Antigoon By Robert Wiedmaier - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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BA SCORE
89
very good

158 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 28
Gots: 27 | 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:
Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 02-27-2010

Brewed for Brasserie Beck.
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Reviews by ronniebruner:
Photo of ronniebruner
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very nice golden yellowish color and pours smoothly with ample lace and an earthy aroma. Very beautiful bottle, unique artwork is why I picked this up. Not a top notch Belgian, but very worthy indeed. Beer has an earthy, coffee, produce taste, and aroma is of a sandalwood nature.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Rickymt72
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I've ever had, period

Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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%).

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Photo of zaphodchak
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.

Photo of socon67
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of Bierleichen
2.84/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gusher, and very old. A newer one may warrant a revisit for scoring.

Photo of PhillyStyle
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.

Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.01/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Samp01
3.93/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, swirling haze of rustic orange colored body has a dense showering of effervesce. Generous 3 inch tannish-ivory colored head is frumpy on the surface with a very good retention. Heavy sponge bands of lacing.

S: Bit of sour fruit on the nose, buttered bread and honey dew. Sour lemon, custard, with some musky banana yeastiness and citrus.

T: Fruity flavor with hints of sour, musky citrus opens things up. Banana, sweet custard, pear, creamy orange with a spicy warmth of grains of paradise (peppery, woodsy notes). Soft play of alcohol, spicy citronella, dry herbal-rosewood floral hops rounds things out.

M: Spicy mouthful, creamy textured, good carbonation.

O: Overall very solid, musky warmth of alcohol, yeast, hops and spices provide a great complexity and taste that is truly belgian.

Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good pop on the plastic composite cork. GOONEY GOO GOO!!

A real fluffy and large foamy white head is created on a slow pouring decant. Huge bubble bath lacing and character. Great crystal and slightly opaque body, glowing orb gold and orange hued color, a firey column arises up the middle. Great looking beer.

Nose is a little sticky but also a great ripping grain malt, some sweetness, mix of slight toasty light grains and honey.

Taste seems a little more subdued than what is being smelled. A solid malt backbone mixes with some yeast punch, but toned down on the finish. Mouthfeel hints at some prickly tight carbonation but doesn't quite get there. A somewhat vinous feel but not quite. Aftertaste has a little faint grass and quinine tonic sense.

Overall this felt like I was going to be wowed after smelling it, but in the end it's just very solid and enjoyable. That comes off as a disappointment, but by no means is this a bad beer, it's a bit basic, but a real good one.

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

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly cloudy light golden amber. Healthty three finger white head dissipates slowly to a half finger; nice lacing. Aroma of bready malt, Belgian yeast, light fruit, light caramel pleasant. Flavor is much drier than the aroma indicated, slightly sour light fruit, bitter spicing, light sweet malt. Crisp, dry light fruit and Belgian spice finish. Light to medium bodied, but active carbonation created a nice mouth feel. A somewhat understated, dry, well made Belgian pale ale.

Photo of thekanna
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Brasserie Beck in Washington, DC.

A: Served in its own branded tulip. Gorgeous hazy, radiant gold with a solid white head that foams and laces on the side.

S: Yeast and fresh tulips. Some resonant spiciness that was reminiscent of tellicherry peppercorns.

T: Yeasty and bready with floral hops. Quite strong freshly-cracked pepper taste at the end. Very typical of a well-made Belgian Pale Ale, almost bordering on Tripel.

M: Slightly thin body but the spiciness and carbonation that hit at the end made up for it.

D: Delicious and complements Belgian cuisine well.

Photo of RuudJH
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at my local drinks shop, which over the last few years has a great selection of beers on offer. A lot of Belgians as well.
And these Belgians have it well together.
This one is a slight orange golden beer, beige head, cloudy with a good amount of bubbles.
Smell of some grassy hops, clear citrus.
Taste is pretty full on bittersweet. Malty sweet but it doesn't skip on bitterness. Biscuit and forest berries.
Long lingering aftertaste.
Pretty good beer.

Photo of Immortale25
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. No freshness date found. 750 mL bottle has a plastic cork which seems a bit odd but I know how cork is becoming more and more expensive.

A- Pours a full inch of head that retains for a good while and slips into a lovely ring with excellent webbed lacing clinging to the glass. Once I swirl it, the lacing is more tattered but that initial pour was perfect.

S- Ooh. Quite fruity with lemon zest notes and sharp citrus punching into the nostrils. Smells a bit sour but that may or may not translate taste-wise. Has an overall aroma that reminds me of something... what is that? Ooh! It's apple crisp! This beer smells exactly like apple crisp with a splash of hops! Remarkable! Also a bit of cherry in there.

T- Ok, unfortunately it doesn't taste like apple crisp but we can't have our cake and eat it too I guess. Some wet cardboard taste that I assume is due to a bit of skunking (as can be common with many imported Belgians due to the long trip it has to take) but it clears away quickly enough to get a sense of what the beer used to taste like. Once again, zesty and a bit tart but not sour. I do get an apple note once I get into it but it's nothing close to the aroma. Tastes like a lot of Belgians I've had but not in a way that makes it commonplace or boring

M- Kind of a creamy mouthfeel that has medium-low carbonation.

