erickok (4296) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JAN 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2012 Deep black body with creamy tan head. Apple juice, maple syrup, fennel, cloves, dark caramel, some smoke, honey cereal and rye bread. Lots going on and lots of good stuff, luckily. Super rich taste, light burned at first, with a sweet, raisin-y sweetness in the middle and a long, developed aftertaste. Good amount of warming alcohol and an oily texture that leaves a film of goodness. This can totally compete with the classic Belgians with their long history. The well-carbonated palate and velvety, fruity sweetness make this a world class brew. Clearly a knowledgeable and focused brewer at work. There, a Malus Pater review without mentioning the church once. Ah... damn. (50cl bottle, 7,20 EUR, unfortunately) (Rating re-indexed)
suprchunk (2600) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Almost black colored pour. Large tan head that slowly falls away. Plenty of lacing left behind. Chocolate, raisin, and sugar aroma. Slight bit of earthy yeastiness as well. Taste is awesome. Big raisin, prune, some chocolate and vanilla. Sweet, almost barleywine like. Hint of alcohol, but it is really well hidden. This is way better than I thought it would be.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A super sweet 15% burgundy fruity beer. Relatively easy to drink monster, excellent for what it is
How: Bottle 50cl, consumed relatively fresh, almost 4 years before expiration date
The look: Cloudy dark burgundy body topped by a small beige head
In long: Uber-rich toffee and dark fruits nose, this beer smells like a million calories. Also present in the aroma were some less pleasant paper notes. Taste is caramel, toffee, dried dark color fruits, figs, bubblegum. There is also a liquorice flavor but not like typical beer liquorice flavor, actually the liquorice flavor was like a liquorice alcohol such as Sambucca or something like that. What’s surprising about this beer is that is doesn’t taste as sweet as expected. It’s still sweet but there’s something about the tobacco-ish hops and paper off-flavor that seem to suck away the sweetness. Anyway I thought it was actually quite easy to drink for a 15% monster of a beer. Certainly not a great Abt (this is far from a classic abbey style Abt) but as a big fruity sipper I thought this was excellent. I’m usually not a fan a big monster beer but I can sometimes stray away and indulge in such a beer, I’m sure that even the cute Tony the Tiger occasionally puts the Frosted Flakes aside and rips apart a gazelle for dinner.
Abio (1773) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown beer with a nice big head, holds ok. Chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, mostly sweetness, slightly bitter roasted malts and hops. Better then expected.
tderoeck (6212) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
29/11/2011 50cl bottle @ Klaas’ place - BB: 15/6/15 (2011-685) Thanks to Klaas for sharing the bottle!
Dark brown beer, small beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet alcohol, dark candi sugar, bit of mocha, sweet dried fruits, chocolate. MF: low carbon, medium to full body. Taste: fruity, sweet alcoholic, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, raisins. Aftertaste: sugar, little sour, bit hoppy with nice dry ending and touches of dark chocolate.
HenrikSoegaard (11468) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent mostly lasting head. DArk red-amber colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy and powerfull yeasty aroma. Very spicey. Moderate bitter wonderfull flavor. Long great complex spicey finish. Creamy palate. World class beer.
omhper (21265) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Hazy near black, small beige head. Coffee awith sugar. Sweet and full bodied wtih clean, rounded mouthfeel. Crystal malt and coffee, some cocoa. Drier finish with growing bitterness and just a tingle of alcohol.
Rasmus40 (13785) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear very dark brown with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet, dark malty, dried fruit and yeasty. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish with warming alcohol. 270811
GothGargoyle (1689) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with a small pale head. Aroma of cognac, raisins and other dark fruit. Taste is quite sweet - raisins, chocolate and only the subtlest hint of bitterness in the aftertaste.
larsga (6684) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smallish brown head. Just barely translucent clear deep dark red
body with light carbonation. Fruity toffeeish soy sauce aroma
with bubblegum, chocolate and alcohol notes. Dry-sweetish fruity
toffeeish bubblegum taste with soy sauce notes. Mid-bodied. Mild,
slightly hot mouthfeel. Dry herbal licorice and chocolate
aftertaste with soy sauce and fruity bubblegum notes. Decent,
but not very interesting. (0.5l bottle, Fish & Beer, Copenhagen.)