Westmeister (1749) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at May Ale Alpharetta. Aroma was yeast, raisin, bits of banana esters, thick caramel maltiness. Taste has spicy caramel maltiness, dark fruits, estery yeast. Not much carbonation. Nice.
zacgillbanks (2302) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. Hazy ruby coloured with spicy red fruity flavours, sherry, vanilla and oak notes with a very warming burnt currant and toffee finish.
Fritz123 (1001) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a trade and shared at the bottle share. Small snifters. Pours a medium brown, clear with a small eggshell head and mild lacing. Aroma is complex with Belgian yeasts, dark fruits such as prunes and plums, a subtle sweetness, caramel, and spices. The taste is just as complex with Belgian yeasts, sweet dark sugars, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, spices such as cloves and anise. Medium body, mild carbonation. Finish is full of flavor and Belgian yeasts. Very enjoyable.
andyhwcinc (1439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased at Woodman’s in Kenosha, WI; enjoyed at home two days before leaving on a long European journey. This stuff looks, smells, and tastes fancy. Appearance a dark brown plum with a moderate off white head that rims around the glass, looks great in a chalice. Aroma is a nice complex mix of caramel, Belgian ale yeast, chocolate, raisin, vanilla, and light champagne. Taste is rich and flavorful and impressively light, considering the high ABV. The raisin flavor comes out more the warmer it gets, and it also becomes more enjoyable as it warms. Opened a bottle for myself, kind of wish I shared this one. Meant to be shared, really nice one.
Philym (999) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Clear copper/ruby with thin beige head.
Aroma: Raisin, chocolate, treacle, dried date, liquorice, aniseed, note of vanilla.
Taste: Medium sweetness, low/medium bitter and sourness.
Palate: Thick coarse texture, medium body, average carbonation, lingering dry, treacle, liquorice, aniseed, vanilla hint, dried date finish with alcohol warmth.
Comments: lovely. Rating is for bottled version 10% ABV.
Pieboss (6) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruckus Pizza Morrisville on draft. First try on draft. Very delicious. Maybe one of the best Belgians I’ve tried in a while.
maxwelldeux (3661) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with a moderate light tan head on it. Nose is sour with a fair amount of fruitiness to it and a slight bit of booze. Interestingly, I got got a quick whiff of candied sugar. Taste is strong and slightly sour with some whiskey to it, actually. Interesting, but not my style.
JulienHuxley (3041) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
200 ml from a bottle thanks to a guy at BeerTemple. Clear deep amber pour with bubbly off white head. Aroma is really malty, nice mix of Alesmith malt :fruits, molasses, raisins and classic Belgian spicy notes, cinnamon, coriander, black pepper. Taste is sweet, malty, but with little residual sweetness. Palate is med-full bodied with good carbonation. Really easy drinking. Lives up to the Alesmith reputation.
baraciisch (1873) - USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden brown in color... Aroma of candi sugar, caramel... Flavor is caramel, toffee, Belgian candi sugar, light citrus, hint of bitterness on palate... Lots of plum... Great beer
Stuedmaster (208) - Vista, California, USA - MAY 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear reddish brown with a slight head that dissipates quickly, no lacing, this beer is not about the appearance. Wonderful aroma of red grapes, honey, vanilla, slight earthy notes. This is a very unique beer, I haven’t had anything like this before, almost like an Oud Bruin. Medium sweet, slightly sour, very little bitterness, and some spicy, fruity aspects, extremely clean finish. Even has kind of a red raspberry dimension to it, very interesting. I would get this again, very satisfying.