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Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #227
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3.49 | pDev: 16.91%
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 42
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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Photo of Sigmund
2.11/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330 ml bottle, now available in Norway. ABV is 4.3%. Website for this beer is www.ikibeer.com . Hazy pale yellow colour, big and lasting white head. The sweetish aroma is a bit strange, after all green tea and yuzy fruit are not common ingredients in beers. Some rubbery notes too. The flavour has some wheaty notes, but is most of all reminiscent of lemon ice tea. Minimal bitterness. Not undrinkable, but won't buy again.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden colour, quite light, and very wit-like, with a sticky and thick head of white foam that edges the glass light meringe. Looks very tasty.

Quite phenolic on the nose - big notes of herbal resin, some pepper and spice, and quite a whiff of booze, which is surprising and possibly evanescent. Really smells a big too unnatural to me. Not bad, but a little harsh. (This is probably the green tea, now that I think about it.)

Taste is a lot better: clean, round and crisp. Very mellow and soft in the palate, slightly sweet, with a round Belgian yeast character on the finish. Very full, quite buttery, nothing dry on the finish, extremely drinkable. Mouthfeel is smooth but rich - minimal carbonation and absolutely no harshness.

This is a very smooth and really pleasant beer. The nose is full-on, and perhaps a bit too much so, but in every other category this is a winner.

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Photo of wl0307
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; BB 02/07/2014, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass. Notes: the info. printed on the bottle says it’s brewed with not only green tea, but also Yuzu, a type of Japanese citrus-fruit, although in my knowledge the pronunciation of this word comes from the Chinese name of the same fruit, Yo Zi (柚子). So I guess it refers to the same kind of big citrus fruit which the Chinese people traditionally eat around the Autumn season.

Appearance: pours a murky dark straw colour, coming with rather mild carbonation and a white foamy head fast dissipating to a thin sheet to last.
Smell: the nose upfront is estery malty with a hint at witbier’s wheat-yeast coriander-spiced mixture and yeasty acidity (which is gently funky as well), while a different whiff of citrus aroma exists in the background; given a good swirl, the green tea’s influence does render an aromatic, tea-mash-ish and mung bean paste like smell, which is not unusual for a Belgian-yeast-led pale ale in my experience. Very different, and very nice.
Taste: effervescent comes the foretaste, which is immediately spiced-yeasty (coriander seeds again), wheat-ish grainy, semi-slick and semi-“powdery”, and mildly savoury-sweet in terms of the supposed mixture of green tea, yeastiness and malts; Yuzu’s elements are relatively harder to trace on the palate, apart from a faint touch of citric aroma and very light fruitiness, probably as a result of good blending/integration with the beer base. The finish sees a bit more bitterness and a lightly chewy palate lingering, along with a mildly spiced texture and more wheat-malt-tea-ish aroma.
Mouthfeel & Overall: despite being semi-slick, it remains dry-ish at the end of each sip and always refreshing on the palate, the carbonation is initially lively but softens as it goes, against a medium-plus body due to the nice contribution from the green tea, I believe; all in all, this Yuzu beer shows, to me, a limited presence of Yuzu, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. If it could be improved in anyway, I would personally suggest utilising the Yuzu (Yo Zi) skin in addition to its juice (which is used in this brew, according to the info. printed on the bottle). For, the Yuzu skin is renowned for its soft tannins and elegant aroma, which I suspect could add a point or two more to this beer. Not bad!

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Photo of Absumaster
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beer made with green tea and yuzu? This is strange! Even stranger is that it is brewed in Belgium for a Dutch contracter.

Appearance is good, a fizzy yellow beer with a big stable head. It looks like a witbier to me.

Smell is lightly malty and has some hops in it. There is a herbal, spicy smell, could this be the tea or yuzu? It is very subtle though.

Taste is light and has some malt and a little fruity tastes, a bit citrus even. This beer appears to be more like a pilsener, no real tastes stand out, but that is what makes a good pilsener. The presence of green tea and yuzu is not very clear to me, other than a very very faint herbal taste. Aftertaste is dry and drinkability is good.Very drinkable with a Chinese meal.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.91/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow, slightly green-tinged colour with a healthy haze in the body. Head is white in colour and decent size, but sinks pretty steadily to leave a line of foam on the top. Lace is fairly decent, very sticky and pale. Looks quite good, really.

