Tag Archives: Belgian Pale Ale

Chimay Dorée (Gold)

Brewery: S.A. Bières de Chimay
Country: Belgium
ABV: 4.8%
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Other Notes: Trappist beer. Ale is brewed at Scourmont Abbey

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Brewed at the heart of Scourmont Abbey, Chimay Dorée, a beer previously reserved for the monastic community, their guest and their colleagues, is now yours to savour, with its refreshing aromas of hops and spices.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.86
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before end date of December 2018. Poured into a Chimay goblet.
Appearance: A clear dark golden colour with a one finger white head that had great retention and left nice curtain like lacing.
Aroma: Lemon peel, clove, honey, tea, coriander and floral.
Taste: What you’d expect from the aroma with clove, banana, honey, tea, lemon peel, coriander, biscuit malt and floral.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice and easy to drink. Not as complex as their other regulars, but its not meant to be.

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To Øl Fuck Art This Is Architecture

Brewery: To Øl
Country: Denmark
ABV: 5%
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Other Notes: Architecture is politics

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A nice refreshing funky Belgian-style Farmhouse Pale Ale presented to you by To Øl.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.36
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.2

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 5th May 2020. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark amber, reddish brown colour with a big three finger frothy light tanned head that had good retention and left lots of lacing.
Aroma: Funky, brett, lemon, apple and grass.
Taste: Malt sweetness, grass, yeasty brett, light sour, peppery, white grape, prunes and apple with a touch of caramel.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was ok, although leaning towards having a bit too much brett flavours for my liking.

To Øl Sans Frontière White Wine Barrel Aged

Brewery: To Øl
Country: Denmark
ABV: 7%
Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) “Heaven knows no frontiers, and I’ve seen heaven in your eyes”.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.39
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.2

Intro: A 375ml bottle with a best before date of 20th February 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: It was a hazy dark amber, reddish brown colour with a one finger off white head that dissipated fairly quickly to just the edges, while leaving sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Prunes, grape, white wine, oak, lightly tart and mildly funky.
Taste: Brett, prunes and vinous white wine with some light caramel and wood.
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: This was interesting to try but perhaps not quite my thing.

Orval

Brewery: Brasserie D’Orval S.A.
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.2%
Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Brewer Description: (from website) The distinctive fruity and bitter taste of Orval beer means it has become a genuine reference in the exclusive world of authentic Trappist beers. Orval beer is a high fermentation beer. The ageing process adds a fruity note, which strikes a subtle balance between the beer’s full-bodied yet complex flavour and bitterness. The beer was first brewed in 1931 and owes its unparalleled taste to the quality of the water, the hops and the yeast used. The brewery has selected very aromatic and unique hop varieties, which hark back to the first brewmaster of Orval, who hailed from Bavaria. The beer’s aromas are very pronounced while maintaining the right level of bitterness thanks to the English method of dry hopping. The various stages of fermentation – combined fermentation with the original yeast and with wild yeast, followed by fermentation in the bottle – mean the beer must age for some time and requires numerous quality controls.

My rating: 5
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.56
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 330ml bottle, bottled on 3rd February 2016, best before 3rd February 2021, and poured into a Chimay goblet.
Appearance: A clear copper colour with an almost two finger white head that had great retention and left nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: Very fruity berries, grape, apple and pear with hints of coriander and brett.
Taste: Nice gentle fruitiness, berries, grape, bubblegum and plum with a light tartness, light peppery spice, brett, funk and a hint of banana.
Mouthfeel: Dry-ish, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Very nice and very well balanced beer, and a must buy beer in my book.

Mikkeller Årh Hvad?!

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 6.8%
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Other Notes: Brewed & bottled by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij

Brewer Description: (from Mikkeller blog) Originally created as a tribute to one of Mikkeller’s favourite beers, Årh Hvad is a great accompaniment to cheeses. A Belgian Ale with cloudy amber colour and white head. The taste is a combination of pepper, malt and hops. Årh Hvad finishes with notes of strawberries and nutty malt and a light hopped grapefruit finish.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.62
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 23rd October 2023. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark orange, copper, amber colour with a huge two finger fluffy off white head that kept growing out the glass with great retention and lots of sticky lacing.
Aroma: Tart berries, brett, funky, grape with hints of white wine and citrusy mandarin, orange on the back end.
Taste: Lightly sour to start with berries, plum, orange, pine, pepper spice and florally with a lightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with low to moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was interesting as it was created as a tribute to Orval, and while there are some similarities, I still preferred Orval (which I had side by side) and which I felt had a smoother and better flavour profile.