Brigand | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

BA SCORE
85
very good
212 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
212
Reviews:
121
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
14.02%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of FLima
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber copper color with a thick abundant head with good retention.
Initial sour aroma, followed by notes of honey, oxidized apples, cloves and orange peel.
Strong fruity and peppery yeast flavor with oranges and white grapes notes with an elegant mild sourness. Hints of molasses and cider. Dry aftertaste with a light bitterness.
Medium body with good carbonation, 9% ABV fits perfectly here (and it feels much less than expected).
Very good beer, perfect for sipping on a cold day. Really liked the tartness elegant twist.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ZorPrime
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a huge beer.

A true sipper...

Golden color. Nice white foamy head that resemble a cloud. Quite effervescent on the looks.

Fruity. Strong. High alcohol in the nose. The aroma is intense. This is a huge beer, heavy.

In the mouth, the beer is fruity but dominated by alcohol. Strong again. This is a big beer. Heavy. Could replace a meal... It's that heavy. I don't see myself drinking this and eating, this is a beer to finish you off and then you go sleep! :)

Extra strong beer which should be sipped slowly... I like it.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly hazy peachy amber with a fine two finger slightly off-white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of stone fruit and apple juice, caramel malt and Belgian yeast, slightly sour at first. Flavor follows with sweet caramel malt, light stone fruit, apple juice, slight fruit rind and Belgian yeast. Finishes somewhat drier with mild sharpness from bittering hops and Belgian spicing. Medium bodied with good mouth feel from active carbonation. A nice, reasonably complex Belgian strong pale ale. This recently purchased bottle had a "bottled on:" code of 071024; could this really be a 5 year old bottle? I'd like to know because my last Brigand (drunk many years ago) was sour and astringent, which I attributed to being an old bottle. If this one is 5 years old, it has held up quite nicely with minimal oxidation.

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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours all crystal white head, with a strong sizzeling sound. As the light head settles the clear golden liquid rises. Somewhat decent lacings.

S: Lots of spices, herbs and yeast. Doughy malt and rich citric notes makes this quite complex. Semi-sweet.

T: Dry sour bitterness at first. Lots of yeast and lots of spices. Citric notes. Nice bready malt. Sweet, honey-like.

M: Sour, rather long aftertaste. Body is full, with some warmth from the alcohol. Carbonation is moderate.

O: NIce, but the high ABV is too obvious in taste and mouthfeel for my flavour.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Brigand Belgian Ale has a thin, almost nonexistent, grayish-white head, and a dank, opaque, peach-colored appearance, with essentially no lacing and some gray-brown chunks sinking down, once the caked sediment at the bottleā€™s bottom is swished and poured in. The aroma is super rich- apricot, dark, slightly turned fruit, some citrus, candy sugar, and lighter fruit cake, with maybe some strawberry shortcake and cream cheese. Taste is also extraordinarily rich- dark, slightly turned fruit, apricot, citrus rind, lighter fruit cake, cream cheese, peanut butter, sweet bread, white bread, lemon, and even milk, of all things. Mouthfeel is light to medium and extremely prickly, and Brigand Belgian Ale finishes not so dry, cloying, rich, sweet, and wonderful. This is not for beginners. What a substantial beer! Outstanding!

RJT

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 1 PT. 9.4 fl. oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on 070418, cork says 06-2007.

Body color is very opaque and dull looking. A mix of yellow murky brown, and faint hints of yellow like orange on the edges. Carbonation though is white pinhead and very lively, huge streams continue throughout. Head is a little bit of retention, makes large about two fingers easily, settles to a nice fluffy cap. Some good qualities and not so appealing.

Nose is very impressive. A distinct yeast profile on this that is hard to pin down it seems. A mellow sweetness with a clove and spicy cardomom or some very nutty bark sense. Really good sense of hop tea like English bitterness, mixing with sweet Belgian malts and sucrose. Liking this.

Hits the palate in the right spot. Everything plays out on first sip. Playful carbonation, hints at bubbly champagne but dialed back with a good effervescence and malt depth. Sweetness brings honey and clove, and Belgian candy, but a good hop angle. Honey coats all around with nutmeg and brown dark toasted sensing spices. Warm feeling aftertaste without a big alcohol burn. Hints at depth with crispness.

Overall this is just wonderful I really do enjoy this.

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Brigand from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
3.78 out of 5 based on 212 ratings.
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