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Brewed by:
Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie N.V.
Belgium
seef.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Filosoof on 07-27-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
163
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
26.49%
 
 
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 163
Photo of Easton70
2.43/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I tasted this in November on a cold rainy night and, for some reason, was expecting a brown ale. What i got was a very pale beer with no head and relatively high carbonation. The aroma is more like cider than beer and the taste is a dry cider. This would be really refreshing if it was summer so I will try it then and let you know. It would be great with strong cheese.....just a final thought.

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Photo of benfons
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: pale yellow colour (hoegaarden colour), big very active head, loads of carbonation

S: lots of lemon and hops, some grains, some herbs

T: some wheat, lemon a slight hints of hops, a bit overspiced

M: too thin, lots of carbonation, not dry at all

O: while it seems interesting at first it gets boring pretty fast, , overspiced a bit bland at the end, not my thing

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Photo of corby112
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, dark golden yellow color with straw like hues and a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of spotty lacing left behind. A little darker than expected but otherwise looks pretty good.

Earthy, musty aroma with a really nice brett character that's complimented by bready yeast and light fruit esters. Some farmhouse funk with grass, straw and musty bugs followed by bread/yeast and sweeter fruit notes, notably apple, pear, raisin and grape. Decent complexity with a really nice brett component.

On the lighter end of medium body with really tight carbonation that's burst the mouthfeel. Kind of goes along with the musty brett flavor but its over carbonated and a bit too prickly/bubbly for my liking. It's also not quite as complex as the nose suggests. The brett flavors aren't as interesting with only slight musty funk. Plenty dry but a bit boring with a floral, perfume flavor mid-palate that's followed by sweet light fruit esters and alcohol. Again, the light fruit flavors aren't as interesting as expected with some bread, banana and apple juice. Only 6.5% but there's a stronger alcohol flavor than I anticipated or wanted. Not bad but the mouthfeel is off and it doesn't quite live up to the aroma.

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Photo of emerge077
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Draft at Owen & Engine, served in it's own branded tumbler pint.
Quick review from written notes.

Hazy orange body, thin skim across the surface, and minimal lacing in the glass.

Earthy Belgian yeast aroma, vague wheat, hints of lemon Pledge.

Astringent feel with an odd taste. Overly spiced with overpowering notes of cleaning products (lemon scent Pledge again). Grains and sterile gauze. Light to medium body, with adequate carbonation, but the odd flavors throw it out of balance with little nuance. Not sure what's going on with this, it's just plain strange and definitely not enjoyable. Even stranger is that the beer is (supposedly) not actually spiced, and uses a "mutated baker's yeast" strain.

The revival campaign of this beer is admirable, considering the history and research behind it, but the taste was pretty dismal. Might try a bottle just to be sure it wasn't a draft line issue.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

33cl Bottle: taken at the Pre-Essen Christmas Beer Festival meet-up in the Oud Arsenaal, Antwerp on 14th Dec 2012.

Looked OK, Slight haze but still a good golden hue to the body, on top a medium depth white covering.

The nose was a blend of sour notes, yeast and light malts.

The taste a little sweeter than the aroma suggested: maltier, yet with an undertone of citrus notes to keep a balance. OK rather than wooh!

Can't call it a 'bog standard' Belgian Pale Ale, as there is no such animal: but if there was, this would one of them.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seef Bier, Belgian beer. 6.5% ABV.

A: Dull, hazy yellow, with a couple little floaty bits here and there. 1.5 fingers of fluffy head. No lacing or sheeting.

S: A nice citrus/peach skin scent. Hint of floral. Slight backing sweetness.

T/MF: Very dry. Slight lemon taste, like a hef. Really, just a basic wheat beer. Bitter, grassy backing.

Very unimpressive, given the hype on this beer, and it's return from a nearly 70 year hiatus. I think it's return from WW2 factored favorably in people's minds...

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle, into a Petrus chalice.

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Photo of 57md
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very pale in color. Fruity nose - almost like apples. Light, crisp and mildly fruity. Tasted almost like a hybrid between beer and cider.

