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Ratings

The beers reviewed are rated on a scale ranging from 1 to 6 based on the following parameters:

  • Color
  • Consistency/texture
  • Fragrance
  • Elements of taste and aftertaste
  1. Disgusting (rather drink water)
  2. Poor/boring (somewhat drinkable, but nothing more than that)
  3. Ok (meets expectations)
  4. Good (above average and high quality in terms of taste)
  5. Splendid (top notch; a joy to consume every drop)
  6. Out-of-body experience (absolutely supreme taste and presentation)

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Belgian

MolenbierSo, another one from De Molen is what we are faced with here. The actual beer has a smooth wooden-brown colour to it and pours a small creamy head on top. I am usually very fond of their brews, at least what I have tasted from this brewery so far. This one is a lighter type though, so there’s some degree of excitement “in the air tonight».

With regards to aroma: There’s a fruityness of figs/fig jam, some oak and quite distinct malt character. I find some nuance of coffee too, even more so defined in the taste, which enhances the previously observed wooden impression. There’s also taste of roasted chestnut here, very suitable for this time of the year, at which it’s consumed. Santa would’ve sled right down the chimney for a taste of this.

At first, it’s got a sweet malt-orientated introduction and dried dates, before evolving into more powerful, dark roasted beans and at the end, rounded off with a very hoppy bitterness.

There’s not much bubbly action going on here, but that’s not missed either in this type of beer. Nice one, De Molen!

(Photo: M. Brochs)

NatteRubyred colour, subtle head when poured. A quite new brewery from the Netherlands, which gets promising hails from the bartender. Nose is hard to detect, but there’s a weak caramelish hint in there… some deep fruity notes, perhaps the matuerity. It develops a much richer aroma when temperated. As far as it goes for when the beer & taste buds collide, I find it to be very Belgian tasting, starting off sweet without much bubbles at all, before evolves into dry figs, lightly hopped on the tongue, followed by toffee high end.

This angle is also affected by letting it achieve room temperature and provides even more depht to it, mainly of dried fruit, tickling the tongue. Very rustiqe albeit modern beer, could do well with barrel-aging for a bit.

Witte lambicThis brewery has an interesting line of fruity ales, which of I’m familiar with a few. Now, this is a new one though- a wit beer, yellow and lightly mirky in looks. The nose reveals very sweet notes of white tea, sugary pineapple and honey. Lightbodied consistency and nice levels of carbonization. Tastewise, it’s very mild but the aromas previously mentioned are enhanced by notes of banana, rounded off by a fruity easy-going hopped postludium. Nice one, would definately be a hit during summer.

KJEBA BD
A gift from a homebrewing friend of mine, this is the 3rd batch from the homebrewery, whom I’ve also had the pleasure of tasting the Pale ale. A Belgian dubbel, dark brownish in colour and well carbonisationed, the nose is very subtle with sweet fruits, nuts, spices & caramelish hints. Almost a bit of hay-like. Taste wise it’s quite full-bodied and strong from the ABV, a proper winterwarmer. Fades quite quickly.

Rye tripel reservaThis bourbon-barrel aged tripel produces one hell of a head when poured. It is dark brown colourwise and almost non-transparent. Nose is very fresh albeit also relatively sweet, one can tell that there’s some sweetness behind the fruity veil. This highly reflects in taste, which kicks of with an exiting subtle tease of acidity, before its just sweetness all over. The caramelmalts… Strongest positioned midway through… Very tasty. The taste lingers long, and the caramel lasts well into the aftertaste. Perhaps most exiting is the fresh attitude that fronts this beer, that is what’s really cool about this one.

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Light yellow and inviting, this beer has a great pre-impression already by it’s aroma- with noticeably sour, albeit delicious fruity nose. The Brett is definately there! Tastewise, we land in some citric orchard here, hinting towards green apples, citrus fruit, heavily malt-affected and last but not least, a funny label description, this is a winner at any given time of the year. Mildly extreme and well tasty, this is a great tasting slap-in-the-face which warms for a while.

imageStraw-yellow colour, fairly light and slightly transparent. Pours a light / small hat. Smells a bit like cross between citrus, sweet’n sour and fruity. Violent carbonization, in line with many other Belgians. At first slightly acidic-fruity taste, then very fruity malt middle… The flavor gives it a hint of acidity, fruitiness then before malts comes into play. However- The taste passes very quickly … But this is no 6, so perhaps the other versions are more flavorful. This lasts a little too short for my taste and is overall a bit too weak.

imageVery dark and wine- like, with hints of ripe plums and berries/sweet cherries, which contributes in a fitting sweet way. The colour is ruby. The sweetness comes out even more in the taste, swept in a mature and woody oak/leather-cape. Rich in taste and fullbodied, with quite some «heat» from the ABV.

Hades

Hades

Mild aroma of malts with mild acidic twist. Transparent and golden colour, sweet in taste. Typical belgian crispy taste with banana-hints mixed with subtle sourness of green apples, this beer is clearly dominated by malts, but widened by a spicy twist to it.

imageThe aroma somewhat reflects the yeast and a light fruity vibe. Yellow beverage with just about what’s needed of fizz, the taste is summed up by belgian-infused with mild acidic vibe to it, with a touch of sweetness midway through and rounded off with taste of an IPA. Kind of combining two great worlds, but I can’t help thinking that it’s a bit pecculiar, the balance of sweet belgian and hoppy bitterness. However, works though.

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