joergen (22542) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle #25 at yesprs mafioso blind tasting.
Hazy orange coloured with a small off white head.
Sweet aroma of caramel and smoke with flowery notes.
Sweet flavour of fruits, caramel and smoke with flowery and burnt notes.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark murky brown ale covered by a light off-white head. I’m afraid my experience somewhat differs from Joris’. First, when I bought this at the excellent Off License store in London, I was told this was a smoked strong ale. From the nose, you would not necessarily guess, it is certainly mildly smoky, but the strong beer part is more obvious:) Strongly honeyed and shooting its ingredients in a straightforward manner. It grows meaty in mouth and indeed quite woody, in a smoky way, but quite dry. On parallel, as is often the case with Italian beers, there is a ton of sedimented yeastiness in there and it does not feel very clean, powdery even, but with pleasant pear and peppery spiciness yeast derivatives. Surprisingly light-medium body, but cleansing carbonation enhances the unclean powdery, yeasty,, woody dry finish.
JorisPPattyn (8243) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
No head but little rim; red-amber beer. Wood, (milk)chocolate, some dryness converted into the nose; acetone when warming up. Very wry, woody taste, woodstripper, going in the MF to astringency, certainly in the finish. Burning MF, dry-out effect. Very severe(ly dry) beer, but above all not balanced.