Noblesse
Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

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Style:
Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #242
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #34,659
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 14.36%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
64
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Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
 
Belgium
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Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 64
Photo of ONUMello
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle best by Sept 2016 poured into a tulip
A: Hazy light brown with a solid two-finger head
S: Lots of wheat, some sweetness, yeast and apricot
T: Wheat, apricot, a pleasant sourness though the finish turns bitter but not from any distinct hop notes
M: Light to medium-bodied, the head is smooth but again the finish quite bitter
O: Nice overall, worth a try but would be much better either with less bitterness or if it had a more distinct hop note to complement

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 9/2016. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, apricot, melon, pear, apple, pepper, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, apricot, melon, pear, apple, pepper, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, melon, pear, apple, pepper, cracker, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; with a crisp malt/yeast/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy Belgian pale ale style. All around good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub. Nice pour- a slightly hazy dark gold with a very nice head that fades quickly but leaves some nice lacing. Lovely nose of apricots, with just a hint of barnyard underneath. The taste is similar, with a more prominent bitterness, and a gentle funkiness. Less apricot and more pepper and lady peas as well as quince and lemon. The mouthfeel is somewhat austere and dry, but there is a nice lingering tannic bitterness that is interesting. Somewhat light, but still a brew to contemplate. Very interesting- I enjoyed it.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear golden with a two finger foamy head and lots of bubbles, nice retention.
Nice Belgian yeasty smell, fruity (pear, apricot, red apple, faint banana, touch of citrus), herbs, honey and faint smoked grains.
Smoked grass surprises in the first seconds, barnyard funk, wet hay and lactic bacteria. A bit of sweetness follows, biscuity, and some mild orchard fruitiness. Spicy, peppercorn, clove and some rooty ginger. Green herbs and smoke dominate the finish, very bitter and almost dry finish.
Medium body, medium to low carbonation, easy to drink. Aftertaste might scare some people away, there's a pretty rough smoked grass lingering and none of the fruity goodness.
Pretty interesting, but a bit of a "one trick pony". Not a beer that i'd look for again anytime soon.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought in Brussels, but shared in Germany. Poured inot an oversized wine glass. On to the beer:

The color of a hazy blonde sunrise is topped with a large fluffy head which retains well and leaves rings of lacing around. The aroma is doughy, bready, with some lemon peel. It has a taste that is similar to the aroma, which begins with dough and bread, then quickly a squeeze of citrus and grassy notes being something to distract from the base. It's a medium bodied beer, and overall it's a solid blonde.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy bronze with heaps of creamy rocky white froth.
Cream crackers, flowers and herbs, and wild yeast on the nose.
Ripe cantaloupe, some white pepper, a bit of graininess, honey sweetness, a bit of lemon rind and mild herbal hops.
Lemon barley sweet ending and humming, clean coriander linger.
Light to medium, crisp, round.

A light, drinkable blonde. Some lager character, but cloys as it warms. Still not excited by this brewery...

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Photo of BelgianBeerPope
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very nice every day drinker, compairable with the Quinto from Vicaris. It has a nice bitter hoppy texture and mouth-feel, combined with some nice spices and a fine sweet aftertaste. And with the 5,5% it won't go to your head directly !
It also has enough appearance to serve as a sipping beer as well.
All in all, a deserved 4.0 overall, a beer I would definitely order in the pub if they have it on the menu (chance will be probably zero)

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Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden colored beer with a bit of brown in there. Finger of white head that left some lace.

S - Some belgian yeast, grassy and citrusy hops, little bit of stone fruit.

T - Some pineapple and lighter fruits with a little bit of wheat. There's some citrusy and grassy hops along with some crystal wheat and a bit of phenolic yeast. Little bit of soapy taste on the end.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer for for lighter things I prefer more of an American style than stuff with belgian yeast. Decent beer.

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Photo of lanbewardin
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color: yellow , gold , apple juice cloudy, whiteish head, dimply head, fluffy head

Smell: smell is pretty good on this one, bready, yeasty, sweet, belgian, some kind of fruit, cherry?, banana, a little bit of hops

Taste: pretty standard belgian pale / blonde, bready, more than standard bitterness on the finish, as it warmed up I got some nice hop fruit flavors which pushed this to above average for me

Mouthfeel: above average carbonation, dry, doesnt linger long, very sessionable

Its well made, the hop flavors as it warmed made it a bit interesting, I like the dochter, but I'm reaching for an embrasse over this. I admit bias against this style. But I could see drinking a few of these and watching a game, very drinkable, nicely put together.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at Liberty Taproom into a 12 ounce goblet.

