Abbaye De Forest
Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #370
Ranked #41,544
3.54 | pDev: 10.45%
Brasserie de Silly S.A.
Abbaye De ForestAbbaye De Forest
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Reviews by SleepyMonk:
Photo of SleepyMonk
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled light brown glass bottle poured into a clean chalice glass

Pours with a thick bubbly 3 finger head. Holds a little lacing but not a lot. Body is a hazy straw color.

Malt and citrus aromatics with elements of peppery garden spice and cut grass.

Malt is also features strongly on the palate with citrus fruits

Mouthfeel has a burst of taste and quickly finishes of dry

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Photo of Bierschenker
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

@ De Fiere Margriet, Leuven

The bottle has no back label, so no extra information. No expiry date, maybe it was on the cap.
It was served in a Abbaye de Forest goblet.

It has a nice compact white head. It's about a finger thick and is kept allive by the bubbles that rapidly rise up from the bottom. This blonde has a nice warm golden heart.
After the first taste, the head unfortunately collapsed, but it made some nice lacing on one side of the glass.
The beer has a nice soft sweet scent. It is built up of a slightly sweet malt note, combined with lemon peels. I can also make up a herbal note.
The flavour is light, very fresh at first, it is a bit sour, mainly gives a malt taste. Slowly the mouth becomes drier and the sourness subsides for a stronger bitter aftertaste that is built up out of the malt and hops.
Overall the taste is herbal and a bit peppery in the aftertaste.

This is a nice beer. First time I encountered it and jumped on the occasion. I'm glad I did. In general I'm put off by the abbey beer in general, all the same and too sweet. This one has the characteristics of the traditional off the traditional abbey beer, but it is not another high alcohol lemonade.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bright, golden filtrated beer with a thick head.

Smell is like a tripel, with solvent and fruity smells, but it also has a distinct dirty socks smell that is very disturbing.

Taste is light malty with a nice yeast profile of exotic fruits and a little solvent and higher alohols. Again this strange taste comes up and develops from dirty socks into overcooked vegetables. Especially when swallowed this taste is at the end of my tongue.
One of the few drained beers I had.

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Photo of vancurly
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at Belgian Beer Cafe, Cammeray.
Very effervescent, with a thick whipped head. Bit too effervescent...
Very soapy/perfumy notes on the nose... floral, estery....
Mouthfilling, with licorice evident, musk candy hints, and a firm bitterness. There is a long herbal aftertaste that appeals.
Not very well integrated, but with some highlights.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2009.

Appearance : golden color, with a huge foamy white head.
Smell : sweet malty and yeasty aroamas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet malty flavours, with notes of yeast, spices, and citrus.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 330mL bottle into a pint glass. They should have used a different glass on this one since the head was so huge. Over 4 fingers thick and densely foamy. The beer is a pale golden color.

S: Delicate light fruits. A grassy and honey note in the middle. Very light and crisp, but also reminded of some pale lager in there with the grassy note. Malt is slightly bready and very light.

T: Heavier on the malt than expected. Bread up front with some honey and brown sugar. Hop profile reminds me somewhat of green tea with a bit of spice thrown in there. Actually a good amount of spice. Nutmeg and/or coriander. Finishes with more of the malt. Biscuity with hints of floral hop. Different and crazy but really nice.

F: A bit thin. A light amount of carbonation. I wouldn't call this super refreshing but it is crisp and nice in it's own way.

Overall interesting, different. Not sure if I'd go back to it again soon but a good changeup and a bit of a workout for my tastebuds.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet candy sugar. In the taste, a sweet malt, a bit sugary, yet still mellow. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to sweet aftertaste. Kind of feels like I am eating candy.

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Photo of gfreed
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this in Brussels at Poechenellekelder with a giant plate of spaghetti Bolognese. Bright yellow in the glass with a head that looked rather flighty and fluffy but left a good deal of stuff behind and took its time dissipating. The smoke from the bar hid some of the aroma, but I could detect some lemons and yeast. Had a very fizzy body, which counteracted the dense spaghetti nicely, and tasted very much like a German lager: very bright, with some honey and citrus. Still the tilt toward yeasty keeps it in the Belgian category. Decent.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows honey, lemon, floral hops, doughy yeast and soft phenols. The honey is incredibly strong.
Same story with the flavours: loads of honey, with doughy yeast and soft spicy hops underneath. The finish seems a bit metallic. Too sweet.
Carbonation is much too high.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.34/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Only white thick and creamy head at first, then the liquid appears; pale clear golden. Decent lacings.

S: Spices and Belgian yeast. Sourness and nettles. Fresh cut grass and a little stable. Green apples and pears, with a lemon twist.

T: I would like to write; look above - the nose and the mouth gets the same...

M: Sour aftertaste, medium body and rather rich carbonation, but very smooth.

