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Tuverbol - Café-Brouwerij Loterbol

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 90
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 38
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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Café-Brouwerij Loterbol visit their website

Style | ABV
Lambic - Unblended |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Viggo on 07-19-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of jloomis
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an interesting beer. I can't fully describe it. The nose is super funky the taste is tart, prickly, and weird. Interesting beer and glad I got to try it. One of a kind for sure.

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Photo of guityler83
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 version
A: A long lasting bright white head made of tiny bubbles. The head created from the bottle was about 2 fingers tall in the teku and with out much aggression. As the foam slowly subsided it left a coat of foam a finger tall on the full side of the glass with no dry spots. The beer is a medium dark golden color with mild haze (i poured off most of the sediment)

S: Bold funky hay and damp basement brett aroma blends to a fresh lemon-aid tartness. more lemon lime zest with mild grainy character. some spicey phenols come out as the beer warms up. clean and refreshing overall.

T: White wine and green tart grape flavors give way to a grainy pilsner malt flavor. Funky damp basement and oak flavor are mild with light tannic bite that comes off slightly bitter - no real hop flavor. The tartness has more of a mild under-ripe grape flavor with the combination of the phenolic yeast and lacto-bacteria combination upfront. Medium to low sweetness that persists throughout - very different then the aroma would indicate.

M: Mild effervescence from the medium high carbonation. Dry finish with a medium body overall. The alcohol warmth is mild and is very well hidden in this beer - a dangerously easy drinking beer. The carbonic bite at the finish comes off a tad harsh, but is typical in a tripple.. if thats still what it is.

O: An interesting blend of triple and lambic. Love the aroma of the beer but the spicey yeast phenols masked a lot of the flavor of the lambic. maybe the blend wasn’t my preference but it was a good experiment overall

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Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had a bottle shared at Stone Soup. This review is for a recent tasting of a '12 bottle from my cellar.

Poured into a Drie Fonteinen "3" wine glass. Cloudy golden-orange with a finger of foamy white head that receded to a collar, lacing the glass nicely. Musty aroma, Belgian yeast, spice and banana esters, grassy funk. Similar taste, a good blend of Belgian ale and gueuze, musty and funky, grassy, spicy yeast, light fruit notes--banana, lemon, peach--cobweb, cork; alcohol was decently hidden, but some fusel flavors came out as it warmed. Medium body, medium-low carbonation, easily drinkable. Good overall, but I prefer a straight-up gueuze to this.

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Photo of Seanniek91
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from Brugge. Found in a bottleshop in Antwerp. Never heard of it, so I bought it. Blend of Loterbol Blond and Doesjel. Vintage 2012. 375ml C&C bottle into a Jupiter Tumbler.

A-Orange/Yellow haze with real thin white head.

S-Tons of funk and earthy aromas. Light sweet blonde notes mixed with sour gueze notes. Light apple/lemon/green grapes.

T-Light sour mixed with malty blonde. Yeasty and meaty with grassy characteristics.

M-Ample carbonation with lighter body. Lighter body. No hints of its 10.6% ABV.

O-Interesting beer. Smell alone, I would assume it's an intensely sour gueze, but it's very mild.

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Photo of jlindros
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was clearly brewed or blended by Drie Fonteinen, even the cork says so, so not sure what the whole story is. Brought this back from Belgium and shared with rudzud. 2012 vintage.

Light fizzy head fades quickly bit the head covering sticks around much for a while, semi clear hazy golden orange yellow colored.

Nose is awesome, pure Drie Fonteinen awesomeness, light Wild funk, great lambic sour like fruit and sour, light grassy lemon aromas, great tartness, good funk.

Taste start with Belgian golden malts, almost like tropical Belgian golden ale, then sourness kicks in, lighter than I expected, but of funk, light acidic phlegm, touch of bready malts. Finish is dry slight bready malt, nice lingering sour lambic funk, light acidity.

Mouth is med bodied, lighter carb, booze hidden well.

Overall great, like a good Belgian single ale blended with a nice lambic , and booze hidden very well.

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Photo of rudzud
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared by JLindros, he bought this while in Belgium, 2012 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice lightly hazy golden hue with a nice light thin blanket that leaves nice lacing and good retention.

S - Aromas of nice, strong barnyard funk and horse blanket, faint citrus and alcohol.

T - Taste is quite sour, yet nice caramel and funk. Very strange with how much caramel is in this beer. Alcohol is hidden masterfully would never believe this is almost 10%. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and lightly carbonated, dry, not boozy.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer immensely. Presumably it's was rare and hard to get, very nice.

