Antigoon By Robert Wiedmaier | Brouwerij De Musketiers

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Antigoon By Robert WiedmaierAntigoon By Robert Wiedmaier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers
Belgium
troubadourbieren.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed for Brasserie Beck.

Added by hopsaplenty on 02-27-2010

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#5,871
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
188
pDev:
11.53%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Reviews by hopsaplenty:
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3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was commissioned by Robert Weidmaier of Brasserie Beck and is their house beer. There is a story behind the name of the beer. It starts with the Roman general Silvius Brabon (Brabo). Brabo is in the service of Caesar and is a personal friend of the emperor.

After a successful battle against the combined forces of the Belgic Nervii and Eburones, Brabo and Caesar decided to take a break in the town of Kleef. (Germany, - North-Rhine-Westfalen) One day, Brabo went hunting and saw a swan pulling a boat. He jumped on the boat and was taken to a fort. In this fort, they had imprisoned 'Swane', the sister of Caesar and widow of the King of Tongeren.

Brabo liberated Swane and asked for her hand in marriage. Brabo marries Swane and Caesar gives him the land between the East Sea and the land of the Nervii. Caesar makes Brabo the first Duke of the area and Brabo
names the area, Brabant.

The old Belgians lived in peace near the river Scaldis (now called the river Schelde). They were hunters, fishermen and traders. All was peaceful until the arrival of the giant Druon Antigoon.

He built a castle near the river and demanded that people pay a toll to pass the castle. In the beginning all is well. After a while, Antigoon increases the toll higher and higher. Those folk who could not afford to pay the toll had their hands cut off. Amongst the victims are a few of Brabo's men. Brabo fights Antigoon and afterward, he cuts of the hand and throws it in the river Schelde. Hand = Ant, Throwing = Werpen > Hand Werpen > Antwerpen > Antwerp (English).

The label is a picture of Antigoon with a bleeding left arm that has just been severed by Brabo.

750ml brown bottle with a caged cork, no date information, but this was purchased fresh within the week. The synthetic cork slips out with a soft pfft and a wisp of gun smoke. A towering head of eggshell colored and loosely piled bubbles builds and slowly recedes leaving wisps of lace. Hazed golden caramel with a solid column of firing carbonation. Aromas of spicy Belgian yeast, lemon rind, golden apples, and hints of cracked pepper subtle sweetness rise. The taste closely follows the nose. Bits of pepper up front along with distinct Belgian yeastiness leads to a spicy dry finish that lingers. The pepper notes builds as it warms, and it becomes a bit mineral. Medium carbonation tingles along the tongue, but calms over the course of the bottle. The mouthfeel is soft and crisp. Easy drinking at 6.8%. $12/bottle.

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5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I've ever had, period

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Brewed by Brouwerij de Musketiers for Brasserie Beck in Washington DC, Antigoon is named after Druon Antigoon, a mythical giant who terrrorized Antwerp and got his hand chopped off by a Roman soldier named Silvius Brabo. Pale golden, slight haze, creamy white lacing. Smooth, medium bodied. Toffee, strong spicy phenols, touch of funk in the nose. More caramel and toffee notes; sweet, malty, and a bit candy like with bready flavors. Musty. Peppery. Spicy phenols. Yeasty. Light lemony Saaz hop flavors. They all play well together in what’s a very flavorful Belgian Ale. Brabo would be proud.

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3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ledouge
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly not a traditional belg pale ale. This has nice suttle notes of sweetness with less sourness. On the edge of a barleywine without the figgyness. Cant think of a better bpa than this one.

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Photo of JFrank78
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jALEson
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Gotta try and find the story behind the label image. Strange! And pretty much the reason I picked this up. That, and the fact that their Troubador Obscura is great. Figured it was time to try another Musketiers offering.

Pours a quintessentially Belgian-looking appearance, which is to say it's stunning. 2+ fingers of a super-foamy, Styrofoam-stiff, snow-white head, sitting firmly on top of a hazy, sunny golden-yellow color.

