Brewed by ’t Paenhuys
Style: Bitter
Nieuwkerken-Waas, Belgium
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
The Puitenkop is a typical Ale. The name refers to the taste of the beer, which is extra bitter. In the local dialect, it refers to a person pulling a face, because of the bitterness of the beer.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madsberg (11648) - Søborg, - JUN 15, 2013
Bottled. Amber coloured. unclear. Dnese beige head. aroma: Herbs, carmamel, spcie. Falvuor. Caramel, sweetness, some fruits, herbs. Medium bodied. Ends light bitter and caramelly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zita (6273) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2017
Zythos 2016; light grapefruit aroma,amber, cloudy, white foam, lightly bitter, lightly sour, light sour grapefruit finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (18817) - P´Castle, GERMANY - JUN 21, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2016 33cl bottle. Pours slightly hazy orange golden colour with a huge most good lasting off-white head. Aroma of bitter hops, some fruits, spices. Taste of bitter floral hops, green tea, pale malt, a bit high carbonation, okay!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mike_77 (6079) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2016
Hazy amber with big soapy head. Aroma is very yeasty and has quite a lot of floral hop too. Very strong carbonation. Flavour is quite yeasty and very sour. Possibly something went wrong with this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hopverdju (1004) - BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2016
Amberkleurig bier met een grote witte schuimkraag. Geur: oud hooi, grassig. Smaak: citrus bitter en iets snoeperig zoetig. Medium koolzuurprikkel. Afdronk: citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Benzai (15019) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2016
Puiten kop. Bottle @ home. Hazy orange color, average to medium sized off-white head. Some yeast residu floating in there. Aroma is lightly malts, lightly hops, a hint of strawberry jam. Taste malts, a hint of fruitpeel tart, some kind of (Dutch) "wrang" bitter. Decent body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vickey9 (999) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 31, 2016
Fine, refreshing, bitter stuff. The bottlee is too small for such a stuff as two swallows are ennough fo make it [email protected]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PriorL (3068) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2016
33cl bottle. APPEARANCEA: clouded blond beer, small unstable off white head. NOSE: wheat, malts, little fruity. TASTE: quite bitter, malty aftertaste. Nothing special, but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (12399) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2015
Bottle at home. Appears clear amber brown with a medium cream head. Aroma of yeast, light fruits, herbs and light malt. Flavour is light moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Light medium bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JefVerstraete (3168) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2015
@ WBF 2015. Hazy yellow, white foam. Grassy and bitter, sweet banana with citrus notes. Bitter finish. Well balanced. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (5006) - BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2015 Apparently (for now) the last of the Paenhuys beers I hadn’t tasted yet. Conceived as a ’typical ale’, with warm orange blonde colour, clear with calm fizz yet brownish amber with deposit (with a dark chunk of proteins at the bottom), under a ’natural’, moussy, crackling, egg-white, fairly loose head retaining around the edges and leaving a thin and discontinuous veil over the liquid. Sweet estery and malty aroma of papaja, pineapple slices in syrup, sweet honey, bell peppers, hazelnuts, caramel, toasted bread, raw red cabbage (no DMS this time), rose petals, hint of pine resin, orange peel, banana, freshly grated ginger, faint hint of chicken broth, unsmoked cigarette tobacco and even some ’menure’ but in a ’good’, countryside kind of way, not disturbing. Crisp, fruity onset, peach, banana and redcurrant, with some hop bitterishness already creeping in; medium carbo, smooth and slick mouthfeel, bit minerally; toasted malts dominate the rest of the palate, caramelly and nutty, bittersweet, with increasing bitterness in the end, leafy, earthy, a bit peppery and drying, with quite long duration; some of the nutty malts peep through as well, but the earthy hop bitterness is the last flavour that remains. No real off-flavours here, quite straightforward but technically well done and certainly quenching; this is a rustic, well-balanced session ale. I am not going to debate about style, but: I admit this has certain similarities with a bottled English bitter, but doesn’t that go for all ’spéciales belges’? I’d rather still see it as a Belgian ale, in the session amber substyle, if any. Smells Belgian, tastes very Belgian... Not that this is a bad thing, of course. Enjoyed it, and this is not because I would want to favorize this brewery, which is located ten-odd miles from where I live: this is a beer which has been taken care of during and after the brewing process, too bad it is not more widely available in this Waasland region.

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