Hazy session IPA, one of Brouwbar’s most recent to date, and arguably one of their most ‘summery’ beers to date as well. Hopped with four different varieties, namely Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy and Sabro. Eggshell-white, medium thick, moussy, membrane-lacing head, hazy yellow-golden blonde robe with pale apricot tinge. Aroma of lime zest, green banana, some light passionfruit, unripe mango, minerals, gypsum, white bread dough, slight stewed onion or even armpit sweat dankness – but only very faintly so. Clean onset, unripe banana and unripe melon with a touch of green apple, less tropically sweet and sultry than is usually the case in this genre, quite lively carbonated for the NEIPA idiom as well, with a persistent minerally undertone; supple, feather-light body, very light white breadiness aromatized by zesty and ‘green-fruity’ hoppiness, again unripe mango and lime zest with a distant echo of lychee, providing a soft white-peppery end bitterness too – but very soft indeed, as it ought to be in a NEIPA. Light-footed, even thinnish, but highly quenching session IPA, very clean as befits the Brouwbar house style; could perhaps do with a tad more (aromatic, not bitter) hoppiness to fill the gaps as now it is clearly the Citra and to a lesser extent the Mosaic that dominate while Sabro and Galaxy, both delicious when applied generously, remain very vague. That said, this little summer beer does have its own personality, distinct even from other Brouwbar SIPAs and NEIPAs from the past, and went down so easily that other guests at the same table could not get enough of it – an important part of this type of beer, I would say. Recommendable on warm late summer days – hopefully we will get a lot more of those in the weeks to come.
Blonde ale intended as a summery quencher, with a new recipe differing slightly from earlier blondes or tripels by Brouwbar, hopped with Hallertau Blanc. Egg-white, moussy, membrane-lacing, small-bubbled and stable, only slowly opening head, misty ‘old gold’ with pure yellow-golden glow. Aroma of apple peel, ripe pear, minerals, freshly cut grass, green melon, apricot, sweetclover, touches of white soap and gin somewhere faraway in the background. Clean, sweetish onset, fizzy carbonation, fruity notes of pear, melon and apricot, minerally undertone, very smooth and slick mouthfeel; a thin layer of honeyish sweetishness stretches out over a rounded, cereally pale malt sweetishness but nowhere does this combo become too sweet, instead it develops to a floral, grassy hop bitterish finish, very mildly so but adequate enough, topped with a subtle retronasal whiffs of lime zest and green melon. Clean, streamlined and very elegantly balanced blonde, easygoing for sure but not heavily estery, not spiced with coriander or anything else and not overly residually sweet like most other Belgian blondes, most of which fit in a more traditionally oriented and more commercially ‘broad’ approach.
Tasted many years ago as De Kavijaks, but according to some sources, this was a mere alias of Oeral - something worth investigating, I think. Old rating to only brief notes: thick and firm, cream white, rocky head, yellowish peach blonde colour, cloudy. Strong orange presence in the aroma as well as hay, pepper, banana, cloves, ’speculaas’, bark, bitter honey, cheese, marzipan. Fruity taste, citrussy freshness, not too sweet, light honeyish malt, overpowered by a ’green’, resinous, quite sharp hop bitterness that dries the finish. Typical uncompromising Dolle brew.
440ml can from the Beer Bank, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a clear dark brown colour with a lasting frothy tan head. The aroma is roasty malt, coffee and dark chocolate. The flavour is moderate sweet and liqourice bitter, with a rich, creamy, slightly oily, roasty, liqourice, chocolate, coffee, light sweet vanilla palate. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Black, gluggy, low carbed. Smells a bit salty, soy, rum, bourbon. Great thick and smooth body. Taste is heavy, intense. Loads of leathery, high quality rum. Soft bourbon, light vanilla oak. Pretty savoury beer, some subtle roastyness. Complex and delish.
Sample at the gate House jdw.
Medium creamy white. Clear golden pour. Light fruity bitterness
Pours a hazy deep amber colour and a rocky off white head with long retention. Aroma's: sour fruity, caramel malts, saison yeasty. Retronasal it's caramel/rye sweetish, yeasty, fruity, bitterish. Flavour is moderate sweet and above moderate bitter. Quite high carbonation. Medium bodied. Long finish, quite dry and bitter. Fairly true to the (oldschool Belgian, duh) style.
