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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 07-01-2004

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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 47
Reviews by salvo:
Photo of salvo
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mj001jk
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Filosoof
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Photo of Bierschenker
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of OldIronLungs
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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…

Photo of Regenpak
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of RuudJH
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Martyartie
4.92/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Pegasus
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Douberd
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of Jemonster
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  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.

Photo of John_M
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of avaldivia
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of paterlodie
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice poorout and good lasting head. bronze beercolor and litle hazy. Nose is lots of gagel making it medicinal with sweet maltyness behind and litle alcoholic. Taste is sweet, alcoholic and lots of gagel taste. Aftertaste is nice herbed bitter. Mouthfeel is OK but this spicyness keeps hanging forever. Good example to taste gagel in a beer but for me litle overdone.

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 11.16 oz. bottle, no expiry date

Smell: Intoxicating floral and minty and wild herb/vegetation note... eucalyptus and wintergreen perhaps. Powerful but not over whelming. Fresh, toasted light grains in the background.

Taste: Crisp and slightly sweet straw notes up front. Reminiscent of champagne but quickly turns a little more bitter and astringent with the flavors of the nose coming through. Floral, herbal. Slightly minty but hard to describe and very unfamiliar. Intense, but like the nose not overpowering with surprising complexity and deliciousness. Honey and melon in the background. Keeps drying out throughout the sip which along with the crispness makes this highly refreshing. Finish has lingering floral, wintergreen bitterness.

Well worth seeking out this beer. Very unique, intense flavors but still balanced and well done.

Photo of stakem
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of scoots511
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Belgian beer made with sweet gale (Bog Myrtle) Medieval "gruit" ale. Nice white head, slightly cloudy appearance, subtle tones of the sweet gale and yeast, very drinkable, balanced with some subtle unique flavors. Alc of 7.5%.

The label reads a rich barley beer from the Campine region in Belgium...

Photo of grotonmarketguy
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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