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Gageleer - Gageleer CVBA

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87
very good

72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by Regenpak:
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Regenpak

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +2.3%

I picked up a 75 cl bottle (with plastic cork) at the local Zenith Natuurwinkel (biodynamic store) in Lelystad, Netherlands. Being "Cat. S" at 7.5% alcohol I expected a cross between a gueuze and a tripel. This assessment proved pretty accurate. It poured a thick 4 cm head that slowly receded to a thin layer. In the smell there was a hint of strawberry? There was a bitter, spicy, hoppy taste with lovely sweet details that (for me) are impossible to recognize...

This beer will last the rest of the evening. 75 cl of pure enjoyment...

06-26-2010 15:26:47 | More by Regenpak
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mj001jk

California

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Beer pours a hazy straw-yellow with a fine persistent and creamy head. You're immediately struck by the Gruit-like aromas from the glass, not overwhelmingly, but rather in a subtle way, a grassy sweetness, hops and Meyer lemon peel.

The sweet gale adds a round, tropical fruit flavor and sweetness, not unlike papaya with hints of banana and cream. Flavors are crisp and satisfying with a decisive herbal dryness on the finish, which lingers nicely.

Easy to drink and would be delicious on a warm summer day. Will seek this out again.

03-03-2011 05:15:25 | More by mj001jk
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +18.4%

Sent by a business partner in Belgium who knows my love for his country's beers. [I later hosted the guy, Carl, at our Virginia pad, and found out he is the creator of this beer. I did not know this at the time of reviewing] I've never seen this one in the states. Good-looking golden color with healthy carbonation and a fluffy white head that retained awhile but did fall off eventually.

The aroma is unlike anything I've ever smelled, beer or otherwise. The dominant aroma is a pungent but earthy spice, somewhere between mustard and sage and anise, with mint and cinnamon in the background. One of the best and most unique Belgians in terms of aroma. Seek it out for the smells alone.

That anise/black licorice element sneaks right on through to the flavor, not dominating it but certainly adding a peppery, sharper spice factor to the sweetness and subtle yeastiness also on offer. This would complement Indian food nicely, the flavors would complement the spices typical in that cuisine. There's a great complexity here: fragrant, floral, exotic and mellow. Unique, refreshing...ultra-quaffable.

One of the most unique beers I've ever had, without any novelty or artificial aspects. Pure, earthy and satisfying, do not hesitate to pick up at least a few bottles.

06-18-2006 19:57:00 | More by Metalmonk
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Filosoof

Netherlands

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

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!

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

Oklahoma

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

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

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

Belgium

4.65/5  rDev +18.9%

For every bottle that is sold of this beer 10% goes to the conservation and enlargement of the nature parks around the city of Turnhout.
This region on the border between the Netherlands and Flanders is very rich in nature as the soil is very pour and sandy. Because of this, the land was never really cultivated. A plant that grows in this hostile environment is the “myrica gale”. It is a herb that was in use even before the middle ages to conserve the fluid that we would now call beer. In those days called “ael” in our regions. This herb called “Gruit” in Dutch was used to preserve beer long before hop was known. Nowadays the herb is called gagel.
The herb still grows on the swampy sand grounds of Antwerp and Noord-Brabant. And to offer people a taste of this ancient herb and to fund the noble cause of preserving nature, Gageleer is brewed.

I used a flute to pour this because that’s the way it’s poured on the website. www.gageleer.be

When I poured this a gigantic head developed. It’s snow white and fluffy. It collapses from the sides and leaves a dome in the middle. It also leaves some very nice lacing on the glass. While pouring a strong herbal scent surrounded me, the gagel.
The colour is golden with a slight fogginess. A lot of carbonation present. The bubbles swarm around to get to the top.
The scent gives me the strong herbal gagel odour. Underneath I tend to recognise hop and yeast and citrus (orange peel).
As to be expected, the herb taste takes over the aroma. It opens with a more neutral water and slight malt taste. But is overrun after two seconds by the gagel. This is very much the overpowering factor. In the background some malt and yeast are noticeable.
I can’t really say that it’s very full or crisp, rather mellow.
The aftertaste gives herbs on top, the tongue is swirled in malt and yeast. Funny how the gagel neutralises the hop.

Very nice late evening beer. One of the better ones from the Proefbrouwerij. Not really my favourite brewery.

06-28-2006 17:07:57 | More by Bierschenker
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3leggeddub

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-24-2011 01:53:53 | More by 3leggeddub
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OldIronLungs

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%

Poured into a Goose Island stemmed glass a translucent pale gold - a couple fingers of head slowly fall to a thin film.

