fidelis83 (1791) - 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.
Beerhunter111 (2880) - 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 (246) - 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 (742) - 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 (112) - 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.
cfrancis (2094) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark dirty copper with a thin off white ring. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, vanilla and earthy notes. Taste is raisin, vanilla, caramel and yeast. Nicely complex, been sitting for at least a year so not terribly boozy. Super nice. Happy Birthday to me!
Vells (514) - LATVIA - JAN 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bit disappointing. Expected something near Belgian quad, thou got only Belgian sourness x)
ofc.. its high quality and drinkable brew, but.. Mostly malt background, some caramel, sour berries, alco quite noticeable. Yeast, some spices. Sweet with sourness, low bitterness. Not bad, drinkable, but quite thin for alesmith =]
RihardsF (81) - LATVIA - JAN 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with small head, that dissappears fast. Aroma of malts, sweetness. Tastes a bit sour and salty. Carbonated barley wine / Belgian strong ale. Because of the sourness, I didn’t like it too much.
sonnycheeba (2932) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Ben, thanks! Pours clear dark amber with creamy off-white head. Aroma is caramel and bready malts, light booze, plums, dates, and Belgian yeast. Flavor is sweet bready malts, alcohol spice, dark fruit esters, light caramel, and floral yeasty notes; dry finish. Medium/full body and medium carbonation
snoworsummer (1467) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle. Pours hazy copper red with a bubbly, frothy off white head. Tastes like mild raisins, light brown sugar and spices. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like mild raisins, dates, toffee, caramel, and alcohol, and a bit sour.
boisebeerguy (38) - boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 7, 2014
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Decent beer but scoring low due to the fact it exploded on when opened. When I say exploded I do not mean a little overflow, I mean it was like a volcano erupting. So fast I the only thing I could do was let it do its thing. So I am just putting that warning out. Also the bottle was not that old.