Kempisch Vuur | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paterlodie on 09-09-2005

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 11
Photo of Filosoof
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After reading the nice label I was very happy to find an unexplored Tripel. Overall it's disappointing though.

A: light gold, clear, foam too small for such a hopped beer;
S: interesting smell, but not very inviting, mixture of medicine and sticker glue with some kind of fruit (I don't know which);
T: the taste makes this one a once in a life time beer, much too sharp, acid and bitter finish, roadblocking your interest in another sip, watery, thin;
M: very not-inviting; thin, acid, headache comes up quickly (that's no joke!)
O: my mouth is spoiled for an hour.

Starting nice, ending awful....Sorry.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention. Aroma consists of light peppery yeast with some rustic malt. Taste is a bit off which makes me wonder if the bottle was still good with light rustic and funky notes, dust and some light peppery yeast notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Overall, this is below standard for the style.

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Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A stubby brown 33cl bottle poured into a snifter. Stamp on the back states best by 10/01/11, whoops. This brew pours a murky brown color. A finger of rich, creamy khaki head forms across the top and holds very well. As it slowly fades, it leaves a string of lace all around the glass and spotty patterns under it.

The smell of this brew is lightly vinous mixed with plum, raisins, brown sugar, vanilla and more sweetness reminiscent of belgian candy. This brew smells very appealing. As it warms up, there is a greater focus on dark fruit character to the nose and less concentration on "sugary" aspects. Only once this brew goes beyond ideal temperature do the first indications of belgian yeast quality come out with a light spicy aspect.

The taste is a slam dunk, everything captured in the aroma translates into this brew's flavor. Lightly vinous quality turns to plum, raisins, brown sugar, belgian candy sugar, vanilla, slight chocolate malt and a touch of must. Herbal hops are present providing a mild bitterness which keeps the sweet aspects of this brew is check. The alcohol is evident increasing the vinous quality of this brew and brings with it a warmth that creeps up the back of the neck. This brew finishes with a direct contrast of the sweetness that is throughout with a persistent bitterness of herbal hops that lasts urging you to take another sip.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. It is well rounded and a great take on the style. The 7.5% abv was initially hidden quite well but as the brew comes up to temperature it comes out in full force. I have never had this brew "fresh" but by all regards I do not think there was any harm in letting it slip by it's best by date. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear golden beer with a creamy, settling head.

Smell is fruity with a mild malty smell that is light and spicy with pear notes.

Taste is malty with a little caramel and Maillard tastes. Spicy and peppery draped with abundant whiffs of clove, camomille and lavender. This sounds like a spiced bomb, but these spices are just at the right level. Very special. Mouthfeel is sticky and sweet. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured from a 33 cl bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass with a lovely 2-finger head. Typical tripel presentation.

Smell: Candied ginger and bananas.

Taste: Butterscotch and maltiness, with a little bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: nice fullness with good carbonation throughout the mouth.

Drinkability: a nice tripel, competes with some of the best.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 29-03-05. Overwelming head and a goden and almost clear beer. Smell is lots of koreander, candysugar/honeylike( though not listed), sweet gale and good maltyness. Fresh and maybe litle overflowery from all koreander but nice.
Taste is also good being sweet bitter. Nice aromapallet with it but the koreander and sweetness of the brew dominate. Clean taste though and feels lighter then the 7.5% ABV list. Good brew for those who like koreander and sweetness but IMO allways worth a try.

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Kempisch Vuur from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
3.65 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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