Not only is the appearance textbook-definition "Belgian pale ale," but so is the aroma. If you love Belgian yeast and all that it imparts, you'll find this to die for (or get your huge hand chopped off for, like the poor giant on the label). So it's yeasty, reminding of bread pudding, with a healthy layer of sweet, succulent, but somewhat subtle fruits, especially peach, pear and green apple.

Big flavor here, a bit bigger than your more subtle and tempered Belgian pales, and in no way unlikeable. The fruits detected in the aroma come out stronger on the tongue, as if they're riding a wave of big alcohol, but at 6.8% it can't be just that. The yeast mingles nicely with the fruit characteristics, giving it a vibe somewhere between dessert-y and bread-y, and there's just a hint of earth/funk buried far below.

A slightly tart/sour aspect to the finish makes sense with the fruity impressions, and it finishes fairly dry although the yeast/fruit personality makes its imprint on the senses long after the sip. Bubbles are just on the soft side of sharp, if that makes any sense.

Fairly simple beer, Antigoon...I mean, how often did I write "fruit" and "yeast" and "bread"? That's it, in a nutshell, and that's just fine, because there are clearly nothing but quality ingredients being used here. A fantastically flavorful beer that counts as "sessionable" for me (my definition is more liberal: under 7%).

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3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brouwerij De Musketiers - Antigoon
25.4 fl. oz bottle; $9.99 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

I love the painted label bottle, and the artwork on it. It's a great looking bottle, even if it is a little gory. It illustrates the Roman soldier Brabo cutting off the hand of the giant, Druon Antigoon, who, according to myth, guarded the river Scheldt and cut off the hand of anyone refusing to pay his toll and threw it into the river. Thus, supposedly, the name of Antwerp - "hand thrower".

Appearance: Its slightly hazy deep golden body teems with life as hundreds of tiny bubbles race upwards, taking their place in line beneath the frothy head of white that caps it. The head retention and lacing are both excellent.

Smell: Chalky yeast; grainy, lightly sweet malt; spicy; floral.

Taste: The spiciness and sweet malt dominate the flavor, with the spiciness bouncing atop the malt like a trampoline. Yeasty fruitiness remains in the "golden" arena with mostly apple, and perhaps a hint of pear. Quite floral. Some leafy and grassy hops are present as well; but the chalkiness of the yeast fails to cut through until the finish. It's backed by a solid bitterness that doesn't appear at first as it's masked by the sweetness of the malt but then becomes more apparent towards the swallow, and finally rises to its highest point in the long-lingering, bitter, spicy, and floral finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body with a creamy texture due to the effervescent, tiny-bubbled carbonation.

Overall: Charming!!! A surprisingly full-flavored golden ale with a brisk, spicy edge but an overall balance. Nicely rounded and polished. Quite drinkable!

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big fluffy white head, one finger. Gold body, nice lace.

Yeast, coriander, and apple juice on the nose.

Very mild, mild hops, fizzy Belgian blond. Tastes almost like nothing.

Mouthfeel is kind of thin.

This was underwhelming, but then again it was a bit of a dark horse.

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Photo of socon67
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mussel Bar - Revel resort & Casino, Atlantic city.

A - Pours orange with a soapy white foam that lingers. Rings of lacing hit the glass.

S - Scents of fresh banana and honey jumped out to me. The belgian yeast adds a slight sour\tart smell.

T - Very tasty! Sweet initial flavor gives to a subtle tartness. There is a bit of spice that felt like cloves. This almost comes off as a Hefeweisen, but the telltale yeast strain gives this a traditional belgian feel. Finishes wth a taste of fresh bread.

M - Smooth beer that has a nice complexity but it very easy to drink a few. Went great with a belgian pizza and some cheeses.

O - Might be the giant on the bottle missing a hand, or the exclusivity of it being available in Wiedmaier's establishments, but i liked this one alot. A great example of an easy drinking belgian.

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2.84/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gusher, and very old. A newer one may warrant a revisit for scoring.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 188 ratings