Karel
Kaapse Brouwers

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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,392
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #40,311
Avg:
3.57 | pDev: 8.12%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
25
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Kaapse Brouwers
 
Netherlands
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  7
SCORE
83
Good
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Zet from Netherlands

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's got the looks: cloudy orange amber with a fluffy head of foam and great retention. A lot of citrus in the smell, coupled with some pine, flowers and malt. Lots of citrus in the taste as well, leaning towards grapefruit. Malt, grass and caramel are also present. A pleasantly bitter finish. Mouth feel is light and refreshing, which fits the style. Dunno what an "American bitter" is supposed to be exactly, but it tastes like a decent (but not outstanding) IPA.

May 15, 2018
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

very bitter for the lightness of this beer. It calls itself an American Bitter and I say this is only partly legit because of the American hop character but the Bitter part as an English beer style is not there in my opinion rather an Amercian Pale Ale with an unpleasant astringend and to pronounced bitterness.

Apr 13, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange color with off-white head. Aroma has a bright floral hoppy note but also some underlying, more earthy hops. Taste starts with a harsh, earthy hoppiness but overall it's not very bitter. Light body with high effervescence. Quite nice overall, classic bitter flavors but also aromatic hops on top.

Jun 09, 2016
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EmperorBevis from England

3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled & bottle conditioned & a gusher
which may explain the look, amber body but cloudy and wisps of white bottles
Full on citra aroma
Citra flavour
Citra citra citra and it aint a bad thing

Jan 06, 2016
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this one at the Duvel guy. Been impressed with these guys so far. Too bad their labels are horribly ugly...

From a bottle into a snifter
Best before 5 November 2016
EBC: 23
EBU: 46
The brewer calls this an American Bitter

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, creamy and fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Clear burnt orange body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to to a foamy cap and leaves some sticky lacing on the glass. A full cap remains until the end leaving lots of lacing down the glass as it empties. Looks nice.

SMELL: Lots of citrus, lemon, grapefruit and light caramel notes as well. Aromatic and fruity for sure. Good stuff.

TASTE: Some citrus and grassy flavors up front, with some bready and caramel malt notes as well. Milder finish of citrus and floral notes, some bitterness for sure, bready malts and caramel sweetness. Nice stuff, and plenty of character for the ABV.

PALATE: Lighter body and some foamy carbonation. Really foamy, unfortunately, goes down okay and finishes a bit dry. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: Pretty good brew here. Nose and flavor didn't match 100% per se, but that's not a huge deal. The feel was unfortunately too foamy as well, but there's certainly lots of potential here. A brewery worth watching in this part of the world. Cheers!

Jan 06, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle - a brew that seems to create a new 'style' - American Bitter, or like in England, is this just another way to express what a pale ale is like? In more germane news, cracking the cap on this one results in sputtering, spewing beer eruptions, before the cap can even be fully removed. Once again, bad, bad De Molen.

This beer eventually pours a hazy, murky overripe apricot dishwater hue, with a tall column of puffy, broadly foamy, and rocky dirty white head, which leaves some well-strewn chunky lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet, somewhat tart tangerine, red grapefruit, and mushy lemon, perfumed florals, Flintstones vitamins, understated grainy pale malt, and a touch of pine needle astringency. The taste is somewhat thin and muddled citrus and tropical fruit, pine resin, still generic grainy, slightly bready pale malt, and a tame earthy, leafy, and floral bitterness.

The bubbles continue to be quite evocative on my various palates - long after attempting to soak my desktop - with their tight fizziness, the body medium-light in weight, and rather tacit in its attempt at smoothness. It finishes off-dry, just, as the mixed fruitiness and floral esters carry on talking over the mumbling malt (hey, Lagunitas!).

If they were going for the English bitter treatment of an American Pale Ale, then this is further evidence that these are two worlds, a few hundred years later, that still suffer some mirror-world disabilities. It's a so-so pale ale, the attempt at bittering up the hops doing nothing for it.

Jan 11, 2015
Karel from Kaapse Brouwers
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 25 ratings