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Beer – #1049 – Averbode – Averbode

Abdij Averbode. It’s all a bout the new beers, and this one looked too good to go past, the label is really clean and I thought rather appealing. Also Belgian beer. Can’t go past that.

a hint of sweetness
Abdij Averbode is in a 330ml bottle, is 7.5% ABV, which is around the 225 calories a serve and this bottle is 1.95 standard drinks in NZ.  oh and it has 38 IBU things.
Averbode  is brewed in the style that is a  Belgian Ale – Strong Pale  is brewed for: Abdij van Averbode by the nice people at Brouwerij Huyghe

Pretty boy and the pretty label

Golden (or lightly veiled by the secondary fermentation in the bottle) with a fine head. 

Scent of Floral, green apples, a hint of sweetness and delicate hop aroma

Flavour is resounding, sweet malt and a pleasant hop character by carefully selected hops.
A fresh, rich and bitter aftertaste make this (unique) a real beer experience.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

A lovely lemony familiar aroma on opening. It’s fairly lovely with the resulting 70/30 wavering more towards beer being 70% of the pour.

A striking bright golden yellow beer with lots of carbonation, it continues to be a pretty beer.

There’s some bite about this, the initial taste is of a dense full earthy beer, that is balanced against a pillow of softer sweetness that is not so much holding this back but cushioning this along.

But it is fairly industrial in the delivery, it’s not a beer that has a lot of finesse, but it’s not a beer that uses alcohol as a club to get the point over.

As it warmed it settles a little and that lemon note that was first obvious came back, and I thought then that this was more like an amped up Hoegaarden than I wanted it to be.

It’s nice, but it a regular beer,  it is very pretty, and has great plain simple and striking label art, but it is just a beer.  That I enjoyed, with the music and the cheese should you wonder.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing.

The double dip review. A simple beer that’s nice easy drinking, nice aroma of the familiar lemon notes, and taste that includes that earthiness and the softness.

  • Where did I get it? The local Liquorland.
  • Am I enjoying it? Yes
  • Would I have another? Yes
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? If you wanted strong Hoegaarden than this is the thing.

Music for this:  Kate Bush – Hounds of Love from 1985 which I have on Vinyl and you can listen to if you like



Belgian Strong Ales can vary from pale to dark brown in color, darker ales may be colored with dark candy sugar. Hop flavor can range from low to high, while hop aroma is low. The beers are medium to full-bodied and have a high alcoholic character. Types of beers included here include tripels, dubbels and ultra-strong abbey ales.


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