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Brewed by:
Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Filosoof on 07-27-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
162
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
12.87%
 
 
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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 162
Photo of Filosoof
4.54/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Certainly Seef Bier is an original beer. It includes four grains; it looks like wheatbeer, but it has 6.5% alcohol. It has a personality and is different.

L: wheatbeer-alike; trouble; top is erasing too quickly;
S: top of the bill; smells like Tripel Karmeliet because of the haver? Fresh yeasty smell; citrus; stone; spices.
T: after such a smell, the taste is a bit thin; ofcourse I could smell this one the whole evening, but it has to be consumed too! It has some orange, it's round, with a citrus end.
M: nice follow up of smell, taste and mouthfeel; but (okay, that's personal) I would prefer a little more bite.
O: overall this is a very good, original beer; maybe its greatness is -above all- in the drinkability (which I have to explore another time; I only bought one bottle!).

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Photo of srandycarter
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly murky straw, bone white head, viscous but leaves to ring fast. Tiny bubbled trim lace.

S - Banana, juicy fruit, tropical scents.

T - Belgian yeast and malt prevalent, tropical fruits included.

M - Bubbly, somewhat creamy, nice balance and finish.

D - A tasty beer, but one suffices.

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Photo of mttaylor1066
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like Duvel, you'll like Seef.

The color of this beer is quite a lively, brilliant golden color. (Poured without swirling the yeast.) A thin head form, but the effervescence persists.

Aromas of malt and yeast dominate. Some banana backing.

This beer is dextrinous and thick on the tongue. Yet I can see myself having more than two in a session. Unusual for me, considering it's a Belgian ale.

I like the label, too. Reminds me of 1930's travel posters.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours light gold, with a very frothy white foam head, hazy. Aroma is spicy and strange, something else is there, perhaps yeast character from a special strain. Taste is nice, strong, fruity and spicy, very belgian. Medium body with high carbonation.

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Photo of DudMan
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy ang golden with a thin velvety white head. It has a funky coriander smell. The taste is sweet and sour, lemons and banana. Very smooth and bubbly. A very easy drinking and unique beer. I will be buying more of this.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a very pale, bright golden color with a large cloud like head. Exceptional clarity for a Belgian ale, and very dense head of tightly beaded bubbles.

SMELL: Floral hints, dough, and sweet malts make up the bitter sweet aroma. Just a hint of citrus and cracker rounds out the smell.

TASTE: A mellow tasting pale with light and agreeable flavors. Crisp, nearly tart Belgian yeast is the highlight here, with a citrus element most notably from the yeast and small part due to noble hop. A gold cup winner in the World Beer Cup, there is little mystery as to why. Bready, almost cracker like malt flavor, vague yet deep sweetness, a complimentary earthy bitterness, and ultra clean in the finish,

FEEL: Light bodied ale that is refreshing and oh so crispy clean. Semi dry finish and a prefect level of semi-dry carbonation.

OVERALL: Have to agree with the judges of the 2012 World Beer Cup. This is a very high quality Belgian pale ale. I would revisit this often if it was easier to acquire in these parts. Very good!

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Nose: salt, malt, yeasty, slight funk, suspicion of smoke - almost suggests bacon.
Pours cloudy gold with an orange tint under a 2" finely bubbled off white foam cap.
Strongly flavored beer - herbal, salt, light funk, grain spice, yeasty, suspicion of sage, pepper
Above average crisp carbonation, lighter body, creamy.

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Photo of sjones5045
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

8/9/15 DE pool

Pours hazy orange with kind of weak thin head.

The smell at first was sour. Actually very sour with hints of Belgium spice popping through. As it sat the sour faded and the light smell of coriander and other typical Belgium spice dominated. Never to bold.

The taste was good. It was a light spice and stayed balanced throughout with a subtle sourness to it.

Overall pretty good beer. If it were sold as a 6 pack I'd be all over it.

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Photo of Act25
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Scored a single at Wine Academy Holmdel.

A: Pours a pale, light golden yellow with a 1 finger energetic, dense head. Intense tiny bubbles stream inside a cloudy haze body, retaining a film, but little lace.

S: Floral hints, astringent, dough, and spicy yeast make up the bitter sweet aroma.

