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Judas - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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BA SCORE
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very good

141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 12-19-2002

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Ratings: 141 | Reviews: 72
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Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the same lines as Hapkin or Duvel but different and great in its own little ways. The appearance was fine a bit hazier than I expected yet the head was par to style. Not as dry as I expected either with a big juicy fruit middle and fresh bitter finish that was a bit hay like. Nice rolling smoothness with a bitter-sweet palate yet a bitter semi-dry end.

I gladly quaffed this treat like any other strong Belgian pale that has come my way, I’d like to run into this one again.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slim brown bottle with a best by date of 13-12-09. The color is a pale apple cider gold with an off white baby swiss cheese head. Nice retention with excellent lacing.

The smell is fruity sweet like freshly cut granny smith apples dredged in cereal. Pair that with a light bubblegum and you have a lovely smelling Belgian strong ale.

Taste is exactly like the nose. Apples and light bubble gum mixed with a hay malt. Easy sipping beer with a slight candied finish and a semi dry aftertaste.

Crisp and tart but not overly oppressive with the fruitiness. The malt peaks through the bitter-sweet notes and a moderate carbonation doesn't compete with the other flavors. Not bad.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw color, like a pilsener, with a bubbly half-inch head that reduces to a thin layer. Very few bubbles, and they're all mellow. Best thing about looking at this one were the cool bubble-helixes twisting and dancing in the middle.

Aroma is fresh and light, which hints at the flavor profile. Very mild malt, hops and spices. Lightly sweet. Would like the aroma to assert itself more.

The flavor is fantastic, and for such a light and unassuming beer, it's fairly complex. As you drink and it warms slightly the sweetness and spiciness mingle seamlessly, with rounded vanilla flavors melting into an almost white pepper prickliness. Some yeast traces remain, and a sticky, sugary malt flavor adds additional character. Best of all is the milk-like creaminess that asserts itself in flavor and mouthfeel when it reaches just the right temperature.

Judas is super-light and super-refreshing. Not a beast of a beer, but one that speaks loudly in a more subtle manner. Cools on a hot day like a saison or witbier. A wonderful summer beer that hides the 8.5% alcohol deceptively well.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, enjoyed somewhere in amsterdam

appearance: bottle served with its own judas chalice, glowing blonde tripel body and a strong wavy beige crest

smell: tropical fruits, pineapple, light tones of honey, sugary yeast

taste: very nice and refreshing triple, sweet pineapple and tropical fruit dominate the flavours, banana and peach candy...i liked it

mouthfeel: refreshing and full of yeasty action

drinkability: nice

Photo of Filosoof
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There's really not much to mention specifically about Judas. It surely is a lookalike of Duvel and Duvel-alikes and is a nice drinkable beer. You could have a lot of fun with this one, staying at one of the great Belgian historical markets. More critical: there are better ones.

The look dissappoints. It has a reasonable top, but it quite quickly disappears (for a blond one).

The smell is bready and malty.

The taste has some elements of banana, bread, grass and pineapple, but none of them is ruling.

The mouthfeel is great though. The alcohol and bitter crisp keep hanging for a long time.

Overall: nice terrace beer.

PS: it looks like the stronger example of Hapkin. Maybe it can be explained by the fact that Hapkin is also a Alken-Maes beer nowadays.

Photo of nagyonz
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Colour is like wild honey, with a very-long-lasting, steady foam(I think it may hold a pence).
Smell is very fresh, grassy, and a little bit malty, sweet.
For taste it is good to drink (maybe it needs a little more carbonation), flavours of apricot and bananas appear.
Bitter, long lasting after-taste.
A strongly recommended one- I can hardly let it go!

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Great looking brew...pours clear deep golden with rich white head, great retention and intricate lacing.

S-Minerals, rich Belgian yeast notes, bits of earth, light toasty malt, faint fruit tones of yellow apple and white grape.

T&M-Puckery up front with malt and yellow fruits, nice midpalate with more fruit, minerals, and a bit of the spiciness from the yeast. Finish is fruity booze with just a hint of hop bitterness. I could use a little more hops. Aftertaste is a mix of Belgian yeast and fruity chewing gum.

O-A good beer. I'd rather go for a Duvel-more up my alley with the dryer finish but this is a good choice and definitely one I'll come back to from time to time.

Photo of RuudJH
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Buying Judas, expecting a triple style beer, drinking it reminded me a lot of whitebeer wheat-with-citrus style.
But nevermind.

