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Abbaye De Forest - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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BA SCORE
81
good

25 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Silly S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Absumaster on 04-26-2008)
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Reviews by SmashPants:
Photo of SmashPants
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: standard brown 330mL bottle, very dated-looking Euro label.

Appearance: amber in colour with a light haze. A fluffy pristine white head pops up and settles to a half-finger.

Aroma: lots of caramel malts, almost too much - it has an almost stabbing sharpness. Some fruits back up, along with the usual Belgian yeasts.

Taste: the biting sharpness backs off some, to be accompanied by bread malts, soft fruits and some light spices.

Aftertaste: bittering aftertaste, with again that stabbing sharpness. Not unpleasant, but certainly not brilliant.

Mouth feel: I think the high carbonation is what is producing the sharpness. Perhaps backing it down a bit would help it go down easier.

Overall: there are much better Belgian ales for this price or less. And they are easier to find, to be honest. This isn't a brilliant one. Not offensively bad, but certainly not as good as most of the Belgian ales out there.

SmashPants, Mar 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Marius, Oct 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

mattfancett, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Ciocanelu, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Bierschenker
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

@ De Fiere Margriet, Leuven

The bottle has no back label, so no extra information. No expiry date, maybe it was on the cap.
It was served in a Abbaye de Forest goblet.

It has a nice compact white head. It's about a finger thick and is kept allive by the bubbles that rapidly rise up from the bottom. This blonde has a nice warm golden heart.
After the first taste, the head unfortunately collapsed, but it made some nice lacing on one side of the glass.
The beer has a nice soft sweet scent. It is built up of a slightly sweet malt note, combined with lemon peels. I can also make up a herbal note.
The flavour is light, very fresh at first, it is a bit sour, mainly gives a malt taste. Slowly the mouth becomes drier and the sourness subsides for a stronger bitter aftertaste that is built up out of the malt and hops.
Overall the taste is herbal and a bit peppery in the aftertaste.

This is a nice beer. First time I encountered it and jumped on the occasion. I'm glad I did. In general I'm put off by the abbey beer in general, all the same and too sweet. This one has the characteristics of the traditional off the traditional abbey beer, but it is not another high alcohol lemonade.

Bierschenker, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of Foulon
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Foulon, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows honey, lemon, floral hops, doughy yeast and soft phenols. The honey is incredibly strong.
Same story with the flavours: loads of honey, with doughy yeast and soft spicy hops underneath. The finish seems a bit metallic. Too sweet.
Carbonation is much too high.

CrazyDavros, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev 0%

DrBier, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of Absumaster
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bright, golden filtrated beer with a thick head.

Smell is like a tripel, with solvent and fruity smells, but it also has a distinct dirty socks smell that is very disturbing.

Taste is light malty with a nice yeast profile of exotic fruits and a little solvent and higher alohols. Again this strange taste comes up and develops from dirty socks into overcooked vegetables. Especially when swallowed this taste is at the end of my tongue.
One of the few drained beers I had.

Absumaster, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet candy sugar. In the taste, a sweet malt, a bit sugary, yet still mellow. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to sweet aftertaste. Kind of feels like I am eating candy.

OWSLEY069, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of SleepyMonk
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled light brown glass bottle poured into a clean chalice glass

Pours with a thick bubbly 3 finger head. Holds a little lacing but not a lot. Body is a hazy straw color.

Malt and citrus aromatics with elements of peppery garden spice and cut grass.

Malt is also features strongly on the palate with citrus fruits

Mouthfeel has a burst of taste and quickly finishes of dry

SleepyMonk, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of combatFlexo
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

combatFlexo, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of arkanu
4/5  rDev +14.3%

arkanu, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of gfreed
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this in Brussels at Poechenellekelder with a giant plate of spaghetti Bolognese. Bright yellow in the glass with a head that looked rather flighty and fluffy but left a good deal of stuff behind and took its time dissipating. The smoke from the bar hid some of the aroma, but I could detect some lemons and yeast. Had a very fizzy body, which counteracted the dense spaghetti nicely, and tasted very much like a German lager: very bright, with some honey and citrus. Still the tilt toward yeasty keeps it in the Belgian category. Decent.

gfreed, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of vancurly
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at Belgian Beer Cafe, Cammeray.
Very effervescent, with a thick whipped head. Bit too effervescent...
Very soapy/perfumy notes on the nose... floral, estery....
Mouthfilling, with licorice evident, musk candy hints, and a firm bitterness. There is a long herbal aftertaste that appeals.
Not very well integrated, but with some highlights.

vancurly, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of xylophonica
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Very murky dark amber colour. Actually not that inviting and probably would've scored it lower if not for the nice pillowy head.

