De Graal Gember | Brouwerij De Graal

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De Graal GemberDe Graal Gember

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Brouwerij De Graal

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 09-19-2002

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of AdamP
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of siddhartha
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of mrfrancis
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thin, clinging white mousse.

S: Aromas of ginger and spicy Belgian ale yeast immediately hit the nose, but as the beer warms and settles in the glass, subtle aromas of earthy, tobacco-laced hops, lemon, and caramel emerge.

T: Soft notes of ginger and spicy yeast are apparent on the entry. Around mid-palate, they are joined by flavors of lemon, lime, moist earth, tobacco-tinged hops, and caramel. The finish is delicate and understated with notes of lemon, ginger, and spicy yeast most apparent.

M: Medium-to-full in body, dryish, and very soft. Carbonation is discreet and delicate. Despite being relatively strong, this beer displays no noticeable alcohol burn whatsoever.

O: This is a very appealing, straight-forward strong ale. Unlike most herbed/spiced beers, Gember does not beat you over the head with herb and/or spice flavor, instead preferring to captivate the drinker with the suggestion of spice. Very elegant and refined.

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Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of creamy had that lasted an average amount of time. Average lacing.

S: Lots and lots of ginger in the smell, along with some spices as well.

T: Tasted of ginger (a lot of ginger), but also a little malt, some yeast, and spices (mustard). Almost tasted like a combination of ginger ale and Belgian beer. A tangy, vibrant, and surprisingly complex flavor.

M: A pretty good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is one of the better herbed/spiced beers I've tried. Very drinkable and easy to like.

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Photo of impending
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip. Pours a mildly hazy deep golden yellow, off white head recedes slow to the surface, ok lacing.

Aroma is yeasty and spicy of course. The ginger is mild, mustard seems more obvious. Unusual combination, more peculiarly interesting rather than pleasant.

The taste lets you check off the ingredients the brewer lists, all are easily distinguished. The lime absent from the scent adds a minor tart twang. Zero dry, zero low notes. Very light bodied but not thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brilliant golden orange with a frothy head.

Smell: Slightly sour bread notes.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Lighter nutty almond flavor at first. Sweet and medium in body. Lighter in alcohol. Smooth with a slight grain flavor. Smooth all over with a good mellow ginger flavor within it that gets richer the longer you taste it.

Overall: Had this one on the shelf for the longest time and decided to break it out. The label date said best by May 2009, but when I had it it seemed fine.

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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served into a Tulip glass. Enjoyed on feb´11
Banana yellow in color. White dense head with small bubbles.Lasting but no lacing left.Floral aromas.Granny smith apple, herbed & spicy flavors. Crispy & refreshing mouthfeel. Smooth bitterness. Well carbonated medium body.Fruity aftertaste. Very good drinkability.

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, lots of head, and plenty of lacing. Golden straw color with good carbonation.

Ginger is the primary smell, minimal hop smell.

I'm not a big fan of ginger, so glad to find that the taste didn't directly reflect the smell. Actually the hops step up a little bit for a very nice mix.

Feel is good in the mouth, maybe a little light.

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Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. This is REAL ginger ale. Best before 05/09.

Pours a very intriguing gold with a nice big white head that leaves some nice lacing as it quickly dissipates, it is clear with yeast floaties.

The smell is mainly of ginger root. It also has the typical yeast twang form a belgian pale ale. It is reminiscent of gruit and sahti with no sign of hops.

The ginger isn't as integral in the flavor. It tastes like a sweeter than normal Belgian blonde. It is sweet, almost cloying. Not as complex as I would have liked in the taste department. It is better than come other gruit ales but the exclusion of hops always seems you left there wanting more.

The mouthfeel, though a bit cloying, is decent enough. It has decent drinkability.

Overall it is a good spiced beer but like most it ends up being to sweet and un-complex.

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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a goldenrod color, with brilliant yellow highlights, only slightly opaque, with a foamy ecru head and tons of lacing.

S - Really fragrant. Ginger, mildly piny hops, some candied sugar.

T - Has a nice bite, not to strong, of hops and ginger. There are a number of other flavors in the mix, light cloves, some citrus fruit, pear, candy.

M - Has some presence to it. Chewy, sort of leaves a film, sticky but not syrupy.

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Photo of Brandt
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured out a straw yellow color with a slightly cloudy body and a nice white head

the smell is strong of ginger and wheat malt but also has a strange cheesy funk in there

the flavor is very nice, wheat, straw like flavors along with an oaty taste and a peppery yeast spice

the finish is a nice med sweet body with a spicy aftertaste. a decent beer, worth a drink but not so outstanding i'd go out hunting for another right away

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden Delicious apple peel with luminous lemon highlights. A second pour adds a veritable blizzard of yeast. The expansive crown of pearl colored foam doesn't look as good as most world-class Belgian ales, but it looks good enough. It's nicely craggy and deposits a decent amount of lace as well.

Gember is Dutch for ginger, which is the only spice used and which is easily appreciated in the nose. The beer is fragrant and is all kinds of appealing. Here's hoping the flavor follows suit. If so, this might be my favorite Brouwerij De Graal beer yet.

