Beer

Here are some extremely amateur beer reviews. My starting point is that I like my beer in the largest quantity possible, and everything tastes good except Carling.

Affligem Dubbel

Affligem Dubbel: Belgian Dubbel, 6.8% (Brouwerij De Smedt)

Not very complex, but there is a bit of liquorice and dried fruits and a good balance between sweet and bitter. It’s very fizzy and not that heavy for a dark beer, which makes it quite drinkable. 7/10

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Baptist Blond

Baptist Blonde: Belgian Blonde Ale, 5.2% (Brouwerij Van Steenberge)

These lightweight ales just taste like a more full bodied version of lager. This one was on the bitter side. Pleasant, but unremarkable. 6/10

Fourchette Tripel

Fourchette: Belgian Tripel, 7.5% (Brouwerij Van Steenberge)

Tasted like a fruity wheat beer. Quite lemon-y and a bit dry. Not as citrussy as Hoegaarden, but more crisp and light than Erdinger. Really great, but with the caveat that this type of beer is my favourite kind. 9/10

Rochefort 10

Rochefort 10: Belgian Quadrupel, 11.3% (Brasserie de Rochefort)

First sip: This could be Tennent’s Extra. With bits floating in it. But then when I got used to it, it’s full of dark fruits, and very peppery. It’s like rum and raisins in a beer, and very lovely. Medium bodied, rich taste and highly carbonated. 9/10

Rodenbach Classic

Rodenbach: Belgian Red Ale, 5.2% (Brauerei Rodenbach)

Like a cross between a fruit beer and a light sparkling wine, it’s almost like drinking sour cherry sweets. The only disappointing thing is that it’s a bit thin and watery. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but I loved it. 8/10

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Antiek Super 5

Antiek Super 5 Blonde: Belgian Blonde Ale, 5% (Deca Brewery)

I can taste hay. Very hoppy and full bodied, but nothing standout. It’s also a bit sour for my tastes. 6/10

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Nunnebier

Poperings Nunnebier: Belgian Pale Ale, 7.2% (Brouwerij Verhaeghe)

Had a metallic taste when it was served cold. Very light, a bit lemon-ny, herbal, spicy and dry. It doesn’t have that much flavour for the abv. It was oddly better as it got close to room temperature, and tasted of peardrops for the last few sips. 7/10

Leffe Brune

Leffe Brune: Belgian Brown Ale, 6.5% (Anheuser-Busch)

Rich and malty, a bit of chocolate and on the sweet side. It’s one of our favourite dark beers, and became Richard’s go to beer in Belgium. 8/10

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Paix Dieu

Paix Dieu: Belgian Tripel, 10% (Brasserie Caulier)

Very cloudy (this bodes well for me,) and well balanced between sweet and bitter. It’s very full bodied, fruity and with lots of malt. It’s creamier and has more character than the other beers of this type that I tried. 9/10

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Kwak

Kwak: Belgian Ale, 8.4% (Brouwerij Bosteels)

It’s sweet and darkly fruity. It’s got an incredibly smooth finish and is heavy on cloves and brown sugar or honey. It’s amazing, and very different to any other beer I’ve had. 9.5/10

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Super Des Fagnes Blonde

Super Des Fagnes Blonde: Belgian Pale Ale, 7.5% (Brasserie Des Fagnes)

Quite herbal and floral. Refreshing. It’s very soft and light bodied, but with a bit of a soapy aftertaste. 6.5/10

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Maes

Maes: Belgian Pils, 5.2% (Brouwerijen Alken-Maes)

A dry and bitter lager. It’s crisp, clean and a bit grassy. Nothing interesting, but perfectly decent. 6/10

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Maredsous 10

Maredsous 10: Belgian Tripel, 10% (Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat)

A definite smell of cloves. Full flavoured, very yeasty, on the dry side. Caramel and malt, with a touch of citrus and with high carbonation – unusual for a medium dark beer. 8.5/10

Ciney Blonde

Ciney Blonde: Belgian Pale Ale, 7% (Demarche Brewery)

Light and tropically fruity, plus apples. Medium bodied and quite dry (in a dry cider way.) It’s very approachable and I’m very happy drinking it, but it’s nothing outstanding. 7/10

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Chimay Bleue

Chimay Bleue: Belgian Dark Ale, 9% (Abbaye de Scourmont)