S - Honey & wheat. Touch of sweet berries as well.

T - Again honey and sweet fruits come through. Spicy & hoppy as well - the bitterness is present but tempered.

M - The restrained bitterness here is coupled with a slight sourness. It's very lively but almost acidic in that combination.

D - Interesting combination of mouthfeel & taste. Not sure you could drink too many of these because of the unusual (and very full-on) feel, but a few would pose no problems.

xylophonica, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 04/29/12 notes. had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC at brunch.

a - Pours a hazy red amber color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, fruity malts, light spices, and Belgian yeast. Very malty, and a ton of caramel. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, bready malts, caramel malts, spice, Belgian yeast, light citrus. Pretty nice; more fruit and less caramel then the nose, but equally as good.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink beer.

o - Overall a pretty good Belgian Pale Ale. Some definite belgian spice and yeast notes, and some nice caramel in the nose and fruit in the taste. Worth checking out.

mdfb79, May 03, 2012
Photo of thierrynantes
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2009.

Appearance : golden color, with a huge foamy white head.
Smell : sweet malty and yeasty aroamas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet malty flavours, with notes of yeast, spices, and citrus.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Belgian pale ale.

thierrynantes, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of marvmoreno
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE:
Hazy light amber / dark yellow color. Head was unimpressive, very loose and almost immediately starts to break down, head reminds me of that of adjunct lagers

SMELL:
Bread and biscuit, lemon and citrus with a faint banana smell in the back

TASTE:
Initial bread and malt in the tongue, with a light caramel sweetness and faint toastiness. Banana flavors follow suit, while a lemon peppery spice builds up gradually in the background until it finally makes itself known, lingering into a long dry finish with alcohol in the nose. The hop bitterness is certainly there but not very assertive.

MOUTHFEEL:
Highly carbonated with a medium mouthfeel. Has a certain slickness to it

OVERALL:
A very spicy, light, easy to drink Belgian blonde. Balance is more skewed towards spice notes. Seems to lack a certain finesse in my opinion. The brew however is very drinkable, but in the end is just a so-so beer. Decent, but not something I would regularly go back to.

marvmoreno, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of houtappel
3.5/5  rDev 0%

houtappel, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of chogm54
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 330ml bottle. No freshness date.

A - straw coloured, slightly cloudy. Pours a decent 5mm thick white head that lingers for a while

S - not too potent. Whiff of yeast, decomposing grass and banana bread.

T - honey like sweet malts and strong yeast kick. The sweetness isn't as obvious at first (acutally its a little sour), but comes on strong at the end (thanks to candi sugar), as does a slight bitterness and citrus (orange) and pear flavours. There is a peppery hint in there as well, which becomes more apparent in the aftertaste.

M -medium bodied, moderate to lively carbonation, more cloying than dry texture.

O - Its ok, nothing special, and about on par with a leffe blonde. Its not as sweet (at first) as other belgian pale ales, and has an interesting bitterness to it.

chogm54, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Only white thick and creamy head at first, then the liquid appears; pale clear golden. Decent lacings.

S: Spices and Belgian yeast. Sourness and nettles. Fresh cut grass and a little stable. Green apples and pears, with a lemon twist.

T: I would like to write; look above - the nose and the mouth gets the same...

M: Sour aftertaste, medium body and rather rich carbonation, but very smooth.

O: Better than average, but not by much.

Evil_Pidde, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev 0%

dcmchew, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of tbetz
4/5  rDev +14.3%

tbetz, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of TheBurgundian
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer AT the Silly Brewery Brasserie in Silly, Belgium along a croque-monsieur and some frites.

Appearance: Deep Golden-yellow standard of a 'middle of the road' Belgian Tripel. Less head than I like, though not sure the hostess was too worried about a great pour.

Smell: Citrus, sunflower, wheat-meets-grape smell with too not nearly enough bitterness

Taste: Good abbaye tripel, the bitterness is definitely stronger than the smell let on. Flowers, lemony-wheat with a surprising yeastyness throughout.

Mouthfeel: good carbonation though not as thick as most abbey tripels

Drinkability: at 6.5%, this beer is surprisingly drinkable.

Good beer, but with so many great Belgian Abbey Tripels, why settle for less? I'm definitely not silly over this beer (sorry, had to be done)

TheBurgundian, Feb 22, 2010
Abbaye De Forest from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.