jaghana (4354) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - MAR 29, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 25cl, kindly shared by Dominique. A clear amber beer with low head. Nose is very low, just caramel notes. Aroma is on caramel too, candy sugar and cassonade notes. Light belgian yeast, low and boring.
berntholer (1175) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2015
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
beige head fades without lacing. brown colour. aroma is metallic, caramel, malt, pils. taste like aroma with a wry and astringent aftertaste. rather thin body, quite carbonated. no cherry, no vinegar, no glue, a sweet caramelized pils, but not an oud bruin!bottle 25cl / bbf oct-2015
Swaroga (1619) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Plums, coca-cola, dried apple, moderate acidity, small bitterness like clove. It also tastes like sprite or 7up.
Alengrin (2815) - BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Roman’s most traditional ’oud bruin’, launched in 2005 to replace their ’obsolete’ Roman Oudenaards Bruin; a deep burgundy, clear beer with thinnish, pale beige head and sweet taste with hints of candi sugar and banana, over a caramelly malt sweetness, thinnish body, soft sweetish finish with low hop profile. I think most of the low ratings here come from people confusing the soft and sweet ’Oudenaardse’ version of "oud bruin" with the tart red version in the Rodenbach style; as far as the Oudenaarde part of the style is concerned, this is perfectly true to the style, albeit a little too much on the bland side, perhaps.
Kauge (536) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 28, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2015 Bottle from Wine of Galilee in Tallinn. Pours dark coppery brown with a mahogany hue. Head light beige, small. Nose kind of indistinctly fruity, putrid red berries and apples, malty, dank sourness. Taste is plain bad... grainy malts, rust, putrid apples, light caramelly sweetness, whereas the sourness is not much pronounced... aftertaste is just awful... metallic, medicinal dryness, woody... Palate near sticky, carbonation average, body light.
Bierridder_S (140) - BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2014 01/11/2014 from tap @ Koppenberg Cross.
Ruby-brown colour with small fast dissapearing head. Smell : malty, some coffee. Taste is malty, caramel, light coffee, light bitternes. Had it at it’s best, perfect on occasions like this : in a tent at a sports event. Compared to other (old) brown of the same region it could be called rather weak, but is should be compared with "Dubbel" and than you can say it has a lot of taste for that alcohol volume when it’s at it’s best. I’ve had it a bit too sweet at other times
ShivanDragon (1961) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
@Antwerpen, #Devoxx-2014, bruin/rood met kaki kraag, aroma is zeer beperkt, smaken zijn enorm dun/waterig, wat caramel, rozijn en bruine suiker, beperkt complex. enorme lichte body, nee dit het het niet,,
Marduk (3367) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 10, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
330ml bottle. Clear dark copper color. Medium size, brownish head, stays. Caramel, candy, sweet, nettles in aroma. Candy, toffee, sweet, hop extract, metallic flavor. Mild bitterness. Sweet body.
FatPhil (9909) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 8, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
330ml bottle (Wines of Galilee, Tallinn)
Initially a fairly pleasant sweet berry and malty aroma, has some nice hints of a sour red, but alas that fades quickly, and it becomes sweet and sticky, a little bit corny. Deep rad, brief frothy beige head. Sticky-to-slick palate, too sweet. Ugh, metal in the taste. Eww, yikes, that’s awful. Corny sweet finish. Nasty chemical bitterness too. Poor belgian, really poor red.
bartlebier (2365) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - SEP 10, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Had this a while back in a restaurant in Ghent, 25/?33cl bottle 12/2013. Fruit-caramel sweet and cloying dubbel interpretation of the style, providing little or no acidic/lactic alleviation to its unfocused, near-cloying yeast profile and offering no complexity at all, let alone any wood notes. Over saturated supermarket plum juice, syrop de Liège over table beer. Overall very unfocused, with an almost Piedboeuf-like dull malt sweetness. I was done with this bottle after two sips - testifies that big thumbs down drawing in the travelogue.