Other than the ginger, this offering reminds me of a BSPA or a tripel. The brewery calls it a blonde ale, which is pretty much the same thing. The overall spice load is neither mild nor overpowering, it's just right... which is the biggest reason why the beer is so delicious. In spite of the ABV, 750 ml should be no problem.

Flavors include biscuit-like malt, ripe pears, white grapes, a hint of clove and a perfect amount of freshly ground ginger. A light candi sugar sweetness and the suggestion of grassy hops keep things balanced in all respects. This is beautifully crafted beer.

Like everything else from this brewery, the mouthfeel isn't quite up to snuff. It's too light and is too sparsely bubbled. More volumizing carbonation would have led to a creamier feel and would put this sucker into the stratosphere where drinkability is concerned. Not that it needs much help in that department.

De Graal Gember is easily the best beer in BDG's lineup. Only those who despise ginger should stay away. Anyone who enjoys complex and refreshing Belgian ales should plunk down their hard-earned money. I could go for another bottle or three, especially at only $7.69 per.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a snifter-like tulip glass.

A - hazy golden color with a thick head that settles rather quickly into a thin collar

S - pear-like yeasty esters followed by sweet malt aroma

T - good balance of sweet malt and spices with some faint hops in the background, some yeast fruitiness but secondary to the ginger

M - medium-light body with high carbonation

D - This is a nice spiced beer with a Belgian Strong Golden Ale base. The ginger doesn't take over the flavor but accents it nicely.

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Photo of Nick3
4.59/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, quite a unique beer. Light, golden color, beer pours a 2 finger head which dissolves quickly. Nice carbonation feeding to the top of the beer like a tornado from the bottom of the Piraat tulip glass to the top of the beer. Solid lacing on the glass as well. Awesome nose to this beer because it's so unique. . . you get the ginger but you also get the sense of jalapenos. Never smelled anything like this in a beer. A very smooth beer. The ginger is apparent but it doesn't overpower the beer. The hops come through and balance things out in a sublime way. The finish is really an encore to the entire drink. The carbonation and flavors dance around your palate and makes their presence known. When I began drinking beer a long time ago, I used to dream about a beer that taste like ginger ale. This is about as close as you'll get. Bravo!

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Photo of frapp
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A) the beer head is quite restrained, light color, bit cloudy.
S) the smell is really strong, mostly ginger but you can feel some flowers as well.
T) great taste of ginger and lavender.

M/D) really balanced, refreshing and extremely drinkable.
a great spiced beer.

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Photo of wl0307
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Nelson Wines, South Wimbledon, SW London. BB 06/07, served lightly chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: dark straw hue with cloudy bits from the yeast sediments, the beer head is quite restrained as is the carbonation.
S: well-executed aroma of ginger-tea, backed by a refreshing and mixed backnote of lime-juice, honey, vanilla, a spicy hint of coriander and ground white pepper, plus a restrained but softly nice pale maltiness. The overall aroma is a harmony in itself, ever so enticing...
T: smooth honey-tea on top of soft maltiness, laced with a mildly gingery and citrus-tea taste... the spicy-yeasty edge slowly emerges, with a little pheonolic, floral, and peppery hints as in other aromatic Belgian pale ales; soothing on the mouthfeel, slowly turning bitter-sweet and just slightly dryish, like a real ginger tea added with a dash of orange-blossom honey to soften the biting edge; a faint touch of alcohol hides down the palate, providing a slightly warming finish. Blissful~~
M&D: one of the softest yet also refreshing real ginger beer I've ever had... it's on the opposite end of the category from St. Peter's Ginger and Lemon beer, which has freshly-grated ginger right in front of one's nose, brewed to be bold and stimulating to wake people up. But this one is like a cup of ginger tea to have on a quiet afternoon, soothing and mellow, without any intrusive alc. feel for a 8%abv. beer. Brilliantly-made and very (dangerously) drinkable indeed!

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4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBE 03-07. Nice pale golden and quiet clear beer with snowwhite head thats lasting well. Nose is very green and gives lots of ginger and green hops awell as some koreander and bit of fresh pale maltyness. Taste is lots of ginger wel backed by malts, good bitterness and high alcoholcontent. Strong but full and well balanced mouthfeel also together with fine and fitting carbonation. Yes certainly one to look for as it is something else and a plesure to drink en just enjoy.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.59/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer at the Brewery this Easter. 6 months ago but a highly memorable beer. Gember is a Ginger Ale, a reallly unusual beer style for Belgium. At 8% ABV, it is strong but drinks well and the Ale is only lightly spiced which leads to a smooth beer. An orangey-copper colour, high carbonation in the bottle, the beer pours with a huge lacy head and does takes a little while to settle. Massive nose, malt and ginger are dominant, but not pervasive. Beautifully balanced beer that is very fruity and seriously moorish. Best of the two beers (other was Blond) we tried by far. My 24 bottle case stock depleted some time ago - damn.

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Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 45 ratings
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