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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 248   ABV: 8.25%
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Gulpener Plato 18.25 is een goudblond en ongefilterde imperial lager. Het uitgesproken karakter is verkregen door de toegepaste techniek dry hopping, waarbij de hop na de hoofdvergisting wordt toegevoegd om het hoparoma te verhogen. Plato 18.25 heeft dankzij de dry hopping techniek en een blend van Europese hop variëteiten, een stevig, maar uitgebalanceerd hopkarakter.

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3.5
Gangstergafje (1384) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2018
06-02-2018; bottle; at home (bought somewhere in The Netherlands). The looks of the beer are nice. The beer has a nice dark golden yellow color. It is a bit dull. The beer is extremely cloudy. On top of the beer some nice soft white foam is formed. Foam retention is average. A nice soft white drape is left. The smell of the beer is fine. It has some nice malty touches. There is also a touch of caramel. The most of the smell is filled with hop aromas. There are lovely aromatic hops, giving touches of zest and citrus fruits. Very nice. Quite a lot of hops...just the way I like it. The taste of the beer is also nice. It has the same sweet maltiness, with a caramel touch. The beer is remarkably sweet, but not unbalanced. The hops manage to give some lovely bitters but also zesty and citrusy sours. Lovely. The zesty and citrusy notes linger on for quite some time. Very, very nice indeed. The palate of the beer is nice. It is a nice medium bodied beer, that is silky smooth. Carbonation is low. The finish of the beer is nice. It has some clear alcohol warmth, a touch of caramel and some lovely zesty citrus flavours that linger on for quite some time. Very, very nice.

0.5
corkyrory66 (2498) - BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2018
Imperial pils de 8,25 % abv et 18,25° plato (forcément, vu son nom), qui célèbre une brasserie née en 1825. Jusque là tout est bien, c'est après que ça se gâte … Mon exemplaire était à 3 mois avant sa date. Couleur jaune pâle, avec plein de fines particules en suspension. Bulles nulles. Mousse blanche, qui s'aplatit tel un veau voulant faire la cabriole. Arômes de sucre, miel, jus de pomme, pointe de cidre. 1ère bouche fluide, largement en dessous d'une pils (un comble pour une "imperial" pils …). Arrière-bouche plate, innocente. 2ème où on se demande si c'est une bière sans alcool ou un radler .. Arrière-bouche qui relève de l'anecdotique. La suite ne mérite pas le détail d'une critique (mais peut-être bien une critique du détail ..). Jambes collantes. Levure de lager. Alcool sous son niveau, il regarde les vaches sous le niveau de la mer … Finale bof .. où ça ? CONCLUSION : une imperial pils qui est en dessous d'une pils .. Ceci me fait penser à Coluche qui parlait de plus blanc que blanc, je ne connais pas … Mais bon, au moins j'aurai vu la fusée qui démarrait plus lentement que le cheval … 8,25 divisé par 18,25 donne 0,452 .. donc 0,5 pour ratebeer.

2.8
sjogro (5244) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2018
Bottle at home, found at Gall&Gall. Golden with white head. Sweet malts, grain, alcohol. Sweet and moderate bitter. Medium body and soft carbonation. Tastes of terrible headaches and hangovers.

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Inoven (1068) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2018
Flesje gekregen van Tomhendriksen. Goudgeel troebel bier met weinig schuim. Geur van mout, hop en gedroogd gras. Smaak is moutig en hoppig. Smaak ebt meteen weg.

3.5
TomHendriksen (1074) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2017
Fles gedeeld met Roelzie1986. Het is een goudgeel bier met een medium witte schuimkraag. Het heeft een hoppige geur. De smaak is moutig en hoppig.

2.9
Mpuntmuts (371) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2017 Pours a hazy yellow with a fast dissipating head. Big peach aroma, malts and some yeasts. Malts for taste. Really sweet and sticky. Full bodied almost with medium bubbles. The sweetness overpowers the peach and bitters. Just fine.

2.2
Beerhunter111 (23757) - Beerland, GERMANY - NOV 3, 2017
30cl bottle. A clear golden beer with a mid-sized most good lasting white head. Aroma of strong pale malt, corn, cereals. Taste of strong grainy malt, cereals, straw, not too sweet, mild bitterness, meh...

3.5
blariacum (248) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2017
Fles. Om de een of andere drogreden had ik een donker bier verwacht, maar het is heel licht van kleur. Sterke geurend. Vol van smaak, beetje wrang (lekker), met wat zoetige nasmaak. Smaak van alcohol wel (iets te) duidelijk aanwezig. Alles bij elkaar een prima bier.

2.9
DutchMark (410) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2017
Not bad for the style. Deep yellow with a small head and medium carbonation. A bit oily, a bit sweet and the alcohol is not very subtle. That said it has a nice malt and overripe citrus flavor.

2.9
Alengrin (5996) - BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2017
Bottle from an Albert Heijn supermarket in Hulst, southern Netherlands; according to the front label explicitly intended as an "imperial lager" so hopefully not the malt liquor rubbish that was their Gladiator... From a 30 cl bottle of which the back label tries to seek a connection between the great philosopher Plato and the name of this brew, which is likely more inspired by the old system of measuring alcohol strength in beer by means of degrees Plato. Medium sized, off-white, tightly 'papery' lacing head quickly dissipating in the middle but leaving an intricate pattern of flat 'islands', atop a pure and warm golden beer with vaguely ochre-ish hue, hazed by a 'fog' of yeast throughout. Rather weird, industrial but admittedly quite original aroma of limoncello, lemon-scented hand soap and "Napoléon" lemon candy, gin, candied banana, rubber, lavender, pineapple slices, washing powder, popcorn drenched in honey (or indeed 'Honey Pops'), plaster, kitchen towel, industrial lime juice from a plastic bottle, sugarloaf, peppermints, wodka, green tea, minerals. Neutral onset, sweetish with some residual 'blank' sugars, no fruity esteriness apart from a chewing gum-like thing, medium carbonated, supple and slick, soapy mouthfeel, feeling lighter than its ABV actually. Rounded cereally middle, simple and a tad popcorn-like with this oily thing continuing but eventually turning into plaster- or plastic-like sensations (unpleasantly so), while an aromatic 'force' tries to save the day by adding retronasal impressions of peppermint candy (utterly refreshing, I must admit, but in the completely wrong way), faint tulip and lime zest; meanwhile a thin but spicy, refined hop bitterness descends upon this malty and corny, frankly rather bland sweetness, a tad resiny and herbal (green tea!) but failing to wipe up that soapy, residual-sugary, corny and cereally sweetness that makes this whole thing less pleasurable than it could have been. Unsurprisingly, and I'm sincerely frightened to swallow, an obnoxious, wodka-like alcohol flavour and -heat jumps in at the end - rendering the aftertaste as simple as soapy sweetish grains plus 'white' alcohol, with only a trace - albeit quite persistently so - of that late, tonic water-ish hop bitterness remaining. Rather unpleasant for sure, but somehow less bad than I feared when I bought it for the sake of having another Dutch 'tick' - I would never ever order something like this in a pub, but admittedly, for a pimped, super-strength supermarket alcoholics' lager, this performs way above average, contrary to their Gladiator. But that still isn't saying a lot, is it... Summarizing: this is an 'imperial' lager indeed, in being a tad more refined and distinguished from its dreadful alcoholic - and cheap - brethren, but I am still failing to see the point in that whole "imperial pils" concept. Still, with that Gladiator of many a moon ago still fresh in mind, this could have been way, way worse.


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