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Antigoon By Robert Wiedmaier - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 166
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 19.36%
Wants: 28
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers visit their website

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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 10.1.12.

A - Pours a slightly hazy, light orange with a large foamy light-tan head with large bubbles and good retention.

S - Spicy, black pepper and crackers, metallic yeast.

T - Spicy and floral with some bitterness and hoppy-metallic finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Great art, great and unique brew all-around.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear golden yellow with three-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a long time. Really good Lacing.

S: Sweet malt. Spicy. Yeast.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Citrus and spice. I thought the nose was better though.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and warm.

O: This beer looks and smells great, but the taste and mouthfeel weren't as awesome. Still, pretty good overall.

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Photo of searsclone
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a snifter

explosive carbonation with a bright white 2 finger head that is quickly gone. Great looking beer that is an opaque orange color.

smell is citrus, spice, bread, honey, more citrus, and bread

taste is spice, honey and smokey bitterness

mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. Finish is clean and nice

Overall, my least favorite part is the smokey, bitter taste. Otherwise, I really like this. I wish the taste was as beautiful as the rest of the beer. Definitely worth a try

**edit: as the beer warmed, the bitterness in the aftertaste was less noticeable, and the flavor seemed a bit sweeter, I upgraded the taste from 3.5 to 4.0

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Photo of AdamBear
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-cloudy yellow gold with a thick off white head

S-Awesome spicy pale Belgian grains. Smells quite raw. Slightly faint.

T-comes in with an awesome raw taste of pale spicy grains. This is actually quite awesome! Theres a good matching after-taste.

M-high creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-this is awesome! It tastes just about perfect for the style. It's also extremely drinkable! I love this!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I brought to share on the party bus to San Diego, CA.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spices, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and tasty flavors.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of fields336
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of socon67
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of firemedic1343
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of KajII
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
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...

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.16/5  rDev +2%
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!

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Photo of Shaw
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.


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Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -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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Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of Immortale25
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of merzeone
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of MrTopher
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
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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Antigoon By Robert Wiedmaier from Brouwerij De Musketiers
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