Brigand - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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Reviews by Vancer:
3.53/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Corked and caged green magnum bottle pours a Champaign like brew, albeit with a tinge of orange/amber color. Label notes bottled on 070418 - wtf? Thick white head fizzes up easily and has some staying power.
Aroma has me concerned - cider like, apples and oranges. Hint of vinegar.
Quaff is a strange bird of astringent apple cider with a heavy dose of summer spices - black pepper and coriander lead the way. Not the best Belgian PA, but I wouldn't turn it down either.
Fizzy body hides the 9%, sips enjoyable on this summer day while BBQing some chicken.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2009 21:10:43 | More by Vancer
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United Kingdom (England)
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A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2013, so it's a bit out of date.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.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2013 02:15:03 | More by jazzyjeff13
Brigand from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.