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Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml into a 3F tumbler. The brew appears a pale golden color with a white froth that sits atop for a rough pour and receeds down to a thin film. Some alcohol legs stick to the glass when swirled.

The smell is musty with earth and herbal components along the lines of moist wood, cork, leather. Some fuity citrus rinds blends with a tropical note. The rindy element is like oranges/grapefuit pulp.

This is quite earthy in flavor with rinds like grapefruit, lemon and mild tropical pulp. Alcohol is there but not as exaggerated as expected, more warming than anything. However, as it warms it has a solvent kick of alcohol that comes out almost like vodka, very spirit reinforced and a bit out of place for the style.

The feel of this brew is medium bodied with a light tingle of carbonation. It starts off very musty and earthy with bitter fruity rind elements and turns weird fast with its alcohol burn. Not bad brew and certainly worth a try but this is not something I would crave or go out of my way for again.

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Photo of spdyfire83
2.79/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

247th Review
37.5cl (corked and caged) bottle poured into 3F geuze glass
Vintage: 2007

From notes.

A: Apple juice amber. Zero head on vigorous pour.

S: Smells of horseblanket, funk, must, lemon zest, cracked wheat and aged cheese. A decent nose, but it all goes...

...downhill from here...

T: The taste is quite empty and lacking any sort of substance/backbone. Mild hints of funk/must, but it simply tastes like sweet apple juice with a touch of lemon, dash of Belgian yeast, and loads of booze. Unpleasant and disappointing.

M: Light bodied with zero carbonation.

O: I was really excited to try this beer, but I think it's a big letdown. Smells good, but the taste doesn't follow. I realize this is a blend of lambic and strong tripel-like blond topfermenting ale; however, it just wasn't enjoyable at all.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle pour courtesy of mrbubbler at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some grain, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight acidic quality on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell but the flavor just doesn’t quite match up to it.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an apple juice color, maybe a bit darker, with an off white thin head. Light notes of dust and some leathery brett in the nose, spicy pepper and orange citrus in the back. A little sweeter in the flavor and less funk, still some dusty leathery brett but very faint. Overly sweet, zesty orange, very juicy with a light peppery spice and hop bitterness in the finish. Creamy feel, medium body, light carbonation.

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Photo of davey101
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage, corked and caged 375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle opened completely silently. Its interesting that they used drie fonteinen corks here. ABV on the bottle is listed as 10.5%.

A - Light amber/dark yellow hazy body. There is no head to speak of, just some light bubbles form and lace the glass when given a swirl. Completely still. Bottom of the bottle was quite yeasty.

S - Very gueuze like aroma. Bright lemons followed by some brett funk. Very earthy and tart with just a hint of saison like malt and spice. The finish is also a bit hot from the alcohol.

T - Sour lemon, leather, sweaty sock, biscuity malt, and some belgian yeast and spices. This flavor profile is really subtle and tame, probably due to the thin body. Its pretty tasty, but I was expecting something as bit more intense and flavorful. Alcohol becomes noticeable as it warms up. Mouth feel is obviously flat, with a light to medium mouthfeel.

O - A weird beer for sure. It has some aromas and flavors of a lambic with just some faint tripel notes in the finish. Its also way too boozy. I can drink flat and unblended lambic, but when its 11% abv it becomes a bit distracting. Not worth the price I paid for it.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Etre Gourmet
Bottled in 2007 on printed label
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

Tuverbol is a decent lambic blend, but doesn't offer much that is unique or desirable when compared to others in its style. That it's been discontinued is a bit sad, as there aren't many of this style around, but I don't suspect I'll go hunting for it, either.

Cork removed with no carbonation expulsion, really is equivalent to an unblended lambic.

Pours no head, even swirling fails to generate much of anything. Again, seems to indicate this is an unblended lambic. Body is a golden yellow color, semi-hazy due to yeast, no visible carbonation. Seems about on par with a good lambic.

Aroma is as expected, with a bit of acetic tartness, lemon citrus, leather, and slight sweetness. Does not seem to be as complex or aggressively sour as the Cantillon Bruocsella, the other unblended lambic I have tried.

Major flavors of acetic acid with some lemon citrus acidity as well. Additional flavors include very, very mild Brettanomyces funk, slight burnt dust, and sweat. Latter half of taste features a slight caramel or malt flavor, letting you know that this has indeed been blended with a bit of a Belgian blonde ale. Similarly, faint fruity esters in closing. Ethanol is well-hidden, not detected in the close or back of mouth at all. Aftertaste is of acetic acid bitterness, with residual tartness lingering in the back of the mouth and throat.

