Farmhouse IPA
Brouwerij Kees

Farmhouse IPAFarmhouse IPA
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Belgian IPA
Ranked #261
Ranked #34,807
3.66 | pDev: 12.57%
Brouwerij Kees
Farmhouse IPAFarmhouse IPA
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Photo of Zet
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber orange colour with a huge fluffy head of foam that lasts quite well and leaves nice lacing. A full nose of yeast and fresh grass and a lot of fruit flavours like orange, grapefruit, lemon zest (marmalade) and green apple. This continues in the taste: this beer has got a lot of flavour going on. Spices like cloves and pepper also make an appearance here. Quite bitter with a dry piney finish. Medium-bodied and refreshing. Good stuff.

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Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/1/2016. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, pear, apple, peppercorn, clove, light banana, wheat, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, pear, apple, peppercorn, clove, light banana, wheat, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind/herbal hop bitterness and peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, wheat, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Very dry from carbonation and bitter/spiciness as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/sticky/resinous, and fairly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is a great Belgian IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and fairly refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy orange amber with a nice two finger whitehead with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of grainy malt, saison yeast, lemon citrus, grassy with light funk. Flavor starts slightly sweet with orange citrus, wheat, banana, hints of stone fruit, then dries out to more saison style grassy, peppery finish. Long lingering herbal bitterness with hints of hops. Medium bodied with nice peppery carbonation. A nice flavor progression with the start like a Belgian IPA crossed with a saison, but the finish is more classic dry saison. I really liked the light but distinct fruit flavors in the start and middle; this is fairly complex. Nice dry, bitter finish. I liked this a lot and will get it again. I've been impressed with the ales from this brewery; this is not one of my top styles, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I'm impressed.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.15/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this one from the Duvel guy.

From a bottle into a snifter
EBC: 12,5
EBU: 63

APPEARANCE: Pours 1+ finger, medium-looser looking, foamy, off-white head with decent retention. Clear gamboge orange with slightly higher levels of carbonation. Head fades to a full wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains leaving foamy lacing down the glass as it empties. Foamy and carbonated.

SMELL: Lots of wheat, clove, banana, some citrus hops and caramel notes on the nose. Reminds me more of a hoppy wheat beer than anything else.

TASTE: Wheat, clove and some banana esters into the swallow, with the finish being more clove and wheat dominant. Notes of citrus and caramel with light funky flavors, as well as plenty of bitterness lingers on the palate. It all kind of clashes.

PALATE: Thinner body and higher levels of carbonation. Light and a bit airy on the palate, goes down fizzy and finishes quite dry. Some bitterness lingers. Lots of burps going on here.

OVERALL: Lots of wheat character and too much hop bitterness for the style. This one is definitely not my thing, as it is too hoppy for a wheat and not funky enough for a farmhouse ale. Some of my friends like this quite a bit so I am definitely in the minority here. Kees has made a bunch of fantastic beers so far, but I'll pass on this one.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great beer that presents a real nice balance of hops, malt, yeast and spice. It feels like a crisp pale ale up front, with notes of pine and orange, before transitioning to a bready malt and finishing with a peppery, earthy taste that's a little tart. Extremely dry finish makes this a real treat. Tastes are more subtle than what American labels are putting out.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has good retention properties and constantly left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy, spicy, and grapefruit-like hops are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts off with bitter flavors of grapefruit pith and transitions towards notes of grassy and spicy hops that linger into the finish. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be quite hoppy for an IPA that was shipped across the Atlantic Ocean. It's a rather good Dutch representation of an American style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of avalon07
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a burnt orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a two inch, fluffy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, fruit, yeast, and some spices.

T: Tasted of light fruit, pepper, Belgian yeast, malt, and surprising shot of hops. Much more bitter (due to the hops) than most saisons, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. The saison funk is definitely there, but it isn't as powerful as others. A solid flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not your typical (in some ways) saison. Well done and easy to drink.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

look: Hazy straw-gold. Big fluffy white head.
smell: fairly subtle yeast and slightly tart .
taste: quite dry. Taste is richer than the nose. some hoppy grassy notes with a deep peppery finish.

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Photo of safaricook
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Moderately bitter IPA with a funky character to it.

I had another one of the same batch but a month later. The hop aroma is gone, but the funky character is more prominent. Some reminiscence to Orval without reaching the quality. Could be better, Kees!

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Farmhouse IPA from Brouwerij Kees
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 25 ratings