Ughsmash (6912) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Bob for the 750mL bottle! Poured clear, medium garnety-brown with a toasted marshmallow head. The aroma picked up toasty raisins, figs, and dates with accents of vanilla and fruity/oaky sourness.. black pepper and crusty bread in there too.. balance was alright, but the sour character was a little too pervasive. The flavor opened tart with Sweet Tart-like dark fruits.. bready notes, molasses, and vinous notes rode higher carbonation onto the middle.. dry and spicy around and through the finish. Medium-bodied with filling carbonation on the palate.. tangy.. a bit too filling.. overall a solid brew.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #69/1800. Dark ruby beer with a big light tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and malt. Rich caramel/toffee malt flavor with light yeast and raisins/figs. Medium-plus bodied. Dark fruits linger with caramel toffee and some light earthiness.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle courtesy of Jonpol. Pours amber/copper with a thin sparse off white foam. Smells of sugar, some tarte cherries, dark fruit, some earthy character. Tastes nutty with some tartness and lots of sweet malt. No alcohol burn to speak of. This could use some more balance, but its otherwise an enjoyable beer.
Plovmand (6026) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Reddish amber with a big off white head. The aroma is ripe fruit, caramel, light cherry and berries. The flavour is barley, dark caramel, ripe fruit and alcohol.
Ernest (5882) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (#246 of 1800).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy dark amber/brown, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain/bread, cookie), with notes of sugar, raisin, and plum.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, slightly metallic.
A bit simple, but nice. A metallic twang in the finish mars the otherwise pleasant mouthfeel, but thatís probably the only real negative.
after4ever (5729) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
capped 750. Thanks, Riverside! Always been curious about this one. Pours opaque and super-dark brown, with ruby highlights. Headless, laceless. Big tart nose, kinda vinous and cheesy. Completely flat. Tart, red-wine-y, fruity mid-palate. Long tart finish. Seems a little overwhelmed by its time in a barrel, and itís out of balance, but thereís still a lot to like here. It just gets ya.
crossovert (5640) - Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Happy I didnít fork out the 15 or so bucks for this one. IT is a bit like a quad, bit like a dubbel, really nothing special though.
marcus (5615) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This copper ale poured with a massive beige head flecked with brown. The aroma is like toasted raisin bread. There flavor is odd. Itís sort of sweet and sort of bitter, with a warming alcohol trail. I am trying to like this one, but itís hard. Itís so unique but the tastes are not entirely pleasant.
5000 (5606) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1L Bottle (2004): Deep dark caramel, moderate frothy off-white head, spotty lacing. † Somewhat dark pitted fruit on the nose, moreso brown sugar and molasses. † Fairly sweet start, loads of brown sugar and molasses. † Not as much dark pitted fruit as on the nose. † Warming, but the alcohol isnít very noticeable. † Picks up a bit of fig/raisin on the finish. † Body and mouthfeel are moderate. † Doesnít fulfill all aspects of a Belgian Dubbel, but still fairly tasty for a Winter Seasonal. † A big thanks to their head brewer Matt Long for trading me this one!
BBB63 (5602) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Brown hue with amber highlights, frothy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of currant, plum, carrot cake, coriander, nutmeg, anise, chocolate, caramel, Belgium candy sugar, wood and leather, NICE!
Rich sweet malts an ripened fruit greets the taster with a spicy and moderate alcohol presence in support. Slight sour and bittersweet tones come in and out. The mouth feel is lush and aggressive with a slight warming upon the chest. Really nice surprise but this should be listed as a Belgian Strong Ale however. (THX Kevin)