Van De Velde - Ale Syndicate

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Van De VeldeVan De Velde

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Hammer35 on 12-11-2013

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Photo of Hammer35
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark red color with a tan head and small beading. Decent carbonation, good head retention and great lacing.

Smell: Malty, sweet and fruity. Belgian yeast is apparent too.

Taste: Light, fresh, sweet and fruity. A lightly bitter finish does a good job of refreshing the palate.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Deceptive due to the color.

Overall: I liked this one. The Belgian yeast gives its flavor as always, and it's accompanied by malt and fruit flavors that make this a very fresh, light and enjoyable ale.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tumbler.

Following up the Municipal IPA while finishing Best Defense. Not a bad early afternoon... This stuff pours a clear sunrise garnet topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet biscuit, clove, light honey, a pinch of allspice, light pine resin, and some dull grass blades. The taste brings in more of the same, the clove mixing with its oft-companion banana, some mild Belgian candi sugar, and the underlying grassy hops to create a somewhat unique flavor combination that seems to work. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a pretty tasty little Belgian-inspired brew, something I wouldn't mind having a sixer of every now and again.

Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours a cloudy copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of caramel malt, biscuit, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of hop, and yeast. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, caramel malt, biscuit, hint of pale malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance, and aroma, but lacking any spice notes in the aroma or body.

Photo of bfrank8
2.42/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Smell is a little skunky, taste is skunky. Did not taste any Belgian flavor...

Photo of Svyturys30
4.11/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden color

Smelled of malt and bread

Tasted like a Belgian

Mouth feel was so so, could be a bit thicker

Again, glad I tried it at a tasting, but would leave it at that.

Photo of guityler83
1.84/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

A: A small finger of cream colored head with mixed sized bubbles filled the english pint glass. Head retention is moderate, as it fell it left a layer of lacing of the full finger on the edge. The beer is a hazy (bottle conditioned?) amber to light brown color. Classic cathedral lacing as the beer is consumed.

S: Mild bread crust and biscuit with generic stone fruit and brett character - funky hay and barn yard sweat. there is a slight lactic twang that reminds me of dirty dish water also. mild clovey phenols.

T: Mild bitterness seems dulled by the sweet malts - like it isn’t fully attenuated. sweet dark raisin flavor with dark bread crust. worty. light brett funk character that seems out of place and very little of the belgian yeast flavors. Balance is on the side of the malts.

M: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. round finish that leaves a sticky sweetness on the tongue.

O: I think this beer might have had a light brettanomyces infection going on. Reading the label I was supposed to be a hybrid american hops and belgian yeast but it came off more like a sweet irish red with funk. I had to dump this one - couldn’t make it very far with the sweetness and brett flaws I picked up

Van De Velde from Ale Syndicate
80 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.