O: Better than average, but not by much.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 04/29/12 notes. had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC at brunch.

a - Pours a hazy red amber color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, fruity malts, light spices, and Belgian yeast. Very malty, and a ton of caramel. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, bready malts, caramel malts, spice, Belgian yeast, light citrus. Pretty nice; more fruit and less caramel then the nose, but equally as good.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink beer.

o - Overall a pretty good Belgian Pale Ale. Some definite belgian spice and yeast notes, and some nice caramel in the nose and fruit in the taste. Worth checking out.

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Photo of TheBurgundian
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer AT the Silly Brewery Brasserie in Silly, Belgium along a croque-monsieur and some frites.

Appearance: Deep Golden-yellow standard of a 'middle of the road' Belgian Tripel. Less head than I like, though not sure the hostess was too worried about a great pour.

Smell: Citrus, sunflower, wheat-meets-grape smell with too not nearly enough bitterness

Taste: Good abbaye tripel, the bitterness is definitely stronger than the smell let on. Flowers, lemony-wheat with a surprising yeastyness throughout.

Mouthfeel: good carbonation though not as thick as most abbey tripels

Drinkability: at 6.5%, this beer is surprisingly drinkable.

Good beer, but with so many great Belgian Abbey Tripels, why settle for less? I'm definitely not silly over this beer (sorry, had to be done)

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Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of xylophonica
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Very murky dark amber colour. Actually not that inviting and probably would've scored it lower if not for the nice pillowy head.

S - Honey & wheat. Touch of sweet berries as well.

T - Again honey and sweet fruits come through. Spicy & hoppy as well - the bitterness is present but tempered.

M - The restrained bitterness here is coupled with a slight sourness. It's very lively but almost acidic in that combination.

D - Interesting combination of mouthfeel & taste. Not sure you could drink too many of these because of the unusual (and very full-on) feel, but a few would pose no problems.

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Photo of shadyside
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of captaincoffee
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured nice, golden with a fluffy white head. Nose was mostly missing, just a bit of yeasrt and fruity notes. Taste was a bit off. Initial sweetness, somewhat oddly cloying mouthfeel, and an sharp no-so-pleasant bitterness on the finish. Not terrible, but not something I would purchase again.

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Photo of marvmoreno
3.22/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy light amber / dark yellow color. Head was unimpressive, very loose and almost immediately starts to break down, head reminds me of that of adjunct lagers

Bread and biscuit, lemon and citrus with a faint banana smell in the back

Initial bread and malt in the tongue, with a light caramel sweetness and faint toastiness. Banana flavors follow suit, while a lemon peppery spice builds up gradually in the background until it finally makes itself known, lingering into a long dry finish with alcohol in the nose. The hop bitterness is certainly there but not very assertive.

Highly carbonated with a medium mouthfeel. Has a certain slickness to it

A very spicy, light, easy to drink Belgian blonde. Balance is more skewed towards spice notes. Seems to lack a certain finesse in my opinion. The brew however is very drinkable, but in the end is just a so-so beer. Decent, but not something I would regularly go back to.

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Photo of combatFlexo
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of SmashPants
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: standard brown 330mL bottle, very dated-looking Euro label.

Appearance: amber in colour with a light haze. A fluffy pristine white head pops up and settles to a half-finger.

Aroma: lots of caramel malts, almost too much - it has an almost stabbing sharpness. Some fruits back up, along with the usual Belgian yeasts.

Taste: the biting sharpness backs off some, to be accompanied by bread malts, soft fruits and some light spices.

Aftertaste: bittering aftertaste, with again that stabbing sharpness. Not unpleasant, but certainly not brilliant.

Mouth feel: I think the high carbonation is what is producing the sharpness. Perhaps backing it down a bit would help it go down easier.

Overall: there are much better Belgian ales for this price or less. And they are easier to find, to be honest. This isn't a brilliant one. Not offensively bad, but certainly not as good as most of the Belgian ales out there.

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Photo of arkanu
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of FLima
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color with apparent carbonation and a huge fluffy fast building head with eternal retention and leaving laces.
Aroma with notes of bread, pineapple, crystalized fruits and honey.
Flavor with notes of herbal, spicy and floral hops (very Hallertau), crystalized fruits, pineapple juice, some lemonade, nutmeg and pears. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 6.5% is well hidden.
Fruity beer with nice spicy whip from both hops and yeast. I found this beer very pleasant with an enhanced balanced given its hops especially relatively to other Belgian Pale Ales that can’t offset sweetness.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma is sweet, sugary, grainy, yeasty with some fresh cut wood notes. Taste has also some yeasty flavors, not as sweet as expected but still malty and grainy. A light earthy bitterness on the aftertaste. Light body with medium plus carbonation but somehow it feels smooth. Overall it's a decent, easy drinking belgian pale.

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Photo of tbetz
4/5  rDev +13%

Abbaye De Forest from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 40 ratings