boomer0813 (100) - denton, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye. Poured a brown sugar color with off white head and lovely lacing. Aroma was of black cherry, spice, caramel, and a hint of orange. Flavor was of sour cherry and grass.
anders37 (14818) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Alvinne. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty spicy dark fruit and slightly oaky aroma. Smooth thick malty spicy flavor with hints of raisin and some hins of oak. Has a smooth sweetish malty spicy dark fruit finish with some wooden hints in the aftertaste.
gunnfryd (9376) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is sour, malt. Flavour is sour , malt, cellar notes, dust, brett, grapes. complex beer.
shrubber85 (6515) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A nose full of spices - cardamon seems to slightly come out in front but ginger apparent. Dark brown with a small head. Sweet raisin malt flavor with spices being somewhat subdued given the aroma. Light alcohol bite in the finish.
marcus (5636) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brown ale poured with a large beige head and a sour vinous aroma. This is a strange sour brown ale that has some unidentifiable spice. Strange, but good. There is a cherry feel to the flavor and a juniper-like finish, probably from the oak chips.
bhensonb (9863) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As De Eycken Balthazar.
750 from Alvinne. Pours dark brown with a big frothy tan head. Unusual spicey aromas. Strong roast malt. Hint of oak. Near full bodied with smoothish carbonation. Flavor of strong spices, dark malt, and light oak touch. (Couldn’t place ginger at the time, but indeed it was present.) Powerful flavors. Spicey, slightly bitter finish. Reminded a bit of juniper.
thirdeye11 (5343) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(750ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye, labeled “The Oak Balthazar”, BB 2012, Lot 330) Pours a ruby brown color, nose is of spicy ginger, dark dried fruit. Carbonation is great, taste of oak, ginger and spices, coriander, raisins and has a decent palette linger but slightly odd I think due to the oak.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ruby colored brew. Spicy aroma. Flavor is spicy too, some sourness, some dark fruits, oak. Thin. Not really exciting.
Miksu (4741) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUL 8, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
0.33 l bottle at PBF. Reddish brown color. Piney, tarry and gingery aroma with meat broth and cola. Tart, nutty and gingery spice rack flavor. Too much ginger for me.
omhper (18366) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at PBF. Hazy ruby, brief head. Almonds hidden in tart lingonberry and oak. Sweet and rounded, near full bodied with some caramel and underlying spritzy carbonation. Quite spicy, a bit hard to point them out, rather tham what really is there I get more juniper and lingonberry. Very interesting. If there is something to improve I would like to see it even softer and with a longer lasting flavour.