Tikka Gold - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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2.4/5 rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Pours a good looking clear yellow beer with a decent white head and good carbonation.
Smell is a little malt and some clear scents of cooked vegetables and a hint of sulfur. Not a good smelling beer.
Taste is malt and a bit of bitterness but it is very plain lager like, not a great example of the style. Taste doesn't get much better there is really nothing hidden here.
Mouthfeel is OK.
OK in my opinion a Becks is better than this stuff! I can't recommend this beer to you, get the Heineken instead if that is the only other choice.
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2005 03:56:11 | More by Zorro
2.48/5 rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Presentation: 500ml (1 Pint and 0.9 fluid ounce) Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier type brown glass bottle. Brass colored crown cap has the words Tikka Gold in black text. Has a tan colored main and neck label that both have the words Tikka Gold written in gold text with a large red dot above. The neck label has the words Tikka a mark on the forehead indicating status and Product of Belgium, the main label describes this as an Imported Premium Beer. Labeled at Alc. 5% by Vol. Imported by Global beer and brewed by the prodigious brand manufacturers, Van Steenberge of Ertvelde.
Appearance: Fluffy white head rises quickly and stops short of taking over half of my tall Pilsner Urquell glass, even with a careful pour. The head is large and thick, it laces nicely as the head drops to a honeycomb concave surface. High levels of carbonation yield a milky pool when swirled. Once settled the solid crusty head and pale straw body certainly lend a typical Lager appearance to this one.
Nose: Mild aromas, some grain and a light sweetness. Restrained to say the least.
Taste: Low on bitterness and sweet grain with some clasping toasted malts. Bland and exceptionally boring. Just lots of ..well, a lager-muchness. Zzzz....
Mouthfeel: Soft palate with a very light grain texture. Easy going but very, very simple.
Drinkability: Brewed with rice, yet surprisingly described as a Pilsner with Indian character .whatever that means. Overall this Gandi-juice gets the waggling horizontal thumb from me; not good, not bad .just, well, so-so!
Overall: The neck label has the words Tikka a mark on the forehead indicating status .well yeah, so is a scar from head-butting. Thin and uninspiring, but clean and inoffensive ..just the kind of brew that helps quench that spicy hot Indian Chicken Vindaloo Curry with minimal scalding. Hey I tried it with one of my home-made Hot n Hairy Bastard Pickled Eggs .and it helped to take the acetic acid heat off for sure, but much beyond that, this is a Michael Jackson Boys beer in short .its not one you want to be left alone with.
Serving type: bottle
10-26-2005 05:16:46 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.88/5 rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
If only I would have known more about this stuff right from the start I would have picked up more. Beer-spotted at the Chateau Louis liquor store in Edmonton as the only thing they had in stock I've yet to try, I grabbed one bottle, yet wary, as I've had less than pleasant experiences with Indian beer.
Was I in for a shock. Not only is this beer specifically made for the distinctive British curry-loving palate, as the perfect compliment to be drank alongside Indian food, but is also contract brewed in Belgium by Van Steenberge, the same people who brought us the unique contract African Mongozo line as well. It's marketed as a pilsener style, but with an Indian character with the exotic addition of rice adjunct...
Comes in a 500 ml stout shouldered brown bottle, beige label with the name in gold, and the red tikka dot above it. Pours out exceptionally nice for what I thought would be some average Indian lager, slightly hazed golden body with a gorgeous snow white cap of spongy head with the retention of almost anything you'd expect from a decent Belgian brewery. Leaves a wall of sticky lacing along the way.
A rich, crisp biscuity character on the nose, a little bit of rice comes through, but not in the traditional BMC's way of N. American macros, with faint, floral grassy hops minding their own business in the background.
The flavour initially starts out thick and bready, wonderful biscuit malt notes, but then drops in the middle to a thinner, more watery character thanks to the rice, and picks up the pace a bit on the finish, more meaty malt with light grassy hops, and a mellow bready aftertaste. Except for that odd adjunct drop in the middle it's a very satisfying pilsener, not as crisp or hoppy as a Czech style, but rounded and bready.
Nice full mouthfeel, it rolls over the palate, full body and texture for a lager, the marketing dep't is right, this would go well with food, and I have no doubt it would compliment a decent curry. I'll have to wait a while before I can get my hands on more and test that out, but I do look forward to the opportunity. Holy Vindaloo Batman, finally a decent Indian lager, made by Belgians and marketed to the British. Glad I managed to snag a bottle.
Serving type: bottle
09-06-2005 16:31:09 | More by IronDjinn
Tikka Gold from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
73 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.