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Seef Bier - Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie N.V.

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 140
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 4.29%
Wants: 6
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Filosoof on 07-27-2012

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Photo of sjones5045
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

8/9/15 DE pool

Pours hazy orange with kind of weak thin head.

The smell at first was sour. Actually very sour with hints of Belgium spice popping through. As it sat the sour faded and the light smell of coriander and other typical Belgium spice dominated. Never to bold.

The taste was good. It was a light spice and stayed balanced throughout with a subtle sourness to it.

Overall pretty good beer. If it were sold as a 6 pack I'd be all over it. (453 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 9/27/2015. Pours lightly hazy golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/earthy yeast spiciness and light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; with nice malt/yeast/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,541 characters)

Photo of Takahiro
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: hay light gold, with thick foam, cloudy like belgian wit
Smell: belgian wit, coriander, lemon zest,
Taste: wheaty silk malt, banana, cloves, bitter lemon peel towards the end
Feel: dry
Overall, nice refreshing beer (225 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Cloudy straw like colouration with a very decent head of tightly cropped white foam (some rocky patches) that last a very good amount of time, 5 mins by my count. This head finally dies to a healthy lace that has an interesting patchy nature but still looks great, however it leaves little evidence of itself in the glass afterwards.

Smell – Sweet malt that is bready in character but there is also plenty of orange aroma in here too. Some pepper and clove style spice. Pretty good but not the best bouquet I have found in the style.

Taste – Sweet and mild but very good all the same! The taste is best described as almost flora in its subtlety. There is the same orange and spice combo as the nose coupled with a funny sourness that perfectly offsets and balances the sweetness. As I drink I even get tiny flourishes of banana.

Mouthfeel – Full and creamy! This one is very smooth with a lovely tingle and a lightly drying end.

Overall – This one goes down a treat and I only wish it was easy to find in the UK but as it is I will drink my fill here in the Netherlands. Another winner from Belgium! (1,126 characters)

Photo of guityler83
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A big rocky white head poured into the Orval glass with long lasting retention. The first 2/3rds of the beer was pale gold with great clarity, but after swirling up the last 3rd the sediment provided a murkey dark haze. the foam clung to the side of the glass with streaky vertical lacing.

S: Nice medium spicey, rustic, almost brett like yeast character with hay, lemon and floral pear like aromas. Mild saaz like hop character that rounds out the esters with noble, damp leave spiciness. Light sweetness overall.

T: With a bright hop earthy hop character in the beginning with mild bitterness the first sip is very refreshing. A banana, clove and doughy bread flavor come through next - reminiscent of a hefe yeast but with more malt character. Sweetness is low-mild with the hops helping out in the finish. The balance is between the yeast and the hops with an edge on the yeast ever so slightly.

M: Despite the high carbonation level the mouthfeel is creamy and not abrasive. Mild alcohol warming in the chest. Medium bodied with a finish that makes it feel bigger then ~6% but like most Belgian styles very “digestible” (drinkable).

O: A hoppy, yeast forward BPA thats very drinkable and makes me think of warmer days. After visiting Antwerp and seeing ads for this beer a few places I was glad to see this at a local beer store. Worth the purchase if you like the style. (1,389 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stone flute. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thin film and light lacing. Nice aroma of bready malt, coriander, toffee, light apple and peach juice, mildly floral. Flavor is bready malt, strong coriander, light apple and pear juice, hint of lemon, mixed floral; finishes moderately dry with coriander bitterness. Medium bodied with peppery carbonation. A unique take on the Belgian pale ale style. The flavor profile is much closer to a triple, but with less intensity and lighter flavors. The coriander is quite dominant, as in a tripel and adds a different bitterness to the finish. Moderately dry throughout, particularly in the finish. I was taken by surprise at the first sip, but enjoyed this more as I got familiar with the spicing. Interesting and different. (826 characters)

Photo of safaricook
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rustic yeast aromas and coriander. In the beginning metallic taste originating from the yeast and later coriander dominates. Fruity and some tartness. refreshing and smooth. interesting quenchable beer. (202 characters)

Photo of bushbeer75
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown bottle

Seef Bier changed the color of my clear tulip glass to a foggy yellow hue forming a 1 1/2-finger white head. The aromas of citrus, floral/grassiness and are herbal dominate. The taste matches the aroma with notes of yeast and light pepper added. The mouth feel is medium-bodied, a little dry with a generous amount of carbonation.

Overall, Seef is a pleasant Belgian Pale Ale making it easy to have another. (434 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fairly fruity representation of the style, with pleasant yeast esters and a dry finish. Seems a bit flat in flavor, overall. Not my favorite style, though. (155 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up this beer a few weeks back, not quite remembering if I bought this in New York or up in Totowa. Had no idea of this beer's history until I saw the other reviews on here and wasn't sure what to expect of this. Yes, this was a Belgian beer in terms of origin and look but this went down about as easily as any BPA that I've ever had and quite possibly, for any Belgian beer that I've ever reviewed for this site. If you're looking for complexity, depth, and booze, those are certainly not to be found here!

