Guerde (1113) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Pours a clear dark mahogany color with a very large tan head that quickly settles to a medium cap and does not leave much lacing. The aroma smells a little off at first, with plenty of cork scents, must, wet wood, and pears. Smells rather vinous too, and with time, the scent does improve, as the promised banana scent is readily apparent and takes the form of an overripe banana. Chocolate and light roasted malt is also here, which is a welcome addition. The flavor is fairly reminiscent of the aroma, with flavors of banana, bubblegum, chocolate, and plums, which is good enough, but the finish falls a little flat as it takes on a metallic edge with a slight twang. Further warming lessens this, and the finish takes on the form of a yellow cake doughnut. Faint shades of weizenbock show in this beer. Overall, this is a decent take on a Dubbel.
DasBierChef (1080) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fairly tasty beer, from this exciting young brewery. A ways off from the actual Belgian ales, but a fine place to start.
BeerKurve (358) - - MAR 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black in color which turns to dark red when held up to light. Smell isn’t anything to write home about but underneath that smell (or lack thereof) is a complex flavor of bubble gum, figs, spices, floral hops, caramel and yeasts. The carbonation is a bit on the heavier side for this type of ale, but it feels crisp and refreshing and is fairly easy to drink for this style of beer. Overall, it’s not perfect but it still tastes damn good. It’s nice to see a small start-up brewery pull off such a complex style of beer which mostly favorable results.