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Gageleer CVBA
Belgium
gageleer.be

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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Ratings:
87
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
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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 skiofpinsk
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of salvo
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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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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 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 rekel
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of 3leggeddub
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 musicman575
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
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 Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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 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 ActonBrewer
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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 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. But...now...I'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 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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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.
cheers
jd

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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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