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De Graal Gember - Brouwerij De Graal

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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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden Delicious apple peel with luminous lemon highlights. A second pour adds a veritable blizzard of yeast. The expansive crown of pearl colored foam doesn't look as good as most world-class Belgian ales, but it looks good enough. It's nicely craggy and deposits a decent amount of lace as well.

Gember is Dutch for ginger, which is the only spice used and which is easily appreciated in the nose. The beer is fragrant and is all kinds of appealing. Here's hoping the flavor follows suit. If so, this might be my favorite Brouwerij De Graal beer yet.

Other than the ginger, this offering reminds me of a BSPA or a tripel. The brewery calls it a blonde ale, which is pretty much the same thing. The overall spice load is neither mild nor overpowering, it's just right... which is the biggest reason why the beer is so delicious. In spite of the ABV, 750 ml should be no problem.

Flavors include biscuit-like malt, ripe pears, white grapes, a hint of clove and a perfect amount of freshly ground ginger. A light candi sugar sweetness and the suggestion of grassy hops keep things balanced in all respects. This is beautifully crafted beer.

Like everything else from this brewery, the mouthfeel isn't quite up to snuff. It's too light and is too sparsely bubbled. More volumizing carbonation would have led to a creamier feel and would put this sucker into the stratosphere where drinkability is concerned. Not that it needs much help in that department.

De Graal Gember is easily the best beer in BDG's lineup. Only those who despise ginger should stay away. Anyone who enjoys complex and refreshing Belgian ales should plunk down their hard-earned money. I could go for another bottle or three, especially at only $7.69 per.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of wl0307
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Nelson Wines, South Wimbledon, SW London. BB 06/07, served lightly chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: dark straw hue with cloudy bits from the yeast sediments, the beer head is quite restrained as is the carbonation.
S: well-executed aroma of ginger-tea, backed by a refreshing and mixed backnote of lime-juice, honey, vanilla, a spicy hint of coriander and ground white pepper, plus a restrained but softly nice pale maltiness. The overall aroma is a harmony in itself, ever so enticing...
T: smooth honey-tea on top of soft maltiness, laced with a mildly gingery and citrus-tea taste... the spicy-yeasty edge slowly emerges, with a little pheonolic, floral, and peppery hints as in other aromatic Belgian pale ales; soothing on the mouthfeel, slowly turning bitter-sweet and just slightly dryish, like a real ginger tea added with a dash of orange-blossom honey to soften the biting edge; a faint touch of alcohol hides down the palate, providing a slightly warming finish. Blissful~~
M&D: one of the softest yet also refreshing real ginger beer I've ever had... it's on the opposite end of the category from St. Peter's Ginger and Lemon beer, which has freshly-grated ginger right in front of one's nose, brewed to be bold and stimulating to wake people up. But this one is like a cup of ginger tea to have on a quiet afternoon, soothing and mellow, without any intrusive alc. feel for a 8%abv. beer. Brilliantly-made and very (dangerously) drinkable indeed!

wl0307, Apr 09, 2006
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 GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

GraduatedCashew, Sep 23, 2013
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
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

WOLFGANG, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mrfrancis, May 29, 2012
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 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
Photo of dcmchew
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

dcmchew, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Ciocanelu, Jul 16, 2013
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
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

patre_tim, Sep 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

samEBC, Aug 16, 2012
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 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
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

AdamP, Jun 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Poupae, Apr 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

gillagorilla, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of impending
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.
cheers
jd

impending, Sep 17, 2011
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
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

amalburg, May 03, 2014
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