Nose is fairly sour, a fair amount of malt with hints of grain husks, some champagne tartness and a very mild funk character on the back. Slight notes of honey and some adjuncts come through with a sweet bready unpleasantness, but not too much for ruination. A bit confused, but not unpleasant overall.

Taste is an odd one. Large sweetness on the front with a hint of musk and a fair amount of honeyed grain. Some slight citric hints and I guess some vinous notes help the tartness onto the mid, then a quite odd bitterness hits, very herbal and quite organic with some subdued hints of green tea and peppermint, without the spice. A bit of a buttery texture overall is odd for the style, and the finish is a dull, fairly watery bitterness with no real bite or character. Unique overall but definitely lacking substance.

A bit thick and also chewy on the mouthfeel, but lacks body, and just texture in general. A bit flat.

Not too bad overall, but it wouldn't be my beer of choice. Neither flavoursome nor refreshing enough.

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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

33cl Bottle: brought back from Amsterdam by my wife as a present after a Hen Party weekend. The bottle had a best before date of 30/12/12: so well out of date when she bought it and when I opened it on 15/03/13.

Poured it into a Westmalle chalice at home: cloudy lemon/yellow body with a full, deep head of uneven foam, lacing and staying power from the said head.

Smell is mangos and yeasty.

Taste is a fruit tea sort of flavour (mangos, oranges and grapefruits): strange.

Funny beer really: glad she only brought me one home, don't know what to make of it. As a one off it's fine but I couldn't see me or any of my mates having a session on it.

Scored as objectively as I can.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : yellow color, with white foam head.
Smell : moderate malty, grain notes.
Taste and moutfeel : sweet malty, with a very little bitteness.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Light Lager (brewed with green tea).

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Photo of benfons
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: looks a bit like hoegaarden, pale hazy colour, decent head

S: you get the hops and the wheat and also the green tea, a bit strange but not bad

T: this is pretty good the bitterness of the hop is supported by the bitterness of the tea, still enough sweetness there to make this pleasant

M: this is the downside, too thin, and undercarbonated

O: Original, a bit different but the mouthfeel just isn't good enough

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured in a Leffe chalice.

A: First of all, nice bottle art. Makes you really think that it's a Japanese beer. Pours a pale and quite hazy yellow color. A huge white bubbled head is formed whenever it's poured. Good retention and a lot of lacings left

S: Very spicy in the nose. You can feel wheat, yeasts and very citrus-grassy hops. Also orange zest (Yuzu, which is a sort of Japanese orange, is mentioned as part of the formula), honey and something unusual that I suppose is green tea

T: Very distinct beer. Tastes is also very rich and spicy. Wheat, orange zest, honey, green tea, yeasts. In overall, a dry beer with very discreet sweetness. Very pleasant citrus hoppy bitterness

M: Creamy, molasses and I would dare to say, a bit slimy mothfeel. Medium carbonation

O: An original brew. Different from the other herb-spicy beers that I've had before

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: the beer pours a hazy light yellow-golden color with a white head.
Smell: Sweet malts, some herbal spicy smell and very light hops.
Taste: Light subtle taste with malts, grains, hints of coriander, citrus and some yuzu. Taste is lightly herbal, with dry aftertaste
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light bodied
Overall: Nice, easy drink with Chinese food or hot weather.

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Photo of PapaEugene
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light yellow color with a small white head.

S: First smell reminds me of Shandy which was/is a mix of seven-up and beer. Some hops and a herbal thing. Citrus notes.

T: Green tea bitterness. Something fruity (Yuzu?), citrus, coriander and light grains.

M: Pleasant dry finsh, medium carbonation and a light body.

D: Nice refreshing drink that will go down very well in summer. Will surely buy this again.

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Photo of yuhanglin
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have it at Taipei, Taiwan. On the beer bottle says it's "Top-Fermented Beer", also, from the taste I feel this one shouldn't be a light lager, it's a witbier with a tea/yuzu twist.

