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HeBrew Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale
June 28, 2013, 5:01 pm
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orangey-caramel with four-finger thick head. Herb. Pepper. Grass. Grapefruit. Pronounced hops aftertaste, but not overpowering. Sweetness as it warms. Drinkable, but not great.

Maredsous Tripel
June 28, 2013, 3:28 pm
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Dark amber five-finger yellowish frothy head. Smells really good, apple, pineapple, candy. Slightly fizzy, slight burnt, coffee notes. Fruit cake. Pronounced alcohol content. Rising and lasting bitterness at the end. Don’t find this as outstanding as the other abbey beers (very tough competition, I know), even though it is still a very tasty and well-brewed beer. Will sample again sometime in the future to confirm view.

Trappist Achel 8 Blond
June 21, 2013, 2:52 pm
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Thick frothy off-white three-finger head, golden with slightly red hue and slight haze. Very inviting pour. Candy, honey, slight spice, banana, very aromatic. Lingering candy, raisins and rum aftertaste, with slight bitterness and carbonation. Very smooth, drinkable and tasty, despite its 8%. Very very good Trappist beer. I notice that Trappiste beers generally always never disappoint; they are all unique and tasty, in their own individual ways.

Mountain Goat Organic Steam Ale
June 21, 2013, 1:51 pm
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Pale cloudy yellow. One finger white frothy head with small bubbles. Very light, slight citrus and banana. Very ordinary, and lacking in taste.

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
June 14, 2013, 1:27 pm
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Pale orangey-yellow, cloudy with one-finger head. Smells citrus and grapefruit aroma. Bread, grapefruit, with some lingering bitterness without the multi-stage transition that characterises the 90 minutes. Makes less of an impression although more approachable than the 90-minutes. Prefer the Victory Headwaters Pale Ale if looking at something similar in style. Still a pretty good pale ale though, just not remarkable. Will choose the 90-minutes over this, any day.

Tripel Karmeliet
June 1, 2013, 8:20 am
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1 June 2013

Four finger frothy head, golden hazy yellow with a slight copper tinge. refreshing, very smooth, refined, pleasant and drinkable, a little bit of many fruits, banana, citrus, mango, vanilla, very slight spice. More malt than hops, only very slightly bitter but still very well-balanced, multiple malts and this complexity is obviously perceptible and very well-coordinated.

Really really good, one of my top beers. Another one of the great abbey beers, but very distinctive in its own friendly, approachable and measured way. Very attractive packing too, with its pretty hand-drawn illustrations at the front and middle-age fonts. The more austere, bolder, stronger abbey beers like Orval and Trappiste Rochefort are great counterpoints to this.

25 October 2013

Pour: Blooming, white, head with a dense layer of defined bubbles. Light yellow-gold, hazy body.

Nose: Grain, bananas, tropical fruits, carbonation, mango, pineapple, orange, spice, all waiting to burst onto the palate.

Palate: Moderately full on the tongue, like cream. Carbonation is pronounced and adds some spice, almost champagne like. Refreshing without being light. Bananas, vanila, mango, lemon, citrus, tangy, orange, grain, rounded taste. Elegantly dry and very slight bitterness at the end. A very nice bouquet that stays on the nose and the back of the throat. Tastes noble, complex and wholesome, without being too heavy. A very well-balanced, clean and refined beer that has considerable complexity.

One of the best tripels, world class. Nothing much left to say, I am afraid.