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De Graal Gember - Brouwerij De Graal

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De Graal GemberDe Graal Gember

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BA SCORE
85
very good

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Graal visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 09-19-2002)
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Reviews by SmokinSmyth:
Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, lots of head, and plenty of lacing. Golden straw color with good carbonation.

Ginger is the primary smell, minimal hop smell.

I'm not a big fan of ginger, so glad to find that the taste didn't directly reflect the smell. Actually the hops step up a little bit for a very nice mix.

Feel is good in the mouth, maybe a little light.

SmokinSmyth, Jul 16, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz fat squat brown bottle of "Belgian Ale brewed with ginger" served at about 56F in a St. Bernardus snifter. Coding on cap indicates a best by date of June 2013.

A: Pours a hazy amber with a thin but very durable off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing. Most sediment in the bottle added in the pour.

Aroma: a pronounced, but not intimidating, note of ginger with a surprisingly obvious hits of lemon and spicy hops. Hints of yeasty baked bread from the subtle malts and not-so-subtle yeast.

T: Started with ginger and spicy yeast, the flavor profile transforms across time, with flavors of lemon and lime joining in momentarily before the surprisingly delicate finish.

M: Medium-full body; medium, very soft carbonation. A very light tingle from the higher ABV and ginger.

O: Allowing that Brouwerij De Graal intended to make ginger a prominent component of this beer, the level of spicing is excellent. Ginger is one of the main features of both the aroma and the flavor, yet many other components come through without being masked by the ginger. Certainly one of the best ginger beers I've tried.

chinchill, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of jonmikel
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jonmikel, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Ciocanelu, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of Brandt
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured out a straw yellow color with a slightly cloudy body and a nice white head

the smell is strong of ginger and wheat malt but also has a strange cheesy funk in there

the flavor is very nice, wheat, straw like flavors along with an oaty taste and a peppery yeast spice

the finish is a nice med sweet body with a spicy aftertaste. a decent beer, worth a drink but not so outstanding i'd go out hunting for another right away

Brandt, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of gillagorilla
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

gillagorilla, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of desint
2/5  rDev -47.4%

desint, May 24, 2013
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served into a Tulip glass. Enjoyed on feb´11
Banana yellow in color. White dense head with small bubbles.Lasting but no lacing left.Floral aromas.Granny smith apple, herbed & spicy flavors. Crispy & refreshing mouthfeel. Smooth bitterness. Well carbonated medium body.Fruity aftertaste. Very good drinkability.

GONZALOYANNA, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

patre_tim, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of Nick3
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, quite a unique beer. Light, golden color, beer pours a 2 finger head which dissolves quickly. Nice carbonation feeding to the top of the beer like a tornado from the bottom of the Piraat tulip glass to the top of the beer. Solid lacing on the glass as well. Awesome nose to this beer because it's so unique. . . you get the ginger but you also get the sense of jalapenos. Never smelled anything like this in a beer. A very smooth beer. The ginger is apparent but it doesn't overpower the beer. The hops come through and balance things out in a sublime way. The finish is really an encore to the entire drink. The carbonation and flavors dance around your palate and makes their presence known. When I began drinking beer a long time ago, I used to dream about a beer that taste like ginger ale. This is about as close as you'll get. Bravo!

Nick3, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of frapp
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A) the beer head is quite restrained, light color, bit cloudy.
S) the smell is really strong, mostly ginger but you can feel some flowers as well.
T) great taste of ginger and lavender.

M/D) really balanced, refreshing and extremely drinkable.
a great spiced beer.

frapp, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of siddhartha
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

siddhartha, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. This is REAL ginger ale. Best before 05/09.

Pours a very intriguing gold with a nice big white head that leaves some nice lacing as it quickly dissipates, it is clear with yeast floaties.

The smell is mainly of ginger root. It also has the typical yeast twang form a belgian pale ale. It is reminiscent of gruit and sahti with no sign of hops.

The ginger isn't as integral in the flavor. It tastes like a sweeter than normal Belgian blonde. It is sweet, almost cloying. Not as complex as I would have liked in the taste department. It is better than come other gruit ales but the exclusion of hops always seems you left there wanting more.

The mouthfeel, though a bit cloying, is decent enough. It has decent drinkability.

Overall it is a good spiced beer but like most it ends up being to sweet and un-complex.

crossovert, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a goldenrod color, with brilliant yellow highlights, only slightly opaque, with a foamy ecru head and tons of lacing.

S - Really fragrant. Ginger, mildly piny hops, some candied sugar.

T - Has a nice bite, not to strong, of hops and ginger. There are a number of other flavors in the mix, light cloves, some citrus fruit, pear, candy.

M - Has some presence to it. Chewy, sort of leaves a film, sticky but not syrupy.

HeyItsChili, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of avalon07
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of creamy had that lasted an average amount of time. Average lacing.