Appearance : Hazy, pale yellow color, with white foam head.
Flavor: malts, citrus and some tea.
Smell : malty, grain and somehow fruity.
Taste and mouthfel : Light bodied, very little bitterness, fruity(from the yuzu juice), elegant flavor from the sencha(Japanese green tea)

Drinkability : A perfect summer beer especially when you're in a hot and humid city like Singapore or Taipei in summer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Brabander
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a confusing bottle. When you look at it you would think this is a Japanese brew. It is not! I had this beer at my neighbours house tonight.

The bottle says the beer has green tea in it....i did not taste anything green.

Poured in a standard Jupiler glass this beer looks quit good, cloudy yellow fluis with a big white head. I looks and smells like a witbeer.

Refreshing taste, this is a beer for the warmer days, fruity taste.

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Photo of intoxabroad
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Aethien
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale yellow with a massive foamy white head.

Smells like wheat with citrusy fruits, mostly lime with some orange, and faint green tea smells in the back. There's some honey like sweetness in there as well. A little sweeter than expected but quite pleasant and refreshing.

The taste follows the nose except that there's more sweetness and less citrusy tartness. There's still a nice tea flavour in there, it's just tea with a little too much sugar. Dry finish with lime and honey.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated but could've been a little lighter, it's a little sticky feeling at times for some reason.

Overall this is a nice beer but it could've done with a bit more bitter, tea is a bitter drink too after all and this was a bit too sweet for my tastes. Still, it's light, refreshing and different and I appreciate those things in a beer.

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Photo of IPA35
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is the Yuzu (Japanese lemon) version.

I also have a ginger version. Both were given to me by a friend. I myself would never buy these beers.

Poured into a pint glass, this is a very pale beer with lots of yeast. It almost looks like pineapple juice. A small rocky head.

This beer basically is a sort of low ABV Belgian pale ale, or more like a witbier as it uses wheat, with green tea and yuzu lemon in it. Not unlike Hoegaarden.
It is also ecologic.

Smells not unlike a lager or witbier, pretty mild and a little grainy malts. This one has citrus qualities to it and quite alot of leafiness from the hops but probably the tea as well.
Quite fruity.

It actually does not smell all that horrible, no sugar added and no artificial aroma's.

Tastes quite good actually, much better than expected atleast.
A light, refreshing brew. I definitly get the wheat as it has that distinct doughy maltiness to it. The citrus is very mild, a little different that a citrus aroma coming from hops but still this is not unlike a beer with more citrussy hops. This is no citrus juice overkill at all!

Mouthfeel is medium, it feels more thick because of the wheat. Well carbonated.

Overall quite a refreshing beer. And thank God it is a beer and not the fruity alcopop I was afraid this would be.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.24/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Japanese style wheatbeer with green tea and Japanese lemons is a pleasant surprise. The fact is that you can really taste the tea, that hops are completely missing...but also that it nevertheless feels like beer! Quite original.

L: super, lasting top with small bubbles;
S: not very appearant; neutral;
T: lovely round, citrus, nice sweetness without being....sweet! A bit tea and herbs.
M: very drinkable, light alcohol, round mouthfeel, good finish, even though there isn't any hoppy bitterishness;
O: very good brew, with great commercial possibilities.

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Photo of DutchBeerDrinker
2.96/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Douberd
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown long neck bottle, 330 ml. ABV 4,5%.
Ingredients are water. barley malt, wheat malkt, hops, green tea, yeast and yuza which are japanese lemons according to the label. Poured into a tumbler.
Colour is very pale yellow, with a hazy semitransparent body and one finger of head that disappears fast.
Aroma is green tea. citrus fruits along with some floral notes and honey.
Tatse is sweet with green tea notes here too. Some light sourness on the aftertaste. I think I can taste some honey too.
Full body and light carbonation. Quite dry on the palate. It gave me a numb feeling on the back of my mouth, I guess that was the green tea.
I got this at an asian goods supermarket, thinking it would be japanese or something, but that's not the case of course. Back to the beer, this is a very good one, the green tea and the lemon sourness on the aftertaste making it even more refreshing.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Marius
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow with some OK head. Smells like grass, citrus and a bit like a wheat beer. The taste follows through, with bread, banana, some citrus and also some other spices that I can't identify. However, the taste is quite bland, and after 2-3 sips, you can't identify most flavours.

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