Zestig | Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

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Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Meaning “sixty” in Dutch, “zestig” refers to this beer’s 60 IBU, underscoring the prominent role noble hops play in this dry-hopped beer, in terms of both bitterness and aroma/flavor.

Added by smithj4 on 11-01-2013

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by rdickey:
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4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very pale, somewhat cloudy gold into my goblet. A two-finger head composed of tiny white bubbles perches on top and then slowly collapses, leaving spotty lacing.

Smell: The yeast takes a more prominent role than in many beers, and it is interesting. Classic Belgian white pepper and cloves from the yeast are present, but the yeast itself is also prominent, if that makes any sense. A mix of herbal notes combine with a vinous element to round it out. Very enticing.

Taste: This is a good one. It’s very well balanced, and the hops generally provide a perfect counterpoint to the candy sugar notes. Noble hops add an almost pilsner-like feel. White pepper and other spices combine beautifully with the herbal flavors, which amplify as the beer warms. Really complex and well done.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is relatively high and the beer is almost airy in the mouth, which seems to help camouflage the almost undetectable 10% ABV.

Drinkability: Very high, particularly given the very well-hidden alcohol.

Edit: I'm tasting this one again almost exactly two years later because it arrived recently from the Rare Beer Club. All of what I wrote in 2013 still applies, although it's worth emphasizing just how excellent and balanced this beer is in light of the proliferation of Belgian-style IPAs. Sometimes when I taste one I feel like someone just dropped some Belgian yeast into a DIPA, or dumped a ton of hops into a tripel, and the results aren't great. This beer, on the other hand, is tremendously well constructed and works on multiple levels. Cheers!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Beer21
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Keene
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CrazyLarry
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Appearance: Big fluffy lace head. Hay/straw color. Hazy.
Smell: Malty, yeast, honey, slight bit if spices
Mouthfeel: light and traditional golden ale style feel,
Taste: malts, hops bitter left as an after taste, sweet honey malts transitions into biscuits then into the bitters.
Overall: solid beer. I have had better in the strong blond category. I could drink this all days.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of desint
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Beer pours a cloudy dark golden body with a huge white head. The smell reminds me of a skunked beer. The taste is sort of skunky, slight bitter hops and sweet malt. There is a lot of carbonation behind this beer too.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours hazy straw amber with gold notes and a huge, large bubble white head that dissipates slowly leaving lots of bubbly lacing. Aroma is very citrusy, with orange, grapefruit and lemon and ripe tropical notes, Belgian yeast, bready malt and Belgian spicing. Flavor is fruity, dominated by the same mixed citrus in the aroma, especially orange and exotic citrus flavors. Interesting estery flavors develop with both citrus and exotic fruit elements as well as moderate grassy hops. Finishes with grapefruit rind, clove and grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied with peppery, active carbonation. A refreshing and brightly flavored Belgian style IPA, moderate bitterness, but with light hop flavors, mostly in the citrus range. Feels like a triple style crossed with an IPA, but with a more interesting and intense fruit component. The hops are much more citrus forward than expected from a Noble hopped European ale, and for the better. There are nice lively citrus flavors here that really made this interesting. I liked this quite a bit

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Photo of guytyping
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of muzzy
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mwilbur
4.66/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Best by May 28, 2016.
A: Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a generous 3 inch frothy white head with excellent retention (lasts for many, many minutes). Backlighting really makes this shine. Quite a beauty.
S: Soft citrus (lemon and orange), white pepper, a note of earthy funk, dry cracker malt, and some interesting herbal notes (mint, basil, and perhaps more). Lovely.
T: Whoa! Soft citrus blossoms into distinct orange and cantaloupe notes. White pepper followed closely by more spice (clove and cinnamon) and herbal notes (mint and basil). Fruity esters, spicy phenols, and a touch of earthy funk courtesy of the yeast. Dry cracker malt akin to Pilsner. Soft vanilla and a pear note become more apparent as this warms.
M: Soft, creamy, and subtly sweet. Excellent mouthfeel with the superfine bubbles giving this a frothy, fluffy feel. Dry bitterness throughout from the nice hop component. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate with more of the herbal and spice notes coming to the forefront. I did a double-take when I saw the ABV was 10%. There is no way you'd guess that after the first few sips. Light-medium body. Crazy good here.
D: Extremely drinkable and exceptionally constructed brew. The yeast and hops are highlights and are allowed to play above the delicate malt backbone. This was a very pleasant surprise! My hat is off to you, Malheur!

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Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Kerne
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBorsato
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of trebbates
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bleeps
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Can I get a forty of "Sixty" anywhere? Regardless, this stuff pours a partly-cloudy straw-brass topped by a couple fingers of lightly cream-white foam. The nose comprises bread, spicy Belgian yeast, light champagne grapes, a dash of black pepper, some light grass, and a touch of clove. The taste brings in more of the same, though it often comes off as yeast-laden white bread dipped in white wine. The body is a lithe medium, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice enough Belgian offering, though the hops really aren't able to shine very brightly amidst the overpowering yeast and bread parts. Still, it's not bad.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Zestig from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 52 ratings