fkoolen (311) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014 Dark brown colour, slim creamy head. Nose and taste get a delicate mix of flavours with coffee, spices (pepper, nutmeg, clove), dried and sweet fruits like plums and figs, vanilla, gingerbread, liquorice, red wine and woody smokyness. Very balanced between sour, bitter and spicy with a touch of sweetness rounding it off. Lingering aftertaste. No big alcohol punch despite the 9°. Medium bodied, low-medium carbonation. Soft and dry mouthfeel, even a bit tard. Favourite brown ale out there: complex with big flavours but rounded and a smooth drink.
ABT_S54 (149) - 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 (105) - 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 (1305) - 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 (4675) - 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.
abemorsten (2782) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle at t’Bierhuyske. Clear brown body with a beige heaad. Caramel, raisins and spices on the nose. Mouth adds dried fruits, honey and malty notes, a well balanced bitterness all wrapped up in a full bodied, smooth and alco warm delight.
rondphoto (2044) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
@Weilands Market / Columbus Clear dark ruby brown with a long-lasting 1/2" tan head, small swirls of lace. Taste can’t be tied down on the first swallow. This is a brew that grows better as it warms, and as it establishes itself in the palate. Begins with sweet fruit malt, adding dark fruit and earth in the palate, then moving very sm -o -o - o -thly through the palate to a solid, lightly bittered finish. On the first blush, it seems pretty conventional, but with each successive swallow, it becomes more and more absorbing, until it is one of the smoothest Belgian Ales I’ve had. Deceptively effective; glad I have a 4-pack. Highly recommended.
Hermod (3283) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle @ home, bb 22/03/2014. Pours brown/ mahogany with a thick lasting brown head. Aroma is sweet, candy sugar-like, dark fruits, bready notes, spices, like clove comes to mind. Flavor then has dark fruits, sweetness, spicyness, malt. Finish is long, sweet and malty, spicy. Warming, but alcohol completely hidden. Full bodied, great balance. This one grows on you. So drinkable, so good!