AskForJenny (1027) - Ontario, New York, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml - Light, light brown head of substantial size, toffee colored liquid, very small and fine bubbles. Candy sweet astringency fading to a woody finish. I liked it more as time passed. OK.
barbillon (42) - Pesaro, ITALY - FEB 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
birra bruin, di color ambrato scuro, al naso salgono sentori di prugne. Al palato gran carico di luppolo e caramello con un finale di cioccolato. Birra molto equilibrata tra dolce e amaro che la rende morbida. Spettacolo.
hohops (399) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance is mahogany brown, a small fizzy beige head which doesn’t last long. Lumps of sediment come out with the pour. Aroma- caramel, yeast, banana, dried plums, brown sugar, stewed apple, bread, malts, toffee. Taste- lovely. Fluffy mouthfeel, but some carbonation to see things along. Dark fruits dominate- raisin, plum, prune, hint of cherry, banana bread, toffee sweetness, thick and sweet finish. Excellent.
leghorn99 (52) - Livorno, ITALY - JAN 25, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dal bel colore marrone con riflessi ramati e dalla schiuma fine, cremosa e abbondante, che si stabilizza poi in una lamina sottile. L’aroma è pungente e piccante: si sente il malto tostato, un pizzico di polvere di caffè, ma soprattutto un lievito pepato e un luppolo secco e deciso. Ottimo, davvero. Il corpo è quasi tagliente, si fa subito riconoscere, dando un taglio netto e deciso a tutte le possibili interpretazioni. 9° e non sentirli, quasi, tanto è pronunciato e corretto l’equilibrio generale: un inizio frizzante e luppolato (i lati della lingua ne vengono subito pizzicati), con un progressivo allargarsi del malto tostato, della liquirizia (tenue) e del caramello, con un ritorno finale delle sensazioni amarognole del luppolo. Finale nel contempo morbido e amaricante, con il palato suggestionato dal malto e i lati della lingua dal luppolo.
Bosbouw (1450) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mooie donker rode kleur met een volle kraag. Ruikt zoetig, honing, herfstfruit. Smaakt zoetig, caramel, suiker.
fombe89 (148) - Asturias, SPAIN - JAN 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botella .de @Señor Lúpulo. Despacho de cervezas ...................... Casa 18/01/2014
thirstyrabbit (1202) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 19, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Hazy light brown/orange body, medium head. Sweet and delicately fruity (or some kind of perfumey) aroma without the excessive yeast/caramel combo that comes first in many other dark Belgians. I even get some fresh green apple peel. Sweet malty taste with more delicate fruitiness. High carbonation, but somehow the yeastiness is still floral and pleasant. Excellent beer, reminds me of Rochefort 8, only it’s even more smoother. This is an essential classic beer for sure.
Sissio (752) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JAN 15, 2015
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear ruby copper, cappuccino head. Clean aroma with yellow mature fruits, dessert wine (passito), spices, caramel toffee and butterscotch. Smooth and full taste, which explodes in your mouth. Perfectly balanced.
rok1024 (1182) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - JAN 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown appearance, medium head. Aroma of dried fruits, caramel, roasted barley, coffee and chocolate. Some tannin, low bitterness, rich palate, sweet and balanced. Excellent Bruine style beer.
Kauge (410) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Wine of Galilee in Tallinn. Deep dark brown colour with a hue of chestnut or mahogany. Head is massive initially but drops fast to leave a good layer and some thick lacing. Nose leads to believe that this is going to be quite sweet - it’s got a lot of caramel and toffee, but also a deep woody spiciness (kind of like caraway / cummin seeds and cinnamon), also a red berry tartness. Can’t believe there’s no added sugar here... A bit of an alcoholic note as it’s warmer. Taste is very sweet malts - again, so hard to believe it’s actually sugar-free! - that are somewhat taken over by moderate bitterness and fruity and bread crust sourness, then they mix to create a very nice chocolaty, cinnamony and bready finish with a tingle of warming alcohol. Body medium, carbonation thin but active, palate very soft and creamy, while the finish is somewhat malty dry. A fine, complex beer!
Beardbeerman (143) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This strong ale showed a dense pour of a cloudy and intense reddish body letting loose tons of very fine bubbles with a vivid and thick hazel head sitting on top of it all. It showed a fair amount of retention and lacing but I would have expected more to be honest. The nose is very nice offering complex notes of floral hops, soapy yeasts, butterscotch, maple syrup and even some grainy malts. Not bad for a brew with no added sugar to develop such a sweet aroma. The taste gives away roasted and sweet malts almost imitating moka. There is a good balance between sweet and bitter that lets you enjoy even the taste. The warmth of the alcohol is perceptible and closely followed by a hoppy finale that wraps it all up in a very distinctive tasting experience adding a appreciable aftertaste. The mouthfeel is dense, oily but also sharp and vapory proving once again the complexity of the product. Overall this is a very well crafted beer that I strongly recommend not only for its quality but also for its complexity that will charm the connoisseur as well as the rookie since its very delicate and accessible.