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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MartinT (10014) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2004
UPDATED: APR 18, 2005 Every bubble is a flying planet on which thrive multiple, distinguished flavorcosms...Some harbor the lushest green apple orchards, some are veritable fields of crisp, fresh hay, others are greenhouses for numerous piney hop varieties, while again others offer creamy, lactic lake panoramas...Miraculously, all of these universes get along perfectly and find common grounds such as citrusy acidity and green bitterness upon which to mingle playfully and harmoniously...If clean and rustic are two words you never though could go together, pelase try this tree of many leaf species and wade in its cohesive kingdom for a moment...You probably won’t regret it...

A second experience revealed stunning similarities to one lovely Ommegeddon. This Vervifontaine Blonde doesn’t exist anymore and the Ommegeddon won’t be out on the market for a while. Oh, what a void this is now!!! ;)

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2004
UPDATED: APR 18, 2005 750mL bought at New Beer distributors in Manhattan (I’ve also seen bottles at Oliver’s warehouse in Albany and I can’t recommend enough to go through a few hundred miles to get a hold on this nectar). Enormous fluffy, frothy, rocky and sticky white head mounts atop the superb murky golden body. Bottle-conditioning lets a good share of yeast sediments at the bottom of the glass. Extreme farmy^2 aroma where the haystack, horse sweat and the likes don’t fail to seduce any gueuzes and/or saison fans. Guess what, I love both styles. Charming floral and citrusy fruitiness (lemon, grapefruit) explodes from the hops (I remember reading hallertauer somewhere, which seems to makes sense). The tastiest pilsner malt reminds of honey at times, of grass at others. No alcohol noticeable ever. Gentle evolutive hoppy finish is long and decadent, displaying yeast-hop-sweetness belgian balance at its pinnacle. Delicate honeysuckle and coriander notes. Attracting yeast profile (funky old books and spider webs reminiscent) complements a superbly refreshing and well-contained tartness while managing to remain as clean as any other beer. Body is fantôme-ish, fluffy, airy, bubbly and so fitting. This is what artisanal brewing is all about. A unique experimental beer which knocks me by the feelings and annihilates any of the ridiculously high expectations I had toward it. Lovely from any angle you look at it. I believe this to be my favorite beer on earth. / A recent resample settled in stone the #1 position of this beer in my book. It felt weird than the first time, perhaps less cohesive in mouth though still exceptional, just focusing mysteriously on indescribable flavors instead of the more familiar little feet! It has more than a pack of flavor, it is Cupid shooting straight for your heart.

Ungstrup (38148) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2004
An unclear light yellow beer with a fine dense head. The aroma is very hoppy with notes of banana and coriander. The flavor is very dry with strong notes of flowers and sweetness and enourmous amounts of hops. A very special beer.

Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2004
The beer disgorges from the 330ml stubby brown bottle a murky yellow-orange color with a substantial creamy white head as it dissipates the residual lace forms a thin slip to obscure the glass. Nose is sweet malt with a bit of musk, crisp and clean, the start is sweet with a decent malt presence, and the top is light to medium in feel to the palate. Finish is authoritarian in acidity; the hops forthright in their spiciness and the aftertaste desert dry with some alcohol bitterness, overall a decent “Blond”!

Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2004
Plastic cup, some forgotten motor lodge, Geneva, NY. Very distributed yeast as a result of the drive. Super honeyed, and lots of straw. Beauttiful, if a bit underspiced (expecting more pepperiness). Packs an achohol punch, disguised. Nice body.

madsberg (11774) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2004
Bottled: Muddy yellow coloured. Off white lasting head. Yeast, citrus and some spices in the aroma. Flowery, alcahol, spicy and citric flavour. Rather complex. Grassy in the end with some alcahol burnt.

rlgk (18851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2004
Hazy golden/orange, nice head. Aroma from grapefruit, citrus and yeast. Flavor is sourish with some grapefruit and citrus, but also with sweeter notes. Quite fresh.

omhper (25374) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2004
Bottled. Muddy pale orange with rich, lively head. Intense orange and pine needle aroma. Sweet and honeyish, medium bodied. Richly hoppy with lingering bitterness. An odd & interesting little beer.

Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2004
Belgian yeast sweet, with notes of citrus, lambic, barnyard, and cheese. Medium amber cloudy with foamy white lacing head. Medium body with lively medium carbonation, chalky after. Starts medium acidic, light bitter, with lactic lambic notes, yeast, and something bitter. Finish is more bitter and a lot more sweet, with honey and citrus. The sweetness lingers with the bitter on your tongue through the aftertaste in a very odd combination. It’s like every other taste bud is bitter, and the others are sweet. Dry spicy bitter when you swallow, but sweet saccharin on the tongue when you breath in. Very weird.

DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2004
Holy carbonation Batman! The heavy carbonation in the hazy orange body contributes to a big fluffy white head. Sweet yeasty aroma with some grassy spiciness. Creamy flavor, features cotton candy, orange peel, and bready yeast. Finishes with a grassy bite. The woman depicted on my bottle seems fits the beer quite right - a beautiful seductress with a caustic glint in her eye. The beer seems light, sweet and fluffy in one moment but in the next stings your palate with sharp bitterness. Regardless, both are still very enjoyable.

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