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Gageleer - Gageleer CVBA

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87
very good

68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%


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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 07-01-2004)
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a very murky honey color (not particularly attractive) capped by an inch or so of foam; reasonably good lacing action

Smell: I had to look up "sweet gale" but clearly that is what I am smelling - it's a bit like an herbal cake batter, if that makes any sense

Taste: Doughy cake batter, with a sugary but herbal (anise, vanilla, plantain and green tea) character that builds and dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body (a bit thick on the tongue) with moderate carbonation

Overall: Beers like this make me happy to be living in the 21st century and not in medieval times; glad I tried it but don't need to taste it again

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 00:28:45 | More by brentk56
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RuudJH

Netherlands

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lively from the bottle.
Big thick beige head on murky brown beer, decent carbonation.
Smell is malty and floral. Taste is heavy malty, peppery in it's little bitterness. It's balanced and decently refreshing. The alcohol is well masked for sure, but this beer could do with a bit more flavour variation and depth.
All in all it's a good beer though. Maltwise it has a pleasantness about it.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 16:03:09 | More by RuudJH
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and umami flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earthy bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting aroma and flavor from the Sweet Gale used.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 02:10:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Filosoof

Netherlands

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Suprising beer. Nice bio-label. Nice thought to combine beer with gale, it gives real personality.

L: gold, reasonable lasting top;
S: the less best part of the beer; wet towel;
T: here comes the surprise, the gale comes through, with a touch of peppermint and thyme, citron;
M: lovely summer beer, light feeling;
O: respect!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 18:07:56 | More by Filosoof
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Douberd

Netherlands

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml stubby bottle, poured into a tulip glass. I got this into an organic goods grocery store. ABV 7,5%.

Pours a nice orange gold colour, with a thick head of two fingers, good retention and light lacing left behind. Slighty hazy.
Strong gale aroma, very unique. Some light alcohol smell. Probably there are other aromas too but gale overpowers everything else.
What a fantastic taste! Quite bitter and hoppy, the gale once again very notable, making it extra refreshing. The alcohol very nicely conceiled.
Medium dryness on the palate, medium to full body and just enough carbonation.
Overall a great beer, with a very unique taste, at least I, haven't met before a beer that tastes like that. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 21:31:09 | More by Douberd
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass gave a solid white head over an inch, colour is an orangey amber gold, slightly cloudy with yeast. Has really good retention and leaves good lacing.

Smell is crisp, with a solid yeasty base. A herbal bitter edge from the gale. Malt is pretty solid, fresh and bready. Some floral overtones.

Taste is an initial crisp bitterness. Then more herbal and earthy gale character comes, through. Makes a really interesting combination and has a real unique complexity of flavours, yeasty and bitter boggy and floral esters. Finish is dry, slightly yeasty, floral.

Mouthfeel has a moderate carbonation, medium body, refreshing, alcohol is not noticiable and it is a refreshing and drinkable ale. Carbonation is soft and makes for a pleasingly creamy and dry mouthfeel. Finishes really crisp and dry in style.

Real big fan of the flavour of this beer. First tried at the Beerworks, CA, and then again now. Not only is it a well-made and balanced Belgian Pale but its flavour profile is highly unique and interesting because of the brewing process, an interesting take on the style, encourage people to try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 21:40:37 | More by mick303
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elNopalero

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy golden straw-tan with billowy foam atop of it. There’s a distinctly floral, honeyed, almost-pollen aroma. Flavor is light, delicate, and sweetly floral. I am not familiar with gale but I will forever associate it with this brew. No indication of the 7.5% ABV in the least. Light and crisp with a curious finish. This was delightfully delicious and an interesting alternative to hopped ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 08:45:48 | More by elNopalero
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice, smooth pale ale. Sweet tones stay constant. Mild bitter tone. Earthy. Definite spice tones evident. More of a rustic pale ale and pretty good at that. Glad I decided to take my time to check out a new store where I discovered this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 13:44:14 | More by RblWthACoz
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured a golden-straw color with a nice puff of white head; nice retention and ample lacing. Organic aroma, spicy, woody, leafy, touches of indistinct fruit. Herbal and spicy on the palate, leafy and flowery, notes of fruit, tea, and yeast. Medium-bodied, smooth and easily drinkable, moderately drying. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 13:38:05 | More by Rifugium
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benfons

Belgium

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy, orange colour, nice head

S: loads of fruit, something floral, some yeast; very different

T: same as the smell; peach, lychee, loads of flowers; bitter aftertaste; a little dusty

M: medium body, alcoholic, dry finish

O: interesting, different, but not my cup of tea

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 20:14:53 | More by benfons
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.16 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass. Happy to have scored this marked down at Gordon's in Waltham, MA.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger puffy head that has reduced a little. It is a hazy orange yellow with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: apples, pears, vanilla, bready notes, Belgian candy aroma, and I am sure the gale in this beer is giving a specific aroma too.

Taste: everything mentioned above and nicely tasty too.