Just a bit too light and bland for my taste.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of banana on the nose, but it is fairly artifical smelling, like a banana split lollipop or something along those lines. Some pale straw Pilsner malt in there as well. Pretty much describes the taste as well. Banana with very mild clove spice upfront with a semi-dry Pilsner malt backbone. A tad adjuncty on the end, along with the cloying banana. Pretty good mouth feel, has some heft and carbonation. Not bad but the dryer malt ending didn't totally mesh with the hefty more yeasty beginning.

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Photo of Zet
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice retro label on the bottle. Light yellow colour with some haze and an awesome frothy head of foam. Smell of cloves, yeast and citric. These same flavours return in the taste, though the citric is more prominent here. The mouth feel is lively yet smooth. Quite refreshing as well, partly due to the low recommended serving temperature of 3 degrees Celsius. I wonder if this cold was blocking some of the flavours, because I found this beer a little boring. The bottle says: "awarded best belgian beer at WBA", but that probably says more about the WBA than it does about Seef. The look and feel make it good summer terrace session material though.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A golden, yellow beer with a light haze from the yeast. The head is settling into a small layer.

Smell is spicy and herbal with a coriander-like nose. Some nutty and oily smells from the different grains. The yeast adds a light estery smell which accentuates the maltiness.

Taste is strauightforward, the malt base is grainy and has a pilsnermalty taste with some sweeter light caramalt layers on top. The body is light and very drinkable, mouthfeel is a little sticky. The beer is light bitter and has a light herbal but undefinable hoppy taste (to me). The yeast character is spicy and estery and reminds strongly of the Chouffe strain.
The beer has an original approach with the different grains and the 'old' recipe, but does not stand out between several other blond beers from Belgium.

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Photo of Takahiro
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: hay light gold, with thick foam, cloudy like belgian wit
Smell: belgian wit, coriander, lemon zest,
Taste: wheaty silk malt, banana, cloves, bitter lemon peel towards the end
Feel: dry
Overall, nice refreshing beer

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at The Belgians Are Coming held in Old Town Newhall in Newhall, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a clean grain presence in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up this beer a few weeks back, not quite remembering if I bought this in New York or up in Totowa. Had no idea of this beer's history until I saw the other reviews on here and wasn't sure what to expect of this. Yes, this was a Belgian beer in terms of origin and look but this went down about as easily as any BPA that I've ever had and quite possibly, for any Belgian beer that I've ever reviewed for this site. If you're looking for complexity, depth, and booze, those are certainly not to be found here!

At first, the pour to this was clear and golden with a head that quickly filled up my pint glass before quickly settling down to a more standard finger or two. The lacing was only a ring or two after the first sips and there was a *lot* of sediment to pour out of the bottom of the bottle. Once that was swirled out, the hue of this changed to a dark, golden brown that swirled around for a bit before settling down and giving this the appearance of something unfiltered.Lots of yeast, carbonation, clove, and banana to be found here with a hint of allspice and a faint resemblance of a Saison. I couldn't believe how easily this went down and how this wasn't categorized properly, from a taste perspective.

Sure, the booze is here but like the sediment, it's seemingly at the bottom of the bottle as I had to drink this down before I could feel it. While not anything bad, the body was weak and only a hint of lemon pepper served as a reminder that this was a BPA. Worth a go once for something light and effervescent but anything from Ommegang or overseas would handily trump this.

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Photo of stevoj
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Somewhere between a golden and a Belgian ale, sweet fruit malts dominate the aroma and taste. Airy head dissipates to soapy film. Elements of honey , butter , coriander . Delicious and smooth.

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Photo of Zorro
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of barczar
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fairly fruity representation of the style, with pleasant yeast esters and a dry finish. Seems a bit flat in flavor, overall. Not my favorite style, though.

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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
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 safaricook
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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 bushbeer75
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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 michaelgbluth
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +2.2%
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 busternuggz
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
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 avalon07
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
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 impending
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

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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