Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.32/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Alengrin (5639) - BELGIUM - APR 5, 2017
Commissioned by VVV Eeklo, the tourist office of the town of Eeklo in the Meetjesland region (the northwestern part of Eastern Flanders, bordering on the Ghent region in the south and the Waasland region in the east); seems to have been in existence for quite some years now but never encountered it until now, in a pub next to the church of Eeklo. Used to be a plain Belgian ’outdoors café’ blonde brewed elsewhere but it seems it has now, in its Proefbrouwerij embodiment, been upgraded to a tripel; in any case one of these countless commissioned regional Belgian beers that aspire at not much more than mere regional relevance. Thick, dense, regular, creamy, snow white, very stable head over a hazy peach blonde beer with khaki hue, glowing, with fierce sparkling piercing through. Aroma of peach, banana, white pepper, dried flowers, white bread, pineapple, unripe pear, ginger powder, baker’s yeast, grass, bitter honey, old dried wormwood. Fruity onset, mildly estery with impressions of banana and pear, sweetish with residual white candi sugar on top, initially very sharp, numbing, fizzy carbonation, vague sourishness in the background, bit sourdough-like. Caramelly malt sweetness in the middle, light phenolic spicy notes, some powdery yeast effects in the end including notable yeast bitterness, grassy and floral hop bitterness as well, cut short by a glow of ’jenever’-like, warming alcohol; the malt, banana ester and white candi sugar sweetness remain. Typical thirteen-in-a-dozen sweet tripel, one of so many, but reviewed by itself, a perfectly acceptable and enjoyable one, showing off the technical skills of the Proef. I had way worse than this in the classic Belgian tripel segment.

PlutonowyMan (868) - Baardegem, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2017
Barwa bursztynowa, przypomina sok mutiwitamina, na powierzchni piwa unosi się biała, wysoka o średniej trwałości piana. Zapach to słodka pomarancza i brzoskwinia, w tle delikatne nuty drożdżowe. Smak jest podobnie owocowy, pomarancza, brzoskwinie, nieco przypraw. kontrą dla słodkich owoców jest niezbyt wysoka ale wystarczająca goryczka. Ma charakter nieco ziołowy. Alkohol idealnie ukryty, co może wpływać na znaczne rozluźnienie po kilku takich piwach. Uwagi: bardzo dobry strong, bez ordynarnego alkoholu, z nutami owocowymi w smaku i aromacie.

Hamirubi (592) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2015
33cl bottle at home, a gift from my parents-in-law. This Herbakkersbier is the recap of the Herbakkersbier 6.4%, a Belgian Ale beer by De Block Brouwerij (a brewery in Peizegem) which was rather different in style and taste. This stronger one is brewed for the touristic service of the city of Eeklo. I had this 8.5% before, which is a bit a hazy looking amber, an even copper coloured beer with diminishing foam. The brew has an odd earthlike aroma accompanied by dried apricots and a lingering soury flavour. In my opinion, it resembles the Augustijn Grand Cru. The Herbakkersbier beer taste is lightly malted, with a subtle sweetness and mild bitterness too, but the strong feature is a somehow sour mouth. This strong ale reaches a vast 8.5% in alcohol yet it is a smooth drinker by its light body. How to summarize this beer? A soury, honeylike brew with a dry and fairly short ending. A more complex beer which is - alas - not very convincing.

JorisPPattyn (10062) - BELGIUM - JAN 29, 2010
Huge, soft-yellow dense head over clear metallic-golden beer. Inviting grapey-hoppy nose, with a liqueurish alcohol component, fine sweet syrup like malt or maple syrup. Again a mix of hop, nearly harsh even in the beginning, but grapey & perfumey all the same, and not-quite-sweet caramel. Hoppy flavours dominate, no doubt. Slight slickness, soft carbonation, medium bodied, light alcoholwarming. Very surprising - I’m sure it was brewed elsewhere (De Block, IIRC) once, then totally unnoteworthy - this Belgian near-hopbomb is outstanding, certainly in its class of touristic gimmicks.

fonefan (50777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle 330ml.
Clear medium yellow orange color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, moderate to light light heavy yeasty, soap, perfume, honey. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20091021]

KimJohansen (10511) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2009
Cloudy golden with a large white head. Fairly dry aroma with yeasty and malty notes. Flavour was quite spicy with malty and caramel notes. Finishes spicy and sweet.

Ungstrup (38249) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2009
Bottled. A hazy dark golden beer with a lazing cream colored head. The aroma has notes of malt, citrus, and straw. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, fruit, and citrus, as well as some yeast, leading to a dry and fruity finish. Thanks fonefan for sharing.

MiP (15962) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2009
Bottle, 8.5%. Fruity aroma, slightly farty. Hazy golden colour. Small stable white head. The flavour is a little sweet, with some grassy hoppiness. Fruity notes with a little spice. Quite good.

Papsoe (25060) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2009
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of fonefan. Pours a clear golden with a rock solid off-white head leaving laces. Tart, bretty nose. Medium body, a little low in carbonation, sweet fruitiness and astringent Bretty accents leaving a mouthdrying finish. 211009

Jerre (3800) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAY 28, 2009
Re-tasted on 18.04.09 @ Bierloods, and tirth time @ home 15.05.09. Bottle 33 cl. Almost clear dark golden color with a white head. Aroma some yeast and spice, good hops. Medium body. Taste (little) sweet, bit yeasts, spices, and a good bitter finish. Like it. (better as the early version from de Block, many years ago)

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