DandyWolfFloyd (623) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma - the aroma is full with caramel, as well as alcohol, and an acetone like aroma.
Appearance - is a clean toffee colored brown with a nice white rocky head, that dissipates to a white halo.
Taste - of sweet caramel, figs, and alcohol
Feel - the body is somewhere between light and medium, the texture slightly oily, the carbonation is lively. The finish slightly astringent.
This beer takes on some qualities of IPAís Iíve had before. In particular that acetone aroma that sometimes shows up in very hoppy brews, is present here. There is also an oily character in the taste and feel, that also shows up at times in very hop stuffed IPAís. Further, I get through it the less enjoyable it gets.
TheNucleator (21) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Some malt detectable in the aroma, but not a lot else. Cloudy appearance, with massive head. Light caramel head and rata honey colour. Malt very present in flavour, moderate sweetness and fairly well balanced.mouth feel is a bit weak than its true Belgian counterparts. Overall though a good beer for a kiwi brewer.
Pdubyah (277) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Itís ok. It isnít outstanding. It does not have the malt warmth, nor does it have the alcohol burn. There is tart start and a balance of sweet end, but not a lot of length. I liked that it stands up in itís class and would hold itís own in tasting. But it isnít special or spectacular.
DavidWoodruff (387) - Windsor, California, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy dark amber with moderate off white head. Aroma of dark fruit, malt and candi-sugar. Flavor is much the same, though drier than anticipated. A somewhat rough finish. Overall a nice Belgian Strong Ale.
beer-yum (358) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2014 Surprisingly different brew that exceeded my expectations with ease. Evidently, one need not be a monk to make a beer that tastes heavenly!
madmitch76 (13417) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
6th January 2013
Light haze on this amber beer, small off white head. Palate is light and semi soft with mild carbonation. Brett and a touch of water chesnuts. Mild creamy malt and bitter orange. Finishes semi dry with water chesnuts in the aftertaste. Overall a bit yeasty but fine.
Beersiveknown (2473) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of Reuben.
dark gold with yeast esters, some clove and bananas, not too hot or sweet, balanced.
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle from The Wine Emporium. Big fluffy head of foam that collapses quickly to leave an even layer of foam. Vibrant honey orange colour. Aromas of tropical fruit, apricot, peach and nectarine. Lively and zingy in the mouth with a fruit finish and big alcohol kick. Nice.
ARMed (590) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2012
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
2010 bottle. Terrible and undrinkable. Sour tangy flavor with an overpowering tartness that is undrinkable. There is a small sense of vineous flavor that is overpowered by the tarty fruity swank, and theoverpowering alcohol taste. One of the worst beers I have ever had.
Cantabrian (763) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 10, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
When the crown pops out, the aroma is pure mulled wine - more specifically hot ginger wine. Not too pleasant, to be honest. A bit nauseating. But as we poor the cloudy copper beer with a nice white head, the aromas become weaker, more of an old barn, musty, sileage type-of-thing. Thatís what I wanted for this type of ale. Flavours are the same: sileage, old fruits in a barn, lots of cinammon, hay, some woody notes, all spicing the maltiness and the very elegant bitterness. Perfectly balanced and round, in spite of the complexity. Very seductive beer. Palate is broad and rather sour, a tad chalky, musty as well, keeping good awareness of yeast and even the hoppy fruitiness. I love it. Will get more for my "biere de la guarde" storage.