Gageleer | Gageleer CVBA

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Gageleer CVBA

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Phyl21ca on 07-01-2004

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Reviews by salvo:
Photo of salvo
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy golden straw with tight bubbles. Light body and carbonation appropriate for the style.

Earthy, herbal, yeasty Belgian yeast gets funkier as the beer warms; freshly mown weeds over wet hay.

Taste is sweet and herbal: the Gale becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Hops almost non-existent/imperceptible except for a slight warming at the end. Gale tastes herbal like tarragon, with some very mild citrus qualities. In the beer it heightens the Belgian malts and sweetness, laying on herbal quality. Sweet Astringent.

Overall, I really nice break from hop bombs and heavy beers. Would make a welcome addition to summer grilling.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow in colour, a bit hazy and with a creamy white head. Smells like a typical Belgian pale ale, with notes of hay, fresh cut grass, baked bread, spices, some sweet bananas. The taste is bitter-sweet, honey, bitter herbs, bread, Belgian yeast. It has a slight medicinal aftertaste that is a bit bothering for me.

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Photo of mj001jk
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a hazy straw-yellow with a fine persistent and creamy head. You're immediately struck by the Gruit-like aromas from the glass, not overwhelmingly, but rather in a subtle way, a grassy sweetness, hops and Meyer lemon peel.

The sweet gale adds a round, tropical fruit flavor and sweetness, not unlike papaya with hints of banana and cream. Flavors are crisp and satisfying with a decisive herbal dryness on the finish, which lingers nicely.

Easy to drink and would be delicious on a warm summer day. Will seek this out again.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sent by a business partner in Belgium who knows my love for his country's beers. [I later hosted the guy, Carl, at our Virginia pad, and found out he is the creator of this beer. I did not know this at the time of reviewing] I've never seen this one in the states. Good-looking golden color with healthy carbonation and a fluffy white head that retained awhile but did fall off eventually.

The aroma is unlike anything I've ever smelled, beer or otherwise. The dominant aroma is a pungent but earthy spice, somewhere between mustard and sage and anise, with mint and cinnamon in the background. One of the best and most unique Belgians in terms of aroma. Seek it out for the smells alone.

That anise/black licorice element sneaks right on through to the flavor, not dominating it but certainly adding a peppery, sharper spice factor to the sweetness and subtle yeastiness also on offer. This would complement Indian food nicely, the flavors would complement the spices typical in that cuisine. There's a great complexity here: fragrant, floral, exotic and mellow. Unique, refreshing...ultra-quaffable.

One of the most unique beers I've ever had, without any novelty or artificial aspects. Pure, earthy and satisfying, do not hesitate to pick up at least a few bottles.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Filosoof
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Suprising beer. Nice bio-label. Nice thought to combine beer with gale, it gives real personality.

L: gold, reasonable lasting top;
S: the less best part of the beer; wet towel;
T: here comes the surprise, the gale comes through, with a touch of peppermint and thyme, citron;
M: lovely summer beer, light feeling;
O: respect!

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Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Biergarten in Jenks...

Pours straw colored with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Superior lacing & good head retention

S: Oaky, sprucy^ lemony notes

T: Almost a gingerbread type flavor, dryness, some bitter/woody herbal notes up front. Herbal & honey malt notes, grassyness & just a smidge of pineapple as this warms. Finishes grassy, juicy with plenty of pineapple sweetness just a bit of ginger

MF: Medium bodied with creamy carbonation, nice balance

A decent one off type of Belgian Strong Pale Ale, not something I would to session on, but enjoyable none the less

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For every bottle that is sold of this beer 10% goes to the conservation and enlargement of the nature parks around the city of Turnhout.
This region on the border between the Netherlands and Flanders is very rich in nature as the soil is very pour and sandy. Because of this, the land was never really cultivated. A plant that grows in this hostile environment is the “myrica gale”. It is a herb that was in use even before the middle ages to conserve the fluid that we would now call beer. In those days called “ael” in our regions. This herb called “Gruit” in Dutch was used to preserve beer long before hop was known. Nowadays the herb is called gagel.
The herb still grows on the swampy sand grounds of Antwerp and Noord-Brabant. And to offer people a taste of this ancient herb and to fund the noble cause of preserving nature, Gageleer is brewed.

I used a flute to pour this because that’s the way it’s poured on the website.