The nose is sweet malt, perhaps some citrus with a lightly herbaceous note - very interesting.

A sip is light and effervescently carbonated. Delicate and herbal, but not medicinal. It's like a Belgian pale, but it definitely has a really nice earthiness and subtle spice. Really unique, very pleased I tried it. Who needs hops, anyway?

I am a huge fan of beers brewed using ancient techniques, so I may be a bit biased with this one. It's so easy to drink - the 7.5% is but a light warmth on the finish. It was very hot outside when I had this and it was lovely. But...now...I'm...entering Viking Berzerker mode!

07-18-2011 23:58:30 | More by OldIronLungs
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

06-04-2013 02:05:01 | More by GRG1313
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liquorpig

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -23.3%

11-09-2012 22:54:16 | More by liquorpig
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%

Bottle: Poured a hazy dark yellow beer with a huge head with incredible retention (I never though I’d mentioned that in a review, but the head was so persistent that it was still there 30 minutes after the beer was poured. The aroma is quite herbal and spicy, very different from the usual Belgian ale. Taste was also quite different with the herbal and spicy feeling coming out. I notice when I read the label that the beer does not contains any malt and has been replaced with a plant called ‘’myrica gale’’, which can probably explain the difference in taste and aroma. Different, complex and interesting…

07-01-2004 18:27:20 | More by Phyl21ca
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Coren

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

10-17-2013 13:49:20 | More by Coren
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desint

Belgium

3/5  rDev -23.3%

05-28-2013 00:29:34 | More by desint
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RuudJH

Netherlands

3.81/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

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

California

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

10-27-2013 00:37:54 | More by largadeer
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-24-2014 23:41:21 | More by DrBier
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Jose9e

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-28-2013 14:35:22 | More by Jose9e
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Martyartie

United Kingdom (England)

4.93/5  rDev +26.1%

This is not really a "Belgian Pale Ale", although it looks like one, mid-amber, with a big white head, because it's flavoured with the marshland bush called bog myrtle or sweet gale in English, gagel in Flemish, botanical name Myrica Gale, which is what the picture on the label is of (gale elaves and gale flowers). (I'm not sure why one reviewer thought it had no malt in it - of course it's made from malt.)

As a Belgian reviewer commented, gale is one of the herbs/plants used most frequently before hops, and it's great to have this beer available to show us what those pre-hop ales tasted like.

The flavour has hints of ginger/galingale, cinnamon and licorish, the mouthfeel is oily and rich, a lovely, complex, winey/herby/bitterness, the sweetness countered by the herby flavours: this would make a great accompaniment to roast chicken.

Overall this is an excellent beer and I would recommend it to anyone - if you do like Belgian pale ales, you'll love this.

02-26-2009 12:11:46 | More by Martyartie
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Pegasus

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

Appearance: Hazy medium golden color, with a large white head, prominent slow-rising carbonation, and thick lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, spicy candy and floral aroma, with cinnamon and cloves quite prominent, also vanilla and orange.

Taste: Very spicy at the open with prominent coriander, followed by earthy yeast notes, finishes with mild herbal hops, earth, and a lingering spiciness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, with zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example of the Belgian Pale Ale style, which expands the boundaries of the style.

Thanks to fellow BA HardTarget for sharing this rare example.

01-15-2007 14:59:37 | More by Pegasus
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Douberd

Netherlands

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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

California

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

A: Cloudy pale gold body with large bubble carbonation. Slightly off white foamy/frothy head.

S: Not as a bad thing, but the first thing I smelled was my shaving cream...Minty and herbal, almost medicinal. Warm but mild spices.

T: Clean and herbal tasting. Sweet and smooth, but with some alcohol sting. I don't know what gale is supposed to taste like, but it's definitely different. Honeylike flavor and a little hops at the end. Flavor is too light to linger on the palate. Spicy also. This is pretty complex! However, it comes in bursts. One sip is different from the next depending on what I'm trying to notice. Similar background buildup to a hefeweizen, but so different. Changes with temperature...as it warms up, the minty flavor comes through more and the spices die down.

M: Nothing special about it. Didn't really care for the mouthfeel of this beer (malt beverage?) Cooling sensation, but flat and heavy.

D: Pretty good! 7.5% ABV and it tastes like it, but the flavor of this beer is so great that I could want to drink more. I will look for this one again for sure.

01-29-2011 23:54:26 | More by Jemonster
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elafemina


4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-16-2012 03:12:13 | More by elafemina
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-26-2013 08:18:20 | More by Maillard
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John_M

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

08-07-2011 19:28:09 | More by John_M
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Gageleer from Gageleer CVBA
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