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Brewed by Arcense Bierbrouwerij (InBev)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Arcen, Netherlands

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RATINGS: 248   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Do you remember the Dilemma of Arcen? We experimented on the brewery with different types of hops and malt until we could select two wonderful beers. Beer lovers then were allowed to choose their favorite. That was not easy yet. Eventually won was the beautiful dark beer. That we now know as Hertog Jan Karakter, which is still very popular. Rightly. A beautiful amber beer takes its fruity and malty flavor especially to our Hertog Jan prestige malt. An exquisite selection of four different malts! In essence, Hertog Jan Karakter is a Belgian Ale, a Belgian variant of the originally English Ale. Of course we gave then to our own Dutch twist. Ingredients: water, barley malt, wheat starch, sugar, hops.

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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
androman (2061) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2017
30cl bottle at home from local supermarket. Maarssen. Nose is dried fruits. Body is clear deep amber, head is small, beige, creamy, mostly diminishing, good lacing. Aroma is dried fruits, honey, caramel, floral, sugar. Medium to heavy sweet, light bitter, medium fruity sour. Finish is medium lasting fruity medium sweet, light fruity sour, slightly acidic chemical, medium alcohol warmth. Medium to full body, slick texture, nearly flat carbonation. Quite easy dessertish beer, too much added sugar, too much alcohol in the flavor fo ABV 7.5%, drinkable though.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GoufCustom (1824) - HONG KONG - NOV 18, 2016


500ml can bought at Prize Mart in Shek Wu Hui, Sheung Shui.

Clear amber brown colour; Half finger head with soapy off-white foam which fades in 30 seconds; Excellent sticky lacing with active small carbonation; Fragrant and sweet aroma of amber malt, with strong banana, vanilla, caramel, bubblegum, brown sugar, light alcohol, light mustiness, bread, Bel yeast, very light phenolic, thin lemon and strawy grass; Close to light sweet taste of fair amber malt, with strong wheaty tartness, fair caramel, light red fruits, light brown sugar, light alcohol, spices, dry biscuits, lemon, medium bitter hops and grass; Medium body, slick and quite creamy palate; Mouth Feel is fair Amber maltyness in a smooth background. Strong presence wheaty tartness not balanced by very light brown sugar sweetness. Other tastes are also hollow with light caramel and light red fruits. Spicy and dry biscuity. Not much Bel yeastiness but has strong lemon to round. So so Hoppiness is thin lemon and strawy grass in nose, same in taste but stronger; Bitterness is quite strong than for a lasting, mid to high astringent biscuit malt finish; Dry after taste. Tart and bitter to mouth.

Comments: Character is what this Belgian Amber is sorely lacking the fruity banana aroma quite promising, but the taste is empty, lacking sweetness, fruity ester and yeastiness to be a big strong brew, just kinda like a tasteless ESA with Bel yeast got filtered. Pass.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bijl (409) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2016
Donker ambergeel, helder, crme kleurige schuimkraag. Aroma: Karamel, zoete mouten, zoethout, iets kruiden. Smaak: Zoete karamel mouten, hint van Belgische gist, banaan, rietsuiker/siroop, kruidige hops geven een licht kruidige bitter. Body is medium, weinig koolzuur, afdronk is bitterzoet karamel en iets droog. Mwoah!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inoven (480) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2016
Flesje gekregen van Heidie. Amberkleurig, helder bier met matig schuim. Aroma van drop en zoethout. Smaak is een beetje bitter en een beetje zoet. Hoppige bitterheid en kruiden blijven even hangen.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rubin77 (1487) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 24, 2016
F: big, off-white, good retention. C: dark amber, red tones against the light, clear. A: malty, nutty, caramel, toast, hint of alcohol. T: malty, nutty, toast, light grassy bitterness, some fruity tones, chocolate, dark bread, cherries, medium to full body, normal carbonation, not bad at all, 500ml can from Spar in Westkapelle in Netherland.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vighals (3562) - Srumsand, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2016
Mrk brun noe tkete med fingerhyt beige skum. Lukter st malt og ntter. Middels fylde. Stlig maltig, noe ntter og trket frukt. Kort

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hamilton_w (249) - - APR 18, 2016
Clear brown color, very small head. Sweet malt aroma and some herb notes. Caramel sweet taste, no obvious bitterness. Medium body, average carbonation.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Vili (245) - FINLAND - FEB 25, 2016
50cl can. Dark amber pour with thick, frothy, white head, lots of lacing. Aromas of herbs, wet leaves and cellar. Taste is weirdly strongly malty and watery at the same time. Some bitterness as well. Low carbonation, bland palate. Aftertaste is weak and malty, alcohol pushes through. Drinkable, but not very enjoyable.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tderoeck (8795) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2016
10/I/16 - 30cl bottle @ my parents in laws place - BB: XII/2016 (2016-27) Thanks to Mattie and George for the beer!

Clear amber beer, small creamy off-white head, unstable, falls down quickly, non adhesive. Aroma: malty, some banana, bit metallic, caramel, sweet. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet start, sugary, banana, caramel, metallic, pretty bitter. Aftertaste: hoppy, metallic, sugary, sweet, bit artificial, some yeast, lots of banana.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenWesthof (196) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2016
Nice beer with indeed lots of Karakter/Character. Sweet and bitter tones. Very enjoyable.


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