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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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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy honey. Head is large. Great retention. Interesting and abundant lacing patterns.

S-Honestly I first thought it smelled like marinating spices (mostly derived from a peppery aroma). Aside from that, there is some sweetness, some fruitiness, and a hard-to-describe note that must be 'gale' (not sure what gale is anyway).

T-The flavor is a bit more pleasant than the nose, but also displays the disjointed combination of flavors. It just doesn't really mix well for me. The flavors combat each other and do not flow down the same stream. Sweet but peppery. Herbal, like dandelion stems. Hard to describe.

M-Lots of carbonation. Medium bodied. Slippery.

O/D-Was not exceptionally pleasant. In fact, I did not really like this too much. It was a 'Tale of Two Sips' for me. The first sip I hated, the second I could have sworn I enjoyed, then the third I went back to hating. Amidst the confusion, I rarely found pleasure in this beer. But it was rarely offensive at any point.

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Photo of FLima
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden color with a huge head with good retention and leaving lots of laces.
Very aromatic, full of herbaceous uncommon notes; I guess the myrica gale used in the recipe predominates. Hints of ginger, anise and lemon.
Unique flavor with notes of anise, white pepper, herbal hops, oxidized oranges, sure myrica gale, sweet malt, pineapple, maybe licorice and green tea. Dry aftertaste with lingering herbaceous notes.
Light to medium body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% abv is hardly noticed.
A medicinal herbaceous Belgian Pale Ale with myrica gale predominating. I found it educative, but I did not feel passionate about it. I think juniper goes better in beer recipes.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice poorout and good lasting head. bronze beercolor and litle hazy. Nose is lots of gagel making it medicinal with sweet maltyness behind and litle alcoholic. Taste is sweet, alcoholic and lots of gagel taste. Aftertaste is nice herbed bitter. Mouthfeel is OK but this spicyness keeps hanging forever. Good example to taste gagel in a beer but for me litle overdone.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

That took a while. Website only in Dutch!! Interesting find here. Flavored with Bog Myrtle (aka Sweet Gale). Pours an effervescent and hazy gold, with nice, creamy head, lot's o' lace, and decent carbonation. The nose is beautiful. I get the Belgian yeastiness, and something akin to peaches served with a dash of allspice. So far it's awesome. Flavor is wacky. Big hit of that allspice flavor - must be the bog myrtle. Strong bitterness from the yeast (I think) detracts from what is a very special flavor initially. Evolves into a wonderful, spicy flavor. The bitterness is holding me back from loving this, however, along with a metallic, almost oxidized flavor on the finish. Very dry, too. $2.99 per 11.16 oz. bottle, so the price makes it worth trying. If this were fresh on tap I bet it'd be awesome.

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Photo of Philousa
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow, bright and cloudy at the same time. Very visible fermentation, big head that settles but stays around a while. Lots of light spices in the nose: coriander, some lavender, a hint of cinnamon/allspice. Some sweet honey, citrus, and maybe some wheat. Sweet, honey-like flavor up front. Some spices come through in taste as well. Very similar to the aroma, including the lack of bitterness. A bit tart, but not very bitter.This is a bit thick for such a light beer, which also makes me think there might be some wheat in this beer.

Very interesting. It's not quite a Wit or a Hefeweizen, but it's not really a typical Belgian Strong Pale. This would be really great on a hot summer day. I can see myself cracking one of these open after a good run.

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Photo of benfons
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy, orange colour, nice head

S: loads of fruit, something floral, some yeast; very different

T: same as the smell; peach, lychee, loads of flowers; bitter aftertaste; a little dusty

M: medium body, alcoholic, dry finish

O: interesting, different, but not my cup of tea

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Photo of stcules
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep golden color, quite clean. Average white foam.
Herbal smell, fresh. Bitter. With Myrica gale.
The taste is less bitter and more malty, but anyway, well balanced and pleasant.
Malty, but well balanced.
Quite short aftertaste, but with strong bitter notes.
Average body.
Pleasant new beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
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 Daniellobo
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice if a bit generic herbal brew.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Light cream label with a soft yellow framing where a faint illustration of the herb accompanies the brew name and general details. Back offers a small general description and serving suggestions. Cap shows best by date of 09/09/12. Notes 7.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy pale gold pour, initial rich frothy head with lasting retention and surface memory, accompanied by rich lacing.

