Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dense caramel ice cream and cookie dessert hits on the nostrils with just a whisper of alcohol, certainly less than I would have expected from a 14% brew, in the nose at least. A broad little fruit array is quickly ventured in, earth cherries, marmalade and peaches are all visited every other whiff. The rich and sweet type, halfway between liquid chocolate and port wine and yet with this alcohol level, you would have thought that a fair attenuation had been reached - perhaps, but there’s plenty of complex sugars remaining. While little head formation punctuates the pouring motion, in mouth, the carbonation is initially fairly active, though it slowly diminishes to leave a more liquorous texture after the beer has been sitting around for a few dozen minutes - which is almost inevitable if you drink a bottle by yourself. Raisiny, chocolatey, caramely, very desserty palate. Fair oak character with noticeable tannins, but not to the point where I feel the smooth, silky, currant-like Pomerol character is highlighted very much. That’s something rare enough in beer that I would have enjoyed it to take more room; it is tough for a sweet dark Belgian beer to make an overdose of balancing gracious tannins. An interesting recipe, but not one I’d like to revisit very often considering the price tag and rarity.
marcus (5896) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a reddish hue, almost no head and a tobacco and dark fruit aroma. There is a raisin and red wine flavor, just like it says on the label, with a fruity finish.complex and very tasty.
larsga (5893) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smallish beige head. Hazy deep brownish red body. Fruity vinous
sugary aroma with wooden notes. Dry-sweet wooden fruity taste
with funky caramelly notes. Fullish body. Hot, rounded, smooth
mouthfeel. Dry-sweet roasty wild berry and fruit aftertaste with
peppery vinous wooden funky notes. Traces of wine grapes, earth,
spice and menthol. Complex, interesting, and unusual. Subtle, and
full of flavours. Wish they’d sold it in 0.25l bottles
though. (0.5l bottle, wine monopoply, Vika, Oslo.)
KyotoLefty (5808) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by tderoeck. Pretty dark brown with red and thick lace. Winey nose, dreid fruit, oak, vanilla, chocolate, spices (nutmeg), mulled wine, apples. Sweet and fruity, jammy, with chocolate, some leather, grape, apple, wine. Super original and very complex.
TaktikMTL (5504) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille de 500 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel fruité avec une pointe de vanille. Apparence: La couleur est brune. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel et de prune avec une pointe de vanille. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de vanille en arrière goût. (Rating #4774)
Scopey (5307) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Craft Clerkenwell. It pours deep brown with a small off-white head. The nose is earthy, wood, berry, vinous, jammy, dirt, vanilla and toasted coconut. The taste is sweet, juicy berry, dark fruit, vinous, jammy, red grape, wood, alcohol warmth, earth and mild toast with a dry, vinous finish. Med-full body, fine carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Pretty jammy and vinous. Pretty decent, but perhaps a touch sweet.
Geokkjer (5221) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap@ Haand2012. Pours cloudy amber with an off-white head. Aroma of sugar and berries, some caramel and malt. Flavor is sweet berries and caramel with some malt and alcohol. Medium body, soft carbonation. Nice complex brew.
BoBoChamp (5021) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl, new exclusive brew Anno 2012, from the brewery, very complex brew, spicy/alcoholic and slightly woody/vinous, heavy, not balanced, cloudy, small head, good brew, yet expensive!, WOW!
TheBeerGod (5007) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Murky mahogany pour with spotty bubbles on the surface. Aroma is tart with vinegar, wine notes, wet wood, dark fruit and caramel. Taste is slightly tart fruit, ripe fruit, dark fruit, balsamic vinegar, caramel notes, wine, wet wood, booze and dessert cake. Body is medium with sparse carbonation and mild warmth. Ends with more tart fruits, dark fruit notes, wet wood, balsamic vinegar, booze and caramel notes. Tasty but lacking a bit body-wise.
Borup (4893) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Belgisk Bryg. Dark brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of spice, alcohol, dark fruit, caramel and malt.