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Seef Bier | Antwerpse Brouw Compagnie N.V.

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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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Added by Filosoof on 07-27-2012

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Photo of TruePerception
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 benfons
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
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 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 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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