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Bruegel Amber Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Bruegel Amber AleBruegel Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

362 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 362
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.52%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-02-2002)
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Reviews by jondeelee:
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells strongly of honey--the expensive wildflower kind found in organic markets, that is--as well as boasting hints of apple cider, banana, and a slight spiciness that is somewhere between allspice and cloves.

On the tongue, honey is also the first flavor to come across, but that quickly evolves into a far darker flavor than would be expected, given the brew's golden tint. Think sweet molasses or light maple syrup here, or perhaps pure cane sugar with just a touch of pure vanilla. Light fruity esters hang just behind these darker sugars, with banana, apple, and pear notes dancing backstage, and far, far beneath them, lovely little hints of toasted grains. The aftertaste is dominated by honey and lightly-toasted biscuity grains, and lasts a considerable time longer than would be expected. There's virtually no hint of hops in this brew, except for a slight fuzz about the aftertaste.

Overall, this is a fine, full-bodied beer, and brought an unexpected and pleasurable dark sweetness to the table.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 02:21:35 | More by jondeelee
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Fettpopps

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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Noelito76

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3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a clear orange amber with a one finger, off-white head that dissipates to a ring around the glass leaving lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, dried and fresh dark fruit, Belgian yeast. Flavor follows aroma, with dark stone fruit, milder dried dark fruit, sweet caramel malt, apple juice and Belgian yeast, finishes with mild grassy hops. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A pleasant, semi-sweet Belgian pale or amber that is slightly lighter in flavor than I hoped, but well made and balanced. This is somewhat old bottle that has held up quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 20:11:57 | More by LiquidAmber
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athomasPSU

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14.9%

09-18-2013 16:49:22 | More by athomasPSU
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1.75/5  rDev -49.7%

09-09-2013 00:07:05 | More by Raziel313
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Russian Federation

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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spointon

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TheBeeraholic

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

06-16-2013 10:35:57 | More by TheBeeraholic
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this bottle at Abbey Bar @ABC in Harrisburg, served chilled in a snifter.

The color is brilliant amber with good clarity and visible carbonation with 2 fingers of bone white head with fine bead, lace clings well and retention is very good. The smell is sweet with some grain esters and light belgian yeast fruitiness in the nose with mild tropical accent. The feel is very good with moderate sweetness and medium body with moderately high carbonation and semi-dry finish with mild bitterness and subtle alcohol on the palate.

The flavor is very good with a generally yeast fruitiness in the taste with slightly ripe banana and honey-like malt flavor which is sweet but not cloying and there is a subtle spice element with light bitterness in the finish. Overall this is a very good pale ale, a bit sweeter than most but the carbonation is high which makes it seem balanced and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 14:40:56 | More by Slatetank
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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RonaldTheriot

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4.31/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bruegel has a very thick, foamy, rocky, off-white head and a hazy, golden appearance, with lots of heavy lacing left behind and a good amount of streaming bubbles in the beer. The aroma is of sweet brown bread, bread crust, and toffee. Taste is of those elements, with a tea aspect and mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Bruegel finishes semi-dry, sweet, and pleasant. Overall, this is a nice, well-made beer, and I rate it as being excellent. I recommend it.

RJT

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Bruegel Amber Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
79 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.