Brewed by Tuatara Brewing Company
Style: Belgian Ale
Paraparaumu, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
A bit of Belgian muscle
Tuataras strong, Belgian-style blonde ale. Ardennes is named after the yeast that gives it all those spicy orange notes and there is no mistaking the strong bit!

Taste: Citrus characters, spicy orange notes
Look: Golden yellow
Aroma: Orange, spicy & Belgium esters and phenolics
Try With: Cheese platter
Hops: Pacific Jade, Citra, Amarillo
Malt: NZ Pilsner

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beerequalizer's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerequalizer (22) - - APR 5, 2010
Love this beer. Easy to down a few, while still giving something back in the way of complexity. A little more body would make me have this all the time. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (6981) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JAN 8, 2017
330ml bottle. Clear, yellow-ish, pale golden colour with average, frothy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, snow-white head. Fruity and minimally funky aroma, hints of orange, dill, a touch of brine. Taste is dry, moderately sweet pale malty undertones, fruity notes of orange and mandarine, apricot, a spicy touch of brine, white wine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JPDIPSO (5991) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Hazed golden color with a thin lid of dense taupe bubbles. Very fruity aroma, with mangos and oranges soaking in cream. Orange cream flavor. Hints of herbal hops and light grass. 1/14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (5190) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2016
Bottle. Lovely golden appearance with a small head. A bit lively upon opening with a spicy hoppiness and a twist of orange.A truly delectable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maris (1439) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 20, 2016
From a 500ml bottle on 20/3/2016 (shared with Butz). Pours a slightly cloudy straw with a huge fluffy white head. The nose is primarily Belgian yeast. In the mouth, its very sweet, with bready malt, citrus fruit, banana and spice. Has a slightly syrupy texture with moderate carbonation. Very easy drinking and doesnt really present as 6.5%. A very nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Garrold (4759) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2015
Bottle. Fuggle & Golding, Ilkley. Clear gold. Film of bright, white head. Sweet, fruity, bready malts. Banana esters. Hint of grated lemon rind. Taste is bready sweet. Turns fairly bitter. Palate feels a bit chewy and overly thick. A bit claggy. Finishes with those sweet esters, and a lemony, pithy bitter close. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (4908) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2015
330ml bottle from Bottle Bank, Falmouth. Pours clear gold with creamy head. Aroma is vibrant sweet yeast. Taste bears a good strong sweetness with pillowy vanilla / banana notes. Not getting the low scores below. I thought this was quite nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Daveipa (6) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2015 does not count
330 bottle from honest brew, crystal clear light golden, sparse head, strong Raw sourdough notes hints to light orange, strong bready taste with intense alcohol

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (23681) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2015
2nd July 2015
Almost clear gold beer, tidy cream colour head. Palate is smooth and semi dry, modest fine carbonation. Sweet dried fruits and sweet floralness. Gets a touch sticky sweet. Mild spice and bread. Smooth dry finish. A little stodgy but fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FLBH (18) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2015
Keg at Bierhaus, Galway. Has that tinned spaghetti in tomato sauce aroma that I love. Thin white head. Fine carbonation. Tastes nice, but not great. Smells better!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nocturne (1927) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2015
Keg at Jack in the Box, Altrincham. Gold with lots of fluffy white head. Crisp, bready, citrus, white grape. More than a hint of banana yeastiness. Carbonation is a bit high. Its a decent facsimile of a Belgian ale but doesnt bring much of its own character to the table.

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