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Brouwerij De Prael
Netherlands | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Absumaster on 12-01-2007

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 3
Reviews by BarryNL:
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4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First point (in big letters) WHY IS THIS CALLED BITTER?

Anyway, with that out of the way, on to the review:

A: A hazy orange colour with a big, big, big head. This beer is carbonated to the point of ridiculousness. It actually took me over 15 minutes to pour a 500ml bottle into a pint glass - the first attempt had the glass more than half full of foam.

S: Interesting, complex aroma. It really smells like they've used a trappist yeast for this one - on the first whiff you know immediately that the word 'Bitter' on the bottle is just plain confusing. Also, sweet, orangey tripel style spicy aromas.

T: Lucky this one is actually classed as a Belgian Pale Ale. If it was meant to be an English Bitter it would just be bizarre. It actually has a similar taste to (and as much flavour as) some Tripels. It also tastes like there's some wheat used in the brewing of this one - hints of (dunkel)weizen in the aftertaste. The finish is sweet rather than bitter - though not so sweet as to be cloying. Very little hop presence overall.

M: Good once the carbonation fades a bit but at first like sherbet in your mouth.

D: Yeah - I could go for a few pints of this - though at 6.8% alcohol the next day might be a bit unpleasant.

Overall, a very nice brew - just change the damn name!

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Photo of RuudJH
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Topfermented craft beer, 33 cl. bottle. Brew flavoured with Cascade, and also noble Hallertau and Saaz hops.

Murky brown, with thin creamcoloured head. The lacing in the glass is excellent.
Smell is malty, fruity. Distinct citric and grassy hops, I would say.
Taste is similar notes, but also with a spicy bite, almost peppery. Typical belgian yeast-malt combination.
Aftertaste bittersweetness. The alcohol is present and noticable in both smell and taste, but it's well taken care of by the spicy bite.
A lot of carbonation makes this refreshing.

A good brew overall

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Photo of Absumaster
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is brewed at brouwerij de Prael, Amsterdam for brouwerij de Eem, Amersfoort.

A beautiful murky orange beer with a huge, fluffy head that seems to last forever. Lots of aggresive carbonation rising to the top. The bottle was filled to 2mm below the top of the bottle.

Smell is yeasty and spicy and smells like the Chouffe strain. There is a nice maltiness that consists of pilsmalt and has light toffee and dextrine notes. Some faint hop notes that smell like Styrian Goldings/Saaz, same as La Chouffe.

Taste is spicy and typical Belgian with notes of coriander and anise. Malt presence is typical pilsner maltiness, clean and a little sulfuric. A medium bitterness that grows while emptying the glass. A lingering bitter and sweet aftertaste, that has some sharp edges that taste a little metallic.

Still a very good beer of a starting Dutch brewery.

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