Heller, trocken hefig-kräutriger Beginn, belgisch. Moderat aber angenehm hopfig, weich, geringe Herbe und wuasi keine Bitterkeit. Grasig, zum Ende trockener, die Kräuternoten bleiben allerdings. Mittellanger Abgang. 10/11/10/10/9/10
Pours black, slower rising, tanned head. Stable, surprisingly stable. Creamy texture. Scent is roasty, some coffee, mild wood, no clear PX just yet. dark dried fruits. Taste is full, roasty, mild ashy notes, some coffee. PX barrel is very hidden. Tad tart almost (not troublesome, but noticable) . PX is lost, unfortunately.
@home poured into a tulip glass. Pitch black, small frothy tan head, mostly diminishing, fair lacing. Aroma roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar. Taste light light heavy sweet and slightly bitter, malty, roast, dark chocolate, coffee, some vanilla, sugary, bit boozy. Full-bodied, oily to sticky texture, soft carbonation, straight forward imperial stout, just a bit too sugary, well-made, tasty, good.
Dunkler, erkennbar säuerlicher Beginn. Beerig, die Säure bleibt konstant und verhindert eine intensive Malzigkeit, Johannisbeere, wenig Schokolade, mittellanger Abgang. Mit der Zeit runder werdend, Schokolade und Johannisbeere finden zusammen. Okay, nicht mein Fall. 10/9/8/8/9/8
Süffiger, vollmundig hopfiger Start, weiche Bitterkeit. Dunkle Hopfenaromen im Modell, exotische Fruchtnoten ohne starke Süße, vollmundig, ein wenig trocken. Langer, hell hopfiger Nachgeschmack. Lecker! 9/12/13/13/9/13
Pours dark purplerede. Small pinkwhite layer of foam - barely to be called a head. Scent is fleshy, candy (not sweet)-intense cherry. Very mild traces of acetic acid, providing some funk. Taste is sharp, intensely tart ( the most intense of the 4 cherry versions released in 2021 ) . Full cherries (swiming pool aroma). Lovely beer, but as hyped as it is, I expected more. I actually prefer the 'Oude Kriek met Cider' myself. Still, a briliant beer, obviously.
Süffiger, spritzig hefig-hopfiger Beginn. Geringe Bitterkeit, herb hefig, rund. Spritzig, mit der Zeit deutlich milder werdend, kurzer Abgang. 9/10/9/9/10/9
Pours very dark purplered. Small whitepink head. Scent is full, cherry, heavy, almost schaarbeekse like - loads of pleasant aroma's. Taste is full, intense tart cherries, very aromatic ( again, more like schaarbeekse ! ) . Cider is very hidden, amps up the fruityness, giving a mild appletart bite to the balanced palate of sours. Very pleasant beer. Lower side of carbonation, making it easely drinkable.
@home poured into a tulip glass. Clear medium golden, tall uneven frothy white head, good retention and lacing. Aroma sweet malts, grain, yeast, white grapes, sugar melon, lichee, grass. Taste medium sweet and light bitter, malty, grain, light citrus. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, soft carbonation, soft fruity sweetbitter aftertaste, light malty notes, well-made, smooth, very nice.
330ml bottle. Bottled on 24/1/2013 and probably purchased from Borefts 2013. Poured a clear, almost black colour with a mostly lasting frothy tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, red berry fruits. The flavour is moderate sour, with a smooth, super tart, raspberry palate. Medium bodied with flat carbonation. I look at some of the other ratings and I honestly believe that the wrong label has been put on the bottle. There is no coffee, chocolate, caramel or anything that’s remotely sweet, just super tart and sour fruit which is quite honestly a big disappointment.
440ml can from Gavel, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a hazy golden orange colour with a mostly lasting frothy white head. The aroma is grainy malt, light citrus fruits. The flavour is over moderate bitter, light sweet, with a fresh, crisp, juicy citrus, light pepper spice, dry hop bitter palate and a lingering bitter finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation.