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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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Photo of rekel
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of Martyartie
4.92/5  rDev +26.8%
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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Photo of Bierschenker
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
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. www.gageleer.be

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 Offa
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful, sublte but complex, well-rounded beer with nice herbal character.

Hazy dark gold, it has a medium-large off-white head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring and leaving some nice lace.

Aroma is lots of herb, some light wood, bread dough, light honeyish fruit; overall, very nice.

Taste is lively full character, gentle but firm and some complexity. It has nice zesty-herbal character that is complex, hard to pin down, along with yeasty bread and honeyed light fruits. Light sweetness just dominates but there is a hint of spicey bitterness underneath. Extremely engaging, lively but firm with very light oiliness, it is wonderful and exceedingly drinkable.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.59/5  rDev +18.3%
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 gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of yesferro
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought in a record store in Kortrijk Belgium, smuggled into beer hating, 5% ABV capped MS

At last! 10 years after having this brew while it was still in the bottle as shown now, in a metal store in Vosselaar Belgium, I had this beer again! I loved it when I had it then but didn't appreciate it to its fullest. So glad the owner of the store got this beer out there for a bigger market, too bad he's marketting it to metal heads mainly. I love the music but the marketing seems a bit off. This beer is made out of Bog Myrtle, which 'the vikings' ate/drank to go in a Berzerker mode. Historical, and I understand part of the proceeds of the sales go to the nature reserve where the myrtle is grown.

Poors a very nice hazy yellow, frotty head.
Smells very herbal but not in a medicinal way, more like an outdoorsy way. Tastes beautiful, refreshing, herbal and well, almost 'healthy'. A metal beer? Well, why not a hippie beer! Verry fizzy, not a gusher just very alive. I could have a few of these on a regular base, love the history behind it and love the flavor even more!

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
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. But...now...I'm...entering Viking Berzerker mode!

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Photo of grotonmarketguy
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gageleer Sweet Gale Ale. I was very interested in trying this beer. To me it is a crossbreed between a Belgian Pale Ale and a Gruit beer. Using Sweet Gale instead of Hops. This beer is marketed to Metal Heads in Europe as it is Supposed to invoke a Bezerker Rage. Although this didn't happen to me when I drank a couple of them I can say this beer is delicious. It is very refreshing and kind of creamy in the mouth. The herbs in the beer are noticeable in a way that it makes the beer unique but do not stand out so much that I would say it is herbaceous or that it is specifically an herbal ale. It is just nice to drink. A little bright lemony fruit in the finish makes it hugely quaffable even with its strength. I imagine some others poor reviews might be do to freshness but I really liked Gageleer and I'd totally recommend it. Great food beer or summer refresher.

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Photo of musicman575
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very thick, white, spongey head tops the the pale, opaque, yellow beer. It looks like light honey in which the sugars have just begun to crystallize. Foam hangs some nice doilies from the sides of the glass.

Some cloves and yeast with lemon and honey in the nose. Also something dry, like slate or clay.

Tastes crisp and balanced and ever so slightly vinous with little sweetness. Phenols are heavy. A very medicinal botanical bitterness clings to the inside of the mouth and doesn't clear away very fast.

Leaves a dry feeling. Carbonation is perfect. A fine beer.

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Photo of mick303
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass gave a solid white head over an inch, colour is an orangey amber gold, slightly cloudy with yeast. Has really good retention and leaves good lacing.

Smell is crisp, with a solid yeasty base. A herbal bitter edge from the gale. Malt is pretty solid, fresh and bready. Some floral overtones.

Taste is an initial crisp bitterness. Then more herbal and earthy gale character comes, through. Makes a really interesting combination and has a real unique complexity of flavours, yeasty and bitter boggy and floral esters. Finish is dry, slightly yeasty, floral.

Mouthfeel has a moderate carbonation, medium body, refreshing, alcohol is not noticiable and it is a refreshing and drinkable ale. Carbonation is soft and makes for a pleasingly creamy and dry mouthfeel. Finishes really crisp and dry in style.

Real big fan of the flavour of this beer. First tried at the Beerworks, CA, and then again now. Not only is it a well-made and balanced Belgian Pale but its flavour profile is highly unique and interesting because of the brewing process, an interesting take on the style, encourage people to try it.

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Photo of mj001jk
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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 Crstumpf
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of dbellizzi
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.16 oz. bottle, anything gruit like I will pick up, spied this newbie at Hi-Times,

A: Pours a translucent medium amber with a frothy white head, lots of lace.