The absence of carbonation gives this medium-light to medium bodied beer a smooth, unimpeded flow in the mouth. Not puckering in its tartness, but strong enough to be felt and give a dry finish.

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Photo of boralyl
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage. 37.7cl bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Thorpe429 for the beer!

A - Cork came off with a tiny pff. Poured into my glass and got just a very small white head after an aggressive pour. The beer is a hazy golden-orange in color with the golden portion being more noticeable.

S - I get some of the Belgian yeast character, and a little alcohol which reminds me of a tripel. There are also hints of lemon.

M - Medium in body with medium carbonation. Maybe a bit under-carbonated.

T - Some funk up front followed by a good portion of Belgian yeast character. There is a strong pale ale malt sweetness present following the yeast flavor. Lemony sourness kicks in mid-taste and sticks around through the finish. A somewhat harsh alcohol flavor appears towards the finish, which ruins it a bit for me.

An interesting beer, sort of a soured tripel, with the flavors from the tripel standing out more than the Gueuze like flavors.

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Photo of Crittervision
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2006 at Kulminator on 12 August 2011. €9. 

Body between amber and copper. Thin splotchy white head after vigorous swirling. 

Big lemon smell, huge acidity, floral, just a bit acetic. Generic gueuze, sweet vinegar. YUM. Nail polish and floral perfume. 

Taste. A lot carried over from the aroma. Rose petal syrup, perfume, vinegar, acetone, lemon. 

Lightly fluffy. A little hot as it warms. Drying. 

I like it. The floral component sets this one apart for me. Chica dinges. Or what ever.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of the 06 vintage into a 3F tumbler at De Heeren van Liedekerke.

A: Clear orange-brown body under a finger of super-fine off-white head. Good retention for 11%, light lace. Attractive.

S: Amazing. Rich candied fruits, tangerine sourness, caramel apple, wet hay, vinous grape, bubblegum + smoke (these last two go together - seriously, smoked bubblegum). Weird as hell, and absolutely divine.

T: Sweet + sour, with caramel, treacle, marzipan, and toffee blending effortlessly wiht tannic wine, sour grapefruit, lemon zest, and alcohol. Tastes very old and slightly barleywinish, with lightly oxidized vanilla. Boozier than I like a sour to be, but still fantastic.

M: Slick medium-to-full body with light, prickly carbonation. Ok.

O: I didn't know what to expect with this one, and even when I was finished it still didn't make any sense - I just know that it was awesome. If I ever get the chance to drink this again, I'll jump at it.


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Photo of Lunch
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dr. Matt in his front bar. Thanks!

Loving the label on this, very cool.

Pours a clear yellow into my Russian River "tion" glass with few bubbles and no real head to speak of. Not a bad looking beer.

Wow this is a fragrant beverage that is full of funk, yeast, tartness and hints of citrus. Taste is really nice with lots of flavor and I am shocked that this is 11% abv. A little sweet with some funk, tartness, a little sour, citrus, and Belgian wild yeast. Thick and full, but I like it.

Very interesting beer and will seek this out in the future.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this rare, retired gem.

The beer pours a cloudy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of lemons and oranges with some light funk mixed in. The beer doesn't smell as sour or funky as I expected it to.

The flavor is similar. I get light to medium funk which is very nice. I also get some nice citrus notes - mainly lemons and oranges.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one. Thanks Jason!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer appears translucent and yellow hued, with several pockets of bubbles forming up into individuals schools. The head is thin and doesn't linger too long before dissipating.

The aroma is bold and inviting. Smells of a tradition Belgian lambic: funky, musty, light citrus, wild yeast.

The flavor is good, with some tasty citrus notes, but doesn't quite measure up to the piquant aroma. Though the taste brings plenty of musty, funky, tart flavors, it also has a present sweetness and alcohol flavor of which I am not accustomed when drinking lambic. The unusually high alcohol percentage is evident throughout, though it's not a complete distraction.

The feel is thicker than is customary for the style. The beer finishes with a warming alcohol sensation.

Overall, an interesting, intriguing, and fun beer. I would definitely have it again. I'd really like to get a bottle of this and tuck it away in the cellar for an extended period of time.

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Photo of andrewinski1
2.97/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Huge thanks to Ben for sharing this one. Poured into a chalice. The color is a slightly hazy light straw. Not much head as expected.

There is a nice strong aroma revealing lemon zest and tart peach. The aroma is relatively clean; only a hint of barnyard-like funk is noticed. Really nice smells here.

