Tommie Sjef Wild Ales Als Water

Als Water


Tommie Sjef Wild Ales in Den Helder, Noord-Holland, Netherlands 🇳🇱

Sour Ale Special
ABV: 6.8% IBU: - Ticks: 4
This year’s magnum is filled with a great blend of wild ales, aged for 1, 2 and 4,5 years in oak barrels. In the nose you will find almost creamy Chardonnay notes and some minerality together with slightly sweaty notes (in a good way). The taste is quite balanced. Salted lemons, dry apple skin, herbs like laurel and thyme, a hint of oak and hoppy notes which give off a sweetness of sorts. The beer is perfectly drinkable because of the pronounced bitterness and dry tannins and interesting structure of the blend: it lacks a bit of backbone which actually helps to create a kind of open space in a good way.
"Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water. Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible, nothing can surpass it.
The soft overcomes the hard; the gentle overcomes the rigid. Everyone knows that is true, but few can put it into practice.
Therefore the Master remains serene in the midst of sorrow. Evil cannot enter his heart. Because he has given up helping, he is people’s greatest help.
True words seem paradoxical."
Verse 78 Tao te Ching
by Lao-tzu
“als water” is perfectly suitable for extensive ageing. I recommend to age the magnum for at least 6 months up to several years. Ageing will round the bitterness, balance out and open up the beer.

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Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8.5 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 9

1,5l bottle shared at home. copper hazy color, small white head. smells funky,citric, grassy, tobacco, peppery, cheesy, light joghurt. very nice smell. full body, soft carbonation. tastes funky, cheesy, tobacco, hay, grassy, vinous, wood. finishes lightly dry and lightly sour with notes of cheese,tobacco and vinous notes. very nice one, lovely balance and smoothness.

8, 8.5, 9, 8, 9

Tried from Bottle on 09 Oct 2022 at 18:49

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 7 | Texture - 7 | Overall - 7.5

Orangey copper beer with a medium, yellowish head. Peach, peach liqueur, aromatic herbs, sweetish wafts. Sweet, again fruity-peach, nectarine, other green/yellow fruit, bitterish (crab)apples. Medium bodied, despite the acidthinning, soft carbonation. Pretty good, nice fruity esters, if a tad to the sweet side.

Tried from Bottle on 21 Aug 2022 at 07:51


Tried from Bottle on 15 Apr 2022 at 20:11

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 7.5 | Flavor - 8.5 | Texture - 9 | Overall - 9

Each year, young Dutch ‘sour superstar’ Tommie Sjef launches a special blend in magnum bottles, this time called “Als Water” – because it supposedly ‘drinks like water’, though I hope not. Thanks to the Dutch guy willing enough to share his bottle at Verzet’s New Year’s reception last Saturday in Anzegem. Snow white, moussy, opening but generally stable head, misty warm orange-glowing peach blonde robe. Aroma of gooseberry jam, apricot skin, stewed rhubarb, fruit yoghurt, fermenting orange juice, unripe nectarine, sourdough, pineapple juice, maturing green grapes, dry cider. Tart onset with a sweetish core, very fruity, peach, green apple, ripe gooseberry and white grape mingled with rhubarb and pineapple accents, medium carb, smooth body – but clearly fuller than water, thankfully… Bready to lightly biscuity maltiness soaked in fruity tartness and very (unsugared) yoghurt-like lactic sourness, with the softness of the malts keeping the overall tartness in check; ends vinous and grapey, with a woody undertone, drying lactic effects and lingering malt sweetishness. Very delicate, fruity-estery sour ale, beautifully balanced and polished without added frills – one of the purest, most ‘complete’ and elegant Tommie Sjef sours I had to date.

Tried on 19 Jan 2022 at 15:01