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Antigoon By Robert Wiedmaier - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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Antigoon By Robert WiedmaierAntigoon By Robert Wiedmaier

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 164
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 4.65%
Wants: 27
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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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: 60 | Hads: 164
Photo of kylehay2004
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with nice retention and lacing on a cloudy golden with crimson hues body.

S: Breads, cracker, yeast and both pineapple and banana citrus.

T: Opens with breads and yeast with herbal hops and moves to a very fruity finish with pineapple, banana and orange peel.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one is very refreshing. I know this because I drank it after walking through DC in July for 4 hours. Very clean and drinkable. The fruitiness is near perfect but the Belgian yeast and spices make you question just how Belgian this one is. (579 characters)

Photo of ronniebruner
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.01/5  rDev -2%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of fields336
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, CCB snifter

A: 2 finger off white thick soapy head, hangs around, straw-gold color. clear, slight haze.

S: herb, toffee, citrus, bread, earthy yeast, slight tartness

T: earthy, bread,floral, herb, lemon, toffee, candi sugar, spice. slight tartness but clean finish, little aftertaste, light fruit

M: medium bodied, nice and sweet, finish is pretty clean

O: a nice belgian ale, I would buy this again (420 characters)

Photo of socon67
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (835 characters)

Photo of firemedic1343
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a nice golden color.

The smell is good, most importantly not a very sweet smell, I don't like sweet smells so 2 thumbs up on the smell.

Mouthfeel is good, nice and creamy, full bodied.

I liked it overall. Great apearance, smell and mouthfeel. The only thing that was lacking was the taste. I was hoping for more malt, and just more.

I do recommend trying this beer. (387 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a medium murky golden yellow with an average sized (1-2 finger) white creamy head that had awesome retention, reducing to a thin white layer and having excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a grain malt and a moldy Belgian yeast with notes of banana, honey and citrus (orange and lemon).

The taste was lightly sweet with a touch of malt and a hint of honey at first and had a nice bitter-sweet yeasty finish with a big note of citrus at the end. The flavor lingered for a good long time with the yeasty bitterness lasting the longest.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body with a creamy dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall a boldly flavored Belgian Ale without the heavy alcohol presence, very enjoyable... (775 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
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! (573 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended to me by a Total Wine staffer.

I don't remember the last time I had a beer whose name was spelled out in a ribbon of blood pouring from the wrist of a giant whose hand had just been severed.

A beautiful golden color with a big foamy white head.

Lovely sweet and spicy Belgian yeast aroma.

The aroma carries over to the taste: It's spicy and earthy with light flavors of banana, clove and coriander.

Smooth body is almost fluffy.

Overall this is a very good Belgian pale ale. Well worth checking out. (523 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a wheat beer with it's cloudiness, but a little darker. The huge white head leaves spaced out lacing and sticks until I am finished with the beer.

Smell is all Belgian, yeast and spice, a fruity tart apple note and a light funk.

As I drink the beer, it greets me with a flash of honey sweetness that is replaced by the yeast. Then the malts come next, which remind me of scones, powdery and dry. A light lemon pepper tartness finishes the flavor. A nice complexity, my favorite part of the beer.

A medium body that has plenty of carbonation. Through all that, it leaves a very thick, sticky mouth feel, that lingers long after I finish the beer.

I hadn't seen this offering before in all my shopping, and it was in the Belgian section of the BevMo. Since it was one of the small boys(11.2oz), I decided it would be perfect for midweek consumption, and I was right. A great drinking and tasting beer.

DOA (919 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,029 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 750 ml caged and corked bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Dark black with a thick dark brown ½-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Sweet fruity lemon aroma with hints of yeast and Belgian candies.

T: Sweet and slightly bitter flavor with caramel and Belgian candies.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This is a great double blond brew. Great aromas and flavors blended nicely together. (446 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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%). (1,849 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.09/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,737 characters)

Photo of merzeone
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Champagne bottle purchased 10/11
Had seen this beer in Draft Mag and was curious about it.

A:Pours Golden Straw Hazy, Huuge white Rocky head that lasts and Great lacing.

AR: Sweet,Citrus(Orange, Lemon,some Pineapple) and Really Spicy from the hops and yeast.A little funk A touch of bread on the end from the yeast as well.

T: Spice mellowed quickly by the citrus and light malt flavors Followed by the bitterness from the hops and a little bit of funkiness but acceptable actually kinda helps with the character.
Finishes dry highly drinkable.

M: Great carbonation nice and wet medium to light body up front, finishes light and dry.

O: Not disappointed at all this is a great example of the style.
I will drink this whole bottle by myself and not think twice about it. It sits just under 7%abv. (802 characters)

Photo of MrTopher
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this by accident, and really only bought it because of the label.
Served in a Duvel tulip.

A – Nice wheat color, with cloudiness to it, a very large and full white head, the retention on the head was pretty impressive.

S – There is a lot of spice in the nose blended with a yeasty note and a mild citrus in the background.