T: Follows smell. There's a mellow tasting pale: crisp, nearly tart yeast with citrus and noble hop. Bready malt mixes with earthy bitterness, and a tingly, tart finish.

F: Light bodied ale with that exceptional tart, dry finish. Loved it.

O: I agree with the judges of the 2012 World Beer Cup. High quality Belgian pale ale. Try 12.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Cloudy straw like colouration with a very decent head of tightly cropped white foam (some rocky patches) that last a very good amount of time, 5 mins by my count. This head finally dies to a healthy lace that has an interesting patchy nature but still looks great, however it leaves little evidence of itself in the glass afterwards.

Smell – Sweet malt that is bready in character but there is also plenty of orange aroma in here too. Some pepper and clove style spice. Pretty good but not the best bouquet I have found in the style.

Taste – Sweet and mild but very good all the same! The taste is best described as almost flora in its subtlety. There is the same orange and spice combo as the nose coupled with a funny sourness that perfectly offsets and balances the sweetness. As I drink I even get tiny flourishes of banana.

Mouthfeel – Full and creamy! This one is very smooth with a lovely tingle and a lightly drying end.

Overall – This one goes down a treat and I only wish it was easy to find in the UK but as it is I will drink my fill here in the Netherlands. Another winner from Belgium!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very cool beer, somewhere at the intersection of a tripel and a hefe, its very unique, unlike other belgian stuff, but built in a similar fashion. its hazy and blonde, lighter in feel than it looks, and showing about an inch of lasting white head. a nose of dusty old german malts, truly uncommon in belgian ale. the yeast also adds to this ancient sort of unearthing aromatic, its funky, short of brett beer funk, but strange and wintery spices come out to me, but i can see dried banana and even vanilla to this. the flavor is malt driven, some wheat in here and some fruity notes from the yeast, which gets very farmhouse in nature, even a slight tartness to the finish. the texture is great, its a little sweet all the way through like a tripel, but it finishes extremely dry, almost nothing left on the tongue when its swallowed. my impression of this beer is that it is probably rated so low here because it is misunderstood. it is certainly not in line with any traditional belgian style, but its uniqueness is what makes it for me. i love the yeast, and appreciate its overall quality. a blonde beer for colder weather i reckon, big fan.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stone flute. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thin film and light lacing. Nice aroma of bready malt, coriander, toffee, light apple and peach juice, mildly floral. Flavor is bready malt, strong coriander, light apple and pear juice, hint of lemon, mixed floral; finishes moderately dry with coriander bitterness. Medium bodied with peppery carbonation. A unique take on the Belgian pale ale style. The flavor profile is much closer to a triple, but with less intensity and lighter flavors. The coriander is quite dominant, as in a tripel and adds a different bitterness to the finish. Moderately dry throughout, particularly in the finish. I was taken by surprise at the first sip, but enjoyed this more as I got familiar with the spicing. Interesting and different.

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Photo of guityler83
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A big rocky white head poured into the Orval glass with long lasting retention. The first 2/3rds of the beer was pale gold with great clarity, but after swirling up the last 3rd the sediment provided a murkey dark haze. the foam clung to the side of the glass with streaky vertical lacing.

S: Nice medium spicey, rustic, almost brett like yeast character with hay, lemon and floral pear like aromas. Mild saaz like hop character that rounds out the esters with noble, damp leave spiciness. Light sweetness overall.

T: With a bright hop earthy hop character in the beginning with mild bitterness the first sip is very refreshing. A banana, clove and doughy bread flavor come through next - reminiscent of a hefe yeast but with more malt character. Sweetness is low-mild with the hops helping out in the finish. The balance is between the yeast and the hops with an edge on the yeast ever so slightly.

M: Despite the high carbonation level the mouthfeel is creamy and not abrasive. Mild alcohol warming in the chest. Medium bodied with a finish that makes it feel bigger then ~6% but like most Belgian styles very “digestible” (drinkable).

O: A hoppy, yeast forward BPA thats very drinkable and makes me think of warmer days. After visiting Antwerp and seeing ads for this beer a few places I was glad to see this at a local beer store. Worth the purchase if you like the style.

