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Mug Bitter - Scheldebrouwerij

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83
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18 Ratings
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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Scheldebrouwerij visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 04-06-2006)
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Reviews by czfreeman:
Photo of czfreeman
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Simply called "Mug" different label than the pic on here. Bought it because at the bottom is inscribed "dryhop special"
Pours a nice murky golden orange color. Light tan brown tint, nice foamy head, white, but settles very quickly. NIce carbonated body.
The smells is very interesting. I just started work ing at a restaurant at the beach in Holland, and the aroma is reminescent of many of the light sea herbs we use. Lightly salty, floral, citrus, hoppy, bitter hoppy bite, light sweet malts give a nice light but solid background. Reminds me of a Duvel, but slightly more hoppy. Sweet/spicy, pepper, caramel. Pretty strong, not as explosive as some, but solid.
Taste is stronger than expected. Citrus, apricot, mango, black pepper, spice, light warm alcohol finish, not expected in a 5.3% beer. spicy, floral hops and more spice follow. After the spice, a lightly sweet. Bitter spiced finish, akin almost to a floral Tripel.
I cannot believe this beer is % procent. The taste is spicy, floral, vibrant, and exciting. Upfront floral, finishes spicy, tart, lingering with citrus and pepper.
One of the top Belgian Pales I've ever enjoyed. I look foward to trying the rest of their line. Cheers!!

czfreeman, Apr 12, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mar02x
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a hazy dark gold with no visible carbonation and a white ring head.

S - Good hoppy aroma with a little fruitiness.

T - Good and hoppy with a little fruit in there. Light and fresh tasting.

M - Strong carbonation with a light body.

O - Average for a Belgian blond. A bit to hoppy for me though.

Mar02x, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of smaakmakkers
2.75/5  rDev -24%

smaakmakkers, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought bought 10-11 months ago in Brussels and poured into a tulip glass. Brassy colored and super cloudy with thick sediment swirling around initially. A finger of champagne-colored head with big bubbles settled to a persistent scrim. The bottle doesn't lie in speaking of dry hopping, which has produced an exceptional nose by Belgian standards, fully flowered above whiffs of banana, apricot, strawberry and toast. In flavor, the hops is less pronounced than expected (and perhaps hoped, to some), with more toast, apricot and banana again. The hop bit is prominent in the mouthfeel, which is creamy and then cleansing in a complex multi-part texture.(I understand these ratings should be just for the beers on their own, and rightly so, but as an aside I should add that, after tasting notes were completed, this was great with a spicy chili.)

ManforallSaisons, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention but some minimal lacing. Aroma of typical Belgian malt with light dry bitter hops. Taste is a mix between some dry Belgian malt with a light bitter dry hoppy finish. Full body with limited filtration and some good carbonation. Refreshing and somewhat interesting but lacking some character.

Phyl21ca, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of RuudJH
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mug (mosquito), from the Scheldebrouwerij is a dry hopped, unfiltered and unpasteurized ale, like it should be.

It's orange/golden coloured, good head. It smells of great hops and other floral and herbal garden stuff. Taste is clean malts and hops. Mouthfeel is slightly dry, and mild and smooth drinkable.

All in all a very good example of what Dutch brewing can do.

RuudJH, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 3/2/11 in a Tulip glass. Orangish amber color, cloudy body. White crown & nice lacing. Floral aromas & gentle hoppy notes in your nose. Sweet bitterness at the beginning. Soft carbonation. Mouthfeel of dry bitterness & fruit hints. Dry finish. Very good drinkability, medium body

GONZALOYANNA, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Absumaster
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An orange beer with a thin head with fine bubbles. Some yeast flakes.

Smell is biscuity and malty with a nice dose of hop. Some blueberry notes, probably from the hops.

Taste is toffee-like maltiness with some biscuits. The hops are kind of hard, like Brewer's Gold. They are bitter, but the hops are far from subtle. There is a blueberry taste which make the beer quite pleasant. Body is thin.

Absumaster, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of lanbewardin
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought the bottle for 1-2 euro at ABS drinks and poured into a chimay glass.

