Anatole (90) - BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Une brune typique belge, épicée, caramel, café. Je n’y ai pas trouvé de complexité. Déception.
goozen (2880) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 0,33ltr: Hazy dark brown coloured brew with nicely bitter taste. Hints of caramel, spices, vanilla and some slightly sourness. This beer is very above expectations, thought first another Abbey Dubbel but i was wrong.
JaKeAFC (492) - ITALY - JAN 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle, 9%, best before 20.2.2014, into a wide tulip. Appearance: Red color, clear with a lot of rocky sediment, nice smooth creamy beige head. Strong malty spicy nose.
Aroma is syrupy, lots of malts, dark bread, wood, earthy yeast. Dark grapes, red apple peel, a whole of raisins, nuts, caramel, plum, an hint of licorice, cinnamon, spices.
Winous indeed, very rich.
Taste has a wonderful harmony within malts sweetness and hops bitterness, a bit salty, umami, tasty, tasty and damn tasty, can’t stop sipping. Finish is sweetish, but somewhat short with hoppy overtones. Medium to full bodied, a bit tart.
Palate:, alc 9% but the alcohol is subtle and very pleasing, liquor like, comes out after a while. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel, soft carbonation, creamy.
Overall: this is a wonderful, classy, ultra smooth. But personaly i’d like a bit more prominent hops profile, anyway for winter this is a winner.
fkoolen (230) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown colour, slim creamy head. Nose and taste get a delicate mix of flavours from the special mix of hops and yeasts: spices (pepper, nutmeg), dried and sweet fruits like plume and figs, liquorice and even some woody smokyness. Very balanced between sour, bitter and spicy with a touch of sweetness rounding it off. No big alcohol punch despite the 9°. Medium bodied, low-medium carbonation. Favourite brown ale out there.
ABT_S54 (124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2014 33cl bottle in a Trappist glass. Pours a wonderful dark brown colour with a moderate beige head. Truly amazing beverage. Rich cakelike taste with prunes, figs and lots of malt tastes dominate. One of the better (if not the best) Belgian brown ale I have tasted. Well worth the hype.
stecken (174) - SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown with a beige head. Aroma and taste is dried fruit, caramel, yeast, plums. Medium body, sweet warming finish.
alethol (102) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a murky red brown. Delicious aromas of malt and sweetess. Very soft, medium body with little carbo. Tastes of malts, maple syrup, red fruit. Complex, but very well balanced. Suberb beer.
WheatKing (1276) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small bottle. Pours brown, beige head. Nose is toffee/molasses, alcohol, prune. Flavour is same with some leather. I liked this one but it was a little on the sweet caramel side to become a "classic" Belgian for me, sad to see I’m missing out.
Biganon (4) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 8, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium chocolate-brown, pretty cloudy, with average-sized beige head. Nice smell of old chocolate and grapes, powerful taste, both roasted and yeasty. Behind that is a sweet, round note.
radagast83 (4440) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Poured a dark brown color. Aroma is spice, some boozy caramel notes, malts. Flavor is some dark dried fruits, touch of chocolate. Bitter, sweet malts. Alcohol is certainly noticeable. Pretty good on a cold winter night.