Ardenne Spirit | Brasserie Minne

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4.02/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Minne
Belgium
brasserieminne.be

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Citra, Mosaic, and Nelson Sauvin hops. and fermented with the same yeast strain as the world-famous Orval.

Added by samEBC on 10-13-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,017
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
17
pDev:
4.73%
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of steverx8
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cozmo
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopBelT
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of desint
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mwilbur
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear reddish amber hue with 2 inch bubbly light tan head with good retention. Nice thick lacing around the edges.
S: Interesting combination of lighter malt and light hop notes. Light caramel malt, white pepper, soft melon, tangerine, and white wine. Hint of fig too.
T: Caramel, fig, and brown sugar hit first and the malt notes continue to dominate even when the hop notes emerge with white wine, tangerine, and soft melon. Hint of spicy white pepper. Definitely a different take on an old ale.
M: Soft and supple. Layers of malt sweetness with background hop bitterness and dryness. An interesting mash up.
D: Definitely an interesting take on the style. Well constructed. A good, but not superb, brew.

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Photo of wisegreensoul
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Impetuous
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Deep, semi opaque amber with a large, light cream coloured head which leaves good lacing.

Flavors are beautiful; rustic yeast, multiple layers of sweet malts, and very light citrus hops. Very light carbonation - very smooth.

Wonderful.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark reddish brown in color (very dark brown when viewed from afar). It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down a bit but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops and gooseberries are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts off like the taste, but finishes with notes of the Orval yeast.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is an interesting mix of American and Belgian beer styles.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of sendbeer
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Pours a deep caramel amber with a fast-dissipating head, but outstanding lacing. Pretty strong.

The nose on this bad boy is first-rate. Sweet dark fruits and malts go toe to toe with hops and booze in a complex heavy-hitting aroma.

The flavor is a little more barleywine than old ale thanks to some pretty hefty hops, but they're welcome. This is an interesting mind-meld of sweet and bitter, all at the same time. Some oaky-vinous notes show up late. The most-remarkable thing is how well the ABV is hidden.

The heft is undeniable, but the hops, carbonation, and touch of booze dry things out at the finish.

Overall this is one tasty beverage. The hops are a bit out of character for the style, but---yum.

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Photo of Grackos
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beersnake1
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at the Brussels Beer Fest. Look is murky brown, almost mahogany. Good carbonation. Smell is hoppy, caramel, subtle cherry, and forest. Taste is subtle hops, a bit bitter, caramel, wood, not super sweet or hoppy. Quick mellow with no alcohol heat. Mouthfeel is medium, but lingering.

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Photo of Antyk
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of samEBC
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ardenne Spirit from Brasserie Minne
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 17 ratings