Vieux Temps | Stella Artois

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Vieux TempsVieux Temps

Brewed by:
Stella Artois

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-26-2003

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 30
Photo of benfons
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: slightly hazy; amber fairly small head

S: smells like a special belge should some malts, some caramel, some hops

T: some malts, some caramel, but a bit bland

M: on the thin side yet sticky

O: very average beer, nothing more really to say about this one

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Photo of Jason
3.14/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Au Bon Vieux Temps.

Orange amber, clear, good lacing.

Dry dusty grain, hint of pear, caramel, light spice in the nose.

Lighter bodied, some maltiness, wet, mild hopping, watery fruit, kiss of spice, butter?, dry grassy finish.

Not bad, not exciting at all either. Weak, easy to drink. Good perhaps to pair with a quick sandwich at lunch.

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Photo of Brabander
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stella Artois is the brewer of this brew. Let's see what they did with it. Bought the bottle at the Bierloods in Adegem, the place of Vacas. He opende the shop just for us so that we could buy some beers. Best before nov 2010. Oops a bit over date...

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks very good. Fluid has a tea colour and the head is very nice, millions of little bubbles and four fingers big. Some carbination in the glass, not bad.

Smell is good and inviting. A bit yeasty. Taste is normal, not very much going on in the mouth. Very nice normal beer.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The nose smells of malt and some grains. Body very close to the Bass but the presence of honey cauliflower curry. Close to the Palm but not on this side aromatic hops but with a body richer. Easy to drink, in the tradition of Pale Ale Français. Aftertaste pleasant but no great complexity.

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Photo of sfprint
3.59/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium to large carbonation bubbles, dull brownish yellow. Sap colored. Moderate carbonation. 1 cm head.

S: Wood smoke, sweet earthy sap. Very interesting.

T: Ice tea, apple juice. It's mild but pleasant.

M: Medium body, moderately astringent.

D: Nice beer, but doesn't stand out. easy going down.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.15/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A wonderful ruddy amber with shocking clarity. Light head, light lacing. This looks gorgeous when held up to the light. Very impressed.

S: Malty sweet with invigorating hops.

T: Light with a supporting hoppy/beery flavour. Despite the lightness, it's full-flavoured. Hops meet gentle sweet malts in a tasty combination. The aftertaste is slightly dry, but impish in its insistence for excellence.

M: Wonderfully light and carbonated, it dances on the tongue and cries, "More! More!" Thoroughly delectable.

D: The lightness, crispness, and general appeal allows for fantastic drinkability. A session or a sipper. No complaints; highly recommended.

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Photo of drpimento
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a huge foamy, frothy, off white head that mostly disappears and light wisps of frothy lace. Color is a medium to darker amber. Aroma is malty, cereal, and a little hop. Flavor is the same, but more sweet and the flavor shredded wheat. Good body and strong carbonation. Sweet bitter finish. Drinkable. Not bad.

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Photo of biegaman
3.43/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 25cl bottle enjoyed at Theatre Toone off the petite Rue des Bouchers in Brussels.

Head is in good form but its tarnished white colour makes it appear polluted. Looking down from above it looks simply soiled. Fortunately, the body is attractive: a bronzed sandy colour with infused yellow. Lovely.

The smell comes across as chalky, resulting from an odd smoky character over the pale malts. The yeast, or maybe a light hop presence, lends grassy and plant like notes, like a dry salad.

The taste is of a faded malt bill, a strong predominance of amber malts that add a hint of caramel. They make for a soft, often buttery, texture. The light hop presence adds more plant like flavours. The yeast is grassy and drying.

Meh. This was nicely put together. Nothing really wrong here. I guess the bottom line is this was easily drinkable but largely forgettable.

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Photo of Conrad
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Like burnished brass. Clean and clear. Very small head, with a qaurter inch of head that settled into a fine lacing.
Smell: Caramel, fruit, banana, some hops
Taste: Same as it smells. A bit of candy, fruit, some sweetness.
Mouthfeel: sparkling carbonation feel that goes right to the roof of the mouth. Clean and crisp. Medium body. short finish.
Drinkability: Very good. It's the type that you can pound back without thinking too deeply about what you are drinking. A European lawn mower beer.

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Photo of therica
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

MGD in disguise as a Belgian, by macro-brewery Stella of course. Imbibed in Leuven Belgium.

A= pours a nice copper-red-amber, nice head fading quickly to almost no head, a bit lifeless other than the nice but rather deceiving color.

S= a bit metallic, fruity, malt & some tinny hops.

T= MGD-- yes a total mis-match with the appearance, this tasted like a slightly-off Miller Genuine Draft with a bit of stale bite to it.

M= so-so

D= if you are eating and not really paying much attention to the beer, and it's inexpensive, it's drinkable.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière à la robe ambrée avec des reflets rouges, mousse tenant peu
Smell : nez d'orge et de houblon
Taste and mouthfeel : douce en bouche, arômes de caramel et de réglisse, faible amertume
Drinkability : une bière correcte dans le style Belgian pale ale (amber)

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Photo of TerryW
2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours up a clear copperish amber with a short whte head and no lace.

Aroma is faintly sweet and fruity, a hint of hops, and something slightly unsavory lurking in the background.

Again, slightly sweet up front, but quickly turns dry and brittle with a chemical taste to finish. Unpleasantly metallic. Quite thin bodied.

Overall a rather uninspired effort.

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Photo of ernie
2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted in Bruxelles.

Looks nice - deep amber color, minuscule carbonation bubbles, smooth cappuccino head. Smell malty-fruity, not complex enough to be interesting. Start very sweet, malty, syrupy, overall taste - the same. Body soft, mouthfeel sticky, some hops and herbs in the finish, but not much. Aftertaste candyish.

It's easy to find better Belgian ale. So why should we try this one?

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Photo of Bierschenker
2.09/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I poured it out the good old 33cl Artois glass. A nice robust glass, suited for a wide range of beers. Even the more crappy ones like the one I’m going to review now.

A copper/amber colour fills the glass. A large white head with big bubbles forms.
The smell is really a big turn off. A foul sewage pit malt odour.
The head falls in quite quick.
The taste: flat sugar water with a malty taste and it’s a bit bubbly.
The aftertaste: taste of fungus and old chocolate milk. Very dry and fades away immediately. Sour feeling in the mouth, like when you have had to throw up.
Once you get used to the flavour it actually becomes quite drinkable. But it’s not on my next shopping list.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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Photo of francisweizen
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light amber colour with a small white head that dies quickly. Aromas are of sweet malts, medicinal hops, and some funky yeast notes. The taste is very sweet with a nice metallic hop bite in the middle, and a funky, bready finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied>thick and the drinkability is decent. A cheap brew that is widely available in Belgium, that's all this is.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bierre Ambree.
It pours a deep amber with a medium-sized off-white head. The aroma is mostly clove-like with a light grassy malt and hint of hop smell. The medium/full malt body is lightly sweet with a touch of straw and bread dough. It's highly hopped. Citrus, tea-like and a bit of a metallic bite. Cloves and coriander tastes last throughout. The Malt, Hops and Yeast all vie for dominance - It’s a three-way tie!

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Vieux Temps from Stella Artois
3.18 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.
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