S - Very soft nose… Faintly herbal and sweet. A mere insinuation… As it settles and warms a honeyed herbal sense pushes up its profile.

T - The taste offers a longer expansion of notes but not much more… At least not initially. The gale herbal sweetness takes off softly and seals the range with an expanding bitter sense… with a nice closing peppery, almost minty herbal lingering touch in the tongue.

M - Medium body, and medium/soft carbonation that offers a smooth ride with a nice final tingle.

O - Nice herbal offering, pleasing if not particular remarkable.

Notes: I was hoping a more fragrant nose that is for sure but here it feels way subdued… While the Gale takes the role of hops, I was expecting that its role would also be more sensed in the aroma. Worth the try in any case...

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Photo of HardTarget
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Short stubby bottle like Duvel lists 7.5% abv., and a date of 22/03/08 (sampled 23/12/06).

Aroma: Cinnamon, clove, and white pepper. I guess it’s the gagel to which Bierschenker refers to.

Appearance: Clear yellow glass, great head of fluffy white and lots of lace. Great looking beer.

Flavor: Bit of honey, mild spices and mild malt. Really easy drinking and the alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Full carbonation, medium body.

Overall Impression: A unique, if mild flavor. Very clean and well brewed, I’m very glad I got the chance to try it!

Big thanks to Bierschenker for gifting this to me during my Belgian trip.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and umami flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earthy bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting aroma and flavor from the Sweet Gale used.

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Photo of impending
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a hazy orange with an ok pure white head and ok sheet lacing.

Aroma is dominated by the bog myrtle atop sweet fruits and citrus. Not one to know the smell of gale, it's a rather pleasant spice aroma that I relate to the sweet side of the funk family.

Taste is a pleasant surprise as well in that the gale offers a flavor I've not tasted before, herbal, a mildly floral flavor as if related to chamomile or heather perhaps but more earthy. Properly balanced with hops for a touch of bitter. Medium bodied, just a tad viscous.

Nice variation on this style brew.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow pour with a nice frothy white head with nice lacing. Fruity aroma with some grapes and pear, floral scents and also some malt in the background. Malty upfront taste with some dark fruits on the swallow and a spicy bite in the aftertaste. Long aftertaste. High carbonation makes this somewhat difficult to consume and enjoy the drink without bubbly in the mouth. Very dry finish. Overall this is a nice unique Belgie pale ale that, while not the greatest, is worth trying out if you can find it. Well worth the price even though it's a small guy.

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Photo of scoots511
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Belgian beer made with sweet gale (Bog Myrtle) Medieval "gruit" ale. Nice white head, slightly cloudy appearance, subtle tones of the sweet gale and yeast, very drinkable, balanced with some subtle unique flavors. Alc of 7.5%.

The label reads a rich barley beer from the Campine region in Belgium...

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Photo of Pegasus
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy medium golden color, with a large white head, prominent slow-rising carbonation, and thick lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, spicy candy and floral aroma, with cinnamon and cloves quite prominent, also vanilla and orange.

Taste: Very spicy at the open with prominent coriander, followed by earthy yeast notes, finishes with mild herbal hops, earth, and a lingering spiciness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, with zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example of the Belgian Pale Ale style, which expands the boundaries of the style.

Thanks to fellow BA HardTarget for sharing this rare example.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap,

Gangleer looks very light in color boasting a very faint yellow with some white towards the edges. Looks like a wit bier. A nice whisp of bright white suds up top leaving rings down the glass. A nice amount of activity in the body. Smell is very geared to a hefeweizen IMO. I get a good bit of bananer with some faint wheat. A small dash of alcohol and some pale malts to round this out. Im wondering if the geen addition is bringing on that hefeweizen essence? Taste is pretty nice considering im not a huge banana fan. I get that, but I also get some light tropics with some wheat/earthy taste rounded out by slight grain and some Belgian yeast influence towards end. I don't get alot of alcohol, if any at all, it's pretty much buried. Feel is preety much light, if not a step above with alot of bubbles and activity on the mouth, not dead in any way. I could of easily drank a pint of this but not sure if I would go over that. This was a surprise from a brewery I never heard of.

