Judas | Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Brouwerij Alken-Maes

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 12-19-2002

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Reviews by Pepeton:
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4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, since this is my favorite style I already know this review will rank high in my profile.

Good orange, golden brew; with a very long lasting head; ethernal and complex lacing.

Smell is fruity, malty with hints of hops.

Taste as smell: Complex, with a great balance of malts and with some sweetness.

Mouthfeel is bitter, hoppy and dry. The 8.5% ABV is obvoius, but not imposing (at least not with your first 3 bottles!).

Oh! I'll buy this one as long as I kind find it in my local department store (in the gourmet section, of course.).


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More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the same lines as Hapkin or Duvel but different and great in its own little ways. The appearance was fine a bit hazier than I expected yet the head was par to style. Not as dry as I expected either with a big juicy fruit middle and fresh bitter finish that was a bit hay like. Nice rolling smoothness with a bitter-sweet palate yet a bitter semi-dry end.

I gladly quaffed this treat like any other strong Belgian pale that has come my way, I’d like to run into this one again.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of ant1
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, clear gold colour. Smells sweet, spicy, and slightly alcoholic, with a typical "Belgian yeast" smell to it. Tastes very much like it smells, very balanced and smooth, sweet, spicy, alcoholic, and "Blegian yeast".

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Photo of fionn13
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Sinedd
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slim brown bottle with a best by date of 13-12-09. The color is a pale apple cider gold with an off white baby swiss cheese head. Nice retention with excellent lacing.

The smell is fruity sweet like freshly cut granny smith apples dredged in cereal. Pair that with a light bubblegum and you have a lovely smelling Belgian strong ale.

Taste is exactly like the nose. Apples and light bubble gum mixed with a hay malt. Easy sipping beer with a slight candied finish and a semi dry aftertaste.

Crisp and tart but not overly oppressive with the fruitiness. The malt peaks through the bitter-sweet notes and a moderate carbonation doesn't compete with the other flavors. Not bad.

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Photo of jonmikel
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of MaevaS
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw color, like a pilsener, with a bubbly half-inch head that reduces to a thin layer. Very few bubbles, and they're all mellow. Best thing about looking at this one were the cool bubble-helixes twisting and dancing in the middle.

Aroma is fresh and light, which hints at the flavor profile. Very mild malt, hops and spices. Lightly sweet. Would like the aroma to assert itself more.

The flavor is fantastic, and for such a light and unassuming beer, it's fairly complex. As you drink and it warms slightly the sweetness and spiciness mingle seamlessly, with rounded vanilla flavors melting into an almost white pepper prickliness. Some yeast traces remain, and a sticky, sugary malt flavor adds additional character. Best of all is the milk-like creaminess that asserts itself in flavor and mouthfeel when it reaches just the right temperature.

Judas is super-light and super-refreshing. Not a beast of a beer, but one that speaks loudly in a more subtle manner. Cools on a hot day like a saison or witbier. A wonderful summer beer that hides the 8.5% alcohol deceptively well.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Misterefe
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, enjoyed somewhere in amsterdam

appearance: bottle served with its own judas chalice, glowing blonde tripel body and a strong wavy beige crest

smell: tropical fruits, pineapple, light tones of honey, sugary yeast

taste: very nice and refreshing triple, sweet pineapple and tropical fruit dominate the flavours, banana and peach candy...i liked it

mouthfeel: refreshing and full of yeasty action

drinkability: nice

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of adamcthomp
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Filosoof
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There's really not much to mention specifically about Judas. It surely is a lookalike of Duvel and Duvel-alikes and is a nice drinkable beer. You could have a lot of fun with this one, staying at one of the great Belgian historical markets. More critical: there are better ones.

The look dissappoints. It has a reasonable top, but it quite quickly disappears (for a blond one).

The smell is bready and malty.

The taste has some elements of banana, bread, grass and pineapple, but none of them is ruling.

The mouthfeel is great though. The alcohol and bitter crisp keep hanging for a long time.

Overall: nice terrace beer.

PS: it looks like the stronger example of Hapkin. Maybe it can be explained by the fact that Hapkin is also a Alken-Maes beer nowadays.

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Photo of brinch
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of OlaB
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: pours a clear golden color witha small top of head that disolves rapidly.

A: aroma is of yeast, apples,citrus,spices and booz

T: taste is fruity and sweet with some spicy yeast, dry aand bitter finish with a decent lenght in the aftertaste. A little bit to boozy and sweet in the flavour for my taste.

F: medium body with a medium carbonation.

O: Was not that impressed about this beer. It taste decent enough , but was far from other belgian quality beers,

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Photo of nagyonz
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Colour is like wild honey, with a very-long-lasting, steady foam(I think it may hold a pence).
Smell is very fresh, grassy, and a little bit malty, sweet.
For taste it is good to drink (maybe it needs a little more carbonation), flavours of apricot and bananas appear.
Bitter, long lasting after-taste.
A strongly recommended one- I can hardly let it go!

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Photo of jeroen2555
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of MikWalker
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Great looking brew...pours clear deep golden with rich white head, great retention and intricate lacing.

S-Minerals, rich Belgian yeast notes, bits of earth, light toasty malt, faint fruit tones of yellow apple and white grape.

T&M-Puckery up front with malt and yellow fruits, nice midpalate with more fruit, minerals, and a bit of the spiciness from the yeast. Finish is fruity booze with just a hint of hop bitterness. I could use a little more hops. Aftertaste is a mix of Belgian yeast and fruity chewing gum.

O-A good beer. I'd rather go for a Duvel-more up my alley with the dryer finish but this is a good choice and definitely one I'll come back to from time to time.

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Judas from Brouwerij Alken-Maes
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 174 ratings