T – All of the following: yeasty, floral hops, fresh spices (clove mostly), bready. This is very well executed; the balance of all the flavors just gives it a nice pop. There is a really nice funk to this, and I enjoyed that about this beer.

M – Good medium body, with a lot of carbonation, either takes away from this beer.

D – I was really impressed with this and wasn’t expecting much initially. A really experience. I recommend this to anyone that is into Belgian beers of any kind. (838 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright yellow appearance, lightly hazy. Thick plume of white foam reaches 2 fingers width. Lovely streams of carbonation rise about the sides of the glass. Lightly musty aroma with a touch of estery sweetness and the slightest suggestion of lemon. Not very spicy, a bit subdued overall, but still a nice bouquet.

The taste has a steady malt flavor that is lightly sweet and bready. Clean and dry up front with touches of spice and bitterness at the finish. There isn't an overwhelming complexity here, I find myself wishing for a bit more tartness or some funk, but it's still a straightforward good Belgian Pale. Perhaps it's just a tad too sweet being on the stonger side for the style. The mouthfeel is nice, with a light foaminess on the palate and medium body.

A decent example of the style, I was glad to try this beer. For the price ($9.99) I could probably find something else more interesting, but I might try this again. (933 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head that has very good retention, only slowly settling into a lasting ring that leaves streaks and chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with hints of grassy hops, bread and light fruit. There's also some subtle spice and a pale malt backbone. Hints of grass, straw and pine followed by some apple and pear as well as some subtle alcohol.

Medium bodied with a touch of crisp, earthy hops up front that provide a faint bitterness that slowly fades into dry finish. There's a slightly creamy texture mid-palate that adds to the mouthfeel and complexity of the beer. Not as earthy as the aroma suggests with only faint grassy presence. Sweeter than expected with a pale malt backbone along wither estery and bready yeast flavors. Hints of apple and banana followed by a touch of boozy sweetness in the finish. Not overly complex but well balanced, flavorful and easy to drink. (964 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a corked and caged 750ml bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Tripel Karmeliet branded tulip - thanks fellas!

A: The bottle label itself is simply amazing - with cool artwork that depicts the story of the mythical Roman soldier Silvius Brabo; an underdog hero who cut the hand off of the cruel giant Druon Antigoon. He then tossed it in the river as Antigoon had done to many undeserving victims in his time. A bit of David and Goliath for the Belgians. There's a fountain/statue in Antwerp of Silvius dramatically throwing the hand (with water squirting out of it in place of blood) of Antigoon's. Pretty F'n cool!

Now for the beer's actual appearance - pours a hazy pale/strawlike hue with a thick white head that sticks around for a while, leaving massive amounts of lacing in its tracks.

S: Good amount of malt and some trippy funk from the yeast, saw dust and fermented apricot, some earthy hop and fresh biscuit finish.

T: The nose suggests a lot of what will come in the taste - nice bready/biscuit flavor, a bit of mellow funk from the yeast, sweet and malty balance, with earthy hop and a hint of fennel that round the flavor out nicely.

M: The mouthfeel is absolutely perfect - medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation for the style, a clean dry finish with a bit of lingering bitterness from the hop. Easy drinker - had to really use some self control when it came to leaving the second bottle for another night.

Overall a "cream of the crop" for the style. One of the better Belgian Pales i've ever had. Can't wait to crack into that other bottle! (1,633 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, lightly hued yellow body with a large, growing, white head.

Smell: Lightly sweet-scented maltiness in the nose, with a dash of ground spice, dried lemon rinds, and humble, low-priced floral arrangements.

Taste: Lightly malted barley, perhaps with a trifling inclusion of pils. Soft sugary sweetness at the start. Citrusy boosts of lemon juice, lemon verbana fold into a slight grassiness and underlying spice element. Lightly bitter. Growing Continental hop character and bitterness as it warms, though not overly so. Small bit of yeast. Dry, fruity, and certainly fizzy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Highly carbonated.

Overall: A tasty, refreshing Belgian ale. Sure, it's a bit gassy, but it's still quite good. (816 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, lemon yellow colour with a large, snow white soapy head. Sticky lacing clings firmly to the sides of my glass.
Smell is delightfully citrusy with a bit of the dank basement, 'barn yard funk' smell associated with many Belgian styles.
Flavour is mildly spicy with a touch of citrus and a pleasant, earthy bitterness.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and well carbonated. A classic Belgian pale ale and wonderful example of the style. (440 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat hazy dark golden with a thick and rather persistent off-white head that leaves some decent lacing. The bottle I got foamed like crazy, so open with caution! Strong aroma is fruity, mainly apple with hints of pear and orange, with a yeasty undertone and just a hint of hops. Rich, mouth-filling flavor is malty and fruity, a little sweet, with hints of butterscotch, banana and caramel as well as a touch of hops - it seems as though each sip is a little different. Dee-lishus! Texture is creamy and fizzy, leaving behind a tingly, fruity, slightly sweet, slightly hoppy and edgy finish. Heartily recommended! (625 characters)

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Antigoon By Robert Wiedmaier from Brouwerij De Musketiers
90 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.