De Graal Gember - Brouwerij De Graal
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3.35/5 rDev -12.1%
750ml into a tulip. Pours a mildly hazy deep golden yellow, off white head recedes slow to the surface, ok lacing.
Aroma is yeasty and spicy of course. The ginger is mild, mustard seems more obvious. Unusual combination, more peculiarly interesting rather than pleasant.
The taste lets you check off the ingredients the brewer lists, all are easily distinguished. The lime absent from the scent adds a minor tart twang. Zero dry, zero low notes. Very light bodied but not thin mouthfeel.
09-17-2011 04:44:52 | More by impending
3.53/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
03-23-2010 01:17:44 | More by crossovert
3.69/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
04-23-2013 01:05:35 | More by chinchill
3.83/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
06-13-2013 23:06:02 | More by rudzud
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
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
11-17-2009 15:37:46 | More by Brandt
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
07-28-2013 15:06:27 | More by becktone
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
09-10-2011 06:53:08 | More by July2Nov
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
08-21-2011 08:11:29 | More by GONZALOYANNA
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
07-16-2011 08:46:06 | More by SmokinSmyth
De Graal Gember from Brouwerij De Graal
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