DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Earthy brew with lotsa musty, yeasty character. Thin bodied, smoothly hopped, with a good head - ultimately without much to grab onto other than its farmhouse ale aromas and a nice sour finish. Could use some fruitiness or sweetness for a fuller mouthfeel, especially for a Winter brew. Compare (unfavorably) to Fantome Black Ghost - a Flanders red.
jefcon (1434) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Plenty of warming spice aromas: clove, nutmeg, and coriander. Lots of esters, slides on the palate, and rich-yet-balanced. Toast and dark caramel malts.
adster (468) - HUNGARY - DEC 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hömpölygő habbal tör ki a palackból, annál visszafogottabb illatokat elénk tárva. Fanyar hangulatú, élesztős árnyalatú belga benyomások, amikhez üde, könnyed, de tartalmas ízvilág csatlakozik. A fortyogó élesztő alapvetően uralja a képet, savanykás maláta és füves komló egészítik ki a nem kimondottan ünnepi hangulatoktól harsogó, mégis kellően összetett és elmélyült kortyolgatásra alapot adó főzet jellegét.
teorn88 (3274) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog rating. 75cl bottle shared at the Chriso’s May tasting, London. It pours a murky brown color with a medium beige head. Foam was previously gushing, so pay attention to this one when opening it. Aroma is quite sweet and malty, grainy, spicy, with notes of toffee, ripe fruits, ried fruits, mixed nuts, rye bread. Taste is again medium sweet and lightly tangy in the finish, with more notes of toffee, figs, ripe pears, light peppery esters and biscuity malts. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and creamy texture. Overall, quite tasty
Vignale (2245) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaska frĺn Etre Gourmet. En lite anonym bärnstensfärgad medelstark belgare. Söta maltiga smaker med mer bröd än fruktkaraktär som balanseras hyfsat av en lite jästig beska. . Inte i klass med bryggeriets lättare drycker men trevlig och funkar bra pĺ julbordet.
aleigator (313) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a slightly beige, stable head, with a murky brown,cherry red color.
Smells of spicy, sweeter malts, with citraic and floral notes to it, along with clove, sharp pepper and nutmeg. On top of that settles a slightly fermented cherry fruitiness, complimenting to the spices.
Begins with a noteable metallic carbonation, toffeeish malts and peppery spices. Tastes actually much dryer than expected, the brew got a decent bitter, semi-dry hoppiness to it, providing a unique approach for this being a christmas beer. Not actually particularly sweet, but well balanced, due to many typical Saison aspects. Dough, slightly funky yeast among a crisp dryness, with hints of fruit to add depth to the taste. Finishes heavy on the spices, peppery, with a lot of cloves visible and bready malts.
ST247 (425) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
75cl bottle shared. Pours dark amber with creamy head that quickly fades. Aroma is a bit sour, fruity, alcoholic. Taste is a bit sour but also bit sweet, hints of caramel
closey22 (1022) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown cloudy with amber hilites and foamy thin tan head; aroma is semi tart and sweet notes of prune or raisin; Flava is tart upfront with sweet and roasty malt notes of cherry and wood; feels light and smooth with fizzy; finishes dry and tart
Ferris (5280) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Yeasty fruity stone esters, light spice and citrus. Hazy copper with a decent white head. Lots of stone fruit, some plum notes and other fruity esters. Yeasty finish with some very light tartness.
McWorta (721) - LUXEMBOURG - NOV 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Foamy dark white fading head showing off an orange-copper colour with some opalescence. Aromas of brown sugared bready malts with notes of lime predominate but also hints of moor-aromas, wet leather and sweet apple arise. Lightly carbonated the beer is somewhat effervescent/tangy with a light-medium body. The flavours offer some fruity acidity supported by some juicy sweet bready herb-maltyness. Well balanced and the finish is well lasting offering a good balance of sweet-sour-light bitterness. A good winterwarmer.
slowrunner77 (6165) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
"year and a half old bottle, which had been stored on it’s side given the sediment permanently etched there. the 750 bottle gushed so much that i had 9 ounces left to drink when all was said and done. everything was ok - not spoiled - but nothing stood out. fruity spice, maybe a little more tart apple than the norm in belgian ales. some dry yeast. medium bodied with a bit too much prickly carbonation. obviously a bottle not in it’s prime, but it’s what was available..."