Alengrin (5235) - BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2016
Rating the 2015 edition, but apparently all editions use Target so it is the same beer every year (so there is not much use in adding the years after the name to begin with...). Much like e.g. Plukker’s Single Green Hop series, which does differ per year contrary to this one, this is a ’Belgian IPA’ using hops organically cultivated by the brewer himself. Lots of pressure on the bottle but no gushing. I do get a towering high, rocky, egg-white, irregularly shaped head, slowly thinning and leaving thick patches of papery lacing in the process; the beer itself is a pure and warm golden blonde with lively fizz sustaining the oversized head and lightly hazy in appearance due to minute yeast bits floating around throughout the liquid, making it altogether hazy and more peachy blond as the rest of the bottle is poured into the glass and eventually a murky ochre in the very end. ’Green’ and somewhat rural aroma of freshly cut garden herbs, green banana and banana peel, sourdough, old dried lemon peel, jute, dried field flowers, dry hay, apricot, red apple peel, bread crust, powder sugar, sweet-clover, white grape, old ginger powder, molten butter, unripe pear; more bready and less freshly ’green’ with sediment added. Spritzy onset, minerally carbo numbing the tongue a bit but only in the beginning, fruity esters reminiscent of unripe stonefruit, wild berries and green banana, more sourishness than sweetness; supple, lean body coarsened a bit by the sharp fizz (but again, only in the beginning, calming down as the carbon dioxide slowly escapes from the bottle), dryish and lightly bready with sharper grainy edges, a tad sourish even, leading to a resinous, peppery, grassy and notably floral hop bitterness, aptly illustrating the qualities of the Target, which is essentially a - still relatively young - improvement of classic English bitterhop varieties. This ’clean’, very floral and spicy hop bitterness lingers in the back of the mouth for a long time, accompanied by a vaguely sweetish remainder of the grainy maltiness. In all, quite a pleasant beer actually, feeling very ’green’ and floral, as a walk through the countryside - in fact, after pouring this down, I feel like going out for a walk through the fields here. Belgian yeast effects are clearly there but do not interfere too much with the Target hops (at least not as much as is the case in many other ’Belgian IPAs’) so that this is a suitable beer to get to know this particular variety. One of the better Triest beers I had so far. Beerhunter111 (20325) - P´Castle, GERMANY - FEB 7, 2016
Fast klare goldene Farbe, geringe weiße Schaumkrone. Geruch getreidig malzig, leicht hopfig, floral. Geschmack floral hopfig, milde Bitterkeit, leicht fruchtig. vincentvega72 (721) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2016
Alweer een heerlijk biertje van "Den Triest". Goudblond licht amber bier met romige schuimkraag. Mooi bloemig en grassig aroma. Lekkere romige smaak. (Verse) hop, lichte citrus, grassig, hooi. Prima wegdrinker. Kr1zz (428) - BELGIUM - JUN 15, 2015
Bottle bought at Brugs Beerfestival 2015 in february..
Pours hazy golden with a big creamy white head. Well carbonation.
Nose is a bit cheesy, fruity, hoppy, bit citra notes.
Taste: fruity notes, hoppy notes, medium bitterness, floral, herbal, grassy, vegetable. Bit dry in the aftertaste. berntholer (1615) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 25, 2015
dense ivorywhite head leaves structured lacing. blonde colour. aroma is malty, slight hoppy, yeast and bit peppery. taste like aroma with a pronounced bitter resinous finish ending in a spicy pepper note. medium body and carbonation. bottle 75cl / 2014 version / bbf dec-2017
EddyBeer1 (1058) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 12, 2015
Dorée voilée, effervescence forte de visu, moyenne au palais, col blanc abondant. Arômes de grain et de pain, bien maltée en entrée, les houblons s’imposant lentement et sûrement pour donner une amertume légèrement fruitée qui s’affirme au fil du temps, d’où une finesse des plus agréable. PriorL (3068) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2014
Drank as "Green hopping 2013". Sample at Brugs Bierfestival 2014. Shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, nice stable white head.
NOSE: grains, fresh, little hoppy, decent.
TASTE: grains, fresh, hoppy, nothing special. Jerre (3305) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUL 20, 2013
From bottle, febr. 2012 @BAB festival.
Hazy golden color, with a creamy head.
Aroma: sweet, fruits, hops, yeast, malt, hint honey.
Good bitterness finish. sir__v (2618) - FRANCE - MAR 25, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2015 Color: hazy blond beer with white medium foam and small carbonation. Smell: hops, spices, malt, wheat. Taste: hops, malt, and wheat. Aftertaste: malt and small caramel bitterness. Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle @ Brugs beerfestival. Light yellow coloured beer with some light carbonation and a rather small white head. Smouth hoppy hinted aroma, with some light floral sweeter touches. Medium palate. Finish is light sweet bitter hoppy. No extreem hops, decent brew.