Habanero (1873) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours hazy amber/ reddish brown with an average sized off-white head. Aroma of yeast, caramel, dried fruit: raisins,cherries, plums, figs, orange sand chocolate among with molasses and honey notes. Sweet flavor that ends up a little more dry, spicy and with some alcohol notes. Medium to full bodied, oily to syrupy texture and average CO2. And excellent and complex strong Belgian. ★★★★
Palme (2669) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.75l bottle from Etre. It slowly wants out of the bottle this. When it gets in the glass it is a deep cloudy lovely copper colored beer absolutely filled with an enormous amount of big sediments, and it has a gigantic almost fluffy beige top that’s really sticking to the side of the glass. Looks like a million bucks. The aroma is surprisingly cellar infused with dust, rocks and a cold earthy thing. It also has some fruits blended in between the cellar, the dark and berry kind. Soft nuances of chocolate malts and some dark candied sugar. I’m a bit surprised that it smelled like this to be honest, but I like the rough earthy cellar aromas. Brings back memories. Oh, it has that light as a cloud mouthfeel. It’s really fluffy in texture and the carbonation is above average. Hmm.. It’s melting on the tongue this. Lots of sweetness in this. It has that soft chocolate paper ting often found in these kinds of beers, more cellar, sweet lingon berries and some natural traces of alcohol. Really integrated and smooth this. Believe this is my first from this brewer. Glad it’s not my last. 14.03.2013
Bule (428) - California, USA - APR 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml Bottle at Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle. Pours a reddy brown color, not much head, but a lot of flocculation. Wonderful fruity aroma. Strong caramel tastes without too much sweetness. Superb.
Spab (1972) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a cloudy dark brown with orange edges and a dense tan head. Aroma is roasty caramel, dried dark fruit and gentle spiciness. Flavour is roasty and sweet with caramel, dates, cherries, red grape and hints of wood/spice. Some drying booziness in the finish. Carbonation on the lively side. Impressive.
matt7215 (2071) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle form the LCBO. pours deep hazy brown with a tan head that reduces to a surface film. the aroma has some nice dark fruity elements with hints of acidity but there is also some roastiness which i find off putting. the flavour is basically the same, but the roast really comes out and detracts from the overall enjoyment. this really falls apart near the finish with the sweetness and roast clashing with the yeast. i was really looking forward to this one, but unfortunantly its really not my kind of BSA.
shaynsawchuk (289) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 mL bottle. Pours a dark chestnut colour with a foamy off white head. Complex nose of layered fruit, fig, liquorice, prune and honeycomb. Sweet and roasted with notes of chocolate, dark treacle and nut. High carbonation and a thick mouth feel with a layered finish. No noticeable hop flavor. Another very tasty Belgian brown.
Pluumepot (2) - Ransdaal, NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells very sweet and caramel-like. A very fresh and fruity, something dark flavor on notes of mainly cherries, caramel and honey. Truly a delicious explosion of flavor that is not expanding, but the available flavors are completely understood. The sweet taste is delicious on the tongue. It seems as if the caramel wrapped with cherry liqueur has settled on your tongue.
Grzesiek79 (2729) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 26, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
znakomite piwo, pachnące przeróżnymi aromatami, kwiatowe, landrynkowe, guma do żucia, zywiczne i koszona trawa. smak slodowo-wytrawny, srednio goryczkowy, rozgrzewajaca nuta i mocna tresciwoc, alkohol nie wyczuwalny. Piana gigantyczna kozuchowa jak podczas fermentacji warstwowa i puszysta do tego trwala. mnostwo drozdzy i drobinek na pianie w piwie itp. Same plusy, do niczego nie moglem sie przyczepic. Mocny i spory dymek sie pojawil podczas otwierania, silnie nagazowane.
JesseM (1135) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330mL bottle from the lickbow. Pours an opaque brown with medium tan head. The aroma really jumps out at me and I find it rather fascinating. Some nice roasted malts with chocolate malts, dark fruits with a somewhat sweet-spice character making an appearance. Flavour is even better with a somewhat wine-like character despite the roastiness and maltiness. Very full-feeling with some booze in the finish but more as a compliment than a detractor. Carbonation is a bit more than I would want but it’s not too excessive. Also some nuttiness in the finish with lingering sweet red grape notes. Damn, I haven’t had something like this in a while, and it really hits the spot. I will definitely buy more.
kevinsenn (808) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from LCBO. Pours nearly opaque brown with a thick foamy tan head. Pleasant aroma of spice, dark fruits, and mild alcohol notes. Taste has chocolate, dark fruits, blueberry, spices, woody and roasty notes, with a dry bitter finish. Very full-bodied and velvety smooth, and somewhat flat. Terrific stuff!