M82 (259) - Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2013 A unique take on the style offering somewhat subtle, well balanced and integrated, decently complex barrel, fruit, yeast, and malt tones
A clear, vibrant, deep copper body presents several fading carbonation streamers and a smooth to frothy light khaki head which dissipates fairly quickly leaving a pair of thick peninsulas and a few spots and spatters of clinging lace
Oak, mild bourbon, yeasty belgian notes, light candied malts, and shadowing cherry qualities coalesce to inspire further nuances of milk chocolate, vanilla, oranges, peaches, and fruitcake on a smooth, highly quaffable medium body with well restrained carbonation and building creaminess finishing with a pleasant layer of oak complimented by mild dancing spirit characteristics surrounded by lightly tart fruits; this one generally creates a bright, integrated experience with subtle tart, sweet, and tannic qualities mingling and complimenting to create a warm, nuanced ale which seemed to need a few minutes to completely present itself within each serving
25.4oz 2013 vintage code BB13226-2 08-2015 served at 60º into TeKu
10/16/2010 2009 Batch 1 No 9145 of 11384
Appearance(3) – Aroma(7): pours a deep amber increasingly hazy as the servings progress from this 750 ml bottle, a quickly dying one inch bone colored head settles to a couple strands of wavy lace and a thick ring – smells of mellow bourbon, brandy with rich wood notes and sour cherries
Taste(8) – Palatte(3): mildly sweet stone fruits and yeasty spices are followed by mellowing creamy bourbon and vanilla, sour and acidic cherry character persists, enjoyed the third serving the most which included more yeast, also, a little time to breath and warm was beneficial – fairly light mouth from a quad, slick, virtually no sense of alcohol with some carbonation which keeps the lighter body from being watery, surprisingly easy to drink considering alcohol percentage
Overall (17): a nice quad with some interesting cherry, barrel and liquor notes, major flavor elements in this one work quite well together, acidic cherries cut through and balance the rich bourbon, especially once the bourbon character subdued with some time to breath, one of the easiest drinking barrel aged +11% brews I’ve encountered
Enjoyed with a slightly gooey homemade oatmeal craisin white chocolate cookie
03/09/11 2009 Batch 1 No 9155 of 11384
Served in 13.5 oz Luigi Bormioli Napoleon Brandy
Not sure if the glass or matured palate was the difference, but this bottle was excellent
Light to medium body with medium to lower levels of carbonation
Well balanced mix of wood, bourbon and tartness
Mouth is on the light to medium side, very smooth and moist, just a touch of dry bitterness to end
kryon (1323) - SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours muddy red brown with low off white head
Aromas loaded of bourbon, sour fruits, rosehips, hints of brown sugar
Taste has distinct bourbon sweet n sourness with notes of alcohol, caramel, brown sugar
VsXsV (2143) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy copper liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, toffee, caramel, raw sugar, booze and bread. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of vanilla, wood, bourbon and raw sugar. Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation and sticky mouthfeel. Great.
Martinus (2739) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 vintage. Bottle 8909
Amber colour, off-white head. Bourbon aroma, vanilla, red fruits, marmalade and caramel. Sweet flavour, rather sour, bourbon, malts, vanilla, cherries. Finish bourbon, vanilla, light lemon, light sherry notes.
(From 75cL bottle @ RBBWG III, Gent 2014. Thanks for sharing, tderoeck!)
Enjoyit (3435) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy reddish brown of color with an off white head. An aroma of red berries, candy, sour notes, spice and weak spice. A flavor of red brerries, fresh and sour notes.
Gaultier (184) - SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
@Ölprovning på Havregatan. Flaska från Systembolaget. Arom: Bourbon, ek, vanilj, russin, sötma. Smak: Dito + viss syrlighet.
Jorn69 (756) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
@ Havregatan. Flaska (750 ml) från Systembolaget (159:-). Maltig, bourbon, vanilj och ek, hög sötma, karamell, viss syrlighet, något för endimensionell. I avslutningen finns bourbon och sötma.
stevoj (1958) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Overwhelmed by the complexity and thorough enjoyability of this brew. Barrel aging adds all the right notes, lots of woody and smoky notes, yet still unbelievably silky smooth.. Near perfect quad....no wonder Duvel bought them out
Nisse666 (4028) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at en Öl och Whiskeymässa 2014, 2014-04-11 Göteborg
AR: wee belgian yeasty, some red berries
AP: wee hazy amber, wee ofwhite head
F: some sweet kriek, white sugary, heavy grainy,
pfc514 (60) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a ruby-brown into a snifter. Pale tan head fades into bubbles and a ring around the glass quickly.
Aroma of dark, tart fruits and bourbon. Delicious smelling beer.
Bourbon hits first, followed by a wave of dark fruits, and then a delicate tartness finishes out the flavor, I’m assuming from the cherries. Holy balls this beer is good.
Good carbonation balances and the flavor lingers on the tongue for a good amount of time.
This is a good one folks. Found it hiding in the corner of the cellar at my LBS, snatched it up immediately..very glad I did.
rarbring (1239) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Overall: Old wood, vanilla, sour fruits. Very good.
Note: Bottle 750 ml at home. (Vintage 2013) Reviewed 2014-05-28.