Brigand | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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3.82/5
Very Good
216 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Belgium
vanhonsebrouck.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,555
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
216
pDev:
13.87%
Bros Score:
4.32
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
28
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 216 |  Reviews: 121
Photo of Rivoire
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rulisekmartin
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jdompnier
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Head strong, but quickly falls but remains to the end. White color.
The aroma is honey, plum and slightly sour.
This Brigand'a taste fried plums, honey, but with less intensity than in the aroma, slightly noticeable alcohol. Gently bitter, sour but not acidity. After heating strongly perceptible alcohol, flavor and fragrances are stronger and deeper.
Alcohol is warming nicely. Brigand is definitely worth your attention.

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Photo of pat61
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bread, yeast and spice on the nose. It pours lively orange gold under a 2” persistent foam cap that leaves thick lace. It enters creamy with fruit and biscuit and a mild hop accent on the finish. While yeast driven, the hops, malt and alcohol are well balanced. Medium to a little above on the body and just above medium on the carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mattfancett
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Bellonc
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of rojavaga
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of koladiola
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Modernrickk
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of jonbriggs
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of brugsbeertje
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of MaevaS
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Saind
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2013, so it's a bit out of date. I've had this for ages - I seem to recall buying it in a Belgian supermarket as long ago as 2010. Stored in my garage since then. I'm hoping the ABV will have helped to preserve it from excessive degradation.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich golden-amber hue with good carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam with good retention; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer. Aroma of fruity yeast esters with hints of raisins, mild banana, subtle apricot/peach, faint dried fruit, spice, a twinge of marzipan, earthiness and sugar. Slightly sweet and acidic, with a serious whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of fruity yeast and mild caramel malt, with a bone-dry finish. Notes of raisins, apricots, mild banana, dried fruit, a hint of marzipan, pepper, spice, sugar, earthy yeast and faint stewed leaves. Hints of cardboard, sourness and alcohol in the background. Highly attenuated, followed by a lingering yeastiness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and very dry, with well-judged carbonation and decent body. Could be a tad thicker for the strength. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity yeast, earthiness and booze.

A strong Belgian ale that packs a punch. Looks lovely, while the aroma and flavour are replete with spicy, fruity yeast esters. The booze also makes itself known. Body is OK but could be creamier. This bottle seems to have stood the test of time, but I wonder what a fresher example would be like. I might grab one sometime and find out. Anyway, a decent brew with a classic Belgian quality to it. Worth a punt if you stumble across it.

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Photo of MacStinson
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of pipinmalikonj
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Brigand from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 216 ratings
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