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

Photo of jaydoc
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle I brought to share at Skuter's tasting.

Pours a murky golden-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, tropical fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, tropical fruit, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with nice honey and fruit characteristics, but I am not getting any sour beer aspects that the label says went into the making of this one.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Strongly sculpted from pilsner malt, oak, and strong wine influences, the stronger golden influence of this ale reigns supreme with intangible fruit and spice flavors that will hit home for the Belgian ale fans.

Its gold austere casts a mild haze to start, pushing forth a cottony froth that builds gracefully from those racy streams of carbonation. Hovering just above, a light angel food sweetness supports a zesty scent of citrus and orchard fruit along with a spicy hop tinge.

With the taste comes a soft confectioner's sweetness and wafer-thin bread support. Across the middle the sweetness wanes and the hops build to develop an earthy grass, pepper and pine taste. As faint swirls of honeysuckle and herbal botanicals build on the taste, the bitterness of white grapefruit, the acidity of white grape, and the spice of oak begin to shape a wonderfully unique finish.

As the bitterness grows into a full-on grassy, pithy bit, soft and powdery oak gives a highly drinkable and dry taste. Its perfume of fresh and fragrant wood shavings and oddly soap character resonates in aftertaste while alcohol spice ensures a dangerous dryness to its taste.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/9/2014. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep gold color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon zest, pear, apple, apricot, white grape, citrus peel, oak, herbal, straw, floral, grass, clove, black pepper, light musty funk, cracker, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy/floral hops, oak barrel, and light pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, pear, apple, apricot, white grape, citrus peel, clove, black pepper, oak, herbal, straw, floral, grass, light musty funk, cracker, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Slight tartness and moderate yeast spice/earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, apricot, white grape, citrus peel, clove, black pepper, oak, herbal, straw, floral, grass, light musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and oak barrel flavors; with a very crisp malt/yeast/hop balance and zewro cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly dry mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong pale ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy/floral hops, and oak barrel flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Raziel313
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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 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 Axnjxn
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | 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 Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Daniellobo
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Satchboogie
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of mrebeka
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Belgian tulip from the 25.4 ounce bottle.

A- Pours a pale straw color and produces a massive foam that requires several pours and waits. Cloudy pale golden body shows lots of carbonation.

S- Floral hops, lemon zest, apples, oak, citrus peel. Many explosive flavors but joining together in a tasteful blend of maltiness, hops and tartness... Loving this aroma.

T- Loads of tropical fruit, citrusy and floral hops, an undercurrent of sweet malt and some lingering zestiness. Outstanding flavor and just a slight amount of tartness.

M- Medium body but drinks fairly lightly with a yeasty effervescence. Some sweetness at times, but has a slightly bitter finish with the taste of citrus peel adding some dryness.

This beer is downright spectacular and unforgettable. I need more bottles. The price is up there but I'll bite the bullet for how incredible this is.

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