Bottle @Kantien. Hazy dark brown colour, white foam. Very complex aroma of smoke, peat, caramel. Taste is light sweet, smokey, easy drinkable. Great Rauchbier!
Bouteille 33cl, merci à Klaas et Liesbeth. Couleur ambre col fin blanc-cassé. Arôme est finement malté sur de savoureuses effluves de fumé. Le tout retient un rétro-nasal rappelant une ferme avec bcp d'éléments de fumé et un léger côté fruité sec sur effet de pipe à tabac comme fumait mon père avant. Palais est agréablement bien fumé avec un malté généreux dans le fumé, ce dernier s’accompagne avec un petit effet caramel subtil. Retrouve tous les bons éléments du fumé - smoked bbq, beachwood, pork sausage, etc. Classique, bien fait.
Smoked ale made for a barbecue shop, in collaboration with the Ministry of Belgian Beer, with Pilsener malt smoked in the shop's own green egg... At Kantien in Ghent, shared by Goedele, cheers dear! Medium thick, regular, pale greyish white, stable head over a hazy copper-hued brownish bronze beer with visible strings of fine sparkling. Aroma of smoked caramel, a bit of smoked ham even, dry beef stock cubes, peanuts, deep-fried tomato peel, candied figs, wormwood, sweet pipe tobacco, sugared and cooking red cabbage, moist toasted bread. Nicely balanced fruitiness in the onset, fig and red apple peel notes, restrained in sweetness with a light umami hint (fried mushrooms and cured meat), medium carbonation, smooth and medium thick, rounded mouthfeel. Caramelly, sweetly nutty and eventually lightly toasty malt body, sweetish with some residual sugars and eventually a very softly bittering edge but soon accompanied by the umami-like smoked factor, close to smoked ham in flavour but not nearly as much as a classic Bamberg Rauchbier; thin metallic edges as well, lingering malt juiciness and dried fruits in the end along with a herbal hop bitter note providing further dryness. Very interesting, smoke beers are still a rarity in Belgium and I love them so for as far as I'm concerned, there cannot be enough of them - though this one could, however well-made and distinguished as a whole it may be, have been a lot smokier, spicier and less sweet for me personally. In their attempt to keep it relatively accessible to the average Belgian consumer, though, this is clearly very cleverly and tastefully done.
Thank you Klaas! 330 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBSG17. Dark amber, solid tanned head. Nose is nice Tarry Souchong, smoked tea, faint oil, smoke is quite mellow in the nose but glorious in the taste, massive smoked oily tea, wonderful with low toffee, oily caramel & smoked malt finish, lower carbonation but it suits it. Really nice, between this one & Xbalanque, curious to see Totem tackle more German styles, I assume that the demand in Belgium isn’t there.
Sampled @ RBBSG 2017. Nice medium dark reddish color, medium sized beige head. Aroma reminds me a bit of red fruits and slightly smoke. Taste lightly malts, again a bit sweetish, caramel and red fruits, smoke. Decent to medium body and carbonation.
Imported from my RateBeer account as Totem Atelier 833 (by Totem):
Aroma: 8/10, Appearance: 4/5, Taste: 8/10, Palate: 4/5, Overall: 17/20, MyTotalScore: 4.1/5
23/VI/17 - 33cl bottle @ my 10K brewing day (Bryggja brewery, Moerkerke) - BB: n/a (2017-939) Thanks to Klaas for sharing the bottle!
Clear reddish rusty brown beer, big creamy solid beige head, very stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: very smoky, Bamberg smoke malt for sure! (picked it out before checking) Lovely stuff! Some caramel, camp fire, very nice! MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: pretty fruity start, little sourish, lots and lots of caramel, smoky, fruity, some banana, sweet malts. Aftertaste: soft bitterness, caramel, nice smokiness, chocolate, soft acidity, dried fruits.