1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Brigand - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Not Rated.
BrigandBrigand

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

187 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 187
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (31) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Brigand Alström Bros
Ratings: 187 | Reviews: 115 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 070418
Cork says 06-2007
(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy butterscotch color with a loud fizzy beige head that turns rocky after a bit. There is a good carbonation of bubbles gliding to the finish.

S- The clean aroma has a club soda and yeasty ester notes with a soft green wood hint in the finish. There are some paper and cider notes that grow as it warms.

T- The soft slightly dry candy flavor has hints of slightly fruity yeast esters and a cider taste that grows in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizz that hits the back of the throat. No alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a soft mellow flavor and I didn’t realize how old it was till I pulled the cork. I think the cider flavors are from age and it would be interesting to taste a fresh sample, but it seemed to hold up ok for so long.

Photo of apf
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mwar
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of jklecko2
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of s4s
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Piwotrix
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Dapperticus
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of parintele
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of kurgan3
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of Douberd
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, poured into its original glass. Deep golden colour. A little hazy on the second pour. Huge head, going down slowly untill it becomes a thin layer on the surface. Leaves some light lacing around the glass.
Aroma is fruity , with obvious banana notes. Dark fruits too, plum and dates.
Taste is sweet, with the dark fruits very obviously there. The high ABV gives a warming feeling and although is very nicely concealed, you will feel it.
Thick body and quite carbonated .
Overall another specimen of great Belgian beer.

Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of chel29
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of ant1
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of avalon07
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a brownish color and a dirty, murky texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: A super-sweet aroma here (like toffee), with some malt and fruit as well.

T: The flavor on this beer was dominated by butterscotch (or toffee). It's sweet and strong and inviting. Also had some mild yeast, malt, and fruit (apples, making the beer almost taste like a candied apple). A very enjoyable flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a crisp, lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Probably not your typical BSPA flavor, but definitely well made and super tasty. Drinkable.

Photo of Milkysunshine
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DeezGunz14
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Everydayoff
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a tulip by freshness date.

A:
Slight hazy yellow honey hue with a hint of light coppery tinge, the pour yields thick fluffy white head with good retention. High active carbonation generates plenty of bubbles running from bottom to top. No real lace from head’s dissipation but there is some when swirl.

S:
Barley malt that is slight bready, citrus, lemon rind, mint, slight medicinal and herbal hop along with hint of honey and candy sugar. What the complex yet fragrant aroma.

T:
Sweet components are from malt, honey and burnt sugar. Alcohol ester adds a warming and sweet touch. Fruity ester in the middle with hint of citrus and lemon, yeast generates some medicinal mingling with moderate bitterness from hop that also produces a note of herbal.

M:
The body is medium to bold, smooth with fine crispness and lively carbonation, dry finish.

O:
Rather complex brew, the quality itself is more than worthy.

Photo of RSpencer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Vylo
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Tumble
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Julien
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.13/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.2 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dirty gold body with a smallish, tight, white head.

Smell: Damp hay and straw, some cutting fusel alcohol tones, decaying, moldy peaches, and with a faint but noticed funky, butyric note to it. Just not at all appealing.

Taste: A sweetness of crushed sugar cookies given an extra generous sprinkling of table sugar. Straw-like lightly malted barley. Hint of white peaches, cheap cider. Still quite sweet, then, some hot, astringent alcohol, that underlying unclean funkiness from the nose carrying over. Dirtied, hot finish with a lingering throat burn.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus, fizzly carbonation.

Overall: Brigand is like a Belgian malt liquor.

Photo of Jerriko
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Brigand from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.