fugitive (1306) - Athens, GREECE - MAY 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Color hazy dark orange with medium white head. Aroma hops, citrus, grapefruit, yeast, malt. Taste spicy, sweet, hoppy, caramel, malt, alcohol.
LarsEngen (351) - Sandvika, NORWAY - APR 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Pours extremly murky rotten apple brown with a small offwhite head that leaves a lacing. Fruity aroma of strawberry with some alcohol notes. Flavor is fresh hoppy that quickly turns to strong bitterness, and a long dry woody finish. Strange to be a belgian strong ale, but a cool complex version
Foffern (1168) - Bodø, NORWAY - APR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Vetiafan. The colour is brownish orange and is very unclear with a big frothy light beige head. Lots of spices in the aroma with herbs, Belgian yeast, hay, pale malt, lime and some hops. The flavours follows up with the same but feels more malty with a touch of wood, and has a dry ending. Balanced and nice. Has a smooth and slick mouth feel, and a medium bitterness. A well-balanced and solid strong Belgian ale.
tfredvik (1045) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ok, now I’m a bit confused. Yesterday I had the Alvinne Morpheus Extra R.A., and that one had some quite obvious wild yeasty notes, which I assumed was due to the Morpheus yeast. The Alvinne Gaspar is another brew that is fermented with Morpheus according to the label, but here I don’t get any traces of barnyard or other wild notes whatsoever. So was the Morpheus Extra R.A. infected, are the wild notes for some reason masked in the Gaspar, have two different yeast strains been used or am I just a lousy rater? Anyway, the aroma of the Gaspar is moderate with spices, general fruits, apple, citrus, Belgian yeast and some sweet sugary stuff that remind me of light candi sugar. In the glass the beer looks very cloudy, it has a medium amber colour and is topped by a large, creamy, white, very long-lived head that laces the glass excellently. The taste is moderate sweet, and the sweetness lasts into the aftertaste, but it’s the bitterness that dominates the finish. The bitterness is very heavy, it actually gave me goosebumps. It’s a tongue numbing but pleasant bitterness that lasts and lasts. Cool! The flavours are moderate, with spices, fruits, citrus, Belgian yeast, sweet caramel and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is pleasant, with a medium body, oily texture and quite lively carbonation. A nice one (but not as exiting as the Morpheus Extra).
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 14 months before BB date, Magnum,/Chinook/ Columbus/Hallertauer Mittelfrüh edition, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]
sfhodense (4791) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
@BBF12. Pours cloudy amber with a white head. Aroma is malt, flower and perfume. Flavour is caramel, flower, perfume, pepper and alcohol.
Holmen1 (2305) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fra flaske på Cardinaltreff feb-13: En belgier med 115 IBU er ikke hverdagskost. 7.9%, meget højt skum og aroma av jordbærplanter. De har brukt Magnum, Chinook, Columbus og Hallertauer Mittelfrüh. Stor munnfylde pga den entusiastiske karboneringen. Tørr ettersmak med litt pepper. En litt uvant men god belgier.
abemorsten (2618) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 33 cl bottle at Cardinal. Fingerthick off-white, dense head on a misty orange golden body. Spicy malty honey fruity hoppy pollen nose. Sweet flavors give way to a salty hoppy bitterness. Over-carbonated but still smooth. Pungent, full bodied and alco warm.
Sigmund (4950) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013 330 ml stubby bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7.9%, 115 EBU. Hops are Magnum, Chinook, Columbus and Hallertauer Mittelfrüh. Hazy deep golden colour, huge white head. Lovely aroma of fruity hops, particularly citrus and tropical fruits, hints of pine trees. High level of carbonation in the mouth. The flavour is very sweet with a yeasty spiciness, but also very bitter. Distinctly hoppy throughout. The aftertaste is very bitter, nearly medicinal.
shoulderbroken (1887) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Gainsbar. Golden coloured with big white bubbly head. Aroma is big citrus hop, Belgian yeastiness, quite sharp, little bit funky, some bread malt. Taste is bitter, lemony, slight plastic taste. With yeast added, less bitter and slight caramel sweetness, bit biscuit, bit bitterness at end again. Nice. Bit of bubblegum too.
islay (1074) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gaspar Ale. 11.2 oz. bottle, shared (I probably consumed about 7 or 8 ounces of it). Consumed on 1-23-13. Strong, complex, sweet, sharp, tart aroma features honey, red apple, mustard, red wine vinegar, cherry, and golden raisin scents. I smell the candy sugar as I sip. Pours a hazy/cloudy brass with a moderate amount of beige head. Sour, dry, tart, salty taste features mustard, white wine, vinegar (not in a bad way), green apple, crabapple, and cinnamon apple pie flavors. Dry, mineral-y aftertaste. Medium body. Unremarkable palate aside from the good aftertaste. Overall, it was aromatic, tasty, memorable, and enjoyable; a good beer. 8/3/8/3/15=>3.7