ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed 1/3/2013. Thanks to Jay for the bottle! 11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a cloudy burgundy color with evident carbonation rising up to the top. Seeing as I intentionally poured the bottle to maximize the head, it was a five finger light mocha color. The retention is weird - instead of just gradually fading, the texture just becomes more bubbly, until it collapses in on itself. The end result is a much creamier looking one finger mocha-colored head that leaves massive clumps of lacing on the glass. If any beer was made for a Duvel tulip, this one is it.
S: Apple, pear, chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar. Rather simple by BSDA standards, with a weird metallic note detracting some.
T: Thereís an initial quality of apple/pear yeast esters, before the beer finishes with notes of chocolate, raisin, and brown sugar sweetness. Occasionally, a bit of hops appear. This is definitely on the dubbel side of the BSDA fence. Thereís very little thought provoking complexity, rather it fits into the category of simple refreshment.
M: The vibrant carbonation gives this a light, airy texture. Actually, the vibrant carbonation makes this one really scratchy and even harsh. Itís pretty difficult to focus on the initial smoothness of the malt structure when the palate is being bombarded with carbonation and - to a lesser extent - astringency. Aftertaste is a touch sweet after a while, but this manages to subdue the booze quite well.
O: Certainly, it wonít give Rochefort 8 any fits, but itís not a bad choice for a BSDA. Keeping in mind its flaws (rampant overcarbonation, simple flavors, metallic aroma), itís still decent.
thirstyrabbit (1254) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 2, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark copper body, medium head. Aroma has yeast, caramel and dried fruit. Mostly red fruits. Also some hairspray. High carbonation. Taste has more dried fruit and yeast. Pretty simple. Finish is more fruity with dates and raisins. A standard dark Belgian, not very much distinguishing features. Carbonation is too high, makes me burp a lot. Not very smooth. With so many better options available, I will probably not have this one again.
deanso (5962) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle @ Cambrinus, Brugge.
Thin creamy off white head. Clear deep burgundy pour. Well hidden alcohol but not that much to it.
Labedz (6) - POLAND - DEC 5, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 33cl. Sour smokey and chocolate aroma. Great foam with nice lacing. Taste chocolate with fruits with roasted malt. More sweet than bitter. Sweet wine aftertaste.Quote strong but no alcohol in taste or aroma.
markoijelena (783) - Belgrade, SERBIA - OCT 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0.33l from Delhaize supermarket Ghent Belgium.Pour it dark amber colour with medium white head.Taste and aroma of plum, banana, rust, light yeast.Not very good balanced.Bit quite drinkable
AndySnow (4308) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Where: Pressklubben, Stockholm.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Malt, caramel, yeast, spices.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, fruit, spices.
omikr0n (780) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with thin white head. Aroma is licorice, overripe fruits, yeast, hint of alcohol. Taste is cocoa, fruits, malt.
Marduk (3209) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle. Clear dark brown color. Medium size, yellow head, stays. Looks fizzy. Prunes, caramel, toffee, sweet, brown sugar in aroma. Fruity, metallic hops, dry yeast, brown sugar, plum stones in taste. No real signs of alcohol. Quite high carbonation. Dry yeast in aftertaste.
suurjuust (1361) - ESTONIA - SEP 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nut brown beer, creamy beige head. Nose is caramel, dried fruits, malt, toasty notes. Flavor is fruity, malty-toasty notes, sugar, fruity tones and metallic hints, yeast in the background, some sweetness. Alcohol and dried fruit in the finish. Prickly carbonation. Simple, but balanced.
martjoobolut (1132) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,33L bottle, BB 06.04.2016. Pours dark ruby with light tan head. The head stays for some time. Aroma is caramel, dark fruits, burnt sugar. Flavor is sweet, dark fruits, burnt sugar, malt, yeast. Finish is sweet and dry bitter with hints of alcohol and woody notes. Overall: rather simple, but not bad.
guiroul33 (132) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - SEP 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brussels Beer Weekend 2014 - ArŰmes of caramel, dark fruits. Probably a good desert beer but too sweet for me.