At first, the pour to this was clear and golden with a head that quickly filled up my pint glass before quickly settling down to a more standard finger or two. The lacing was only a ring or two after the first sips and there was a *lot* of sediment to pour out of the bottom of the bottle. Once that was swirled out, the hue of this changed to a dark, golden brown that swirled around for a bit before settling down and giving this the appearance of something unfiltered.Lots of yeast, carbonation, clove, and banana to be found here with a hint of allspice and a faint resemblance of a Saison. I couldn't believe how easily this went down and how this wasn't categorized properly, from a taste perspective.

Sure, the booze is here but like the sediment, it's seemingly at the bottom of the bottle as I had to drink this down before I could feel it. While not anything bad, the body was weak and only a hint of lemon pepper served as a reminder that this was a BPA. Worth a go once for something light and effervescent but anything from Ommegang or overseas would handily trump this. (1,600 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a very pale, bright golden color with a large cloud like head. Exceptional clarity for a Belgian ale, and very dense head of tightly beaded bubbles.

SMELL: Floral hints, dough, and sweet malts make up the bitter sweet aroma. Just a hint of citrus and cracker rounds out the smell.

TASTE: A mellow tasting pale with light and agreeable flavors. Crisp, nearly tart Belgian yeast is the highlight here, with a citrus element most notably from the yeast and small part due to noble hop. A gold cup winner in the World Beer Cup, there is little mystery as to why. Bready, almost cracker like malt flavor, vague yet deep sweetness, a complimentary earthy bitterness, and ultra clean in the finish,

FEEL: Light bodied ale that is refreshing and oh so crispy clean. Semi dry finish and a prefect level of semi-dry carbonation.

OVERALL: Have to agree with the judges of the 2012 World Beer Cup. This is a very high quality Belgian pale ale. I would revisit this often if it was easier to acquire in these parts. Very good! (1,041 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very pale in color. Fruity nose - almost like apples. Light, crisp and mildly fruity. Tasted almost like a hybrid between beer and cider.

Just a bit too light and bland for my taste. (185 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Nose: salt, malt, yeasty, slight funk, suspicion of smoke - almost suggests bacon.
Pours cloudy gold with an orange tint under a 2" finely bubbled off white foam cap.
Strongly flavored beer - herbal, salt, light funk, grain spice, yeasty, suspicion of sage, pepper
Above average crisp carbonation, lighter body, creamy. (319 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very cool beer, somewhere at the intersection of a tripel and a hefe, its very unique, unlike other belgian stuff, but built in a similar fashion. its hazy and blonde, lighter in feel than it looks, and showing about an inch of lasting white head. a nose of dusty old german malts, truly uncommon in belgian ale. the yeast also adds to this ancient sort of unearthing aromatic, its funky, short of brett beer funk, but strange and wintery spices come out to me, but i can see dried banana and even vanilla to this. the flavor is malt driven, some wheat in here and some fruity notes from the yeast, which gets very farmhouse in nature, even a slight tartness to the finish. the texture is great, its a little sweet all the way through like a tripel, but it finishes extremely dry, almost nothing left on the tongue when its swallowed. my impression of this beer is that it is probably rated so low here because it is misunderstood. it is certainly not in line with any traditional belgian style, but its uniqueness is what makes it for me. i love the yeast, and appreciate its overall quality. a blonde beer for colder weather i reckon, big fan. (1,145 characters)

Photo of busternuggz
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Center poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Nice pale golden color, slightly hazy, with a fluffy finely bubbled head. Initially about 1", settles to a thin film. Little lacing.

Mostly sweet mashed bananas on the nose, a little floral/grassiness.

More creamy banana on the taste, estery sweetness, followed with some herbal and grassy notes and a very slight bitterness on the end. Some red apple comes out as it warms, and a little bit of a vinous character, like white wine. Very smooth.

Soft, light, creamy texture, ends a little drier than it starts. Very drinkable.

An interesting beer. Not too heavy on the ester/phenol characters like some Belgian pales, with some complexity and character. (714 characters)

Photo of mttaylor1066
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like Duvel, you'll like Seef.

The color of this beer is quite a lively, brilliant golden color. (Poured without swirling the yeast.) A thin head form, but the effervescence persists.

Aromas of malt and yeast dominate. Some banana backing.

This beer is dextrinous and thick on the tongue. Yet I can see myself having more than two in a session. Unusual for me, considering it's a Belgian ale.

I like the label, too. Reminds me of 1930's travel posters. (462 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seef Bier, Belgian beer. 6.5% ABV.

A: Dull, hazy yellow, with a couple little floaty bits here and there. 1.5 fingers of fluffy head. No lacing or sheeting.