Very complex, with lots of dark berries, dates and some chocolate. Medium bodied, well rounded and velvety. Goes down very well. 9/10

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Binchoise Brune

Binchoise Brune: Belgian Dubbel, 7.7% (Brasseries La Binchoise)

It has a very roasted malty taste. It’s on the sweet side, with toffee and caramel. Medium bodied and not as dry as most others of this type. 7.5/10

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Binchoise Blonde

Binchoise Blonde: Belgian Blonde Ale, 6.5% (Brasserie La Binchoise)

Very cloudy for a pale ale. It’s orange and vanilla-y, quite sweet. Pleasant and easy drinking. 7/10

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Blanche de Namur

Blanche de Namur: Belgian Witbier Blanche, 4.5% (Brasserie du Bocq)

Mellow and easy drinking. Not surprisingly, it lacks punch at this abv. It’s very floral. Tastes lightly of coriander and white bread. 7/10

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La Chouffe

La Chouffe: Belgian Pale Ale, 8% (Brasserie d’Achouffe)

Lots of yeast, and very highly carbonated. Quite citrussy (mostly orange,) with some coriander. Good balance between sweet and bitter, but not very complex. 7.5/10

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Lupulus Hopera

Lupulus Hopera: Belgian Pale Ale, 6% (Brasserie Lupulus)

It’s all in the name. This is overwhelmingly hoppy, and also quite floral. Although it was initially a nice change, it’s still a bit much. 6.5/10

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Silly Scotch

Silly Scotch: Belgian Scotch Ale, 8% (Brasserie de Silly)

Malt and toffee with stewed dark fruits. Not nearly as heavy as it looks. It’s got good sweetness and is very slightly herbal. 8/10

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Kasteel Donker

Kasteel Donker: Belgian Quadrupel, 11% (Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck)

Very milk chocolate-y, almost like very lightly spiced chocolate drink. Dark fruits and molasses, it is very heavy bodied and dense. Very much a sipper. It is sweet and rich, and could do with some bitterness to cut through it. It would be a good winter/Christmas beer. Hard to call really, it’s very good, but a bit OTT with it. 8/10

Floreffe Double

Floreffe Double: Belgian Dubbel, 6.3% (Brasserie Lefebvre)

Some oak here, with a bit of star anise. It’s brighter and lighter (almost watery) that most Dubbels. A hint of coffee. A bit unbalanced and the anise feels out of place. 6/10

Grimbergen Double

Grimbergen Double: Belgian Dubbel, 6.5% (Bouwerij Alken-Maes)

It’s a one dimensional Dubbel, with the usual dried fruit and malt flavours, with a fairly light body and on the sweet side. Perfectly acceptable, but offers nothing remarkable. 6.5/10

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Leeuw Pilsener

Leeuw Pilsener: Dutch Pils/Lager, 5% (Bierbrouwerij De Leeuw)

It tastes a bit of straw, and is quite a hoppy lager. It’s just a bland lager, and for me it’s too bitter and dry to really be refreshing. 6/10

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Bitburger Premium Pils

Bitburger Premium Pils: German Pils/Lager, 4.8% (Bitburger Brauerei)

Really clean and crisp. Light malt with a bit of cereal. A genuinely refreshing and balanced lager, perfect for a hot day. This seems to be the go-to after work or with dinner lager in the West of Germany, and it’s easy to see why. 8/10

Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier

Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier: German Wheat Beer (Hefeweizen) 5.5% (Paulaner Brauerei)

Wheat, obviously. This one is quite strong on the orange with a bit of banana and very faint herbs. It’s creamy and soft. It’s a classic wheat beer. 8/10

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Erdinger Weissbier

Erdinger Weissbier: German Wheat Beer (Hefeweizen) 5.3% (Erdinger Weissbrau)

Sweet yeast, with less citrus and other fruit than some wheat beers, although there is slight grapefruit. It has a slight mineral tang. A decent run-of-the-mill wheat beer. 7/10

Benediktiner Weissbier

Benediktiner Weissbier: German Wheat Beer (Hefeweizen) 5.4% (Klosterbrauerei Ettal)

Pungently malty. Quite dry, but with some dark honey and caramel. Creamy, with a hint of banana and spice. It’s above average for this style. 8/10