S: Lots and lots of ginger in the smell, along with some spices as well.

T: Tasted of ginger (a lot of ginger), but also a little malt, some yeast, and spices (mustard). Almost tasted like a combination of ginger ale and Belgian beer. A tangy, vibrant, and surprisingly complex flavor.

M: A pretty good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is one of the better herbed/spiced beers I've tried. Very drinkable and easy to like.

avalon07, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Taologic
3.8/5  rDev 0%

Taologic, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of paterlodie
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBE 03-07. Nice pale golden and quiet clear beer with snowwhite head thats lasting well. Nose is very green and gives lots of ginger and green hops awell as some koreander and bit of fresh pale maltyness. Taste is lots of ginger wel backed by malts, good bitterness and high alcoholcontent. Strong but full and well balanced mouthfeel also together with fine and fitting carbonation. Yes certainly one to look for as it is something else and a plesure to drink en just enjoy.

paterlodie, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of Shatter
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Shatter, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of amalburg
3/5  rDev -21.1%

amalburg, May 03, 2014
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer at the Brewery this Easter. 6 months ago but a highly memorable beer. Gember is a Ginger Ale, a reallly unusual beer style for Belgium. At 8% ABV, it is strong but drinks well and the Ale is only lightly spiced which leads to a smooth beer. An orangey-copper colour, high carbonation in the bottle, the beer pours with a huge lacy head and does takes a little while to settle. Massive nose, malt and ginger are dominant, but not pervasive. Beautifully balanced beer that is very fruity and seriously moorish. Best of the two beers (other was Blond) we tried by far. My 24 bottle case stock depleted some time ago - damn.

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 19, 2002
Photo of becktone
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Damn Fucking Computer! As I go to submit my review It fucking asks me to log in to the site, after I've already logged in then erases everything I've just written. Damn!

Eye: Starts with a nice soapy sudsy looking head but it quickly falls to just a thin blanket of foam over the top of the beer. The beer is cloudy lemon yellow in color. Some lacing. Active looking carbonation.

Nose: Belgian upfront. Yeast phenolics are here telling me this is a spiced Tripel. Orange and coriander are in there as well as the ginger.

Tongue: Again, same as the nose. Belgian Yeast phenolics upfront. It tastes like a tripel with spice. Orange, coriander and ginger all play out together and are well balanced with the flavor of the actual beer. Unlike Ginger Beard or Crabbies this one doesn't taste like ginger ale or ginger beer-Gosling's. As far as the ginger goes it is more of a fresh ginger taste that isn't cloying, think eating a fresh slice of ginger with sushi. This beer has high carbonation and that is appropriate for what this beer is. It works well. Body is light and finish is dry, helped so by the ginger which comes back into the flavor profile once the beer is swallowed and adds to the lasting flavor of the beer.

Drinkability: This is one that I would drink again, I'm just not sure how soon. If it were packaged differently here perhaps a 750 or 4 pack I could see myself coming back to it regularly; just like I have standards I always go back to-Tripel Karmeliet, Duvel, Kasteel Rouge and Donker, Petrus Aged Red, etc. If this beer weren't $5 for a single bottle I could see myself drinking it more often. This is one that is good to try. Unlike Ginger Beard and Crabbies it isn't syrupy or sweet. This beer is beer with ginger in it, its not trying to taste like sweet ginger ale like the two aforementioned.

becktone, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of July2Nov
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brilliant golden orange with a frothy head.

Smell: Slightly sour bread notes.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Lighter nutty almond flavor at first. Sweet and medium in body. Lighter in alcohol. Smooth with a slight grain flavor. Smooth all over with a good mellow ginger flavor within it that gets richer the longer you taste it.

Overall: Had this one on the shelf for the longest time and decided to break it out. The label date said best by May 2009, but when I had it it seemed fine.

July2Nov, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of scoobybrew
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a snifter-like tulip glass.

A - hazy golden color with a thick head that settles rather quickly into a thin collar

S - pear-like yeasty esters followed by sweet malt aroma

T - good balance of sweet malt and spices with some faint hops in the background, some yeast fruitiness but secondary to the ginger

M - medium-light body with high carbonation

D - This is a nice spiced beer with a Belgian Strong Golden Ale base. The ginger doesn't take over the flavor but accents it nicely.

scoobybrew, May 17, 2009
Photo of rudzud
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice hazy hued amber with a light one finger head that leaves light sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of nice light ginger, lemon, yeast/grains. Wish the ginger was more pronounced.

T - Taste is quite pleasant here. Nice spicy ginger notes intermingling with lemon as well. Solid ginger.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. Wish there was more to help this from getting boozy.

O - Overall, a sold herbal beer. Again, wish there was more ginger. Nice citrus notes as well. Solid.

rudzud, Jun 14, 2013
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De Graal Gember from Brouwerij De Graal
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