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Photo of avaldivia
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Belgian Tulip.

A: Light golden color with a very nice head. Very light colored.

S: Herbal note that must come from the sweet gale. Very sweet to the nose. A bit malty as well.

T: Almost cloyingly sweet. A strong herbal medicinal note. Trying to decide if I like it or not. Ok, I like it. Still very sweet, but the herbal flavor is mellowing it out a bit. Still an odd flavor.

M: Medium bodied. Good carbonation. What you would expect.

O: This was good. Glad I tried it. It is not something I could drink often, if ever again, but I am glad I tried it and can appreciate it.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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 benclimbs
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours blonde and classicly belgian with a huge three fingert head and tons of lacing throughout the glass

nose is nice, yeast and malt, classic belgian pale - nothing too unique, bit of metalic stuff

taste - nice sweet reisling grapes, spicey backbone and a pleasant herbal licorice flavour...very nice but quite sweet

feel is good.

drinkability is a bit reduced to the sweetness, but still quite nice.

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Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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 RuudJH
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured a golden-straw color with a nice puff of white head; nice retention and ample lacing. Organic aroma, spicy, woody, leafy, touches of indistinct fruit. Herbal and spicy on the palate, leafy and flowery, notes of fruit, tea, and yeast. Medium-bodied, smooth and easily drinkable, moderately drying. Very nice.

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Photo of stakem
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby brown bottle, cap is stamped 18/11/11. Poured into a cervoise, this brew appears a lightly hazed color of gold. Around the edges it appears a clear yellow and through the body more of an orange. 3 fingers worth of frothy white head sit atop the brew composed of large bubbles. The cap retains well with an uneven cratered surface supported by constantly rising bubbles of carbonation. Patches and spots of lace cling to the glass.

The smell is sweet with a character that is immediately reminiscent of belgian candy sugar mixed with flowers. A little bit of sulfur is mixed with grass and other herbal hop elements. Overall not a bad smelling brew. As the brew warms up, more focus is set on the sweeter side of this brew and a scent almost like vanilla comes out. Very interesting and surprisingly lacking in yeast character.

The taste is lightly reminiscent of cheesy pilsner malt with an herbal touch of flavoring and mild bitterness. Some sips yield a faint grainy sweetness mixed with candy sugar suggestions that immediately turn herbal and bitter. It finish crisp with a mild note of sulfur. Only once the brew warms up does some fruity alcohol esters come out and the first indications of yeast spice is noticed once the glass is nearly emptied.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is fairly easy drinking with the alcohol very well integrated. As the experience goes on, the brew constantly mutates from being herbal and dry to lightly sweet and candy like. Very interesting and worth a try.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 11.16 oz. bottle, no expiry date

Smell: Intoxicating floral and minty and wild herb/vegetation note... eucalyptus and wintergreen perhaps. Powerful but not over whelming. Fresh, toasted light grains in the background.

Taste: Crisp and slightly sweet straw notes up front. Reminiscent of champagne but quickly turns a little more bitter and astringent with the flavors of the nose coming through. Floral, herbal. Slightly minty but hard to describe and very unfamiliar. Intense, but like the nose not overpowering with surprising complexity and deliciousness. Honey and melon in the background. Keeps drying out throughout the sip which along with the crispness makes this highly refreshing. Finish has lingering floral, wintergreen bitterness.

Well worth seeking out this beer. Very unique, intense flavors but still balanced and well done.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore. A nice tart, refreshing beer that reminds me of something you'd want on a hot day on a patio. Nothing too crazy in terms of taste, and the 7.5% ABV is well hidden, but when you're at a place with 102 rotating taps you'll end up trying beers like this. Solid beer, although nothing to write home about.

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