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Ypra | Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

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Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BucBasil on 11-05-2010

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The label on this bottle claims that the beer is brewed by the Vermeulen brewery, however I can find no current information about this brewery online. It appears to have closed down many years ago, with the beer being contract-brewed elsewhere for sale in Ypres. Several sites mention that it is brewed by the Bockor brewery, therefore this listing is as good as any.

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2013, so it's a little out of date. Picked up ages ago on a trip to Belgium (in a shop in Ypres IIRC), and stored in my garage. The label shows the town's famous cloth hall.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A deep orange-amber hue with plenty of chunky sediment and good carbonation. Some of the sediment looks like coagulated protein. Produces a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before reducing to a thick surface layer. Aroma of sweet, fruity yeast with hints of mild banana, bubblegum, sugar and faint spice. A twinge of oxidation in the background. Not terribly inspired.

Tastes of fruity yeast esters with a dry finish. Notes of subtle banana, mild spice, sugar, stewed leaves, earthiness and cardboard. A hint of oxidation and harsh solvent in the background. Dry, with a lingering yeastiness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and decent body. Rather astringent, followed by an aftertaste of fruity yeast and acrid cardboard.

Meh - dull, though its age doesn't help matters. Looks OKish, but the aroma and flavour are yeasty and tinged with off-notes. Body is alright. Nothing special. I might re-review if I ever pick up a fresher bottle. No need to hunt this one down.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 330mL bottle into a branded tulip in a pub in Ypres, Belgium.

A: A cloudy pure ornage with a 3 finger offwhite head with great retention.

S: Subdued smell of light fruit and spices. Pretty typical, but good.

T: Light fruit and clove. Yeast kick at the end. Again, typical but not bad.

M: Slightly rough and very carbonated, making this one somewhat harsh, but the light yet pleasant taste makes this a pretty well-drinkable beer.

There are many better pales out there.

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Ypra from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
3.33 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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