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7.4
Appearance - 7 | Aroma - 7 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 7 | Overall - 7.5

The strong dark one in this classic Walloon series, apparently in existence for several years now and already with a new label in the meantime, now simply called "Quad" instead of quadruple. Strong gusher, so be prepared. Thick, shred-lacing, yellowish pale beige, slowly breaking but generally (irregularly) stable head, misty deep caramel brown robe with ochre-ish edge, cloudy with sediment. Aroma of caramel candy, dry cookies, baked banana, bubblegum, coriander, cinnamon buns, brown bread dough, clove, pan-fried red apple slices, jute rope, vague hint of liquorish, ripe pear, dried fig, pancakes, freshly cut bitter weeds, "oude jenever". Sweet, fruity onset, banana ester interspersed with dried prune, fig and pear, sourish edge, medium carb, smooth and rounded mouthfeel - but feeling a tad thinner than the ABV would suggest. Thoroughly caramelly, slightly hazelnutty, brown-bready and dry cookie-like malt sweetness ensues, with a very light toasty bitterish edge, under growing spicy phenols (clove, slight liquorish) and lingering brown sugary notes with associated ripe fruit; ends warming as expected, with a 'jenever'-like afterglow, a tad astringent on the root of the tongue especially when the spicy phenols and a leafy hop bitter note come to reinforce it. Lingering sweetness and slight malt bitterness, with that alcohol remaining quite strong in the end. Decent enough quad, but a bit run-of-the-mill and certainly below the high quality level established by the trappist monks in this genre.

Tried on 30 Sep 2022 at 21:35


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Level 6 for Stout - Pastry ticks with a total of 75 ticks of this sub style.
Breaking Decency from Prizm Brewing was the one that did it!
10 hours ago


8
Appearance - 9 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 7 | Overall - 8

French pastry stout with vanilla (the famous Bourbon variety), brewed in Occitania. Can from Dranken Geers. Thin and open, deep rusty-tinged mocha-beige ring, quickly dissipating into virtually nothing; black robe with waferthin mahogany edge, only visible under bright light. Strong bouquet of raisins soaked in whisky, hot chocolate sauce made with cognac, vanilla beans drenched in bourbon more than actual 'volatile' vanilla aroma, date syrup, walnut oil, moist Schwarzwälder Kirsch, chocolate pudding, thick caramel sauce, boiled down cream, underlying notes of brown bread crust, bayleaf, gin, subtle salmiak, blueberry compote. Dense, sweet onset; there is a slight salmiak-like salty accent at the edges, but date syrup, cooked prunes and fig compote sweetness dominates. Finely tingling fizz pierces through a very thick, viscous, syrupy body, built up from layers of toffeeish, cashew-nutty, deeply black-chocolatey and brown-bready malts, polished by a creamy lactose effect, depositing a hint of yoghurty sourishness too - but only very thinly so. Sweetness remains the main factor, but in a most noble, intense way, adorned with this Bourbon vanilla bean effect on top; at this strength, the booze comes across very strongly in the finish, not surprisingly, with a bourbon- and brandy-like, but nowhere harshly 'burning' effect, absorbed to a high degree by the layers of thick, dark malts and countered by a well-hidden but structurally vital spicy hop bitter touch. Intense, bold, 'baroque' and overwhelming, this is among the most impressive French beers I had to date, evoking associations with both the American legends and the heights of the Omnipollo pastry revolution of years ago. Very well done - the French are really catching up with craft beer, on more than one level...

Tried on 30 Sep 2022 at 20:41


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Alengrin added a new beer Breaking Decency by Prizm Brewing
10 hours ago


