Established in 2015

Totem

Microbrewery in Evergem, East Flanders, Belgium 🇧🇪


Reibroekstraat 101
Evergem
9940

+32486 66 27 49
[email protected]


At Totem, we try to brew beers very much in the same way most Belgians wouldn't.

 


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6.9
Appearance - 6 | Aroma - 7 | Flavor - 7 | Texture - 6 | Overall - 7.5

Can from Beers@Moviefun. Clear golden, thinning, white head. Aroma of ripe pineapple, plum, 'Baba à l'orange', honey, mead, powdered sugar, sunflower oil, grapefruit juice, liqueur, diesel. Taste has very sweet canned pineapple, candied plum & ripe melon over a thick malty base of white sugar, honey and cake, somewhat spicy, phenolic. Floral hoppy finish offers a slightly harsh yet short grapefruity bitterness, lemony accent somewhere, overtaken again by lingering candied fruit, honey and boozy fruit liqueur-like alcohol. Medium to full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Intense brew to say the least; let's call it an experiment?

Tried on 28 Oct 2023 at 14:17


7.1
Appearance - 7 | Aroma - 7 | Flavor - 7.5 | Texture - 7 | Overall - 7

Pours black, no real head. Scent is salted caramel to me, not very maple like. Taste is fairly full, sweeter side. Salty, but again more like salted caramel than maple to me. Sticky sweet, caramelly finish. Medium thick, medium to medium low carbo. Very decent, but had hoped for (far) more maple and less caramel.

Tried on 27 Oct 2023 at 19:36


7.5
Appearance - 6 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 7 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8

19 August 2023. At 13de Gents Bierfestival. Cheers to Anke, Tim & so many others!

A: cloudy black, no head.
A: chocolate sauce, dark fudge, date, bourbon.
T: sweet fondant, fudge, dried fig, bitter coffee.
F: earthy hops, bitter fondant, espresso, warming alcohol (Irish coffee, bourbon).
P: medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation.
Well made in a typically clean Totem fashion. Also deserves a bottle, though I prefer the Ardmore version.

Tried on 17 Oct 2023 at 15:23


7.8
Appearance - 6 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8

19 August 2023. At 13de Gents Bierfestival. Cheers to Anke, Tim & so many others!

A: cloudy black, no head.
A: matches, tobacco, teriyaki, fried mushroom.
T: sweet date, fondant, umami teriyaki.
F: earthy hops, umami-meaty notes, tobacco, warming peated whisky alcohol.
P: medium to full body, oily texture, soft carbonation.
Typical peated stuff; this style suits Totem well. I want a bottle of this!

Tried on 17 Oct 2023 at 15:19


8.1
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8.5

19 August 2023. At 13de Gents Bierfestival. Cheers to Anke, Tim & so many others!

A: hazy black, stable, foamy, beige head.
A: pure maple syrup, chocolate sauce, dark fudge, mocha.
T: sweet candied plum, fudge, maple syrup, chocolate powder, mocha.
F: herbal hops, woody maple, subtle salt, bit bitter.
P: medium to full body, oily texture, soft carbonation.
Excellently balanced Pastry Stout.

Tried on 17 Oct 2023 at 11:13


7.6
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 6 | Overall - 7.5

19 August 2023. At 13de Gents Bierfestival. Cheers to Anke, Tim & so many others!

A: hazy black, thin, beige head.
A: coffee, toast, fondant, tobacco.
T: sweetish raisin, fondant, mocha, chestnut.
F: earthy hops, bitter & dry fondant & coffee.
P: medium to full body, oily texture, soft carbonation.
Textbook, clean Imperial Stout.

