Benzai (11825) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 28, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Brugs Beertje, Brugge. Nice dark red color, medium sized off-white to beige head that lasts for quite a while. Aroma is malts, a hint of caramel and raisins, dark malts. Taste malts, sweet, lightly leaves, slightly earthy, raisins, caramel, brown sugar. Decent body and carbonation. Ok beer.
Alengrin (3861) - BELGIUM - JUL 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dubbel commissioned by the Brugs Bierinstituut, with off-white, stable head and deep bronze colour. Strongly malty aroma with caramel and nuts, some pear, liquorice, toast; taste at first a dark, rounded fruitiness, vaguely sweetish, bit of a metallic touch, caramelly and nutty malts, finishing in a light toasted bitter. Not very well-balanced to my taste.
blackisle (1511) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear red copper, nice frothy tan head, stays a while, thin layer remains, not much lacing; sweet malty nose, somewhat vinous, brown sugar, caramel, roasty, nuts, dark fruit syrup, raisins, orange peel, spices; medium roasty sweetbitter taste, hint of chocolate; full-bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation; nice bittersweet finish with spicy notes, malty bitterness at the end.
bartlebier (2966) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample draught @BBF 02/2014, ZA. Complex malt-aromatics ranging from candied orange, maple syrup, prune jam and cassonade, evened out by a modern dry palate and great choice of dry hops to top off the desert dubbel base with spicy orange zest and some green hop bitterness. No traditional Belgian estery fumes whatsoever. Easily one of the more accomplished, elegant and finely composed beers, at risk of being overshouted by bolder un-belgian concoctions at the festival. - To revisit from bottle.
EddyBeer1 (1058) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ambrée foncée voilée, effervescence moyenne, col blanc moyen-fin. Malts caramel très présents mais néanmoins agréables, petit fruité, amertume légèrement réglissée bien présente par la suite.
Trappist1 (646) - Diest, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red brownisch, small off-white head. Caramel, chocolate on the background, spices (hint of vanilla). Taste is chocolate, little herbal, soft but also above average carbonation. Sweet, light bitter touch in the finish. Excellent beer, very well balanced, comlex, enjoyable.
harrisoni (16047) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle from Terre de Boissons, Calais. Clear brown colour lasting beige head. Dry brown malty aroma. It’s ok. Malty dubbel. It’s fine. OK, not very exciting.
Borresteijn (5851) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl Bottle from De Hopduvel, Gent. Clear ruby/chestnut colour, ochre head. Aroma of caramel, candy, light fruity, light spicy, orangepeel, sweet nuts. Flavour is medium-sweet, malty, caramel, light spicy, nutty, light spicy bittersweet finish. Light to medium-bodied. OK.
kraddel (5198) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear amber almost no foam
Smell is amber malts
Very unique maltyness . Ok beer
Drank at de kelk
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl, new exclusive brewfirm Anno 2011, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex brew, malty/sweet and slightly fruity/spicy, balanced, hazy, good head, good brew, ’This to celebrate my 2000th Belgian Beer Rating. Always nice to see some new Belgian breweries and brewfirms coming out! Starting my life as a wine taster I didn’t think I would get so far with craft beer... I still pursue all bottled Belgian beers I havn’t rated yet, except low alcohol. Many thanks to those fellow Beergeeks who helped me out in this never ending venture...’ Note to Joris: the deal still goes on... (as soon I will have another milestone!)