Vervifontaine Bière du Lion

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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JoeMcPhee (10129) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2011
Deep amber pour with a tight head. The nose has a great sweet, oxidized malt character. A bit of dried plums and soft fruit. Light clove and dried leather. Shows a nice bright Belgian yeast/spice character. Slightly peppery and oxidized character. Holding up pretty nicely actually. Nice dried sherryish character.

Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper body with a white head. Dusty, floral oxidation and light earth tones. Moth, dusky, cardboard with faded fruit esters. Im sure this was much better at one point.

j12601 (13297) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Bottle at a tasting at Paul’s place, courtesy of Jimmack. Pours a hazed light gold with a thin white head. Funky, light mustard, sweet and old, lots of caramel. Old and oxidized, caramel and slightly vegetal. Interesting menthol notes on the finish.

Headbanger (4022) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2008
25.4 oz bottle(6/01)-A cloudy golden/yellowish body with a nice big white head and an aroma of yeast, straw, coriander, and citrus(not hops). Taste of the same with some sweetness and finishing with some bitterness. A nice tasting Belgian.

Ratman197 (15608) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2007
750 ml green bottle (won bobbing for beers at the Falling Rock) poured a clody gold with a lasting creamy white head and good lacing. Aromas of straw, citrus, honey, yeast and light spice. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of straw, citrus, light honey, yeast and light spice with a crisp lingering bitter finish.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Biere du Lion
Date: 11/04/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Bend Brewing

hazy dark yellow, thin fine white head, solid lace, candy sweet malt aroma with light floral hops and a touch of spices, sweet malt flavor, lots of yeasty sweetness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2006
Cloudy dark golden orange with many many big particles and a small white head. Spicy nose (although supposedly none are used). Taste of harvesting season with, cork and a Geuzish character. Very dry and crisp, almost ferrous (rust?). Dry spices, citric acid. Unusual (to me) hop character. Very tasty and harsh in a good way. Very lively carbonation. 8% is nowhere to be seen. Quite a treat. In the "steal of the year" category, all I had to do is supply a few lousy bbq burgers and Rastacouere brought this retired 5 year old gem and a Panil Sour. I need to do more business with this guy, next time I’ll try to get his bike for a pizza slice.

jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2006
750 ml. bottle at Jimmack ’06 Invtl. I don’t remember who brought this beer, but it was probably the most pleasant surprise of the day. Cloudy golden color with a huge rocky white head. Nice bretty aroma with the usual funkiness. Wet leather, must, coriander and a bit of tangerine. Flavor was spicy(coriander, black pepper), citrusy(orange and lemon), and bretty. When I woke up the next morning there was a couple of ounces left in the bottle which I promptly finished. It was still damn good and even had some carbonation left

Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2006
750 ml bottl at jimmacks. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a massive cloud-like head similar to duvel but doesnt last quite as long. Aroma has a medium to heavy brett character to it, despite some people yelling at me telling me there was no brett in the beer. Anyway- lots of great farmhouse aromas- horseblanket, hay, cobwebs and musty. Tastes slightly old, but nto really any oxidation which is good. Flavor is bready malts, light herbal hops, spicy phenolics and more brett. Great full smooth mouthfeel and finishes slightly tart from the brett, but not sour at all. Nice.

thebeertourist (5188) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2006
Bought at Beer Mania in Brussels. Hazy golden with a huge white head that quickly reduced to a more manageable size. Sour aroma, like encountered in another Vervifontaine beer, yeasty, some resemblance to Orval. Sweet and sour, very good bitterness, ending very dry. Medium body. Not everyone’s glass of beer, but more complex than most. Best before the end of 2004, according to the label (not that it has to be taken literally anyway)- but age may have played its part.

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