De Graal Gember - Brouwerij De Graal
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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
3.83/5 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
3.69/5 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
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
A: nice golden-copper colour, small but lasting head
S: The ginger is there but there is also apple and orange peel, nice complexity
T: sweet ginger up front, but the apple is still there even a hint of chocolate, some bitterness in the finish
M: Rather thin and dry, abv is fine. Comfortable drink
O: It's a pleasant beer with some complexity
02-25-2013 21:54:02 | More by benfons
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
A: Pours a hazy gold with a thin, clinging white mousse.
S: Aromas of ginger and spicy Belgian ale yeast immediately hit the nose, but as the beer warms and settles in the glass, subtle aromas of earthy, tobacco-laced hops, lemon, and caramel emerge.
T: Soft notes of ginger and spicy yeast are apparent on the entry. Around mid-palate, they are joined by flavors of lemon, lime, moist earth, tobacco-tinged hops, and caramel. The finish is delicate and understated with notes of lemon, ginger, and spicy yeast most apparent.
M: Medium-to-full in body, dryish, and very soft. Carbonation is discreet and delicate. Despite being relatively strong, this beer displays no noticeable alcohol burn whatsoever.
O: This is a very appealing, straight-forward strong ale. Unlike most herbed/spiced beers, Gember does not beat you over the head with herb and/or spice flavor, instead preferring to captivate the drinker with the suggestion of spice. Very elegant and refined.
05-29-2012 14:05:24 | More by mrfrancis
De Graal Gember from Brouwerij De Graal
85 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.