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Brigand - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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very good

189 Ratings

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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2002

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Ratings: 189 | Reviews: 116
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3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Piana mocna, niestety szybko opada, choć pozostaje do samego końca w postaci kocyka. Kolor biały.
Aromat jest miodowy, śliwkowy i lekko kwaskowy.
Smak Brigand'a to śliwki smażone, miód ale z mniejszym natężeniem niż w aromacie, lekko wyczuwalny alkohol. Delikatnie goryczkowe, kwaskowe ale nie kwaśne. Po ogrzaniu mocniej wyczuwalny alkohol, smak i aromaty są mocniejsze i głębsze.
Alkohol przyjemnie rozgrzewa. Brigand na pewno jest warty uwagi.

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4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bread, yeast and spice on the nose. It pours lively orange gold under a 2” persistent foam cap that leaves thick lace. It enters creamy with fruit and biscuit and a mild hop accent on the finish. While yeast driven, the hops, malt and alcohol are well balanced. Medium to a little above on the body and just above medium on the carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2013, so it's a bit out of date. I've had this for ages - I seem to recall buying it in a Belgian supermarket as long ago as 2010. Stored in my garage since then. I'm hoping the ABV will have helped to preserve it from excessive degradation.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich golden-amber hue with good carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam with good retention; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer. Aroma of fruity yeast esters with hints of raisins, mild banana, subtle apricot/peach, faint dried fruit, spice, a twinge of marzipan, earthiness and sugar. Slightly sweet and acidic, with a serious whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of fruity yeast and mild caramel malt, with a bone-dry finish. Notes of raisins, apricots, mild banana, dried fruit, a hint of marzipan, pepper, spice, sugar, earthy yeast and faint stewed leaves. Hints of cardboard, sourness and alcohol in the background. Highly attenuated, followed by a lingering yeastiness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and very dry, with well-judged carbonation and decent body. Could be a tad thicker for the strength. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity yeast, earthiness and booze.

A strong Belgian ale that packs a punch. Looks lovely, while the aroma and flavour are replete with spicy, fruity yeast esters. The booze also makes itself known. Body is OK but could be creamier. This bottle seems to have stood the test of time, but I wonder what a fresher example would be like. I might grab one sometime and find out. Anyway, a decent brew with a classic Belgian quality to it. Worth a punt if you stumble across it.

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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Brigand from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.