S: Beautiful, ethereal (in every sense of the word) herbal smell. Absolutely gorgeous from what I can only assume is the bog myrtle. There is a resemblance to heather, but it's its own smell.

T: Definite gale taste, very herbal. Flowery soft flavours, grassy finish. Quite interesting.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy smooth Belgian mouthfeel. Drying (hop or herb?) character on the back end adds some complexity.

D: I love all things medieval in beverages at least, we can discuss politics later. Simply a wonderful nose, very good taste, mouthfeel's solid, at about $4 a sure fire pickup.

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Photo of Bp123
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ActonBrewer
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden with a good head.

S: pepper and lemon. some herbal notes that I assume to be gale.

T: strange. A little sweet and fruity. Same herbal notes that I picked up in the nose. Very interesting. None of us could tell if we like it or not. I'm still undecided.

M: Good carbonation and body.

O: I'm really glad I got to try this. Not sure if I would seek it out again, but I'd definitely revisit this beer to compare notes from this tasting.

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass

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Photo of elNopalero
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy golden straw-tan with billowy foam atop of it. There’s a distinctly floral, honeyed, almost-pollen aroma. Flavor is light, delicate, and sweetly floral. I am not familiar with gale but I will forever associate it with this brew. No indication of the 7.5% ABV in the least. Light and crisp with a curious finish. This was delightfully delicious and an interesting alternative to hopped ales.

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Photo of Douberd
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml stubby bottle, poured into a tulip glass. I got this into an organic goods grocery store. ABV 7,5%.

Pours a nice orange gold colour, with a thick head of two fingers, good retention and light lacing left behind. Slighty hazy.
Strong gale aroma, very unique. Some light alcohol smell. Probably there are other aromas too but gale overpowers everything else.
What a fantastic taste! Quite bitter and hoppy, the gale once again very notable, making it extra refreshing. The alcohol very nicely conceiled.
Medium dryness on the palate, medium to full body and just enough carbonation.
Overall a great beer, with a very unique taste, at least I, haven't met before a beer that tastes like that. Highly recommended.

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Photo of John_M
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attactive, showcasing considerable clove, honey, cherry and light ginger. There is considerable underlying spice as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this impressive beer, with the beer showing some refreshing bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, moderately sweet, spice infused finish. Drinkability is quite good, with the alcohol completely unnoticeable.

This is a very easy to drink, easy to appreciate Belgain pale ale.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.16 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass. Happy to have scored this marked down at Gordon's in Waltham, MA.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger puffy head that has reduced a little. It is a hazy orange yellow with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: apples, pears, vanilla, bready notes, Belgian candy aroma, and I am sure the gale in this beer is giving a specific aroma too.

Taste: everything mentioned above and nicely tasty too.

Mouthfeel: dry, smooth, medium carbonation, medium bodied, a little chewy, and easy to drink.

Overall: a solid BPA that I can add to the mix, but last week was the first time I have ever seen it. Might have to go back to Gordon's and buy more before they are off the clearance rack.

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Photo of windowside
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice, smooth pale ale. Sweet tones stay constant. Mild bitter tone. Earthy. Definite spice tones evident. More of a rustic pale ale and pretty good at that. Glad I decided to take my time to check out a new store where I discovered this one.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured out with a fizzy white head head on top that doesn't leave much retention or lacing. The color is a hazy yellow but still has some visibility to it. The smell of this brew is floral, citrusy and sweet smelling. The taste of the beer has a really interesting fruity flavor up front, some light lemon zest and a little bit of bready yeast. The mouthfeel of the beer was well carbonated and light bodied. Overall it's a very nice beer, very refreshing brew here. Well worth trying.

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Photo of Jemonster
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy pale gold body with large bubble carbonation. Slightly off white foamy/frothy head.

S: Not as a bad thing, but the first thing I smelled was my shaving cream...Minty and herbal, almost medicinal. Warm but mild spices.

T: Clean and herbal tasting. Sweet and smooth, but with some alcohol sting. I don't know what gale is supposed to taste like, but it's definitely different. Honeylike flavor and a little hops at the end. Flavor is too light to linger on the palate. Spicy also. This is pretty complex! However, it comes in bursts. One sip is different from the next depending on what I'm trying to notice. Similar background buildup to a hefeweizen, but so different. Changes with temperature...as it warms up, the minty flavor comes through more and the spices die down.

M: Nothing special about it. Didn't really care for the mouthfeel of this beer (malt beverage?) Cooling sensation, but flat and heavy.

D: Pretty good! 7.5% ABV and it tastes like it, but the flavor of this beer is so great that I could want to drink more. I will look for this one again for sure.

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