Seef Bier - Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie N.V.

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 6
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Filosoof on 07-27-2012

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Ratings: 127 | Reviews: 30
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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

Photo of Filosoof
4.54/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Certainly Seef Bier is an original beer. It includes four grains; it looks like wheatbeer, but it has 6.5% alcohol. It has a personality and is different.

L: wheatbeer-alike; trouble; top is erasing too quickly;
S: top of the bill; smells like Tripel Karmeliet because of the haver? Fresh yeasty smell; citrus; stone; spices.
T: after such a smell, the taste is a bit thin; ofcourse I could smell this one the whole evening, but it has to be consumed too! It has some orange, it's round, with a citrus end.
M: nice follow up of smell, taste and mouthfeel; but (okay, that's personal) I would prefer a little more bite.
O: overall this is a very good, original beer; maybe its greatness is -above all- in the drinkability (which I have to explore another time; I only bought one bottle!).

Photo of emerge077
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of TruePerception
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of Takahiro
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of RuudJH
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell is a clearly a bit of brett

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

33cl Bottle: taken at the Pre-Essen Christmas Beer Festival meet-up in the Oud Arsenaal, Antwerp on 14th Dec 2012.

Looked OK, Slight haze but still a good golden hue to the body, on top a medium depth white covering.

The nose was a blend of sour notes, yeast and light malts.

The taste a little sweeter than the aroma suggested: maltier, yet with an undertone of citrus notes to keep a balance. OK rather than wooh!

Can't call it a 'bog standard' Belgian Pale Ale, as there is no such animal: but if there was, this would one of them.

Photo of michaelgbluth
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.66/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Absumaster
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A golden, yellow beer with a light haze from the yeast. The head is settling into a small layer.

Smell is spicy and herbal with a coriander-like nose. Some nutty and oily smells from the different grains. The yeast adds a light estery smell which accentuates the maltiness.

Taste is strauightforward, the malt base is grainy and has a pilsnermalty taste with some sweeter light caramalt layers on top. The body is light and very drinkable, mouthfeel is a little sticky. The beer is light bitter and has a light herbal but undefinable hoppy taste (to me). The yeast character is spicy and estery and reminds strongly of the Chouffe strain.
The beer has an original approach with the different grains and the 'old' recipe, but does not stand out between several other blond beers from Belgium.

Photo of safaricook
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of 57md
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%

Very pale. Fruity nose - almost like apples. Light, crisp and mildly fruity.

Just a bit too light and bland form taste.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Photo of mttaylor1066
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of srandycarter
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at The Belgians Are Coming held in Old Town Newhall in Newhall, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a clean grain presence in the aroma and flavor.

Photo of corby112
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of busternuggz
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of barczar
3.66/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of guityler83
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of impending
3.88/5  rDev +6%

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

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Seef Bier from Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie N.V.
83 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.