head. Malty aroma with fruits and herbs. Little bitter taste, bit artificial.
tricksta_p (5029) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2016
Bottle from Speciaalbierpakket. Aroma is floral, sweet malt, soft fruits, apples, notes of bubblegum, cleaning products and some yeast. Flavour is a bit cloying sweetness and light bitter. Body is medium. Yikes, not good at all, way too sweet with an overdone floral aroma that leans towards chemical cleaning products. Svesse (8752) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2016
(Draught at Arendsnest, Amsterdam, 16 Sep 2016) Golden colour with frothy, white head. Fruity nose with canned fruit, peaches, orange and a touch of marzipan. Malty, fruity taste with notes of citrus, bread, apples, gooseberries, marzipan and a sweetish finish with a fairly low bitterness. Medium body, with a certain sweetness. A bit sweet and sticky, but fairly tasty. Quite enjoyable. harrisoni (19194) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2016
On tap at Arendsnest Amsterdam. Clear gold lasting white head. Some esters. Quite plain but fine. Plain blond but fine. A little hop bitterness on the finish. DSG (15118) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 11, 2016
Bottle sample at Dancing Camel. Thanks kerenmk. Clear golden. Aroma of fruity esters (overripe banana, apple), and mild spicy phenols. Sweetish flavor with fruity esters (banana, apple), mild spiciness, and a bitterish finish. Medium-bodied. kerenmk (5058) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 11, 2016
Bottle shared at the dancing camel. Thanks Vipinvelp! Clear gold. Candy, some yeast in the nose, sweet, a little alcoholic. Light-to-medium body, bubblegum-like finish, lightly fizzy.