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Photo of oceanman907
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this beer a few months ago and finally decided to compare it to a few other belgian pales, first off this beer had a wonderful head and effervescence about it that gave this beer a very pleasant mouthfeel almost akin to a sparkling wine. The palate is also reasonably complex: juicy pear with grassy, hay belgian hops (although true to the style can't help but think that bright NW hops would make this brew even more layered). Smell opened up late: faint honey, alcohol, pears again and hay. Overall I thought this beer was pretty awesome primarily because of the yeast strains used are interesting and produced a pale ale that can stand with Duvel and its ilk.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL stubby Belgian bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a moderate cloudiness and a finger of frothy white foam. Not much in the way of lace, but overall pretty attractive.

Smell: nice apple-pear orchardy character (which I love) along with a dash of phenolic spice. Maybe not a huge fan of the latter, but the pear is so nice I really like it.

Taste: some of that same orchard character along with a fair dose of sweet malt and a little more of that phenolic tinge. It's not bad, but I think the aroma nudges out the flavor a bit here.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body but with a good carbonation and creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this beer isn't perfect, but I'm a fan of the style and it's pretty darn drinkable. Not bad.

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Photo of impending
3.88/5  rDev +4%

B+

33cl into a tulip. Pours a lightly hazed, light yellow straw, pure white towering froth, nice lacing.

Sweet powdery yeasty aroma, fruity but undefined. cleanly sweet & upbeat

The taste too is of powdery yeast and undefined sweet fruits. Zero bitter, zero dry. The aftertaste is a pleasant long lasting vague niceness. Slightly more than thin bodied lively mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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Photo of avalon07
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dull orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Okay lacing.

S: A decent aroma of spices, yeast, fruit and malt.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, bananas, coriander and some malt in the finish. Not a bad flavor, but it is a slight bit unbalanced; the malt seems a bit out of place.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a pretty solid beer, if a little uneven in spots. Worth a try.

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Photo of busternuggz
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Center poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Nice pale golden color, slightly hazy, with a fluffy finely bubbled head. Initially about 1", settles to a thin film. Little lacing.

Mostly sweet mashed bananas on the nose, a little floral/grassiness.

More creamy banana on the taste, estery sweetness, followed with some herbal and grassy notes and a very slight bitterness on the end. Some red apple comes out as it warms, and a little bit of a vinous character, like white wine. Very smooth.

Soft, light, creamy texture, ends a little drier than it starts. Very drinkable.

An interesting beer. Not too heavy on the ester/phenol characters like some Belgian pales, with some complexity and character.

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Photo of michaelgbluth
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoyed this beer.

The aroma was very unique. I didn't consider it over spiced like many of the reviewers. I thought it was unique, interesting and balanced.

Very carbonated.

Citrus and wheat and very well balanced. Super refreshing and very drinkable. Great summer time beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 9/27/2015. Pours lightly hazy golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/earthy yeast spiciness and light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; with nice malt/yeast/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good memories of this. But my review waits until I find it again.
Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown bottle

Seef Bier changed the color of my clear tulip glass to a foggy yellow hue forming a 1 1/2-finger white head. The aromas of citrus, floral/grassiness and are herbal dominate. The taste matches the aroma with notes of yeast and light pepper added. The mouth feel is medium-bodied, a little dry with a generous amount of carbonation.

Overall, Seef is a pleasant Belgian Pale Ale making it easy to have another.

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Photo of safaricook
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rustic yeast aromas and coriander. In the beginning metallic taste originating from the yeast and later coriander dominates. Fruity and some tartness. refreshing and smooth. interesting quenchable beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that died down, leaving a pillow of bubbles in the center of the glass, a thick collar around the edge and a thin layer of bubbles in between. The head also left bits of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pale malts and peppery spices are present in the nose along with dashes of lemon citrus.
T: The taste starts out with flavors of pale malts with notes of yeast and finishes with strong amounts of peppery spices that linger though the finish. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be a really enjoyable Belgian Pale Ale. It goes down easily but also has enough complexity if you want to sip it a little slower.

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Photo of Zorro
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly chill hazed gold with a good sized white head.

Smells mildly sweet and yeasty with mild coriander and mild floral scents. Slightly spicy scent.

Starts out dry and slightly fruity. Flower pollen and yeasty bread with a lively carbonation level. No real bitterness. Coriander is minimal this is more flowers than spice.

Mouthfeel is good with mildly stingy carbonation level.

Overall super easy to drink. Seems lighter than it is, this could be matched to anything.

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