1894 | De Brabandere

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64 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium
bavik.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Coren on 03-20-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
64
Reviews:
13
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
13.16%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
19
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DucksFan16
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

01/12/2017

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Photo of mpyle
3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber color, quite cloudy. Pours a big white head, tightly bubbled and long lasting.

Rich malty nose, some candy sweetness. Gentle phenolic character...maybe some clove? Slightly tart nose as well.
As warms the wood becomes more prominent in the nose.

Gentle flavors, well balanced and certainly not overly hoppy (but does have some earthy hop flavors embedded). Again perhaps a bit clovey, and a definite tartness midmouth. Finishes quite dry and slightly bitter.

MF - Medium body and very high carbonation. Carbonation really detracted from the overall presentation of the beer for me, as it overwhelmed things. High carbonation and wood aging give it a real drying effect.

Think my sample might be past peak. Hoppiness very muted, slight hint of oxidation.

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Photo of frontalot
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mamaraza
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Euroglot
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TravisMason
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CoryR
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Anatole
2.62/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of justinp444
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass it has a heavily fizzy almost champagne mixed with soda water like white frothy head and a hazy straw yellow. Smell is lemonheads, biscuit-y malt, floral, and earth. Taste is lemon citrus, oak, vanilla, white wine, and a slight biscuit malt. It has a full mouth crispy slightly overly carbonated and a light body.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of suckaj
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajm5108
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of dry yeast on the nose, summer hay and a little lemon citrus as well. The label touts the hops addition but is very light, which isn't a complaint. You get some chalky Belgian yeast flavor, straw, some creamy vanilla from the oak and some light lemon peel. Easy and smooth, good carbonation, a little tart pop as well. Very good brew.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of josvemden
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Je proeft de eik. Perfecte bitterheid. Heerlijk!

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Photo of desint
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattsmith413
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drpimento
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very good sour beer. Appearance is a large, super frothy, off-white, slow to settle head, good lacing, and an almost clear light amber color with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is a very fragrant blend of tart fruit, oak, yeast. Flavor's like nose, tart is in front and is not overly assertive, is balanced with a little sweet. Very clean and easy drinking. Great body. Not something I'd drink over and over, but would be great with a wide variety of foods and just to sip or even quaff on its own.

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Photo of Johnny_Blackhands
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samEBC
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmasher85
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad I got to try this, even just once. Pours a mostly clear, pale gold with no head and unfolds as a remarkably unique, exciting, and delicious beer. It advertises itself as being very hoppy, which in these days of hop inflation, can be a turnoff because a proudly hoppy beer is often just a bitter one.
However, the bouquet on this stuff is gorgeous, like walking into a royal French orchard in full bloom. Some mild citrusy zing mixed with pear and green apple and a potpourri of grasses, herbs, and those rich, mellow but very present hops they were talking about which, far from being too bitter or grapefruity, were piney, grassy, and floral enough to remind me what the best-hopped beers taste like.
The flavor matches the smell with all the above qualities filling the mouth, and adding to it a mild tartness, a little more pine and earth and a hint of oak from the barrels. It's not foamy at all, but heavily carbonated and each sip explodes and fills your mouth. At 8%, you can taste the strength of the brew well, but it doesn't overwhelm you or give much burn or astringency. Really, the medium-high abv enhances the flavor and gives a little bit of needed to punch, like a sweet, kind, gentle elderly lady who's got the mouth of a sailor just to keep you surprised. This beer is expensive, but totally worth buying once or twice. Oh, and I'm totally keeping that gorgeous, printed spumante-style bottle.

Edit: Tried it again. Whole Foods had it, go figure. Splurged again on the $25 gift to myself and toootally worth it. Still love this girl, though the awesome hop flavors have clearly been toned down over time. Get it soon or don't bother!

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Photo of brotherloco
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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1894 from De Brabandere
4.18 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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