kerenmk (1563) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at our place. Thanks DSG. Best Before date 2008, aged at DSG’s cellar since 2007. Murky brown with tan ring and some floaties, nutty, very fruity aroma - ripe, some spice and old wine and prune, too. Tastes sweet, fruity and a little spicy. Full-bodied, smooth and a little, just a little, carbonated. Long fruity finish.
chinchill (1011) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle served in a St. Bernardus snifter.
A: Poured with a thick creamy light tan head on top of a reddish-brown body that has lumps of dark soft solids floating about. Not appealing, but seems to have no nasty effects on feel or flavor, and settle to the bottom anyway so that they could be avoided ... that is, if the beer wasn’t so darn good you’ll want every drop. Still, a downgrade on looks which remains high due to the stellar head and lacing.
S: bready-fruity-floral aroma, with hints of cumin, orange juice, and champagne. Some additional, more earthy and less attractive alcohol esters.
Taste: rich, even given the aroma, and mainly fruity and spicy, although the flavor is subtle and complex. Making appearances are raisins and dates, dark bread, coriander, cumin, ginger and orange peel. There’s a faint hint of smoke in the aftertaste. This beer is rather sweet but the bitter/sweet blend seems on the spot.
M: Body seems medium-full and, at the same time, light and airy. Very very soft. Only a soft alcohol heat despite 9% ABV.
O: superb[ a real treat.
vadie (374) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rouge foncé avec une mousse beige moyenne qui se rétréci vite, laissée un peu que reste jusq’au fin. L’arôme du sucre candi et malt. Le goût est un peu sucrée, il y a du malt, du caramel, du molasse, et peut être un peu de fruits noir mais très peu. C’est extremement onctueux et il n’y a pas qu’une trace d’alcool. Pour un abv de 9% c’est incroyable.
HoppyBudgie (566) - SOLA, NORWAY - APR 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a longlasting off-white head. Sweet malty dark fruit aroma. Sweet malty caramel flavor with hints f dark fruit. Sweet malty warming finish.
Leafs93 (1503) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours reddish brown with a off white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is pear, raisin, caramel, yeast and earthy. Taste is sweet with a tart finish. Medium bodied, sticky finish, thick mouth feel.
Erasmus_ro (1044) - Alabama, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a decent-sized off-white head. Aroma is caramel, loads of it. Some cola-like features, light alcohol. Pear and spice as well. Taste is a lot of caramel, a good helping of spiciness as well. Spiciness, not spiced - Comes through the malt, hops and yeast not with extraneous ingredients. Some herbalness as well as pear. Semi sweet. Palate is fairly light with quite a bit of carbonation. Definitely would drink again.
morri (131) - NORWAY - APR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours reddish brown with tiny sediments floating around like tadpoles before settling. Tiny off-white head which vanishes quickly. Good lacing. Aroma is dominated by yeast, fruit, skunk, citrus, and a hint of alcohol heaviness. The taste is quite sweet, and even though it’s good, it becomes a little much after half a glass. Not that I was unable to finish. Palate is delicious and foamy.
Gr0ve (2077) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle from Vinmonopolet. Dark reddish brown. Clear, but there was a lot of yeast in the bottle, which is not unlike what I’ve seen earlier. It’s been a very long time since I’ve tried this beer. And it was great the last time, as it is this time. Intense malty aroma with black pepper and ripe apples. Complex sugary flavours with toffee and caramel. Body is surprisingly light, which makes the beer very drinkable. Malty and rich. More apples in the finish, almost cidery, but not dry nor that sweet. Overall a fantastic Belgian dubbel-like beer. Awesome.
toadrush (9) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious malty aroma of dark fruits with a hint of chocolate. Can smell the alcohol a bit as well. Taste is delicious dark fruity malt - taste reminds me of a doppelbock as the Belgian yeast doesn’t seem to be as present as other Belgians I’ve tried. Bit of alcohol in the flavour as well. One of the easiest drinking and well-balanced Belgian ales I’ve had!
Meilby (5518) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 330ml @ home
Pours dark reddish brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, chocolate, caramel, alcohol and dried fruits. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter with a long sweet caramel and fruity finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.