Ardenne Spirit
Brasserie Minne

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From:
Brasserie Minne
 
Belgium
Style:
Old Ale
Ranked #37
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,507
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 6.84%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
17
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 21, 2022
Added:
Oct 13, 2016
Wants:
  2
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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Ratings by Grackos:
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Rated by Grackos from Florida

3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mar 01, 2018
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Rated: 3.55 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2022
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Deep chestnut red, pours slightly hazy with a quite dark (for beer!) tan 1Cm creamy looking head.
S- Pleasant, first whiff is like pastry straight from the oven, subtle though.
T- Well balanced so ironically hard to pin down as the palate flts from one impression to another. It's overall palate (thinking dry vs sour vs rich vs sweet) is like a slightly tart fruit that's been cooked down until it has some richness too, like in a good baked fruit crumble pudding. There is also a gentle tapping on the palate that's the ABV% saying a quiet hello. I also get almost a minor timber barrel-aged note too. Good complexity to consider...
F- Deep powerful but restrained at the same time.
O- Wonderful brewing and balance here to rein in all these big aspects into something so coherent. Lovely, complex yet cohesive, I'd happily enjoy this one again.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! ==>9.5%, man it hides that well. Note the three hop varieties in the Description^, they're punchy, well normally, but that must be how they get balance vs the 9.5%ABV, that works so well. Review#1880.
330ml bottle BB: Jan-2023 Euro4.95 Bought from BeerMania/Belgium as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.
Jun 14, 2021
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Reviewed by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
$7.77 at Trio in OBX.

An odd even unique old ale. Not a top choice. Almost a drain pour. And certainly not worth the price. 3.25

A - Pours cloudy, really murky, with a half-finger tan rocky short-lived head. Well carbonated. Average lacing. Not a pretty pour. 3.0

S - Vinous aroma, a little sweet brown sugar, cardboard, fruity-but not tropical or citrusy. When combined I might call the aroma somewhat reminiscent of bubblegum. 3.25

T - Vinous, oxidized, spicy, molasses but low sweetness that when balanced against the other flavors almost makes this beer taste tart. 3.5

MF - Medium bodied, semi-dry finish, slightly coating, minerally, faintly acrid. 3.75
Aug 25, 2020
 
Rated: 3.26 by stephenlee93 from England

May 15, 2020
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Jun 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.1 by sjjn from California

May 16, 2019
 
Rated: 3.83 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Mar 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by steverx8 from England

Dec 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.94 by cozmo from New York

Nov 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by HopBelT from Belgium

Nov 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.96 by desint from Belgium

Sep 30, 2018
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Reviewed by mwilbur from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.02 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

Mar 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Mar 25, 2018
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Reviewed by Impetuous from Montana

4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
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
 
Rated: 3.56 by RBorsato from Virginia

Mar 12, 2018
 
Rated: 4.05 by smithj4 from New York

Mar 11, 2018
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.03/5  rDev +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
 
Rated: 4.26 by sendbeer from Georgia

Mar 10, 2018
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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
 
Rated: 4.32 by Antyk from Belgium

May 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by samEBC from Belgium

Oct 30, 2016
Ardenne Spirit from Brasserie Minne
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 25 ratings