gEUS (1430) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUN 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at home, labeled as "The Oak Balthazar". Pours cloudy dark amber, no head. Huge aroma of nuts, caramel malts, brown sugar, toffe and raisins and dates. Medium body, lightly sour, some tannins and high on the bitterness, a bit akward with the tannins. taste is hazelnuts, dates and oak vanilla.
AdamChandler (3527) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 7, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
dark fig juice color 2 finger yellow orange thick and dense head. aroma is light, woody, flemish red yeast and cherry. Nice tingly mouthfeel, not a lot of flavor. oak tannings and yeast, maybe old pears and apples.
Alengrin (3148) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Special edition of Balthazar, matured on oak chips. Loose, light beige head, dark ruby brown colour. Fruity, lots of raisins, dates, pear, caramelly malty, candi syrup, cognac, wood; dried fruits in the taste, sweet maltiness, full and mellow mouthfeel, rich, subtle wood tones and brandy-like, warming alcohol in the finish. One of their many beers to sip carefully.
tderoeck (6158) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
18/IV/14 - 33cl bottle from Den Zytholoog / Bierloods (Adegem) @ home - BB: IX/2011, bottled: 2008 (2014-372)
Clear dark brown beer, small irregular off-white head, little stable, little adhesive. Aroma: very peppery, pepper corns, ginger bread, floral, orange peel. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: sourish start, bit smoky, pretty bitter from the tannins I guess. Aftertaste: little bitter, sourish notes, sour cherries, blackberries, cherry bubble gum, smoky touch, bitter tannins. Has survived the ageing process pretty damn well, I’d say!
Countbeer (5264) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Served in a Duvel glass:
Medium sized beige foamy head on top of a hazy red ruby colored beer.
Aromas of lots of spices, cloves, coriander, some sweat socks, light vinous, some oak, dust and a nasty planty bitter.
Flavours of bitters, grapes, malts, vinous, spices, herbs, some sweet yeasty caramel, berries and some wood.
Aftertaste is is bitter, light malty, light vinous and some plants.
Low carbo, light creamy mouthfeel, more than medium bodied and a light creamy texture.
Decent but strong on the spice note.
Douberd (3135) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 750 ml from a trade with Countbeer, thanks man! Rusty crown cap, one year past BBD.
From previous experience with Alvinne beers I was waiting a gushing beer and I wasn’t wrong at all. Thankfully I was prepared and opened the bottle in a some kind of tray. After the initial gushing I managed to pour a very dark brown beer, with a small kind of beige head. Low retention, light lacing on the glass.
Aroma of sour grapes, wine, some dark fruits.
Taste is sour, lots of spices in here, wood, red wine.
Medium thin body, good carbonation.
Overall more than good, I was afraid it would be infected but that didn’t seem to be the case.
PhillyCraft (3875) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at tasting, Murky brown shade with medium head/lacing. Notes are lots of currant, wine, ginger, barrel, and other dark fruit. Easy drinking for 9 percent. Not bad.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml from the BSP boys.
I was expecting an eruption but only got an agressive hiss and a little foam up to the top.
The pour is deep chestnut brown with a big foamy beige head. Definitely a tin of carbonation.
Aroma is really spicy with cardamom and oak dominating. There is a little fruity tartness but really just a wine-like character, nothing like an infection. The sugary fruits of the underlying beer are present but definitely have faded with time.
Taste is similar to the aroma but with the dark fruits taking on a more prominent role. The cardamom is a bit lighter but the finish is all about the oak - spicy and dry but with hints of grapes and tartness.
Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and maybe a tad light for the style.
Definitely not at the top of list of BSDAs but it’s a seriously tannic version of the style. The oak and spices are dominant.
madmitch76 (17899) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
30th July 2009
Cloudy brown beer. Softish semi dry palate. Tart sour fruitiness with a little dry spice. Nicely offset by oaky softness (not too much vanilla though). Finishes dry and a little creamy with some alcohol warmth.
MaartenRF10 (1689) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oranjebruin troebel bier met flinke stevige kraag. Geur zuurzoet en caramel. Smaak zuur, zoet, een beetje bittere hop en overrijp fruit. De smaak van wijn en eikenhout komt ook zeer duidelijk naar voren. Complex bier, niet helemaal mijn ding.