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Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie N.V.

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
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 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 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 emerge077
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
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 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 stevoj
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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 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 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 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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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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 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 corby112
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
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 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 barczar
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
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 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 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 57md
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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 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 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 JerzDevl2000
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
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 Absumaster
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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 impending
3.88/5  rDev +4%


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.

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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 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 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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