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Renaissance Enlightenment Series Fresh Hop Benelux Ale

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Brewed by Renaissance Brewing
Style: Belgian Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Fresh Hop Benelux Ale. You see, it is not quite a Belgian style, but kind of in that region. We based this on a Blonde and brewed it with a mixture of yeasts and a large portion of freshly harvested Wakatu hops. The result, a bright straw coloured ale with a fruity nose and creamy palate. Notes of spice, earth, tropical fruit, and hop resin.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pdubyah (657) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 29, 2013
This looks like, smells like and may be like a Belgium ale. But itís a bit thin and doesnít have a carry. Does not have the alcohol burn that you may get with Belgium beer. Itís really a thing though, and in some weird confused way I actually like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer-yum (1414) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 16, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2013 Impressive combination of Belgian and Antipodean style and ingredients. Would be just what the doctor ordered if one was looking to progress from the ubiquitous IPAs to the more interesting Abbey ales. Iíll definitely have another - and will likely rate it higher after that.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2013
A nice beer, but not really up my alley. I can appreciate the effort and like the use of fresh hops with the belgian twist. Unfortunately, I like my fresh hopped beers cleaner!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
petergaynor (137) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 11, 2013
Pours light willow sap amber with a thin white head. Mildly lively carbonation. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side. Taste is burnt caramel sugar with a bit of belgian spice and a lightly smoked flavour. Long aftertaste, not very hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 29, 2013
An intriguing idea for a Belgian Ale, especially considering that fresh hops are usually the last thing on a Belgian brewerís mind... I say that, but I have never met a Belgian brewer so I am probably pontificating for the sake of showing off. Ignore me. Anyway, slightly hazy with a fairly coarse intermittent bead of bubbles. A skim of milky head sits like a gibbous moon over the top of a golden honey coloured body. The Belgian yeast is the first familiar note and then along comes fresh gooseberry, pineapple chunks (not lumps), banana and guava. It is a nice balance of aromas and to be honest I was expecting something a little more lop-sided. A taste reveals a good mouthfeel and then the Belgian yeast comes initially to the fore. Just when you pick the yeast along comes a fruity rumble of those same fruit salad notes and a pinch of bitterness. I mean a pinch as if it is physically pinching the sides of your tongue with astringency. This accentuates the fruitiness on the finish with the emphasis on ripe sour gooseberry and some lemon peel. I wasnít expecting this beer to be balanced or subtle given the fresh hopping and as for the mix of styles, well bugger me if it hasnít worked. This is why Renaissance won best overseas brewery in the Australian beer awards this week. It is based upon obvious talent and elegant beers like this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tejonno (11) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 21, 2013
Smells citrus fruity, like a lemon and honey drink... Quite strong flavours, especially the fresh hops that kinda jump out at you. Mouthfeel full yet still light, with a long slightly bitter aftertaste.. Rather Belgian and very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omega (900) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 6, 2013
Belgian yeast on the nose with a nice clean golden pour. Quite big on the palate with a lingering bitterness that hangs around. Creamy goodness in a bottle.

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