Gageleer | Gageleer CVBA

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Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of John_M
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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 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 grotonmarketguy
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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 OldIronLungs
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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 mj001jk
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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 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 yesferro
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
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 Jemonster
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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 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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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 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 Halcyondays
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Offa
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
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 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 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 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 Regenpak
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Martyartie
4.92/5  rDev +26.2%
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 msubulldog25
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl stubby bottle, a simple but elegant label, script with an Audubon-esque rendering of two plant varieties (unsure which) and bilingual sublines: "Belgisch streekbier/Bière régionale belge --- Bier van Hoge gisting/Bière à fermentation haute". Poured to a small tulip. Plain gold cap reads: 26/11/09

Big thanks to Metalmonk for sending a while back...and a cool back story of how the brewer of this beer stayed at his place in Virginia.

A: Golden and vaguely hazy - no suspended bits or anything, just a very fine siltiness. Good carbonation, the glass is filled with many streams of tiny bubbles rising to a white topping of suds. Head started at about 1.5 fingers and dropped pretty quickly to a clinging ring of tight fizz and a patchy film. Lace adheres randomly, slipping a little.

S: Pleasing aroma of spicy yeast and sweet, ripe fruit (pears, apples). Licorice and a sweet herbal basil or mint, very subtle.

T: Apple and honey sweetness, golden raisins and possibly figs. Zesty spices, at once floral and a little bit grassy grassy. Heather. A little mint. Dries in the finish to a not-quite-chalky medicinal flavor, with an herbal bay leaf/fennel/licorice root after-effect.

M: Smooth and somewhat velvety. A buttery viscosity and a little thin. A little surprising, given the amount of visible carbonation, how mild this is.

D: Quite enjoyable, too easy to drink. Considering this may be my only chance at this rare beer, I was a little sad that it was gone so quickly. A very tasty treat!

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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 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 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 Bierschenker
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
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 Metalmonk
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
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 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 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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