A - Great color on this one , gold/orange kind of a mix between yellow jackets and vols, translucent cloudy, small layer of head and decent lacing

S - pretty good smell, yeasty and citrus fruits, orange and maybe some grapefruit

taste - standard belgian blonde, bready, some mild bitterness that kind of grew on me

Overall its a decent beer, well made, but nothing too memorable, the abv is low so definitly sessionable, would like to try some other brews from these guys

lanbewardin, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of vollie
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

vollie, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a very hazy, extremely cloudy liquid. The color is dark straw, tending slightly toward a golden-amber. The head is white and unremarkable. Not a bad aroma...lots of floral hops. Fresh, fruity, almost citrusy in character, the hop aroma is very pleasant. Behind the hops is a clean pale malt smell. Also, there's a decent fruit sensation...apricot is most pronounced, along with a mixture of light stone fruit. The taste is moderately sweet, with both a pale malt character (no roast character at all) and a notable hop flavor. Doughy and bread-like at times. Moderate to low carbonation and medium body. Neither a bitter nor a belgian pale ale, this one straddles styles, but it is a decent and enjoyable brew.

Suds, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of tbeckett
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from ABS Drinks. From notes.

A - Poured a dark gold with no visible carbonation and a ring a white head.

S - Good hoppy aroma with a little fruitiness. Some soap there too.

T - Good and hoppy with a little fruit in there. Quite grassy and it has some lemon also.

M - Strong carbonation with a light body.

O/D - Average for a Belgian blonde. Not overly hoppy. It could have gone a little further but for a standard BPA it's quite good.

tbeckett, May 24, 2011
Photo of rvdoorn
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer in my favorite pub de Vlaamsche Reus in Wageningen. The beer pours an hazy orange color (although difficult to see inside the pub) with a tiny white head.

Smell: Hoppy (floral), fruity (citrus) and some caramel malts

Taste: Bittersweet in general. Mildly bitter hops, floral hops, citrus fruits, malts and some sweet caramel. Bit dry hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: High(ish) carbonation, bit watery body. Easy to drink

Overall: Nice fresh beer when one is thirsty.

rvdoorn, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours hazy straw-colored with a really small white head that quickly sinks into almost no lacings.

S: Loaded with yeast and spices. Very dry. Fruit; mainly citric and bitter hops.

T: Wheat up front, bananas but far from sweet. Citric and bitter notes. Lots of yeast and som spices. Dry.

M: Long sour/bitter aftertaste. Body is light while carbonation is quite offensive.

O: Not too shabby, but a bit unbalanced.

Evil_Pidde, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +10.5%

rekel, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Gamsy
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Gamsy, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of wl0307
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Mug Bitter", meaning Mosquito Bitter... The website says: The beer's character is best expressed in the old saying: "Geen smaeck zo soet als 't Zeeuwse Bitter doet" (Nothing tastes as sweet as the Bitter from Zeeland)... I'm lost. BB Aug. 07. Served cool in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: dark orangey-yellow hue, coming with a nice, white beer head settling slowly to a thin cap; gentle and constant fizziness. Looking decent.
S: typically Belgian pale ale, lightly citrussy and floral elements of Hersbrucker+Challenger hops leave their marks, with exotic fruity note of fig-jam, sweet lemon, light-bodied and sweetish grainy malts with a soft bready touch, and slightly spicy-yeasts... Overall the nose is balanced and enticing, dominated by complex fruity hoppyness.
T: bitter-sweet citric fruity and slightly spicy hoppyness prevails upfront, closely followed by a refreshing yeasty edge as in some witbiers, while the bready malts keep its cool and don't go over the top on sweetness - a balance is soon reached on the palate. Strangely, in the aftertaste a residual flavour of spell-wheat comes through, or quite thin and mild-flavoured for the maltiness that is, along with a more common, yeasty, feature for a Belgian pale ale - "Chinese green-bean paste". Quietly increasing bitterness in the aftertaste, but still it's not as bitter as it thinks it could get. Finished dry-ish though, pretty thirst-provoking for me. Wondering if it's dry-hopped?!
M&D: slightly sharp carbonation keeps the texture consistently lively and not dull, but given its moderate flavour profile, the performance falls mainly on the lingering, dryish hoppyness. Slightly more bitter-dry than most (not that many) Belgian pale ales I've tried, but nothing comparable to Anglo-American bitter ales as such. All in all, this is a nicely-made and thirst quenching, dryish (but not very bitter) hoppy ale.

wl0307, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of BJSmit
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

BJSmit, Jul 21, 2014
Mug Bitter from Scheldebrouwerij
83 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.