GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle -
There are so many variances of a Belgian ale. Some light, some dark, some strong, some weak, some hoppy, some malty. This is definitely one of the dark, weak, malty variety and itís really good. I donít care who makes it, itís done well and it was quite enjoyable. Malty, plummy, toffee, medium-high carbonation with a lingering sweet finish. Really quaffable.
Darkmagus82 (1830) - - OCT 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-24-14-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance Ė The beer pours a copper-mahogany color with a one finger of off-white colored head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell Ė The aroma of the beer is heavy of a spice smell being a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Mixed with the spice are some lighter notes of a yeasty smell as well as a good showing of a roasted malt smell. With lots of caramel and molasses and a little bit of a dark fruit smell,, the overall aroma is a nice mix of spice, sweet and roast.
Taste Ė The taste begins with a huge caramel and molasses sweetness with a strong roasted and bready taste. As the flavor moves on, a very light yeasty taste as well as a moderately stronger spice flavor of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg come to the tongue. Some flavors of fruits join the tongue more toward the end of the taste and with all the other flavors, ends up leaving a rather sweet and spiced, lightly roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel Ė The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. Both are quite nice for the mix of sweet sugary flavors with that of the lightly roasted and spiced flavors of the brew.
Overall Ė A sweeter but still rather easy drinking and enjoyable brew overall.
bpreo (1781) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2014
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A perennial winter Belgian. Malt, sugar, wheat, caramel, and toffee make up the flavor. No originality, and only tips the scale at 5.6% alc.
Originally tried November 8th, 2012.
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
"Pales in comparison to every trappist beer, most Belgians, and the majority of American Dubbels. That said, better than average for a Blue Moon offering. Nothing wrong except the overall impression of generic(ness)? Light yeast and malt and candi sugar. Not much else."
Bulk_Carrier (2276) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 25, 2014
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a hazy brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light speckled lacing clinging here and there but sliding after a while.
The smell was light cinnamon with a soapy citrus. Light vanilla came in decently.
The taste was mainly sweet and soapy.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it if I could look past the soapiness. It came across fairly smooth over my tongue.
Overall, if I could look past the soapiness this might not bad. But given that this is not an English style, Iím not sure where the soapiness is coming from. I probably wouldnít have this again.
ARH (568) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle poured into a plastic cup. The aroma is predominantly a cooked caramel with some hints of grass, wheat, and dampness. Thereís also a faint metal smell. It pours a deep, caramel color thatís not quite opaque. It has a light tan, soft, foamy, creamy head that becomes a bit rocky as it reduces, although a lot of puffiness on the surface is retained and it leaves a decent amount of lace. The taste is medium syrupy sweet with a light bitterness. The texture is a on the thick side of oily (syrupy comes to mind) with a soft, creamy carbonation to it - goes down really smooth and easy. The finish is a caramel and nut flavor with some wheat and grass, and a touch of sweet spice. This becomes more roasted in nature and turns towards toffee and milk chocolate near the end. This sticks in the aftertaste with a grassy quality and a light citrus. All of which cling to the mouth for awhile.
redtechnj (223) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance- Nice orange/brown with an average off white head
Aroma-Fairly light aroma, nutty,brown sugar, sweet,caramel
Flavor- sweet, brown sugar, candy,dark fruit, raisin.
Not much different the itís previous name.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5095) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a caramel brown color with a huge foamy orange-beige head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was tangy sour caramel, a bit vegetal, some dark fruits and tobacco. The flavor was tangy bread, honey, caramel, dark fruits and a bit of perfume. Medium length finish. Medium body. Tasty.
Valgreen (718) - DENMARK - MAY 15, 2014
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle @ Jacob. Dark amber, almost no head or lacing. Aroma, malty, caramel, toffee. Similar taste, with a sweet brown sugar aftertaste. Maybe a bit to sweet. Low to medium carbonation. Thin body.
BrownALEx (283) - Portland, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not too bad, not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Nice color, nice crisp taste. This would be a great Octoberfest.