7.4
Appearance - 7 | Aroma - 6.5 | Flavor - 7.5 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8

The regular red IPA by this Amsterdam pioneer (now under Belgian Moortgat), bottle from the Albert Heijn supermarket in Lokeren. Allegedly hopped with Simcoe, Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin, though the label leaves this undisclosed, and possibly the same beer as 't IJ Red Rye IPA in a new, restyled form, but the label fails to mention rye as well and frustratingly leaves it at "contains barley malt" (shame on you, legislator, for still allowing breweries to remain this vague about what they put in their beer!). Medium thick, moussy, shred-lacing, off-white, slowly breaking but generally stable head over a crystal clear, pure deep orange-glowing amber robe (rather than real red), showing some isolated, fine sparkling here and there - but in any case filtered. Aroma of dried grapefruit peel, pink peppercorns, toasted bread, toasted peanuts even, dried thyme, unripe orange, something lightly bubblegummy and that 'cooked cloth'-like aspect of pasteurization, Dutch 'bitterkoekjes', clove. Clean onset, rather 'tingly' carbonation with minerally effects, restrained sweetness and fruitiness, some notes of unripe apricot and apple peel perhaps but very subdued. Slick, oily body, toasted bitterish maltiness with sweeter peanutty core - but not as deeply toasty as I normally expect from a red IPA; resinous hop bitterness sets in early, grapefruity and leafy, with quinine- and pink pepper-like ambitions, stretching out quite long - but in the end, still remaining relatively mild for what is intended as an old school red IPA. Still the hops are present enough - probably way too bitter even for the present day 'haze boys' - and dominate the second half the way they should. Well, here we have it then, the industrialisation and institutionalisation of American IPA has reached the Netherlands, in the form of a sleek, clean, streamlined and pasteurized, but admittedly quite tasty go-to IPA, old school style. Not bad, but not powerful and pungent enough to fully recall the good old days when all IPAs were uncompromisingly bitter and citrusy, at least not for me - but I am getting old.

Tried on 30 Sep 2022 at 20:06


7.8
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8.5 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 7 | Overall - 7

Flemish oatmeal stout from this brewery in Tielt, with a name spelled 'stowt' instead of 'stout', probably to evoke the meowing of a cat in reference to the brewery's name and logo, or to evoke the Western Flemish pronunciation of the word 'stout'... Very thick and foamy, dense, creamy, membrane-lacing, yellowish brownish-beige, stable head, very dark chocolate brown robe, as good as black, with thin mahogany edge. Aroma of caramel candy, melting 'fondant' chocolate bars, cold cappuccino, brown bread crust, soggy toast, coffee grounds, dusty old jute bags, dried prunes, dry bayleaf, granola, raisins, baked banana slices, ground hazelnuts, dried blackberries, hint of cassis. Sweetish onset with slight sourish edge, dried fig and dried blackberries with a slice of red apple and a hint of banana, finely carbonated with smooth, oily mouthfeel - and of course that typical velvetiness oatmeal tends to bring. The oatmeal also adds a light granola-like sweetish edge to a caramelly, hazelnutty and brown-bread-crusty malt profile, harbouring a black-chocolatey backbone within, which becomes more prominent towards the end, when coffee-like roasty aspects also show up - albeit in a 'friendly', somewhat restrained way. Leafy hops add a bitter note to the tail, where the black chocolate, brown bread and caramel pleasantly linger on, warmed by a dash of alcohol - which even adds a brief 'heat' in the very end, more so than one would expect from a beer of this strength. Other than that, nothing wrong here, on the contrary: this is a very pleasant, accessible, clean and sleek, technically well-executed oatmeal stout, no frills or additives here but just the basic thing - and I love that, especially when it is well constructed as is the case here. Too bad for the badly hidden alcohol, this would have hit a higher score with me otherwise.

Tried on 30 Sep 2022 at 19:43


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Alengrin added a new beer Stowt by Brouwerij De Poes
11 hours ago


6.9
Appearance - 7 | Aroma - 6.5 | Flavor - 6.5 | Texture - 7 | Overall - 7.5

The ‘basic’ blonde by this young and still very small microbrewery (4 hl per month) in southern France; thanks Craftmember for sharing. Large-bubbled, membrane-lacing, somewhat loose and open but edge-retaining head on a lightly hazed straw blonde beer with deeper ‘old golden’ tinge and visible sparkling. Aroma of ripe banana, sweet bread, breakfast cereals, fried apple slices, some pineapple, clove, honey, drying grass, halfripe peach, chamomile. Estery onset (more than the used US05 yeast strain typically produces) with banana, ripe pear and pineapple notes, fizzy and minerally carbonation, smooth body; grainy pale malt sweetish core, a tad bready but thinly so, some phenolic (clove) aspects and a mildly drying, grassy and florally hop bitterish finish, ending quite leafy and medium in length. Quite basic Belgian-ish blonde ale, no frills or high ambitions here; seems to be fermented a tad too warm, but drinkable enough as a go-to beer when chilled and consumed on a hot French summer day I guess – yet utterly boring when tasted at home on a gloomy Belgian autumn evening.

Tried on 30 Sep 2022 at 12:53


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Alengrin added a new beer Bire N° 21 by Kormann Bières
18 hours ago


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Alengrin added a new brewery: Kormann Bières located in France
18 hours ago