O- I can't get over how much this beer smells like apple crisp. That alone makes me enjoy it. A total shot in the dark with this brewery since I'd never heard of it until I started working at Total Wine and this is one of their "Brewery Direct" brands which makes the price even lower than their namebrand prices which are already reasonable. Glad I made the purchase.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours very clear, light gold with a massive, airy white head that sticks around a good while and is very sticky. Awesome looking brew.

Nose is chalky fruit with some bright, grainy malt and light bread. Smells good, yeast is restrained but nice and estery.

Taste reminds me a bit of Delirium, grainy and simple malt profile with some chalky minerals and light fruit. A lot softer than Delirium though, and seems less bready. Hops are floral and quite saaz-y. Tasty beer, very glad to get to try it. Bonus points for the crazy-ass label!

Photo of zoso1967
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, let me note that this has the sweetest bottle art I have seen since Caldera's "Vas Deference." The bottle is, in fact, the sole reason my friend picked this out.

The beer itself pours a slightly dimmed golden color with a rocky parchment head that has great staying power and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is pretty standard BPA with a very bready base, notes of herbal hops and grass, and just a touch of pepper. There are also plenty of fruity notes in the nose like pear and apple.

The flavor seems to have a bit more spice to it with more pepper, as well as some clove. The malt is bready and sweet, but not too interesting. There is a definite yeastiness to this beer, and a fresh juicy fruity character that is quite tasty.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium with just about the perfect amount of carbonation. The finish is clean, short and very pleasant.

This beer goes down super easy and is very enjoyable, but besides the label, there is really nothing compelling me to have another.

Photo of zac16125
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle
no bottling dates

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with just under 3 fingers width of white head. Head has very good retention and leaves lots of pretty lacing rings.

S: Citrus, belgian yeast, spice, banana esters.

T: Spicy right from the start, peppery and a hint of clove. Some sweet citrus and bitterness to go along with the spice.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation very high (too high for my liking) which detracts from the smoothness and drinkability.

O: Overall, pretty good but not great. Worth checking out if you enjoy the style.

Photo of gatorlove
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer tasting like drinking liquid malt extract from a can. It was thickwritten and sweeter than a typical belgian ale and combined with the spicy phenols did not have good results for me.

Photo of hopsaplenty
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was commissioned by Robert Weidmaier of Brasserie Beck and is their house beer. There is a story behind the name of the beer. It starts with the Roman general Silvius Brabon (Brabo). Brabo is in the service of Caesar and is a personal friend of the emperor.

After a successful battle against the combined forces of the Belgic Nervii and Eburones, Brabo and Caesar decided to take a break in the town of Kleef. (Germany, - North-Rhine-Westfalen) One day, Brabo went hunting and saw a swan pulling a boat. He jumped on the boat and was taken to a fort. In this fort, they had imprisoned 'Swane', the sister of Caesar and widow of the King of Tongeren.

Brabo liberated Swane and asked for her hand in marriage. Brabo marries Swane and Caesar gives him the land between the East Sea and the land of the Nervii. Caesar makes Brabo the first Duke of the area and Brabo
names the area, Brabant.

The old Belgians lived in peace near the river Scaldis (now called the river Schelde). They were hunters, fishermen and traders. All was peaceful until the arrival of the giant Druon Antigoon.

He built a castle near the river and demanded that people pay a toll to pass the castle. In the beginning all is well. After a while, Antigoon increases the toll higher and higher. Those folk who could not afford to pay the toll had their hands cut off. Amongst the victims are a few of Brabo's men. Brabo fights Antigoon and afterward, he cuts of the hand and throws it in the river Schelde. Hand = Ant, Throwing = Werpen > Hand Werpen > Antwerpen > Antwerp (English).

The label is a picture of Antigoon with a bleeding left arm that has just been severed by Brabo.

750ml brown bottle with a caged cork, no date information, but this was purchased fresh within the week. The synthetic cork slips out with a soft pfft and a wisp of gun smoke. A towering head of eggshell colored and loosely piled bubbles builds and slowly recedes leaving wisps of lace. Hazed golden caramel with a solid column of firing carbonation. Aromas of spicy Belgian yeast, lemon rind, golden apples, and hints of cracked pepper subtle sweetness rise. The taste closely follows the nose. Bits of pepper up front along with distinct Belgian yeastiness leads to a spicy dry finish that lingers. The pepper notes builds as it warms, and it becomes a bit mineral. Medium carbonation tingles along the tongue, but calms over the course of the bottle. The mouthfeel is soft and crisp. Easy drinking at 6.8%. $12/bottle.

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

Just entering the world of Belgian beers. Domestic Pale Ales are often too bitter for me. I have enjoyed the balance of sweetness to hops with the Belgian Pale Ales. This beer had beautiful deep straw color and a thick lacing head. This beer easiliy came to a head after swirling in the glass throughout the time I was drinking it. Malty sweet balanced with subtle hoppy finish...delicious!

Photo of tfsimpkins
4.79/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bready and slight floral notes on the nose. Lots of biscuit up front. Pear, banana, bubbegum esters in the middle. Mildly sweet along with a citric 'zing' on the finish. 'Refuse the toll, pay the penance.' Wonderful Belgian pale.

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Antigoon By Robert Wiedmaier from Brouwerij De Musketiers
89 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.