Antigoon By Robert Wiedmaier - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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89
very good

144 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 24
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed for Brasserie Beck.

(Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 02-27-2010)
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Brewed by Brouwerij de Musketiers for Brasserie Beck in Washington DC, Antigoon is named after Druon Antigoon, a mythical giant who terrrorized Antwerp and got his hand chopped off by a Roman soldier named Silvius Brabo. Pale golden, slight haze, creamy white lacing. Smooth, medium bodied. Toffee, strong spicy phenols, touch of funk in the nose. More caramel and toffee notes; sweet, malty, and a bit candy like with bready flavors. Musty. Peppery. Spicy phenols. Yeasty. Light lemony Saaz hop flavors. They all play well together in what’s a very flavorful Belgian Ale. Brabo would be proud.

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4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta try and find the story behind the label image. Strange! And pretty much the reason I picked this up. That, and the fact that their Troubador Obscura is great. Figured it was time to try another Musketiers offering.

Pours a quintessentially Belgian-looking appearance, which is to say it's stunning. 2+ fingers of a super-foamy, Styrofoam-stiff, snow-white head, sitting firmly on top of a hazy, sunny golden-yellow color.

Not only is the appearance textbook-definition "Belgian pale ale," but so is the aroma. If you love Belgian yeast and all that it imparts, you'll find this to die for (or get your huge hand chopped off for, like the poor giant on the label). So it's yeasty, reminding of bread pudding, with a healthy layer of sweet, succulent, but somewhat subtle fruits, especially peach, pear and green apple.

Big flavor here, a bit bigger than your more subtle and tempered Belgian pales, and in no way unlikeable. The fruits detected in the aroma come out stronger on the tongue, as if they're riding a wave of big alcohol, but at 6.8% it can't be just that. The yeast mingles nicely with the fruit characteristics, giving it a vibe somewhere between dessert-y and bread-y, and there's just a hint of earth/funk buried far below.

A slightly tart/sour aspect to the finish makes sense with the fruity impressions, and it finishes fairly dry although the yeast/fruit personality makes its imprint on the senses long after the sip. Bubbles are just on the soft side of sharp, if that makes any sense.

Fairly simple beer, Antigoon...I mean, how often did I write "fruit" and "yeast" and "bread"? That's it, in a nutshell, and that's just fine, because there are clearly nothing but quality ingredients being used here. A fantastically flavorful beer that counts as "sessionable" for me (my definition is more liberal: under 7%).

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4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brouwerij De Musketiers - Antigoon
25.4 fl. oz bottle; $9.99 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

I love the painted label bottle, and the artwork on it. It's a great looking bottle, even if it is a little gory. It illustrates the Roman soldier Brabo cutting off the hand of the giant, Druon Antigoon, who, according to myth, guarded the river Scheldt and cut off the hand of anyone refusing to pay his toll and threw it into the river. Thus, supposedly, the name of Antwerp - "hand thrower".

Appearance: Its slightly hazy deep golden body teems with life as hundreds of tiny bubbles race upwards, taking their place in line beneath the frothy head of white that caps it. The head retention and lacing are both excellent.

Smell: Chalky yeast; grainy, lightly sweet malt; spicy; floral.

Taste: The spiciness and sweet malt dominate the flavor, with the spiciness bouncing atop the malt like a trampoline. Yeasty fruitiness remains in the "golden" arena with mostly apple, and perhaps a hint of pear. Quite floral. Some leafy and grassy hops are present as well; but the chalkiness of the yeast fails to cut through until the finish. It's backed by a solid bitterness that doesn't appear at first as it's masked by the sweetness of the malt but then becomes more apparent towards the swallow, and finally rises to its highest point in the long-lingering, bitter, spicy, and floral finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body with a creamy texture due to the effervescent, tiny-bubbled carbonation.

Overall: Charming!!! A surprisingly full-flavored golden ale with a brisk, spicy edge but an overall balance. Nicely rounded and polished. Quite drinkable!

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3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big fluffy white head, one finger. Gold body, nice lace.

Yeast, coriander, and apple juice on the nose.

Very mild, mild hops, fizzy Belgian blond. Tastes almost like nothing.

Mouthfeel is kind of thin.

This was underwhelming, but then again it was a bit of a dark horse.

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4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mussel Bar - Revel resort & Casino, Atlantic city.

A - Pours orange with a soapy white foam that lingers. Rings of lacing hit the glass.

S - Scents of fresh banana and honey jumped out to me. The belgian yeast adds a slight sour\tart smell.

T - Very tasty! Sweet initial flavor gives to a subtle tartness. There is a bit of spice that felt like cloves. This almost comes off as a Hefeweisen, but the telltale yeast strain gives this a traditional belgian feel. Finishes wth a taste of fresh bread.

M - Smooth beer that has a nice complexity but it very easy to drink a few. Went great with a belgian pizza and some cheeses.

O - Might be the giant on the bottle missing a hand, or the exclusivity of it being available in Wiedmaier's establishments, but i liked this one alot. A great example of an easy drinking belgian.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brasserie Beck, Washington, DC (9/14/10):

The beer appeared a nice hazy golden color, with a nice white head that had good retention to it. Noticeable carbonation as well as some other sediment floating noticeably in the beer.

The aroma was good, a nice sweet smell of yeast and fruit, citrus perhaps, but also a very nice splash of spices and pepper as well, that really made the aroma seem very rich.

Taste was similar to the nose, a very nice Belgian flavor, sweet with that nice blend of the spices.

The beer had a medium feel to it, good carbonation, smooth and very easy to drink. Overall, I enjoyed the beer very much and the next time that I am in DC I will probably stop by for some more.

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4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml. Bright gold pour with a very large rocky white head, even with a very careful pour.

Aroma, quite a bit of clove and spice. Some hay citrus and lighter yet caramel.

Taste has a bit more "paleness" to it. Heatlhy grassy hay and citrus hops. Some light fruit, the spice notes are really interesting. More citrus hops especially toward the finish. Light herbal resin lingers nicely.

Quite a bit of carbonation, keeps it lively, keeps it pretty drinkable. Works with the flavor profiles well.

A style not my favorite, but on a suggestion I bought it. Glad I did and for $9 really not to steep. Good for these extreamely hot summer days and nights in Charlotte.

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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay Chalice.

A: Light yellow copper with 2.5 fingers of pillow head which was very durable and laced nicely. Initial appearance is that this is a well made beer.

S: I didn't get so so much in the nose: yeast, bananas, hints of vanilla.

T: Very well balanced , nice tasting beer. Crispness from the hops but backed up by a biscuity malt background. Fruity tasting but not overly sweet at all. In the same genre as Tremens but with alcohol which was less present.

M: Very refreshing and crisp in the mouth with a nice finish. I had no problem polishing off a 750ml with summer Saturday dinner and could see this beer being very drinkable.

Overall: I was surprised by how good this beer turned out to be, as I was not familiar with the brauerei. I'll be looking to pick this up again in the future.

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3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange copper with large long lasting off white fluffy head. Good head retention and lacing throughout. Aroma is fruity and citrusy with Belgian yeast and biscuit malt. Taste is citrus fruity flavor, Belgian yeast, biscuit malt, mild citrus hops with some mild vanilla notes. Palate is a medium body, smooth with sweet bitter notes. Finishes with sweet malt, yeast, fruity citrus notes with some mild bitterness. The ending is slightly tart oak aged lingering vanilla flavor. Overall a very good flavorful and enjoyable brew.

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Antigoon By Robert Wiedmaier from Brouwerij De Musketiers
89 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.