The taste is sweet like a Belgian strong pale ale. There is a hint of earthiness in the flavor and the tartness is only slight in the finish. This is a bit too sweet for a lambic and lacks the right balance. There is a bit of alcohol noticed, but doesn't really burn going down. I guess this can be enjoyed.

Medium body and a little flat. Nothing special here either. I wish it was a bit lighter.

I am a bit underwhelmed by this one. If you're looking for a nice wild ale, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a nice tick, I guess this will do.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.27/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Big thanks to a Craytonic for swapping beers with me so I cold end up with this bottle. Poured into a chalice and shared with some friends. Pours a light straw color with a thin layer of bubbly white foam and a bit of thin lace.

The aroma is tart right up front with oaky notes and a good amount of funk. I get a little bit of sweetness our of this too. It kind of reminds me of those lemonhead candies. THis is down right medicinal. The lambic nature of this is truely lost with such a high abv. This reminds me of medicine. A little bit of oak and this isn't tart like the style would lead me to believe.

The feel is a bit heavy for the style and the carbonation is fair. This has a lingering coat on the pallet. Overall, I'm less than impressed with this. A neat expirement is a nice way to put it but all and all I'd rather stick with a more traditional representation of the style. The star of this is really the aroma, the only thing I really feel like it hits the mark.

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Photo of rye726
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks Andy for the chance to try this one. Glowing golden with a tint of orange. Lacy beige head. Nose has tart citrus, barnyard funk, oak and honey. Not as tart as expected, but still very good. Full yet crisp body. Excellent finish, superb blend..

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jer for sharing this one.

Poured into snifter. Pours a light white head. Color is a clear bright yellow.

Aroma: Lemon acidic funk, oak, basement musk, a bit sour.

Taste: Not as acidic or as sour as the nose. Still has some cobweb and basement musk. Some lemon citrus, more oak. Dry with vanilla and spice.

Mouthfeel: Slightly sour but mainly funky and old. Light bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends dry and clean.

Overall, the nose was pretty different from the taste. Good beer, but could be more sour. Easy drinking.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jerz for opening this bottle.

A - Clear peachish-urineish-orangeish color with no head and no lacing.

S - Lemon, funk, and a little bit acidic. Soft notes, but good. Nothing overpowering, just nice compliments.

T - Lemon, tea-ish, funk on the back end, weird finish...kind of reminds of Veritas 008.

M - Low carbonation, light to medium body

D - It's nice. Definitely glad to try a retired beer. Tasty, and could definitely drink some more.

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Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle from 2007. Brillianty clear with a small head that disappears quickly and leave a touch of covering. Bits of lace make for a relatively attractive girl. Smell is very woody, oak and leather. Light fruits. Apple and pears with notes of grape and white wine. Some pepper and a bit of alcohol. Taste follows suit with a sharp twang of metal in the body and finish that is superbly integrated and quite tasty. Adding the yeast from the bottom smoothes out the metal and improves the taste overall. No alcohol to be found anywhere. Feel is quit light for the abv and more like a wine with a light, mild carbonation. A sipper for sure as the flavors are lost on faster consumption, still it goes down easy and smooth.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 bottle date; Sampled July 2010 at Chez Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles
A vigorous pour produces a two-finger thick, somewhat dense textured, cream colored head. The beer is a clear, though lightly hazed, gold color. The aroma smells hoppy, which I wasn't expecting, and slightly light struck, with a background of musty notes. Brettanomyces muskiness and farmyard like character are here in the nose as well as smelling of lactic acidity that manages to accentuate a herbal, grassy hop character. At times the beer has a warming, sometimes hot, alcohol note in the nose that lets you know this is a bigger beer.

The beer is sweet tasting and only lightly tart. It is creamy textured and finishes with a light plastic / medicinal note. The sweetness is quite light actually, I think it is more perceived than from a bunch of residual sugars. There is a soft, ripe cheese quality to this beer in the middle that adds some nice complexity and an up front grassy note suggests of some herbal hop character as does a light bite of hop bitterness in the finish. This is somewhat viscous feeling, though not heavy and is in fact light considering the 10.5% abv. There is some oak like spiciness and tannin character in the finish that is noticeable after spending some time with this brew. This beer definitely hides the alcohol quite a bit, especially given the quoted strength (I almost question the veracity of the alcohol).

Interesting, this beer definitely works better than the Vicardin; it is more complex, more funky, plus it is hoppy, quite drinkable and just better integrated. This is definitely a beer meant for slow, contemplative sipping though.

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Tuverbol from Café-Brouwerij Loterbol
87 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.