Vervifontaine Bière du Fagnard Blonde

Formerly brewed at Brasserie de Vervifontaine
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Jalhay-Vervifontaine, Belgium


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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
This enchanting beer is brewed at the edge of the Ardennes. From this regoin of magic and withcraft comes a legend...
Sorcerers are always ugly and old. But in our forest of Fagnes, it is said wanders a blonde sorceress of fatal beauty. If, at the edge of a wood, a sensual voice taunts you, you must raise your left elbow and drink your beer in a single gulp. If you fail, her azure gaze will consume you in a thousand fires.

Dominique Thonnard makes all the Vervifontaine beers using converted dairy equipment in a small brewery. These are impressive, big beers, with a wealth of flavor and character.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2009
Old bottles showed up in a local liquor store, not sure where they got these since it seems the brewery has been closed for a least five years. Pours a dark soft brown-blonde with a thin white foam. Aroma is cardboard, crackers, yeasty dough and some citrus lemon. Taste is old must but you can pick out some sweet blonde maltiness, lemon, grassiness. Past its prime for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2008
750 ml bottle. I had been holding this bottle for a while- I think I got it in a Secret Santa trade a while back. Thanks! Pours a nice hazy blonde- still nice carbonation and a wierd looking foamy head. Aroma is initially dusty, light must and cobwebs- definitley old but not oxidized- more of a tart lactic lemony character with some grassy herbal hints. Dulle stale old malty flavors, stale bread, crackers, dull lemony citrus and lactic acids, musty, earthy and dusty. Not much character left, but has some sourness going on. Probably well on its way past its peak. Oh well- it was cool to try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (4057) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Bottle, from dickinsobeer. Thanks Paul! Nose and flavor have quite a bit of buttery oxidation which takes away from my deep exploration of the complexity of this beer. Flavor is slightly earthy, with some dried caramel malt, and a lot of strange yeast. A weird beer that I can’t seem to get into at this point. Would have liked to try this fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
750mL bottle, sampled at the 1st Annual Shenandoah Beer Throwdown, courtesy of Dickinsonbeer. Thanks, Paul! Pours a hazy, brownish-yellow color; mixed-bubbled off-white head with very pleasant perimeter of bubbles; patchy, mixed-bubbled lacing. Lots of intricate yeastiness, vanilla, honey, and floral notes in the aroma; light dried caramel oxidation. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of sweet caramel, complex yeastiness, and honey notes upfront; relaxed carbonation; gorgeous yeast character, vanilla-tinged, and lots of nice dried caramel notes. Lengthy finish: yeastiness, toasty bread, and honey; ends on the warm, sweet side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (15798) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 2, 2007
330ml bottle (One Pint Pub, Helsinki, Belgian Beer Weeks 2004) Deep yellow, large tight creamy head, floaty bits. Sweet, spicey and hoppy aroma. Taste is predominantly hoppy bitter, but in a really pleasant way, not harsh at all. Don’t drink in a single gulp, that’s just silly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
Cloudy yellow body with chunks of yeast and a large white head. Smells like a spicy lemon pie. Taste is hard to describe. Some weird yeast character than I’m not used to. It’s not bretty, not fruity, not estery, not whatever, just something else. And that something else is great. Taste is hard to describe but I’d say lemon pie coated by rich caramel with grassy hops bitterness. Truly excellent. Unfortunately few good bottles remain. I got one amazing bottle at Le Vaudrée pub in Liège. I immediately ordered a second one but I was too late, diacetyl had taken over. Tragedy. Diacetyl, my arch-enemy, one day you and I will settle our differences and I shall rid the earth of your malevolent doings in an epic battle of good versus evil.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Personal Milestone: Belgian brew rating #300 (out of 2470)!

And interesting (to me, at least) that it’s a long retired bottle purchased in a liquor store in Peoria, Illinois. But there it is, a 70 ml size looking like the lower of the two photos.

It pours a hazed amber body with a thick, fizzy off-white head. The aroma is filled with a sharp, sweet malt, a floral bouquet, candi sugar, a cirtic zest tartness, alcohol, and just a touch of funk. It’s quite warm and peppery on the tongue. Sweet and fruity to taste, malt with apples and oranges and a splash of lemon, some alcohol, and a floral hop bitterness. Nice dry finish. Very good.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2005
03.23.05 750ml bottle, no date. Gusher, but little lost. Hazed, particle filled amber-golden pour with just about the largest, craziest white head I’ve ever seen. The aromas are mucho perfumey and tangerine, hints of barn, straw; mostly dominated by very fragrant citrus flower aromas. Flavors are gloriously floral up front like a rose candy. But the perfume lingers in the throat and on the palate maybe too long and gets somewhat tiresome. Some leather and tobacco emerge as finishing afterthoughts. Delicious, but tough 750ml to work through. I hate it, but I want more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2005
Bottle from 2000. Cloudy orange in colour, large rocky white head, lasting lace. Aroma of citrus, quite yeasty, some sourness, leather and must, floral, perfumy and earthy. The flavour had lots of orange zest, lots of yeast, spicy with a sugary sweetness, floral with some honey. Coating musty mouthfeel, medium body, high carbonation, no alcohol. Finishes with a chalky bitterness, very long. A very beautiful beer in every sense, thanks David.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Bottle. "Not the best name ever". Hefe-looking hazy yellow-orange. Otange-tangerine aroma with some clove in the flavor. Dry finish; pretty good overall. Rather citric in nature.

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