Alengrin (4999) - BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2014 Bosteels’ least known product, but almost certainly made elsewhere (I suspect Huyghe) and only locally sold in and around Buggenhout, apparently discontinued meanwhile. Moussy, not very stable, snow white head, light golden blond colour with greenish hue. Soft malt sweetness, floral hops, aromatic but subdued. Okay for the style of beer but very atypical for the style of the brewery, as this is / was just another simple standard lager.
diabel (1686) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught Clear, blond body. Fizzy/creamy head. Weak aroma: bit hoppy. Moderately bitter, lightly sweet flavour. Bit DMS. Quite ok.
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 20, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
(Bottle. 03/2006). Slight DMS/Sulphur nose with a bit of spicy hops. Pale yellow. Medium, white head. Malty, lightly bodied, barely bitter flavors. Sweet finish.
Ernest (7548) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2005
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle, random Brussels touristy beer store.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (grain), lightly hoppy (herbs).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, unclean.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
I’d heard Bosteels made a pils (in Tim Webb’s guide and elsewhere), but never seen it until now. As expected, it’s a flimsy lager with little redeeming value. I later saw crates of this at Delepine, so it’s definitely still being made...unfortunately. Ulricher from Girardin was certainly better than this, but both are equally confusing products from otherwise respectable breweries.