nutjes (728) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - APR 26, 2017
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Van ’t vat op ZBF 2017. U: Wazig amberkleurig zonder schuimkraag. G: Brett, funky, wat fruitigheid en houttoetsen. S: Zuurzoet. Brett, licht fruitig en hout. M: Medium body en weinig tot geen carbonatie.
tderoeck (9211) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 26, 2017
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
23/IV/17 - on tap @ Zythos Bier Festival 2017 (Leuven) - BB: n/a (2017-495) Thanks to Ruben77 and kraddel for sharing today’s beers!
Clear amber beer, no head. Aroma: funky, sourish, lactobacillus, fruity, green apples. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sourish, lemony, funky, grains, some tannins. Aftertaste: very acidic, nice stuff!
Alengrin (5105) - BELGIUM - APR 25, 2017
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bockor’s pure ’foederbier’ (a very rare sight outside of this brewery) aged on cognac barrels for a year and a half, draught at Zythos Bierfestival, which apparently was the only occasion where it could be tasted... Some loose off-white bubbles quickly disappearing altogether leaving no head at all, hazy amberish gold with warm orange hue. Lovely, estery and woody aroma of overripe plum, sour redcurrant, soaking wet oak wood, sherry vinegar, yoghurt, unripe gooseberries, kiwi, fermenting pear, soggy bread, old madera, minerals. Very estery, fruity onset, lots of red berry and unripe stonefruit tartness but not too sharply acidic, grape peel wry touch, vinous and slick mouthfeel, as good as flat; soft caramelly and slightly bready malt core buried underneath ongoing, gently drying, very sherry-like tartness, the dryness accentuated in the end by soft wet oak wood and warming, indeed subtly brandy-ish alcohol; the sherry-like factor lingers after that. Subtle sour, something loosely situated in between oud bruin and ’real’ lambic so best characterized as a ’sour ale’ in general I reckon, like the regular ’foederbier’ I tasted from this brewery eleven years ago, but with a warming cognac factor and more oakiness added. Bockor - or Vander Ghinste as they are now officially called - has recently invested in expanding brewing capacities but sadly they seem to concentrate more on completely obsolete Belgian strong ales (Omer, LeFort) these days, ales which would already have been old-fashioned if they had been launched twenty years ago. I cannot understand why in this day and age and with such a potential, capacity and experience in wooden barrels and ’wild’ fermentation based on what was originally a ’true’ lambic yeast, this brewery does not concentrate on elaborating a lot more on sour ales. The fact that this one, probably by far the best beer they ever produced, is made for a festival only and will not be bottled, says it all. I think the Vander Ghinste family has to wake up and smell the sour if they want to offer an ever-shifting craft beer world something that makes a lasting impression - but I fear that is not so much where their ambitions lie. I hope we’ll see a lot more of these wild / sour ale variations from them in the future and I seize this opportunity to heartily encourage them to do so!
Rubin77 (1750) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 25, 2017
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
F: almost no.
C: amber, hazy.
A: fruity, barnyard, woody, brett, vinegar, complex.
T: fruity, woody, light fruity vinegar sourness, brett, lemon peels, medium body, medium carbonation, great one, fully enjoyed, thanks to tderoeck and kraddel for sharing beers today! Sampled from tap @ ZBF 2017 Leuven.
yespr (43275) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 24, 2017
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap. Pours hazy orange with no head. Aroma is sourish, wineous. Citric, dry, mellow fruity. Dry and lingering citric far finish.
77ships (9267) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 24, 2017
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thank you for sharing German speaking RB Crew! Sampled draft @ ZBF 2017. Murky red fruit appearance, orange, brief bubbles, basically zero head. Still, nose is puckering red fruit, vinegar, potent, bit watery due to lack of carbonation. Taste is sour puckering vinegar, oak, red fruit, lightly watery, lemon acidity, no carbonation,.... Very nice stuff for the initiated.
MrW (630) - Mechelen, BELGIUM - APR 24, 2017
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at ZBF17.
Pours dark amber, red-shine, no head.
Aroma is fruity, a bit sour, stables, a bit deodorant.
Taste is fruity sour as well, wet wood, a bit herbs.
This was a welcome one since we had (by chance) a lot of rather bitter or similar-tasting beers at Zythos.
Wixie (549) - BELGIUM - APR 24, 2017
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy dark orange liquid, no head. Weak fruity/sour aroma. Light body, little bit carbonation. Taste is sweet and sour.
jfb (6107) - GERMANY - APR 24, 2017
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draught) hazy deep golden colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of peanuts and lemonpeel, with some notes of vanilla icing, bretty funk, herbal hops and acetone. flavour is mostly the same, lots of lemon peel and acetone, with a light touch of cherry juice, brown sugar and a tart cobwebby finish. medium- to heavy-bodied with average carbonation.
kraddel (7494) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2017
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
At zythos 2017. Pours unclear dark amber. No real head. Smell is some red fruits, mild sourness. Some oak. Taste is very decently sour, dry, oak, mild fruity. Bit glue , some earthy herbal note.