Golden colour, thin creamy head, very good carbonation.

Smell and taste is fresh with clean malts, herbs and citrus. The yeast is very upfront in my sample. Mildly hoppy.

The mouthfeel is very clean , not at all sweet or dry.

Only decently drinkable because of the boozyness, but this brew is a quite interesting experience.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl into a Judas glass (that I hadn't used for some time), best by end of Feb 2007.

Aroma of sour toffee apples and yeast, with hops getting in the way.

Tasty looking, old gold colour with a good deep white foaming head which tries to reach the top of its huge glass, just fails and slowly falls away to a thinner covering. I wish every blonde (althought it is classed as a pale beer) I met was as tasty.

Full bodied, heavy in alcohol, sour, almost bitter taste, but very, very pleasant.

Far to easy to drink for an 8.5% beer, got one more to crack open, but I think I'll save it for a rainy day.

Bad news comes now, as the beer warms up it changes drastically, into a vomit inducing nasty, so drink it cold and drink it fast, trouble is 8.5% means you fall over if you drink it too fast!

Photo of ThaCreep
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A bronze color for a harmonious nose where you feel mild alcohol. The mouth is in the style of Duvel, that is to say both soft, round and robust, but without the alcohol breaks through the taste buds. Fairly well fruity sweet apricot and reminders that are expressed in a beautiful way and bitterness in the finish interesting. In short, a serious competitor for "the mother of the devils."

Photo of eric5bellies
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drankd from my St Bernardus chalice.

A - Pours a classic Golden colour with a large bubbled white head that reduces quite quickly.

S - Plenty going on here with sour notes and some fruity esthers.

T - Really nice spices up front with some nice zesty citrus, mainly mandarin notes, accompanied by yeast and finishes with a lingering zing.

M - Light to medium body that is slightly under carbonated for my taste.

D - A very good example of a Strong Belgian Pale Ale

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Judas oversized tulip glass. Reenjoyed on agt´11. Bright golden color. White, slowly dissipated froth. Close & dense head. Citrics & grapefruit, caramel malt & spices to the nose. Flavor profile shows what expected from aromas plus a subtle spiced ripe melon touch. Voluptous mouthfeel. Full to medium body, moderate carbonation. Sweet lemon on the aftertaste. ABV well hidden develops gentle warming sensation.( Watch up! it´s a real Belgian). Very well balanced flavors & aromas.

Photo of rec
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hopps and yeast dominate the smell, which isn't always a bad thing, but I don't particularly like it at all.

The head is a white foam which dissapears relatively quickly but laces well. Like most blonde's, the colour is a transparent gold.

The taste is a bitter yeast with hints of citrus. Not the most enjoyable blonde I've had, but interesting no less.

It's relatively easy to drink, but not something I'd esspecially go out of my way to get again.

Photo of Poser
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not what I was expecting from the pour. It did have a fluffly head that dissipated at an average rate. The body looked very thin, though. Aroma was simply not there except a faint touch of malts. Taste is a mix between a strong fruit sweetness and a subtle spice. Fairly bitter with low carbonation. Overall, it's light and smooth and goes down easy for the ABV.

Photo of beerpirates
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hopps and yeast dominate the smell, which isn't always a bad thing, but I don't particularly like it at all.

The head is a white foam which dissapears relatively quickly but laces well. Like most blonde's, the colour is a transparent gold.

The taste is a bitter yeast with hints of citrus. Not the most enjoyable blonde I've had, but interesting no less.

It's relatively easy to drink, but not something I'd esspecially go out of my way to get again.

Photo of Absumaster
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A golden beer with a creamy head that settles into a thin layer.

Smell is bready and yeasty with light toffee and phenolic whiffs.

Taste is quite phenolic, with bready and bread yeasty notes which also remind of clove. I can taste similarities between Grimbergen blond and this beer. Although I am not a huge fan of the last beer, the yeast profile fits better in this beer.

Photo of cudmud
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange-like copper color with one finger of foam, which produces fine lacing. Plus, there is a nice stream of bubbles.

Smell: This beer has some odd odors. It kind of smells like wet grass, eggs, and vinegar. In addition, the smell of alcohol is very strong. Despite, what could be off aromas, the smell isn't all that bad.

Taste: Strong flavor of apples and alcohol. In addition, the hops give this beer a strong better aftertaste. The brew is sour at first, but the hops do a good job of overriding the acidic notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a tad metallic.