A: Hazy, soft golden/yellow colored body with absolutely no head and no lace whatsoever. I'm thinking it may have been the way the bartender poured this once since the actual beer was literally full to the brim of the glass.

S: Light floral notes with undertones of dry breads and grains are first. Faint fruity notes of pear, green apple and a slight tartness are towards the back end. The nose; however, is overall weak and muted.

T: Pale malts are up front with a certain bready quality to them. An extremely light pear flavor comes in mid-palate, along with some citrus. There's a slight tartness to it at the very end and into the linger, but it's so understated you really need to look for it.

M: Light, watery and thin. It does have a somewhat prickly carbonation to it around the palate that's pleasant and not overdone. I just feel like the body is maybe too thin, though.

I didn't really find this beer enjoyable but it wasn't a complete turn off. The flavors themselves were weak and muted, follow that up with a watery body and it's just not something I'm looking for. There wasn't anything necessarily "off" about the flavor profile just not enough to keep my interest.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store. Tasted side-by-side with a bottle shared by Dan.

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of crisp light malts with good amounts of leafy hops and funk. Also present are soft pear aromas and mild amounts of breadiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as complex. Light malts up front are joined quickly by light citrus and earthy hops. Midway through the hops fade a bit and a good deal of funk comes into play. Near the end slight bready flavors work their way into things, fading out into a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall the tap version was significantly crisper and more complex than the bottle. Worth a shot on-tap but I’d pass on the bottle.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Brick Store Pub – tasted side by side with the bottled version.

Pours super cloudy with some floaties in the bottled version. A very white head dissipates rapidly. First sip is both bready and hoppy that starts sweet highlighting fruits and mild malts. It finishes nicely with a yeast bitterness that is dry and welcomed. Tap version was considerably better due to it being fresher and crisper.

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Photo of impending
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

33cl into a tulip. Pours a hazy light orange, head is a mix of large and small bubbles, it receded fairly quick, minor lacing.

Aroma is of tangy mango and fresh apple cider. Unusual, fairly complex.

The tang carries through in the flavor but on the mild side. Slight dryness. Finishes with trailing bitterness and a touch of cardboard. It fades pleasant enough but the final echo not so much. For better or worse, more flavor than most pale ales. Thin mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a 1" head. Some light lacing develops.

Smell: grass and some biting hop bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: light grainy malt base with some grass, a hint of pepper, some spicy yeast flavors, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Very crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short.

Overall: nicely drinkable belgian pale ale that is mildly refreshing butand quick drinking. A few can be had in a session.

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Photo of sk8man121
2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz ($3.99 at RSVP in Portland, ME) bottle poured into tumbler. Best by 2012.

A: Pours a hazy, semi-opaque deep gold with sunny highlights. Rocky 3-finger eggshell head with nice retention settles slightly, leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Biscouty malts, Belgian yeast and a slight apple notes. Smells surprisingly domestic and hop-skunky.

T: Juicy-fruit sweet malts mingle with Belgian yeast up front, transitioning into a quick, skunky and perhaps distastefully bitter finish.

M: Carbonation is medium for the style, and it drinks rather "soft" compared to the sharpness often associated with Belgian pales. Nice and creamy, though.

O: I wasn't very impressed with this. Seems very unbalanced in that it quickly moves from sweet to extremely bitter without any seemingly harmonious qualities. The finish really makes this somewhat undrinkable for me. Won't be purchasing this again.

Bitter, unbalanced and ultimately disappointing.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of this recently at DBGB in Manhattan's lower east side. A very good beer from a brewery I wasn't familiar with before.

Called a Belgian pale, this beer definitely combined the characteristics of american and belgian styles. Aroma and flavor were a little hoppier thatn a typical belgian.

A very good beer that i look forward to having again.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Belgian Café, Philly, PA

Poured into a tulip glass, a cloudy, dirty blonde with a huge white head that sinks to a small layer but retains well in that form. Aroma is grassy mostly, some yeast, and lots of funk. Big grassy taste, hay and barnyard funk, followed by a blast of watery fruit, apples mainly. Sweet finish, with a slightly lemony aftertaste for a drying effect. Very light mouthfeel, sweet, and while it's not overflowing with flavor, it is quite nice and drinkable.