Mouthfeel: dry, smooth, medium carbonation, medium bodied, a little chewy, and easy to drink.

Overall: a solid BPA that I can add to the mix, but last week was the first time I have ever seen it. Might have to go back to Gordon's and buy more before they are off the clearance rack.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 01:29:36 | More by Flounder57
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore. A nice tart, refreshing beer that reminds me of something you'd want on a hot day on a patio. Nothing too crazy in terms of taste, and the 7.5% ABV is well hidden, but when you're at a place with 102 rotating taps you'll end up trying beers like this. Solid beer, although nothing to write home about.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 22:18:53 | More by marlinsfan4
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Philousa

California

3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow, bright and cloudy at the same time. Very visible fermentation, big head that settles but stays around a while. Lots of light spices in the nose: coriander, some lavender, a hint of cinnamon/allspice. Some sweet honey, citrus, and maybe some wheat. Sweet, honey-like flavor up front. Some spices come through in taste as well. Very similar to the aroma, including the lack of bitterness. A bit tart, but not very bitter.This is a bit thick for such a light beer, which also makes me think there might be some wheat in this beer.

Very interesting. It's not quite a Wit or a Hefeweizen, but it's not really a typical Belgian Strong Pale. This would be really great on a hot summer day. I can see myself cracking one of these open after a good run.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 04:11:46 | More by Philousa
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy honey. Head is large. Great retention. Interesting and abundant lacing patterns.

S-Honestly I first thought it smelled like marinating spices (mostly derived from a peppery aroma). Aside from that, there is some sweetness, some fruitiness, and a hard-to-describe note that must be 'gale' (not sure what gale is anyway).

T-The flavor is a bit more pleasant than the nose, but also displays the disjointed combination of flavors. It just doesn't really mix well for me. The flavors combat each other and do not flow down the same stream. Sweet but peppery. Herbal, like dandelion stems. Hard to describe.

M-Lots of carbonation. Medium bodied. Slippery.

O/D-Was not exceptionally pleasant. In fact, I did not really like this too much. It was a 'Tale of Two Sips' for me. The first sip I hated, the second I could have sworn I enjoyed, then the third I went back to hating. Amidst the confusion, I rarely found pleasure in this beer. But it was rarely offensive at any point.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 04:20:23 | More by VelvetExtract
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salvo

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy golden straw with tight bubbles. Light body and carbonation appropriate for the style.

Earthy, herbal, yeasty Belgian yeast gets funkier as the beer warms; freshly mown weeds over wet hay.

Taste is sweet and herbal: the Gale becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Hops almost non-existent/imperceptible except for a slight warming at the end. Gale tastes herbal like tarragon, with some very mild citrus qualities. In the beer it heightens the Belgian malts and sweetness, laying on herbal quality. Sweet Astringent.

Overall, I really nice break from hop bombs and heavy beers. Would make a welcome addition to summer grilling.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 00:56:08 | More by salvo
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap,

Gangleer looks very light in color boasting a very faint yellow with some white towards the edges. Looks like a wit bier. A nice whisp of bright white suds up top leaving rings down the glass. A nice amount of activity in the body. Smell is very geared to a hefeweizen IMO. I get a good bit of bananer with some faint wheat. A small dash of alcohol and some pale malts to round this out. Im wondering if the geen addition is bringing on that hefeweizen essence? Taste is pretty nice considering im not a huge banana fan. I get that, but I also get some light tropics with some wheat/earthy taste rounded out by slight grain and some Belgian yeast influence towards end. I don't get alot of alcohol, if any at all, it's pretty much buried. Feel is preety much light, if not a step above with alot of bubbles and activity on the mouth, not dead in any way. I could of easily drank a pint of this but not sure if I would go over that. This was a surprise from a brewery I never heard of.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 03:59:45 | More by BARFLYB
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Biergarten in Jenks...

Pours straw colored with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Superior lacing & good head retention

S: Oaky, sprucy^ lemony notes

T: Almost a gingerbread type flavor, dryness, some bitter/woody herbal notes up front. Herbal & honey malt notes, grassyness & just a smidge of pineapple as this warms. Finishes grassy, juicy with plenty of pineapple sweetness just a bit of ginger

MF: Medium bodied with creamy carbonation, nice balance

A decent one off type of Belgian Strong Pale Ale, not something I would to session on, but enjoyable none the less

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 23:14:39 | More by russpowell
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice if a bit generic herbal brew.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Light cream label with a soft yellow framing where a faint illustration of the herb accompanies the brew name and general details. Back offers a small general description and serving suggestions. Cap shows best by date of 09/09/12. Notes 7.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy pale gold pour, initial rich frothy head with lasting retention and surface memory, accompanied by rich lacing.

S - Very soft nose… Faintly herbal and sweet. A mere insinuation… As it settles and warms a honeyed herbal sense pushes up its profile.

T - The taste offers a longer expansion of notes but not much more… At least not initially. The gale herbal sweetness takes off softly and seals the range with an expanding bitter sense… with a nice closing peppery, almost minty herbal lingering touch in the tongue.

