Mora2000 (6136) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a medium brown color with a cream-colored head. There are huge chunks of yeast that come out of the bottle. (I also got this is then Grand Cru from this brewery.) Not very appetizing. The aroma is brown sugar and dark fruit. The flavor is dark fruit, alcohol, brown sugar, yeast and some darker malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
pitch992 (85) - SLOVENIA - MAY 30, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: raisins, plums, banana, alcohol, dark caramel, strawberry (pretty sure that’s aromatic malt), doughy, some biscuit, molasses?.
Appearance: dark red, very cloudy, off white head with good retention. Quite the gusher though, impossible to pour nicely in the beginning- all of the yeast got resuspended and is in little flakes inside the glass. I don’t know what to say as this was really unexpected.
Taste: same notes as in aroma but with more prominent alcohol warming, quite sweet, some more dark caramel, gentle roast, nonexistent bitterness, honey-strawberry taste that I adore from the aromatic malt. The rest is the same and quite interesting, complex.
medium body, creamy, slick feel, lively, long sweet finish with some lingering aromatic malt, dark fruits leftovers. Equisite.
Overall: A sipper with amazing complexity, I can see coming back to this beer for more, despite its significant alcohol warming and sweetness which are not really faults but move away from the typical belgian "drinkability and slight dryness" of dubbels/brunes. Apart from that the presentation is its only fault due to the significant gushing and resuspending of the yeast.
Beggard (53) - - MAY 18, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2016 Känguruh pub Vienna, 0,33l bottle. Slightly alcoholic, sweet, caramel aroma. Brown color with a creamy head. Cake, chocolate, sweet taste, very complex one. Leaving bourbon, sweet, rich aftertaste. Lovely beer
nuplastikk (5615) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Floaties galore inside an unfiltered cherry brown body. Beige/off white head. Deep malt tones, a hint oxidized certainly. Fruity yeast notes, lots of red fruit. Very classical, rustic Belgian Brown. Good, but not as good as I remembered it from years past.
koleminer20 (1863) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle shared by ebone1988. Vintage 2013. The pour is a ruby or copper with an absolute ton of light brown chunklets floating about. There is a nice thick ring of light khaki head and a little bit of bubbly lace as it falls down. The aroma it is a little tart. There is a nice maltiness to it. There is a good bit of brown sugar and a little spiciness that really comes through on the back end. It’s nicely balanced, with a hint of tartness that I can’t really place. The flavor is very bi-directional. It’s sweet and carries a light dark fruit up front and it morphs through to a ton of breadiness. It finishes like a Belgian strong should, but there is just bready malts. I was hoping for a little more complexity in this one. The mouth feel is pretty decent. There is a nice thick creaminess to it, but it is a little over carbed. The aftertaste is bready and carries a little malty spice to it. This one could be great, but the chunklets just take too much away.
ebone1988 (1035) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2016 Bottle shared with koleminer20. 2013 vintage. Aroma is dark fruit, raisins, slight tartness, apples, spices, really nice. Appearance is red brown, light tan head, TONS of sediment in an otherwise clear beverage. Taste is bready, sweet malt, dark fruit, raisins, overwhelmed by the breadiness. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, lots of sediment and the standard bitter Belgian Strong aftertaste. Overall, I bet this beer would?ve been something fresher. Still, fine for the style.
JFF (99) - - APR 30, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Arômes de bourbon, vanille. Robe marron/rubis. Bonne mousse blanche. En bouche, un peu sucré, pas amère du tout, bien rond, vanille.
Mesjasz (755) - Lodz, POLAND - APR 29, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bardzo miły słodki aromat, głównie rodzynki, karmel, kandydowane owoce, słodkie winogrona. Smak słodki, ale nie zamulajacy, mocno karmelowo rodzynkowy, suszona śliwka, wiśnia. Alkohol prawie nie wyczuwalny. Posmak słodki, ale z lekką goryczką, karmelowy. Ciało pełne, tekstura gładka, niskie wysycenie. Bardzo smaczne.
Saeglopur (1599) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - APR 23, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle, vintage 2013, bb 11/10/2015.
Dark copper-brown body, with a lot of floating yeast and a small, creamy, beige head.
Aroma of caramel, dried fruits, berries, cocoa, milk chocolate, some pices.
Tastes of dried fruits, cocoa, caramel, cinnamon, some toast, some wood, subtle alcohol.
Medium, creamy mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes smooth, medium sweet, a bit dry, slightly roasty, with cocoa, wood, spices, fruits, some alcohol warmth.
Really tasty. Very smooth and perfectly balanced, complex, but also feels simple at the same time. Quite sweet, but not too much, with enough smooth, dry, slightly roasty notes. Alcohol is greatly hidden, just providing some warmth. Among my favourite Belgian dark strong ales I’ve had so far.
Tognetta (659) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 13, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Marrom escura, de pouca turbidez, espuma de baixa formação e pouca persistência. Aroma maltado, achocolatado, açúcar caramelizado. Paladar de dulçor intenso, pouco amargor da torrefação. Corpo licoroso e baixa carbonatação. Final de longa duração trás um pouco de tabaco, achocolatado, maltes torrados, álcool menor do que o esperado pela % o que é um bom sinal.
UjoKlobasa (401) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 13, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark amber color, cloudy liquid with a lot of sedimentation (never seen so much in a beer before), yellowish head. Alcohol smell. Aroma of liquor, bananas, cinnamon, exotic spices. Heavy malty sweet, light sour. Warm alcoholic finish. I really enjoy this one a lot.