Vondel - Brouwerij Riva S.A.
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4.5/5 rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Presentation: 11.2 fl oz thick brown bottle (thicker glass to handle the secondary fermentation in the bottle).
Appearance: Dark brown with a tan, creamy lace. There was a hell of a lot of sediment in the bottle. Pouring chunks of yeast in the glass was unavoidable.
Smell: Caramel malt aromas. Mild esters.
Taste: Full bodied, rich malt profile. Lovely, dark malt sweetness. Big caramel, toffee and mild chocolate flavours. Mouthfeel is relatively smooth, slick. Slight touch of diacetyl. Carbonation is pretty lively from the secondary fermentation. A spiciness follows that is prickly on the palate with alcohol notes. No real hop bitterness, but there is a very thin tartness that is pushed back by the malt flavours. Finishes a tad spicy with dextrin-like sweetness.
Notes: An excellent example of a Flemish Brown Ale. Extremely enjoyable. So enjoyable you forget that it's 8.5% abv.
Serving type: bottle
11-25-2000 23:22:06 | More by Todd
Vondel from Brouwerij Riva S.A.
87 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.