Tried on 30 Sep 2023 at 14:40


8.3
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8.5 | Flavor - 8.5 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8

New Totem stout containing sea salt and maple syrup, created for beer festivals (with, obviously, the Gent Bierfestival getting the debut) and so far only available from keg - apparently there are no intentions to can this one. Creamy, stable and firm, pale greyish beige head, black robe with hazy mahogany edges. Aroma of indeed maple syrup running through it all but not overwhelming notes of toffee, dark chocolate, macadamia nuts, cappuccino, hazelnut purée, vanilla, cognac, caramel, old brown honey (probably just the maple syrup again) and bayleaf. Densely sweet onset, 'candied' with clear maple syrup effect though again it remains well in balance with the other flavours, ranging between blackberry coulis, dried fig, plum jam and a brief touch of black olive-like umami; soft carb, thick and oily mouthfeel - but not so syrupy that it hinders drinkability. The salty aspect is there and blends well with the toffeeish side of the malt bill to create a 'salted caramel'-like effect, but does not overpower and remains a spicy detail rather than a determining flavour. Layers of toffee, bitter black chocolate and molasses ensue, still subtly sweetened by the maple syrup and even more subtly salted, ending with a citric hop bitter edge and warming, bourbon-like alcohol, which remains firmly in place. Another Totem masterpiece, too bad it will not be made available in canned form like their other beers!

Tried on 29 Aug 2023 at 13:51


8.1
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 9 | Overall - 8

New Totem stout according to the most classic of barrel aged formulas: aged on bourbon barrels, Woodford Reserve in this case, which is what the whole barrel ageing hype started with a couple of decades ago. Sampled at Gents Bierfestival, cheers Klaas. Very thin and open ring of tiny beige bubbles but otherwise no head to speak of, black robe with thin mahogany edges. Aroma of clear bourbon, vanilla-scenting oak, toffee, chocolate-coated hazelnuts, latté macchiato, nougat, porcini fried with brown sugar, fig jam. Sweet, dense onset, light umami notes of black olive and porcini but primarily candied dates and fig compote, if clean and focused; oily mouthfeel, on the edge of becoming syrupy but not quite so that drinkability remains dangerously high. Layers of toffee, black chocolate, latté and nougat follow, drenched in warming bourbon with a slightly astringent edge, alongside woody tannins and vanillin from the oak; the finish further adds a spicy hop bitter twist and some coffee-like roastedness, but bourbon, toffee and bitter chocolate remain the main factors. More (but not too much) carbonation could further improve the flavours, but this is clearly a very deep, rich and complex stout as it is, with no discernible errors or even imbalances, not even on a 'micro' level. Klaas and Liesbeth remain at the cutting edge of U.S. style brewing in at least Eastern Flanders, but things like this convince me each and every time that they deserve their place in the international pantheon of inspired and artistic craft brewers as well. Nothing more I can add!

Tried on 29 Aug 2023 at 13:51


7.6
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 7.5 | Flavor - 7.5 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 7.5

Explosively gushing to a towering mango-yellow head over bright, but veiled orange beer, leaving shards of lace. Nice fresh jumble of different citrusfruit; faint raw pipetobacco, and a bit of ureum. Piney, resiny bitterness, wry. Faint fruity sugars underneath. The combination with the hopoils making it chewy, beefed-up. Very well (too...) carbonated; hopoil-laden until at least medium bodied, heavy for its 6% ABV. Very good IPA, pity about the gushing (which was unprovoked). I doubt it was really the first Belgian cold IPA. Txs to Stef!

Tried from Can on 28 Aug 2023 at 07:29


6.6
Appearance - 4 | Aroma - 7 | Flavor - 7 | Texture - 6 | Overall - 7.5

Can from Beers@Moviefun.
A: clear yellow, thin, white head.
A: ripe kiwi & banana, lime, yoghurt, lemon pie.
T: sweet banana-flavoured yoghurt, sour kiwi, lime, mandarin.
F: tart kiwi flesh, lactic lime, sweetish banana.
P: medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation.
Both fruits pair well in this, but the banana is a bit too much for me.

Tried on 26 Aug 2023 at 20:46


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