jefcon (1461) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin pour, very little carbonation, light in color. Aromas are caramel and toffee, honey and a bit of vanilla. Palate is fleeting and slick. I want more richness and depth from a doppel. Lots of caramel, hay and vanilla cake on the finish. Lightly hopped.
ClubGonzo (4523) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours a light amber body with a massive creamy-cloudy white head. Nose is nuts, biscuits, caramel, bread crusts and hints of brown sugar and straw. Taste is pale malts, nuts, caramel and hints of sugar and mild grainy notes. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Sort of like a crossover between a Belgian triple (without the obvious yeast tones) and a Helles Bock. Interesting, and not bad at all.
jgb9348 (4994) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, crisp copper coloured body with a golden glow and a very rich, four centimetre tall microfoamed tan head with a zillion small bubbles constantly rising from the bottom. Bright aroma of pit fruits, apricots, earth, yeast, curacao, caster sugar, alcohol and a bit of oak - definitely smells more of a belgian ale (and looks, too) than a doppelbock. Full-bodied; Rich, candy sugar flavour with a nice malt note, some apple and pear flavours, a touch of oak and dry flavours and a hint of cognac and whiskey on the finish as well. Aftertaste is rich and subtle at the same time with only a bit of the grain getting through, but tons of sugars, a good amount of fruit and a nice full complement of oak and dry tastes showing at the tail end. Overall, a nice beer with perhaps a mildish flavour, probably due to it being a lager, but a good robust beer with a nice character and a good description from the brewery itself. Not worth searching out for, but if the price is nice, not a bad beer to welcome Spring to. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Mom’s Organic Market in Alexandria (Mount Vernon Avenue), Virginia, a few blocks from home on the other side of the river/run for US$11,29 on 14-March-2015 sampled at home in Washington on 22-April-2015.
Koelschtrinker (12041) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 25, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Heller spritziger Antrunk mit trockener Herbe. Geringer Hopfen, helles Malz, insgesamt nicht sonderlich intensiv. Herb bleibend, rund, ok. 10/9/11/9//9
Beerhunter111 (9700) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Klare dunkel goldgelbe Farbe, große weiße Schaumkrone. Geruch intensiv getreidig, malzig, gering hopfig, wenig fruchtig. Geschmack kräftig malzig, der Alkohol versteckt sich gut, scharf getreidig, gering hopfig fruchtig.
YogiBeera (2534) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy orange color, big frothy head on top. Malt, bubblegum nose. Grainy , sweet with a bit grit in the finish . Bubblegum comes also through on taste. A bit soapy in the finish.
pivo (2622) - GERMANY - DEC 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep cloudy orange. Bubble gum in nose and taste. Gritty dirty bitter end that leaves a little cardboard flavor.
Maverick34 (2494) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden pour with huge foamy head. Bread aroma. Sweet malts and grainy finish. Not too bad.
jackl (5404) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg @ Blue Mountain. Light Amber with a small head. Honeyed white toast. Apricot jellies. Taste is slightly hot. Booze and bread. Syrupy. Classy euro strong lager manouvres. Full body, soft carb. Actually good for what it is. Grolsch Kanon has nothing on this.
abcfan (803) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent. Pours hazy orange/yellow with a creamy white head. Interesting aroma, notes are malt and light fruit. Light booze notes, sticky finish.
keanex (1606) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, best by July 2014.
Appearance: Clear golden orange body with sediment in suspension. The head is huge and fine, fading semi-quickly. The head has a light tan hue.
Aroma: Big and malty, biscuits, butter, caramel and playdoh. The aroma is malty with an odd assortment of characteristics.
Taste: A bit too malty, caramel and biscuit are strong with a slight butter presence. Booze is present from start to finish, though mildly, but noticed mostly on the finish. Very malty but not very pleasant. There’s a slight metallic tinge by the finish.
Palate: Full-bodied, light in carbonation.
Overall: I really wanted to like this, but it falls a bit flat. I get that it’s malty but I’m getting some diacetyl and mild tinny flavors that shouldn’t be here. I’d give this a try again next year.