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681 Riviera

681 Riviera: German Brown Ale, 5% (Coltro Brauservice)

Very malty and bitter. Tastes slightly roasted. It is very similar to a British bitter. It’s a bit thin, but it it’s quite well-rounded. Named after Rheinkilometer 681, which is the location on the Rhine river of the place that serves the beer (Haus Berger, Rodenkirchen.) 7/10

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Reissdorf Kolsch

Reissdorf Kolsch: German Kolsch, 4.8% (Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf)

A Kolsch is kind of a cross between a lager and an ale. I’ve no idea either. But it tastes more malty than a lager, but more crisp than an ale, so I suppose it’s a success. It’s got a nice barley taste to it and is only slightly bitter. It’s the kind of beer you’d happily have at a BBQ and not think too much about it. 7/10

Krombacher Weizen Dunkel

Krombacher Weizen Dunkel: German Wheat Beer (Dunkelweizen) 5.3% (Krombacher Brauerei)

Molasses, slight woodiness and caramel, but still quite crisp for a dunkel. Good balance between sweet and bitter. A bit thin though, and lacks some punch. 7/10

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Paulaner Weissbier Dunkel

Paulaner Weissbier Dunkel: German Wheat Beer (Dunkelweizen) 5.3% (Paulaner Brauerei)

It’s quite sweet and bready, with some cocoa and nuts. It’s quite light and fruity (banana) for a dunkel, and quite highly carbonated. It goes down very well. 8.5/10

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Franziskaner Weissbier

Franziskaner Weissbier: German Wheat Beer (Hefeweizen) 5% (Spaten-Franziskaner-Brau)

The usual citrus and bananas, but with a bit of peach and apricot. It’s quite orange-y and has some winter spice. It’s very soft and creamy. It’s a touch light, which stops it from being a favourite. 8/10

Weihenstephan

Weihenstephan: German Wheat Beer (Hefeweizen) 5.4% (Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan)

Very full bodied. Mild banana and lemon, quite sour for a wheat beer and with some bitterness. It’s good because it’s a wheat beer, but it doesn’t stack up against some of the great ones. 7/10

Weihenstephan Dunkel

Weihenstephan Dunkel: German Wheat Beer (Dunkelweizen) 5.3% (Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan)

It’s highly carbonated for a dunkel. Tastes of toasted rye, with some cocoa and fruit cake. Lots of malt and a bit of pepper. Really good dunkel. 8.5/10

Binding Schwarzbier

Binding Schwarzbier: German Black Lager, 4.8% (Binding Brauerei)

It’s not nearly as heavy as it looks, in fact it’s a bit thin. Mild roasted malt, but not much else. 6/10

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Schöfferhofer Kristallweizen

Schöfferhofer Kristallweizen: German Wheat Beer (Kristallweizen) 5% (Binding Brauerei)

It’s more crisp and fresh than a standard wheat beer, but does have some of the banana/clove/citrus of the style, but with some mineral aftertaste. It’s just a bit subdued and not as interesting as a regular wheaty. 7/10

Rapp’s Wetterauer Gold

Rapp’s Wetterauer Gold Apfelwein: German Cider 5.5% (Rapp’s)

I know it’s not a beer. It’s got a very mild taste, very faint cooked apples. Sour and acidic. It’s got hardly any body to it and very little sweetness. It’s refreshing I suppose, but so is water. Not a patch on other cider. 4/10

Kapuziner Weissbier

Kapuziner Weissbier: German Wheat Beer (Hefeweizen) 5.4% (Kulmbacher Brauerei)

Slightly offbeat wheat beer, thanks to being a bit floral and grassy. It also has a slight initial taste of bubblegum, along with the usual banana/clove/citrus. It’s quite creamy, but with a faint bitterness. 8.5/10

Kapuziner Weissbier Dunkel

Kapuziner Weissbier Dunkel: German Wheat Beer (Dunkelweizen) 5.4% (Kulmbacher Brauerei)

Very, very smooth with low carbonation. A slight woody smokiness, lots of rye bread and raisins. The echo of the standard wheat beer notes (banana mostly.) It feels a bit thin and has a slight dusty flavour which stops it being great. 8/10

Faust Weizen Helle

Faust Weizen Helle: German Wheat Beer (Hefeweizen) 4.9% (Brauhaus Faust-Miltenberger)