M - Medium body, and medium/soft carbonation that offers a smooth ride with a nice final tingle.

O - Nice herbal offering, pleasing if not particular remarkable.

Notes: I was hoping a more fragrant nose that is for sure but here it feels way subdued… While the Gale takes the role of hops, I was expecting that its role would also be more sensed in the aroma. Worth the try in any case...

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 20:37:13 | More by Daniellobo
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musicman575

California

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very thick, white, spongey head tops the the pale, opaque, yellow beer. It looks like light honey in which the sugars have just begun to crystallize. Foam hangs some nice doilies from the sides of the glass.

Some cloves and yeast with lemon and honey in the nose. Also something dry, like slate or clay.

Tastes crisp and balanced and ever so slightly vinous with little sweetness. Phenols are heavy. A very medicinal botanical bitterness clings to the inside of the mouth and doesn't clear away very fast.

Leaves a dry feeling. Carbonation is perfect. A fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 05:55:57 | More by musicman575
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured out with a fizzy white head head on top that doesn't leave much retention or lacing. The color is a hazy yellow but still has some visibility to it. The smell of this brew is floral, citrusy and sweet smelling. The taste of the beer has a really interesting fruity flavor up front, some light lemon zest and a little bit of bready yeast. The mouthfeel of the beer was well carbonated and light bodied. Overall it's a very nice beer, very refreshing brew here. Well worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 22:00:11 | More by Knapp85
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby brown bottle, cap is stamped 18/11/11. Poured into a cervoise, this brew appears a lightly hazed color of gold. Around the edges it appears a clear yellow and through the body more of an orange. 3 fingers worth of frothy white head sit atop the brew composed of large bubbles. The cap retains well with an uneven cratered surface supported by constantly rising bubbles of carbonation. Patches and spots of lace cling to the glass.

The smell is sweet with a character that is immediately reminiscent of belgian candy sugar mixed with flowers. A little bit of sulfur is mixed with grass and other herbal hop elements. Overall not a bad smelling brew. As the brew warms up, more focus is set on the sweeter side of this brew and a scent almost like vanilla comes out. Very interesting and surprisingly lacking in yeast character.

The taste is lightly reminiscent of cheesy pilsner malt with an herbal touch of flavoring and mild bitterness. Some sips yield a faint grainy sweetness mixed with candy sugar suggestions that immediately turn herbal and bitter. It finish crisp with a mild note of sulfur. Only once the brew warms up does some fruity alcohol esters come out and the first indications of yeast spice is noticed once the glass is nearly emptied.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is fairly easy drinking with the alcohol very well integrated. As the experience goes on, the brew constantly mutates from being herbal and dry to lightly sweet and candy like. Very interesting and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 01:22:50 | More by stakem
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ActonBrewer

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden with a good head.

S: pepper and lemon. some herbal notes that I assume to be gale.

T: strange. A little sweet and fruity. Same herbal notes that I picked up in the nose. Very interesting. None of us could tell if we like it or not. I'm still undecided.

M: Good carbonation and body.

O: I'm really glad I got to try this. Not sure if I would seek it out again, but I'd definitely revisit this beer to compare notes from this tasting.

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 03:24:23 | More by ActonBrewer
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attactive, showcasing considerable clove, honey, cherry and light ginger. There is considerable underlying spice as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this impressive beer, with the beer showing some refreshing bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, moderately sweet, spice infused finish. Drinkability is quite good, with the alcohol completely unnoticeable.

This is a very easy to drink, easy to appreciate Belgain pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2011 19:28:09 | More by johnmichaelsen
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avaldivia

California

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Belgian Tulip.

A: Light golden color with a very nice head. Very light colored.

S: Herbal note that must come from the sweet gale. Very sweet to the nose. A bit malty as well.

T: Almost cloyingly sweet. A strong herbal medicinal note. Trying to decide if I like it or not. Ok, I like it. Still very sweet, but the herbal flavor is mellowing it out a bit. Still an odd flavor.

M: Medium bodied. Good carbonation. What you would expect.

O: This was good. Glad I tried it. It is not something I could drink often, if ever again, but I am glad I tried it and can appreciate it.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 19:33:19 | More by avaldivia
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grotonmarketguy

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gageleer Sweet Gale Ale. I was very interested in trying this beer. To me it is a crossbreed between a Belgian Pale Ale and a Gruit beer. Using Sweet Gale instead of Hops. This beer is marketed to Metal Heads in Europe as it is Supposed to invoke a Bezerker Rage. Although this didn't happen to me when I drank a couple of them I can say this beer is delicious. It is very refreshing and kind of creamy in the mouth. The herbs in the beer are noticeable in a way that it makes the beer unique but do not stand out so much that I would say it is herbaceous or that it is specifically an herbal ale. It is just nice to drink. A little bright lemony fruit in the finish makes it hugely quaffable even with its strength. I imagine some others poor reviews might be do to freshness but I really liked Gageleer and I'd totally recommend it. Great food beer or summer refresher.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 17:45:31 | More by grotonmarketguy
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