S: A nice citrus/peach skin scent. Hint of floral. Slight backing sweetness.

T/MF: Very dry. Slight lemon taste, like a hef. Really, just a basic wheat beer. Bitter, grassy backing.

Very unimpressive, given the hype on this beer, and it's return from a nearly 70 year hiatus. I think it's return from WW2 factored favorably in people's minds...

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle, into a Petrus chalice. (570 characters)

Photo of oceanman907
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this beer a few months ago and finally decided to compare it to a few other belgian pales, first off this beer had a wonderful head and effervescence about it that gave this beer a very pleasant mouthfeel almost akin to a sparkling wine. The palate is also reasonably complex: juicy pear with grassy, hay belgian hops (although true to the style can't help but think that bright NW hops would make this brew even more layered). Smell opened up late: faint honey, alcohol, pears again and hay. Overall I thought this beer was pretty awesome primarily because of the yeast strains used are interesting and produced a pale ale that can stand with Duvel and its ilk. (666 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly murky straw, bone white head, viscous but leaves to ring fast. Tiny bubbled trim lace.

S - Banana, juicy fruit, tropical scents.

T - Belgian yeast and malt prevalent, tropical fruits included.

M - Bubbly, somewhat creamy, nice balance and finish.

D - A tasty beer, but one suffices. (300 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly chill hazed gold with a good sized white head.

Smells mildly sweet and yeasty with mild coriander and mild floral scents. Slightly spicy scent.

Starts out dry and slightly fruity. Flower pollen and yeasty bread with a lively carbonation level. No real bitterness. Coriander is minimal this is more flowers than spice.

Mouthfeel is good with mildly stingy carbonation level.

Overall super easy to drink. Seems lighter than it is, this could be matched to anything. (476 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that died down, leaving a pillow of bubbles in the center of the glass, a thick collar around the edge and a thin layer of bubbles in between. The head also left bits of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pale malts and peppery spices are present in the nose along with dashes of lemon citrus.
T: The taste starts out with flavors of pale malts with notes of yeast and finishes with strong amounts of peppery spices that linger though the finish. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be a really enjoyable Belgian Pale Ale. It goes down easily but also has enough complexity if you want to sip it a little slower. (907 characters)

Photo of impending
3.88/5  rDev +4%

B+

33cl into a tulip. Pours a lightly hazed, light yellow straw, pure white towering froth, nice lacing.

Sweet powdery yeasty aroma, fruity but undefined. cleanly sweet & upbeat

The taste too is of powdery yeast and undefined sweet fruits. Zero bitter, zero dry. The aftertaste is a pleasant long lasting vague niceness. Slightly more than thin bodied lively mouthfeel.
cheers
jd (385 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, dark golden yellow color with straw like hues and a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of spotty lacing left behind. A little darker than expected but otherwise looks pretty good.

Earthy, musty aroma with a really nice brett character that's complimented by bready yeast and light fruit esters. Some farmhouse funk with grass, straw and musty bugs followed by bread/yeast and sweeter fruit notes, notably apple, pear, raisin and grape. Decent complexity with a really nice brett component.

On the lighter end of medium body with really tight carbonation that's burst the mouthfeel. Kind of goes along with the musty brett flavor but its over carbonated and a bit too prickly/bubbly for my liking. It's also not quite as complex as the nose suggests. The brett flavors aren't as interesting with only slight musty funk. Plenty dry but a bit boring with a floral, perfume flavor mid-palate that's followed by sweet light fruit esters and alcohol. Again, the light fruit flavors aren't as interesting as expected with some bread, banana and apple juice. Only 6.5% but there's a stronger alcohol flavor than I anticipated or wanted. Not bad but the mouthfeel is off and it doesn't quite live up to the aroma. (1,300 characters)

Photo of michaelgbluth
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoyed this beer.

The aroma was very unique. I didn't consider it over spiced like many of the reviewers. I thought it was unique, interesting and balanced.

Very carbonated.

Citrus and wheat and very well balanced. Super refreshing and very drinkable. Great summer time beer. (289 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Draft at Owen & Engine, served in it's own branded tumbler pint.
Quick review from written notes.

Hazy orange body, thin skim across the surface, and minimal lacing in the glass.

Earthy Belgian yeast aroma, vague wheat, hints of lemon Pledge.

Astringent feel with an odd taste. Overly spiced with overpowering notes of cleaning products (lemon scent Pledge again). Grains and sterile gauze. Light to medium body, with adequate carbonation, but the odd flavors throw it out of balance with little nuance. Not sure what's going on with this, it's just plain strange and definitely not enjoyable. Even stranger is that the beer is (supposedly) not actually spiced, and uses a "mutated baker's yeast" strain.

The revival campaign of this beer is admirable, considering the history and research behind it, but the taste was pretty dismal. Might try a bottle just to be sure it wasn't a draft line issue. (906 characters)

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Seef Bier from Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie N.V.
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