This one has hints of cider and caramel, and is heavy on the bananas. Faint dough flavour, some grass and pears. Quite spicy. Surprisingly full bodied for the abv. 8/10

Faust Weizen Dunkel

Faust Weizen Dunkel: German Wheat Beer (Dunkelweizen) 5.2% (Brauhaus Faust-Miltenberger)

Roasted malt, digestive biscuits and molasses. A little bit nutty and some dried fruits. Like a Christmas cake. Quite dry and faintly bitter, with medium carbonation. 8/10

Kramer Apfelwein

Kramer Apfelwein Suss: German Cider 4% (Kramer)

Very light and watery. Virtually still. Definitely tastes like a watery wine rather than cider. I’d liken it to very light ginger wine as it does have that kind of spice, but it’s nowhere near as pleasant. Not sure why it exists to be honest as it has almost no flavour. 2/10

Keiler Weissbier

Keiler Weissbier: German Wheat Beer (Hefeweizen) 4.9% (Privatbrauerei Stumpf GmbH)

So many juicy apples. Sweet and sour and creamy. Bread, vanilla biscuits and dough. The bananas take a back seat here, but there is the usual cloves plus some pepper. I loved it because it’s different, but ymmv. It’s the least wheat beer like wheat beer I’ve had. 9/10

Keiler Weissbier Dunkel

Keiler Weissbier Dunkel: German Wheat Beer (Dunkelweizen) 4.9% (Privatbrauerei Stumpf GmbH)

After the leftfield Hefe, the Dunkel is very ho hum. The usual roasted malt and some banana. There’s a bit of spice and maybe a hint of coffee, but it’s very thin. 6.5/10

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Würzburg Hofbräu

Würzburg Hofbräu: German Pilsner, 4.9% (Würzburg Hofbräu)

Very dry and incredibly bitter. Not very balanced at all. A bit floral and earthy. 4/10

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Kullman’s Dunkel Lager

Kullman’s Dunkel Lager: German Brown Lager, 5.2% (Troegs Brewing Company)

The usual dunkel toasted malt (more than most) and rye. This one has a lot of chocolate with a herbal finish. Nothing mind blowing, but done well. 7/10

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Tucher Weissbier Dunkel

Tucher Weissbier Dunkel: German Wheat Beer (Dunkelweizen) 5,2% (Brauerei Tucher Brau)

Bready, with some tropical fruits. String bananas, the usual cloves, but a hint of cinnamon too. Malt and herbs on the finish, with a slightly earthy note. Good balance of sweet and bitter. 7/10

Tucher Weissbier

Tucher Weissbier: German Wheat Beer (Hefeweizen) 5,4% (Brauerei Tucher Brau)

More orange than usual. A touch of pepper and coriander, although not too herby. Quite light and creamy. It’s not very complex, but is a good hot day wheat beer. 7.5%

Herbsthäuser Hefe-Weizen Hell

Herbsthäuser Hefe-Weizen Hell: German Wheat Beer (Hefeweizen) 5.2% (Herbsthäuser Brauerei)

Oranges and bananas. Full of malt and honey, traces of lemon and cloves. It’s rich and creamy and perfectly rounded. Best wheat beer so far. 9.5/10

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Herbsthauser Hefe Weizen Dunkel

Herbsthauser Hefe Weizen Dunkel: German Wheat Beer (Dunkelweizen) 5.2% (Herbsthäuser Brauerei)

Only slight banana and wheat bread in this one. It’s got some background cherries and chocolate, but very faint and there’s not a lot else going on. It’s got a crisp feel to it, which I’m not sure I like in a dunkel. 6.5/10

Jacob Weissbier

Jacob Weissbier: German Wheat Beer (Hefeweizen) 5.3% (Familienbrauerei Jacob)

Particularly strongly wheaty. Banana chips and faint bubblegum. Gently sweet, but with a hoppy bitterness at the end. Quite a bit of spice and richness, verging on molasses. 8.5/10

Jacob Weissbier Dunkel

Jacob Weissbier Dunkel: German Wheat Beer (Dunkelweizen) 5.3% (Familienbrauerei Jacob)

Quite strongly malty, but at the same time tangy and metallic. The usual banana and clove. It’s full bodied and robust, but a bit one-dimensional. 7/10