jc1762 (125) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 24, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to tderoeck for the bottle!
Pours with a big thick head. Lovey brown/caramel color - semi-translucent but basically opaque.
A lot of sweet malts, caramel, and sweetness on the nose.
The palate is very light bodied with a soft sweetness. Finish is long and sweet. I would recommend water biscuits in between if you’d like to keep your palate fresh for this one.
I recommend drinking it at the temperature on the bottle (12-14 C). I kept it in the fridge overnight and was greeted with a much more alcoholic profile showcasing its 9% ABV.
hackobock (1885) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
October 20, 2014. Bottle at home, best before february 2016. Pours dark brown with a dense quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is sweet prunes, raisins, caramel, light spices. Taste is medium sweet with dried fruits, brown sugar, dark fruits, very light bitterness. Finish is light roasted bitterness and medium sweet toffee and plum. Medium bodied, quite fizzy carbonation.
Bierridder_S (109) - BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
21/11/2014 @home, 33 cl bottle from de Hopduvel.
Nice dark brown colour with light beige head. Aroma reminds me of forrest, fruits, nuts, malts, caramel. Taste is some sweetness, light bitternes, dark fruits, nuts, light mocha and bitterness at the end. All verry subtle and that’s what makes this beer so strong, it’s subtility and balance. This is one of the only beers that has never dissapointed me. If I ever can have one with a long lasting head, it gets 5.
cmc619 (455) - California, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
RateBeer Top 50 Belgium challenge. Nice dark brown with medium tan head. A bit of dark sediment in the last few drops. Rich, hot, dark fruit at the end. Overall very nice but this leans towards too hot/viscous for me.
Steasy66 (1012) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown, small tan head. Aromas of yeast, red fruit, and considerable malt. Flavor is quite malt forward, very smooth, low carbonation almost like a nitro beer. Plenty of fruity esters. A bit overly sweet for me.
Unde (465) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mahogany brown colour with delicate head on top. Aroma has red berries, syrup and yeast. Taste starts with berries, tannin, slight syrup. Then there comes vanilla and cream. Pretty soft flavours. Medium body with medium carbonation.
Kenter (2) - Den Burg, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
cloudy, light sweetness, a very light taste of apple and malt, very nice beer
canary dog (680) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - OCT 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderfully dark and full. Roasted and nutty and warm, although the alcohol is well managed. A great, unadulterated malty brown ale brewed to its highest peak.
Hanoi (509) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is caramel, bread tanin, sugars, spice, raisin, plum. Taste is brown sugar, nut, wood, spice, lifted by fruit notes, plum but also a touch of apple and pear, slight cola leading to a soft sweet nutty finish. Mouthfeel is good.
A delicious brune.
Theydon_Bois (10655) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Rose Red Cafe, Brugge, 17/10/14.
Hazed chestnut brown with a decent off white covering.
Nose is caramel, spice, dark malt base, toffee, earthy notes.
Taste comprises some bitter roasted notes, spice, toffee, dark fruit rinds, dates, prunes.
Medium + bodied, fine carbonation, lightly warming alcohol in the close.
Solid Belgian strong, good balance, but not quite seeing where the 4+ average score comes from!