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Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Esquelbecq, France

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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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3.6
Alengrin (5779) - BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2017
Bottle from Dranken De Moor in Haasdonk near Beveren - quite the unusual find in your local old school bottle shop in rural Flanders... Black pepper beer from one of France’s more interesting craft brewers. Irregularly but tightly ’membranous’ lacing, egg-white, medium sized head, leaving behind a firm moussy ring and some ’dots’ in the middle, over an initially clear, peach blonde beer with warm orange hue, showing some translucent yeast bits here and there; turns into an equally cloudy orangey peach - still looking nice - with sediment. Interesting aroma of freshly ground black pepper indeed and a lot of it, soaked green peppercorns and moist white pepper even, ginger powder, tamarillo, barbecue spices, paprika, chicken soup in powder form, dried apricot, shag, ’witloof’, dried grapefruit peel, old ’jenever’, camomile tea. Fruity onset, hints of pear, pineapple and peach, sweetish with sourish edges, medium carbonation, minerally aspects somewhere, smooth and slick mouthfeel. Cereally and vaguely toasty malt body, bread crust and toasted bread aspects, dryish, ending in an unsurprisingly spicy finish, combining peppery and leafy, drying and quenching yet altogether still fairly gentle hop bitterness with actual pepper, coating the back of the mouth with an expressive peppercorn flavour without actually burning too much - clearly the intention here was to convey high quality pepper aroma and flavour rather than having a gimmicky spice beer as such, though an ’afterheat’ is certainly there and very clearly so. Some warming, ’jenever’-ish alcohol ensues after this but in this case accentuates the flavour of the peppercorns well. Interesting spice beer the Belgian way, different concept from the familiar stouts with dried chilis in it - which have nothing to do with actual pepper anyway, botanically speaking. I should give this a try in combination with a ’steak au poivre’ with fries...

3.4
kraddel (9142) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2017
Sampled at VCBF 2017. Thnx for sharing Eugene and Tim ! Pours clear blonde. Smell is intense spice. Taste is full, bit sweet, grainy. Bit pepper. OK. Weak body to sustain the spice level.

3.4
tderoeck (10329) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2017
11/VI/17 - on tap @ Vleteren Craft Beer Festival - BB: n/a (2017-881) Thanks to 77ships and kraddel for sharing today’s beers!


Clear orange beer, creamy white head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: very peppery indeed, grains, bit malty, some citrus, funky touch. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: bit sweet, malty, quite a lot of pepper indeed. Aftertaste: more pepper, yeasty, malts, some banana peel, peppery spicy finish tingling in the throat.

3.4
labeerinthum (1076) - Milano, ITALY - JUN 20, 2017
Bottiglia. Il gusto al naso trova lo speziato ed il pepato. L’intensità olfattiva è elevata e la persistenza olfattiva è apprezzabile. Il cappello di schiuma compatta, abbondante, cremosa, aderente e persistente ha una buona tenuta. La grandezza delle bollicine è medio-fine. La carbonazione è abbondante. La consistenza del liquido è limpida. La carbonazione è abbondante, frizzante, persistente ed insistita. Il colore è giallo ambrato. Il corpo è strutturato pesante. L’amaro è deciso. L’intensità gustativa è elevata e la persistenza gustativa è buona per una birra che ha una sua personalità. Le sensazioni boccali finali sono di birra impegnativa. Il finale è lungo e complesso. Il retrogusto è intenso. L’aroma in bocca riporta sentori di miele, frutta secca, agrumi, pepe, erbe aromatiche e alcol presente.

4
77ships (11304) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 14, 2017
Thank you kraddel & tderoeck! Sampled draft @ VCBF 2017. Orange, little white head. Nose is massive pepper all right, bit oily, low zest. Clean beer, crisp, low oily, low zest, dry, grass & hay with massive pepper all the way. Very oily with massive pepper body. Funny beer but the pepper is massive & lovely, very fun.

3.7
cagou007 (1219) - FRANCE - JUN 7, 2017
Pours hazy golden with thin white head. Nose is fruity and peppery. Aromas are sweet malts, fruity esters, pepper and grassy hops. Average carbonation, medium/full body. Long bitter, sweet and peppery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
Hopverdju (1568) - BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2017
Goudblond bier met witte schuimkraag. Geur: gistkarakter, groenten, kruiden. Smaak: licht zoet, licht bitter, kruidig en lichtjes pepper. Medium volmondig. Zachte koolzuurprikkel. Te braaf voor mij. Niet erg overtuigend als peper bier.

3.7
Bawelt (874) - Lyon, FRANCE - APR 18, 2017
Nez assez saison avec ses levures et ses notes céréales, épicée. Des notes mentholées. Bouche à peu près équivalente, bien poivrée et épicée, vraiment bonne. Superbe longueur.

3.9
guzgorog (949) - FRANCE - APR 12, 2017
Robe blonde orangée, beaucoup de particules en suspension, trouble, mousse blanche moyenne de de très belle tenue. Au nez, le poivre, les baies et la levure dominent. Les poivres et baies dominent, mais ne saturent pas le palet, houlons herbeux, moyenne amertume, petit côté piquant du poivre, base maltée légèrement présente, sucre léger, excellente longueur, bonne carbo. Très belle bière, originale, l’apport de poivre est très bien maitrisé, apportant un vrai plus à la bière sans pour autant tout dominer.

3.5
sebletitje (10421) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 2, 2017
Bouteille 33cl, lot #629, BB 08/2018.
Couleur dorée sur un léger voile, col épais tenace crémeux blanc-cassé.
Arôme au nez fin offrant de suite des effluves de poivre concassé restant assez dominant mais sans être surfait. Le tout correspondant bien au notes venant de la levure et des grains - retrouve plus un effet FR que BE. Pas de transcendance au niveau des houblons que j’imagine être dans le noble.
Palais est également bien marqué par le poivres, trois différents dans ce cas ci, ans vraiment percevoir les 3 caractères de ces derniers. Fini se porte sur un assemblage du caractère de la levure et un trait plus marqué au niveau houblonné - citronné et fleuri. Le tout masque un peu ce profil de saison. Les malts restent centrés sur une variante, pils, cara pâle et froment?


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