Ardenne Spirit
Brasserie Minne

Ardenne SpiritArdenne Spirit
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Style:
English Old Ale
Ranked #56
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,904
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 5.97%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
22
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Brasserie Minne
 
Belgium
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Wants
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Gots
  0
SCORE
88
Very Good
Ardenne SpiritArdenne Spirit
Notes: Brewed with Citra, Mosaic, and Nelson Sauvin hops. and fermented with the same yeast strain as the world-famous Orval.
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jkblr from Indiana

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz undated bottle poured into snifter at fridge temp 9.5% ABV. The beer pours bright medium brown in color with copper highlights and light brown head. The head recedes to a thin ring and small island of tiny bubbles. No lacing. The aroma is mild, but very nice presenting rich malt, dark dried fruits and tobacco. The taste is a little hop forward at first with faded fruity hops rolling into a tangy Brett finish laid over some nice malt. Mild to moderate hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with plenty of carbonation and a dry finish. The Orval yeast really cut through that malt over its time in the bottle. Overall, good & certainly unique. I'm not a fan of faded hops or tangy dry old ales. I vastly prefer sweet thick ones that had very little late hops to begin with. This one definitely has some character and might be closer to the historical old ales. I'm enjoying it more as the temperature goes up and I've poured the last bits and a little yeast into the glass.

Jul 12, 2019
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mwilbur from Minnesota

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.

May 07, 2018
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Impetuous from Montana

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.

Mar 15, 2018
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metter98 from New York

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

Mar 11, 2018
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

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.

Mar 03, 2018
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Beersnake1 from California

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.

Aug 27, 2017
Ardenne Spirit from Brasserie Minne
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 22 ratings