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Photo of timtim
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, clear golden with a white head that dissipates, but leaves healthy lace nonetheless. Nose and taste are filled with lemon, grass, lemongrass, pepper, spice, some mustiness and a touch of fruit. Taste is crisp and snappy, and mouthfeel is spot on for what I feel they were trying to express. A bit of sweetness (malt kind of fruit type sweet) in the middle, but finishes pretty dry. Well defined with minimal aftertaste and good amount of body for such a light and refreshing brew. Call it light-medium bodied. All components seem to equal a sum that is greater than all it's parts. Another quite sessionable winner from de dochter and 12 percent.

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Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a white creamy and bubbly 1 finger head that fades at a medium pace, over crystal clear golden wheat colored beer. A bit of lacing.

Nose of light noble grassy and citrus hops, some Belgian malts and sweet aromas, a bit of fruit. very light on the nose.

Taste starts with a musty hop flavor, some light herbal grassy hops, and a bit of a hop character that tastes kinda like bubblegum, some Belgian malts and fruits, some bitterness, a little earthy, but that bubblegum and bad bitter flavor dominates. FInishes a little sticky but drier, some lingering pale hops, pretty bitter, and a bit of sweet malt flavors.

Mouth is medium to lighter bodied with decent carbonation.

Drink is OK, not great, it's light and a bit of a dry finish, with no real booze, but that off flavor dominates too much. Perhaps it's the trip from Belgium to here and adding a bit of aging in the bottle, but it's been in my fridge since I got it from Beervana back in October.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy golden color. It's topped by a white head that quickly fades to a ring, and eventually disappears altogether. The aroma has typical esters thrown off by Belgian yeast: bananas and citrus. There's also a bit of graininess, and an odd, hard to place aroma.

Grassy malts move into a fruity, banana sweetness in the center. The finish has a grassy bitterness. This beer feels a bit watery.

The flavors here were good, but it lacked pep.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from 11.2oz bottle. Pours pale golden with a thin and quickly receding white head. Nose is slightly sour with mint, indistinguishable fruitiness, and some dusty and hoppy notes. Flavors are apricot, dustiness, wheat, and slightly bitter hops. The body is light with medium carbonation and a medium plus, bitter finish.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and poured with just a thin layer of bubbles around the edges of the glass and delicate lacing in the center. A very light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of bready and grainy malts as well as yeasts in the nose along with some hints of apples, lemons and pears.
T: The taste is rather malty and has a light amount of bitterness from grassy hops. The flavors also have notes of fruits, spices and yeast.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate; the finish is rather dry.
D: The beer is very easy to drink given its low alcohol content and is quite refreshing.

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Photo of farrago
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thin bleached white head which evaporates quickly, credible lacing. Clear copper gold color, light enough to appear consistent core outwards, not a great deal of visible carbonation. The nose exhibits peat moss, forest scrub, rye and wheat notes, peppery spiciness, softens as it warms into peach, apricot, pear fruit scents, dried flowers, can't say, though, that it softens much. Full-bodied, dry with tight carbonation which keeps the overall mouth feel semi-pinched. More peat moss, charcoal, ash accents with grass, celery and bell pepper too. Almost total absence of citrus, the apricot, peach, apple fruit weaker here. Clove spice joins the pepperiness. Country style rye bread, no sweeter doughiness. Chewed up bubblegum notes appear at the end. Disjointed enough to tire you out halfway through the glass, more workout than pleasure.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy gold with a good head that quickly dissipated into a thin layer of foam, leaves some puffy lace clouds

Smells malty, with some green vegetable--maybe celery, and spices.

Tastes quite malty, citrus fruit, a little funk, salt, some toffee, ripe banana, coriander, and ginger. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is light and just a little creamy.

Nice beer, a malty version of a belgian pale ale. No problem having a couple of these with the 5.5% ABV.

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Photo of drpimento
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Damn the green glass and the purveyors who keep these beers near damaging lights. This was on a shelf near a fluorescent light and has a skunk nose and a little in the taste. Poured with a big foamy frothy off white head and lots of lace. Color is an almost clear amber. Aroma also has oranges yeast malt and spice. Flavor is quite dry and a bit sweet/tart plus some honey and apricot. Body is good and carbonation is great. Finish is like flavor and fairly long with a hint of alcohol at the very end. I wish I could try it with the light damage.

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Noblesse from Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 64 ratings