When I poured this a gigantic head developed. It’s snow white and fluffy. It collapses from the sides and leaves a dome in the middle. It also leaves some very nice lacing on the glass. While pouring a strong herbal scent surrounded me, the gagel.
The colour is golden with a slight fogginess. A lot of carbonation present. The bubbles swarm around to get to the top.
The scent gives me the strong herbal gagel odour. Underneath I tend to recognise hop and yeast and citrus (orange peel).
As to be expected, the herb taste takes over the aroma. It opens with a more neutral water and slight malt taste. But is overrun after two seconds by the gagel. This is very much the overpowering factor. In the background some malt and yeast are noticeable.
I can’t really say that it’s very full or crisp, rather mellow.
The aftertaste gives herbs on top, the tongue is swirled in malt and yeast. Funny how the gagel neutralises the hop.

Very nice late evening beer. One of the better ones from the Proefbrouwerij. Not really my favourite brewery.

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Photo of 3leggeddub
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of OldIronLungs
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Goose Island stemmed glass a translucent pale gold - a couple fingers of head slowly fall to a thin film.

The nose is sweet malt, perhaps some citrus with a lightly herbaceous note - very interesting.

A sip is light and effervescently carbonated. Delicate and herbal, but not medicinal. It's like a Belgian pale, but it definitely has a really nice earthiness and subtle spice. Really unique, very pleased I tried it. Who needs hops, anyway?

I am a huge fan of beers brewed using ancient techniques, so I may be a bit biased with this one. It's so easy to drink - the 7.5% is but a light warmth on the finish. It was very hot outside when I had this and it was lovely.'m...entering Viking Berzerker mode!

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Antyk
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of frontalot
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liquorpig
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy dark yellow beer with a huge head with incredible retention (I never though I’d mentioned that in a review, but the head was so persistent that it was still there 30 minutes after the beer was poured. The aroma is quite herbal and spicy, very different from the usual Belgian ale. Taste was also quite different with the herbal and spicy feeling coming out. I notice when I read the label that the beer does not contains any malt and has been replaced with a plant called ‘’myrica gale’’, which can probably explain the difference in taste and aroma. Different, complex and interesting…

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Photo of Coren
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Regenpak
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 75 cl bottle (with plastic cork) at the local Zenith Natuurwinkel (biodynamic store) in Lelystad, Netherlands. Being "Cat. S" at 7.5% alcohol I expected a cross between a gueuze and a tripel. This assessment proved pretty accurate. It poured a thick 4 cm head that slowly receded to a thin layer. In the smell there was a hint of strawberry? There was a bitter, spicy, hoppy taste with lovely sweet details that (for me) are impossible to recognize...

This beer will last the rest of the evening. 75 cl of pure enjoyment...

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Photo of desint
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of RuudJH
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lively from the bottle.
Big thick beige head on murky brown beer, decent carbonation.
Smell is malty and floral. Taste is heavy malty, peppery in it's little bitterness. It's balanced and decently refreshing. The alcohol is well masked for sure, but this beer could do with a bit more flavour variation and depth.
All in all it's a good beer though. Maltwise it has a pleasantness about it.

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Photo of largadeer
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Jose9e
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of marcbosch
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: typical belgian blond, somewhat hazy. Poured from a bottle, the head disappeared quite quickly
Smell: Besides your typical yeast, bread, and fruit you get from any blonde, the sweetgale (gagel) kicks in with some resin and pepper.
Taste: au par with the smell. Sweet bread and the sweetgale is very present with a Peruvian pepper taste (like pink pepper plus tons of resin). Aftertaste is nice and not cloy at all.
Feel: the expected.
Not the most spectacular blonde in the World, but definitely worth a try if you come accross it.

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Photo of Anatole
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Martyartie
4.92/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is not really a "Belgian Pale Ale", although it looks like one, mid-amber, with a big white head, because it's flavoured with the marshland bush called bog myrtle or sweet gale in English, gagel in Flemish, botanical name Myrica Gale, which is what the picture on the label is of (gale elaves and gale flowers). (I'm not sure why one reviewer thought it had no malt in it - of course it's made from malt.)

As a Belgian reviewer commented, gale is one of the herbs/plants used most frequently before hops, and it's great to have this beer available to show us what those pre-hop ales tasted like.

The flavour has hints of ginger/galingale, cinnamon and licorish, the mouthfeel is oily and rich, a lovely, complex, winey/herby/bitterness, the sweetness countered by the herby flavours: this would make a great accompaniment to roast chicken.

Overall this is an excellent beer and I would recommend it to anyone - if you do like Belgian pale ales, you'll love this.

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