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Gageleer - Gageleer CVBA

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87
very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 07-01-2004)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

UCLABrewN84, May 12, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

GRG1313, Jun 04, 2013
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

brentk56, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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…

Phyl21ca, Jul 01, 2004
Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Knapp85, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

largadeer, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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

russpowell, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Rifugium, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

oriolesfan4, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +2.6%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.16 oz. bottle, anything gruit like I will pick up, spied this newbie at Hi-Times,

A: Pours a translucent medium amber with a frothy white head, lots of lace.

S: Beautiful, ethereal (in every sense of the word) herbal smell. Absolutely gorgeous from what I can only assume is the bog myrtle. There is a resemblance to heather, but it's its own smell.

T: Definite gale taste, very herbal. Flowery soft flavours, grassy finish. Quite interesting.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy smooth Belgian mouthfeel. Drying (hop or herb?) character on the back end adds some complexity.

D: I love all things medieval in beverages at least, we can discuss politics later. Simply a wonderful nose, very good taste, mouthfeel's solid, at about $4 a sure fire pickup.

Halcyondays, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of stakem
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

stakem, Sep 28, 2011
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.

BARFLYB, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

DrBier, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

John_M, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of stcules
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep golden color, quite clean. Average white foam.
Herbal smell, fresh. Bitter. With Myrica gale.
The taste is less bitter and more malty, but anyway, well balanced and pleasant.
Malty, but well balanced.
Quite short aftertaste, but with strong bitter notes.
Average body.
Pleasant new beer.

stcules, May 03, 2008
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

VelvetExtract, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of msubulldog25
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl stubby bottle, a simple but elegant label, script with an Audubon-esque rendering of two plant varieties (unsure which) and bilingual sublines: "Belgisch streekbier/Bière régionale belge --- Bier van Hoge gisting/Bière à fermentation haute". Poured to a small tulip. Plain gold cap reads: 26/11/09

Big thanks to Metalmonk for sending a while back...and a cool back story of how the brewer of this beer stayed at his place in Virginia.

A: Golden and vaguely hazy - no suspended bits or anything, just a very fine siltiness. Good carbonation, the glass is filled with many streams of tiny bubbles rising to a white topping of suds. Head started at about 1.5 fingers and dropped pretty quickly to a clinging ring of tight fizz and a patchy film. Lace adheres randomly, slipping a little.

S: Pleasing aroma of spicy yeast and sweet, ripe fruit (pears, apples). Licorice and a sweet herbal basil or mint, very subtle.

T: Apple and honey sweetness, golden raisins and possibly figs. Zesty spices, at once floral and a little bit grassy grassy. Heather. A little mint. Dries in the finish to a not-quite-chalky medicinal flavor, with an herbal bay leaf/fennel/licorice root after-effect.

M: Smooth and somewhat velvety. A buttery viscosity and a little thin. A little surprising, given the amount of visible carbonation, how mild this is.

D: Quite enjoyable, too easy to drink. Considering this may be my only chance at this rare beer, I was a little sad that it was gone so quickly. A very tasty treat!

msubulldog25, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Metalmonk, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of Daniellobo
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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...

Daniellobo, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of Pegasus
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Pegasus, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of Offa
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful, sublte but complex, well-rounded beer with nice herbal character.

Hazy dark gold, it has a medium-large off-white head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring and leaving some nice lace.

Aroma is lots of herb, some light wood, bread dough, light honeyish fruit; overall, very nice.

Taste is lively full character, gentle but firm and some complexity. It has nice zesty-herbal character that is complex, hard to pin down, along with yeasty bread and honeyed light fruits. Light sweetness just dominates but there is a hint of spicey bitterness underneath. Extremely engaging, lively but firm with very light oiliness, it is wonderful and exceedingly drinkable.

Offa, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of elNopalero
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

elNopalero, Nov 20, 2012
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