Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Barley Wine
Purmerend, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Speculator is een levend, niet gepasteuriseerd, bovengistend bier. Speculator onderscheidt zich door een evenwichtig maar toch complex specerijenkarakter waarbij het alcoholpercentage niet in smaak overheerst. Het tijdens het brouwen gebruikte ’kruidenbuiltje’ is een uitgebalanceerde combinatie van diverse kruiden en specerijen die de SNAB heeft kunnen vertalen in dit unieke bier. Hoewel de naam doet vermoeden dat Speculator een typisch december bier is, zullen we Speculator het hele jaar door, maar in beperkte mate blijven produceren. Voor de liefhebbers van kruidige bieren is deze "vloeibare speculaas" een absolute aanrader en bezorgt u dan ook een ware smaaksensatie. Michael Jackson, "the Beer Hunter", was één van de vele Speculator en SNAB fans. In zijn boek "Ultimate Beer" beschrijft hij Speculator als volgt: "Het bier is kersenrood van kleur, met een grote, warme, stoffige, specenrijenachtige, kersenachtige geur. Het heeft een zachte smaak met bittere kersen, wortelachtige, dropachtige smaken en een menthol, kruidige afdronk". Water, Münchener-, Kristal-, Pils- en Special "B" mout, Saaz hopkorrels, Specerijen en Gist.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
aenima (335) - Askim, - JAN 1, 2014
Quite weak malty aroma. A little fruity and caramely. A little sweet.Decent but nothing more.

markschiedon (692) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 22, 2016
Drinking from tab at Mitra BX. In the aroma spiced biscuit and wood. The clear orange beer has a small brown head. In the taste spices and spiced biscuit. Medium carbonated

Stuu666 (15292) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle at salthorse. Pours hazy orange, nose is banana, caramel, cinnamon, orange, taste is similar, little thin.

cgarvieuk (26387) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle at salt horse... Hazy Amber.. Thin white lacing... Soft sweet funk. Mlight tart sour fruit nose. Soft sweet honey toffee fruit.. Light spice. Soft sweet toffee malts

SimplySike (1550) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2016
75cl. Bottle.
Pours clear brown ruby with tan head.
Aroma spice, some alcohol, caramel, licorice.
Taste caramel spicy sweets.
Mouthfeel creamy.
Great beer.

Svesse (8972) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2016
(Draught at Arendsnest, Amsterdam, 19 Feb 2016) Hazy amber colour with frothy, off-white head. Malty nose with biscuits, citrus peel, dried fruit and spices. Malty taste with notes of bread, biscuits, orange peel, cinnamon, bread spices, a touch of ginger and balanced spicy bitterness. Almost full body, with a certain sweetness. On the sweet side, but tasty and spicy. Nice one.

mkam (409) - POLAND - FEB 9, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark copper with a small head. Aroma of spices: cloves, cinamon, cardamon, ginger with some spiciness from yeast, pepper. Tastes similar to Christmass spicy biscuits, sweet, medium body, pleasant ,warming alcohol. Very good one for the beer with spices.

kermis (14999) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2015
Bottle sampled at Essen Winterbier festival 2015. Appears very hazy brown with a big bubbly cream head. Aroma of speculaas, veggies, yeast, overripe dark fruit and caramel. Flavour is over moderate sweet and light moderate bitter. Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

mateuszk (2769) - Poznań, POLAND - DEC 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy, dark amber in colour, small head. Aroma and taste of speculas bidcuits, ginger, clove, cinamon, cardamon. In tastes like christmas biscuits. In taste not too sweet, medium body, low carbonation. Finish is lightly sweet. Alcohol well hidden. Very well done beer with speculas flavour, maybe more old ale not bw, but still tasty.

DwarfeD (3539) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2015
75cl bottle shared at home. Hazy reddish brown with a medium off-white head. Medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Herbal bitterness with some sweet tones. Spices (lots of a ’em), raisin, ripe dark fruits, caramel, malts and licorice. A tad too herbal for my taste.

Alengrin (5898) - BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2015
A hybrid of barley wine and Doppelbock, thanks to Craftmember for bringing this from the Netherlands. Frothy, egg-white, lacing, milky head over a hazy mahogany coloured beer with bronze hue. Aroma of gingerbread and ’pepernoot’ (quite appropriate for this time of the year!), caramel, some ’natural’ iron, amaretto, dried leaves, cocoa, dried banana, peach and of course the old familiar ’speculoos’. Soft sweet onset with a clear (intended) ’speculoos’ flavour not unlike Ecaussinnes’ Cookie Beer but less one-dimensional, surrounded by hints of fig, medlar and candied orange, soft carbo, fluffy caramelly malt sweetness underneath with a very light toasted accent somewhere; ends in ongoing speculoos sweet spiciness well paired with a soft, gentle, leafy and herbal hop bitterishness and a glow of warming, slightly liqueurish alcohol. Sweet, but in a multidimensional and subtle kind of way, beautifully balanced with faint sourish and gently bittering flavours - this is delicious.

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