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Arjen de Vries
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Out of the box analyzer and designer, educationalist teacher-trainer and lots more...
Out of the box analyzer and designer, educationalist teacher-trainer and lots more...

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For the Dutch natives the label is allready tells it: Indeed this pale ale is from potatoes! En very drinkable as well. It keeps the middle between a pale ale and a light IPA with a fine aromatic hoppiness.

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Got a bit confused when I tasted this one: Cornet.
A promising "New" on the carton and a "Strong Bond Belgian" on the bottle and, especially "oaked" attracted my attention.

However... the experience was completely different in my opinion. Absolutely not bad but instead of some oak tones I found a distinguished citrus and hoppy flavor. Not an IPA but not the typical heavy blond Belgian either.
A very well disguised 8.4 ABV. The back side label revealed the fresh citric nose and taste: beside the barley there was wheat which also explaned the bit hazy light color.

But the "New" on the carton and the "Anno 1686" on the bottle still puzzles me...


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Ok, a new one from Gulpener. Nose is a bit on the direction from IPA, between pilsener and IPA I would say. Not very bitter but absolute hoppy in taste. A very well conceiled 8.25 abv as well. Some new experience!
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I found a miniature greenland paddle in my coffee this morning...
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In a local restaurant at the moment, celebrating father in law's birthday.
La Trappe dubbel (double). Very nice. Rich aroma's but mild. Very good.

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Very well balanced triple from Affligem. The hops, the malts, texture, the fragrance, aftertaste: it is all in the right place without blending and without any "drowning out"


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La chouffe 8% abv, nice spicy fragrance, typical blonde, enough hops too.
A bit "tiny" in the aftertaste. 
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just "inaugurated" our new kitchen by priming and bottling my latest saison brew. Even unfinished it seems to become a very fine one. 8 abv nice hops (not overwhelming) nice fresh and balanced taste by the wheat and some oats. 
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12/10/2016
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After paddling a few months with my home made greenland paddle I can give some more founded review: After I took my "stick" for the first time I immediately was addicted to it not able to describe exacty why. It felt comfortable, natural but of course it felt as something to be proud of as well. In the last few days I took my euro paddle again, just to be able to compare and make out what the differences are.

First noticable aspect is absolutely the weight. It seems a small difference between 1200 gramms of my euro paddle and 900 of my greenland paddle, but it makes out a lot. Secondly the turning of the blades. Also this is something you would not notice directly as this is an automated movement. But the lack of the movement is so much lighter on your turning wrist.

The strain on the shoulders is less and this is noticable on longer trips. This is not only due to the narrow blades but also because of the bit smaller arm and chest movements.

Last but not least the versatility of the paddle in rolling and manouvering. The Greenland paddle is made for that: sliding through your hands, good grip on the blades, extending leverarge during rolls and it never gets in the way.

After the last trip I saw that the epoxy coating was cracked a bit. And logically it was cracked on the sharpest edges. I thought it wouldn't matter and it gave my paddle a genuine look (for whatever that is). I decided to plane and sand out these edges and coat it again. See how this behave this winter


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Started a new small home brew again. Now lagering.
This is a Belgium Saison type ale with some wheat and some oats. It looks quite reddish/honey in this stage but it wil become gold with a very light haze when finished. Last picture is from last years brew.

One of my favorites!

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02-10-16
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