Alengrin (5249) - BELGIUM - DEC 29, 2016
Rotterdam craft beer from a small beer company, 50 cl bottle from Plan B. Delicately and tightly cobweb-lacing, medium thick, creamy, off-white head, hazy warm burgundy colour with deeper ruby red hue. Aroma of moldy grapefruit, withering green herbs, toffee, soggy brown bread, fig, damp forest floor, damp potting soil, old hazelnut shells, fermenting apples, dusty old cocoa powder, apple peel, rainwater, dirty rubber, stale sweat, burnt sugar, forest mushrooms, old red wine, rotting mango. Spritzy onset, quite overcarbonated for a brown ale, very minerally (as in fiercely sparkling mineral water) and detracting from the actual flavor, consisting of restrained dried fig and raisin sweetishness and quite ’active’ redcurrant sourness, a bit too active actually, making me suspect light infection... Supple, slick body, nutty maltiness, bit sweetish but immediately turning toasted bitter and dry, the dryness of which is accentuated by the Mosaic in the finish, producing a grapefruity and herbal bitterness - though less spicy than expected - as well as retronasal dank and overripe fruit accents. The overcarbonation, with this intrusive minerally effect, kept seriously bothering me till the very end and definitely does not belong in this style; other than that, there is a sort of deep but inappropriate sourishness and an ’earthy’ smell that seem a bit off too, hinting at onsetting bacterial infection. Moreover, I have seen Mosaic being applied more elegantly than this as well. I guess the aim was to produce an ’American brown ale’ but frankly, it has not turned out all too well... These guys clearly have the right ambitions, but technical perfection should prevail over whichever creative idea one comes up with, and this one clearly falls short in that respect. Almost Flemish red-like but in a harsh, unelegant and rather unpleasant way. Pity. MaartenRF10 (1949) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2016
De verrassing van de avond tijdens proeverij onlangs. Zeer breed palet aan smaken; grapefruit, caramel, aardbei (zuurtje). Erg geslaagd! Lore (2666) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 21, 2016
brown colour with reddish notes, one inch creamy beige-ish - yellowish head, which lasts for severl minutes - even after 5 minutes, one third of it is still on the top of the beer :-) roasted rye bread, plum jam, other fruits like apricot, some minimal herbal notes and hints of milk chocolate; taste is the same with sourish fruity notes; really enjoyable ale sjogro (3953) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2016
Sampled from bottle courtesy of Mrk. Unclear brown with fluffy tan head. Sweet toasted caramel malts, vegetal bitter, light lemon fruity, bread, dough. Medium sweet, medium bitter, light sour. Under medium body, low carbonation, bit stale and sugary. Maakun (5402) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to Mrk 11 months past bb date. Hazy brown with fluffy beige head. Light dried fruit, earthy, light bread and burnt caramel. Light sweet with a bit weird mineral and tannic bitter finish. Medium bodied.
caesar (7098) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2016
Bottle from Drank van de Meisjes, dated 27 Jul 2015, large sample. Hazy brown color, huge rocky head. Aroma of chocolate, bit fruity hop, slight caramel, bit stale metallic. Obvious oxidation unfortunately. Bit sweet in taste, caramel, blackberry, soft bitterness. Bit high in carbonation. sir__v (2618) - FRANCE - MAY 15, 2016
Bottle from Deconinck, Vichte - BE. Color: opaque brown beer with no carbonation and small white foam. Smell: metallic nose. Acidity. Taste: metallic and acidity taste. Very bad beer... Sorry but it’s only drinkable for a sink. Bad ! ladnewton (1937) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2016
On tap at Craft & Draft, Amsterdam on 18th March 2016. Hazy, coppery red with off-white foam affording full lacing. Fine hoppiness and spicy malt in aroma. Tangy fruits and peanut nuttiness in-mouth, and a fruity biscuit finish. Light bodied with a zingy mouthfeel. mike_77 (6581) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2016
Again a very highly carbonated bottle from LMNOP. Clear red brown colour. Aroma of fruity hop. Flavour has fruity hop and some sweet caramel malts. Nice taste. ZodiacM (1140) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 6, 2016
Uit de fles (0,5l) geschonken. Roodbruin bier met een flinke schuimkraag. Aroma van mout en gist. Smaak is kruidig, moutig, fruitig. Prettig drinkbaar bier, maar niet memorabel.