fidelis83 (1823) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours mahogany brown with a 1 finger, creamy beige head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is interesting for a BSA, lots of vanilla and chocolate, nutty note, buttery oak, toast and hints of dark fruit and booziness. Flavor starts off with lots of toast, some caramel, woody malt, vanilla, white and milk chocolate, alcohol, hints of bananas foster, sauteed pears, floral hops, and mild dark fruit esters. Medium off dry slightly boozy body with a light carbonation. This is a very nice beer, it is really interesting in that it is a beer with high alcohol content and it is a Belgian Strong Ale, but while it is unmistakably both of those things it doesn’t beat you senseless with either in any way. The alcohol, while noticeable, blends very well with other sensory aspects in the Aroma, Taste and Palate, and while the Belgian yeast leaves behind enough esters and phenolics to make it’s presence unmistakable, both chemical groups are mild enough to not overpower the surprisingly delicate balance of this masterfully brewed beer.
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong alcoholic of alcohol. There is a strong flavor of caramel, alcohol, grapes, vanilla, light chocolate, and more. The flavor changes as it warms. Very satisfying.
fiveacestx (468) - Texas, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (over a year old) to a trappist glass - rusty brown with a beige head. Has a champagne aroma and an initial smoked toffee taste. Hints of dark fruit (plum) and caramel. Medium body and smooth.
Torrefacto (373) - SPAIN - MAR 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color caoba algo turbio con espuma color crema. Aromas de frutas confitadas En boca es afrutada y dulce con un final suave y ligero, aunque el regusto es largo e igualmente afrutado y dulce. Muy rica.
mikkopen (788) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Hazy reddish brown colour, thin light beige head. Sweetish aroma of dried fruits and caramel malt, with notes of spices and sour berries. The flavour is toasted malty, with berries and dried fruits, a little caramel sweetness, and a spicy finish with warming alcohol. Good stuff.
cards04 (1458) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An amazing ale. Pours a rich toffee color.. Aromas are bubblegum, Belgian yeast, grapes. Flavors follow suit. This is an incredible beer.
Prokroustis (668) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - MAR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, dark red colour with an off white head. Strong, spicy and relatively sweet malty aroma with caramel, butter, cinammon, cloves, some vanilla. Medium body with low carbonation. Raisin, caramel, berries, toast, brown sugar, some vanilla in the warming flavour, alcohol is barely noticeable. Really nice.
Beerhunter111 (5524) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein minimal trübes bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig süß, alkoholisch, belgische Hefe. Geschmack sehr malzig alkoholisch, fruchtig, würzig
EvanFriend (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This might be a little cold. Banana, a slight spicyness, a sweetness, maybe caramel or something, over a faint bread flavor. Alcohol is well hidden. This is certainly drinkable, but far from AleSmith’s best.
NeoHippie2 (795) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber pour with a small head. Aromas of sweet malt, brown sugar, candied fruits, and caramel. Flavor is sweet malt predominantly with some dark fruit notes coming through in the finish. I was a bit surprised this beer wasn’t bottle conditioned. Pretty good but not as complex as I was hoping for.
g_georgiou (143) - CYPRUS - FEB 8, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 Clear amber body, thick beige head. Caramel, vanilla, fruity aroma. Taste is sweet, balanced, alcohol is hidden well.