Drinkability: Recommended. Drink it if you can find it.

Photo of Sigmund
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 8.5%. Pale clear golden colour, large and lasting head. Lovely spicy and fruity aroma. Soft mouthfeel. Some sweetness and fruit in the flavour, the high ABV is treacherously well hidden. Well, you get some idea that the beer is stronger than average, but not 8.5% ... Hints of spices. Surprisingly moderate hops. Aftertaste is not impressive. Best served cold.

Photo of mdagnew
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast..

Poured a light golden yellow colour... White head poured big and foamy and faded to thin layer with some patchy lacing...

Aroma - Strong creamy cloves, spicy, lemony, grassy, light floral honey notes, fruity (ripe pears), traces of vanilla...

Taste – Spicy, juicy fruits (apple, melon), creamy, light sugary sweetness, floral, some light metallic tinges, some saltiness...

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy... light body... pretty drinkable considering it's strength...

Overall - A top notch Belgian pale ale.... Recommended...

Photo of jdm
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a 2+ finger thick, creamy, white head. medium yellow color and visible heavy carbonation. smells like a mixed fruit basket. heavy apples and some banana. can barely make out a grassy hop in the aroma (barely). taste starts strongly sweet even though the mouthfeel is not thick and strongly goes bitter at the end. love the way this beer shows off boldly at both the sweet and the bitter. strong alcohol is a secret agent. this one could really sneek up on you. the alcohol is warming but the taste of it is not close to over-bearing. this beer defines belgian lace. about 40 percent of my glass is obscured by thick lacing.

Photo of juju7
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked the part but wasn't what I was expecting. Which can sometimes be good thing. This time, I'm not so sure. Pepper, apple, pear and some lolly notes (?) on the nose with some phenol action. Follows with an unusual sweet and sour taste. Dry and yeasty with a not particularly good aftertaste. Good in that I'd drink it again if someone bought it for me but I probably wouldn't spend my own cash on it.

Photo of dqrull
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a large airy foam, that after dying out in about 3 minutes leaves some dry lacing on the glass.

Smells alot of lemon, an almost bitter tartness that is reminiscent of lemon and bitter orange peel, lychee as well. The smell is actually a bit reminiscent of american hops, but without the piny-ness and grape bitterness, but all in a malty way.

Tastes of lemon peel, green grapes and fresh apples, really nice, but there is a yeast-prescence that quenches the rest of the flavours a bit, even though it contributes with some green fruitiness like pears and apples.

Slightly too thick mouthfeel for the style, takes away some of the refreshing feel that it otherwise provides with the flavours, and the carbonation is nice.

Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden honey color with a off white one finger head that leaves a medium amount of lacing.

Smell is strong of yeast with some bread like notes, hints of citrus and spice as well.

Taste starts out yeasty with some spicy hop flavors some floral peppery notes as well. Full bodied beer. Has a nice alcohol bite.

Pretty damn good beer.

Photo of karait95
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very good looking, a pale yellow color very bright and clear, the head is withe and it is prominent above the liquid, not dissipating really fast leaving a lot of traces on the glass, the carbonation is constant and not to many bubbles.

S: Even it is intense with some fruits inside it is malty with hops and it can be sensed some alcohol due to the strong denomination.

T: Excellent flavor, really malty with little alcohol tasting but a lot of malts, hops and some fruits like prunes.

M: Very intense feeling on the mouth, not just intense for the alcohol but intense because of the flavor and quality, it starts sparkling on the tongue a little sweet and then at the end really bitter in the back of the mouth lasting good enough.

Photo of kojevergas
2.33/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle served into an Estrella Levante stemware glass in Ibiza, Spain. Reviewed from notes. Cost was surprisingly low considering it's an import and it's high ABV.

A: Two finger head, lacking cream but featuring decent thickness. Clear gold colour.

Sm: Extremely light scent of just barley. Impossible to detect individual notes with me broken nose.

T: Cream is present throughout. Has an overly malty body. Bittering hops clash with the style unfavourably. Too malty on the finish. A very simple body, and not particularly balanced.

Mf: Too syrupy. Too thick. Poorly executed, and not in line with the general tone of the flavours in the body.

Dr: A dysfunctional beer with nothing short of an amazing ability to conceal its ABV. You could easily get bollocksed on this, especially at its three quid (3 Euro) price. I wanted to like it, but it's just not up to par especially considering the style and country of origin.

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Judas from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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