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Vampire Pale Ale | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium
vansteenberge.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by KansasBeerLover on 10-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
53
pDev:
31.1%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
8
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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Amber hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly. Very slight spotty lacing, mostly retreats back into the body of the brew post-haste.

S: Yeast, lemon rind, honey, and clove.

T: Sourdough with a slight hop, accentuated with lemon zest, and dish soap.

M: Light body, with a bit of a floral character.

D: Sessionable

Atmosphere is okay. Fair head, and slight lacing. Nose is yeasty and citrusy with sweet and savory spice accentuates...characteristic of the style. Sourdough with lemon hints, but a bit of a soap palette and an overall floral overtone. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 750 ML Bottle no best by date.

Clear amber colored all with a tall puffy white head.

Smells on the sweet side with lots of honeysuckle and and coriander. Herbs and pepper in the hop aroma. Smells slightly soapy.

Starts out sweet and flowery in the mouth, fairly mild flavor, no blood tasted. Softy powdery yeast flavor with a good coriander after taste. Herbal and floral tasting this is quite mild and the alcohol is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty mild ale. What this lacks in complexity it gets back in user friendliness.

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B-

750ml into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear shiny copper penny, dense egg cream colored head slow to recede, clumping froth remains behind, excellent lacing. gorgeous

Aroma is powdery yeast and confectioner sugar, light skinned fruits in the background along with a phenolic musk.

Taste too is yeasty and fairly sweet. Unripened apricot, a pear and some honey. Low bitter, low dry. Hint of zinc at the tail end of the finish. Relatively thin bodied but a touch cloying nonetheless.
cheers
jd

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This beer pours a hazy medium golden hue, with three fingers of roiling, puffy, and thinly puffy off-white head, which leaves some frizzy table-top cloud lace around the glass as it slowly wisps away.

It smells of sweet, somewhat pastry-esque pale malt, earthy Belgian yeast, some apple mush and Poire Williams fruitiness, and leafy, floral hops. The taste is semi-sweet drupe fruit - more apple and pear - with a sturdy, kind of bready pale maltiness, softened Low Countries yeast notes, and increasingly bitter (everything being relevant the key concept here) leafy, weedy hops. No evidence of the elevated ABV to be found as of yet.

The bubbles, bubbles, toil and trouble (my apologies to Sir Will) are actually average, which works just fine, of course, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, as some of that initially understated effervescence starts getting frisky. It finishes fairly off-dry, the fruity malt not fading too much, unlike the hops and other bit players.

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Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 53 ratings
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