M_Sack (215) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy gold, white frothy head and a good amount of lacing. The aroma is gentle, although the normal Belgian suspects are there - banana, cloves, spices, citrus blossom and yeast. Gentle citrus, followed by more noticeable spice/clove, fruit and bready yeasts. There is a lot of sweetness although it is tempered by some hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol. Wonderful flavours just let down ever do slightly by the aromas.
Melker (168) - Varberg, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden colour, big fluffy white head. Lots of sediment at the bottom. Aroma of yeast, orange, earth, alcohol. Taste of orange, lemon, yeast. Dry and a little bit tart. 2011 vintage.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a hazy golden color with good carbonation. Itís not quite as clear as I like my BSPAs to be (then again, I donít believe in pouring the dregs in), nor does the three finger white-shaded head have the retention I look for. Still, it does stay at one fingers quite well. Nice patches of lacing are left on the glass.
S: Pretty typical of the style, albeit with a more defined fruitiness to it. Apple and pear notes are very strong, along with an undercurrent of citrus and peach. Maybe a distant hint of cherry, too. The general aroma has the dry sensation I like.
T: Aside from the standard ester flavors (apple and pear), this opens with a noticeable vanilla sweetness. For sure, this has plentiful candied sugar. Herbal notes, and MAAAYBE a twinge of hop bitterness round out the back end. Iíd almost call it cidery at times. Itís very reminiscent of a tripel in particular - the alcohol is hidden spectacularly, but it gets a bit sweet at times on the back end. If this has any flaw, itís the fact that it lacks complexity and depth.
M: The carbonation is very spritzy and even fizzy - I can definitely feel the flavors drying off of the palate after the back end. It seems to rely on the carbonation for the dryness rather than general malt attenuation, though; for some reason, it actually does dry out the more it warms up. Whatever the case, I refuse to believe itís 9%.
O: Best to serve this one at a cold temperature: chilled its fizziness counteracted the sweetness, and warmer it became drier to compensate for the loss of carbonation. A rock-solid Duvel clone - not as good, but not terribly far off. This bottle will get killed solo.
BelgianBeerGal (2864) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle of unknown vintage. This could be several years old based on my current cellar cleaning binge. This is a very true to category Belgian strong ale. Reminds me a decent bit of Piraat without the larger alcohol kick. The age mellowed it a bit and brought in some caramel notes. Good.
Case (128) - GERMANY - SEP 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear yellow with large white head. Aroma of a saison brewed to a higher strength: Barnyard dust, coriander, spices. Flavour is spicy Belgian yeast, alcohol, sweet oranges and tropical fruit. Strongly carbonated and does not try to hide its ABV at all, very boozy. Authentically Belgian!
pentaz (780) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours light hazy golden with a good lacing and lasting off-white frothy medium head. Aroma is citrus, clove,honey, orange, grape, herbal hops, grain, banana, spices. Taste is moderate sweet and light+ bitter.Body is medium, texture is creamy, carbonation is moderate+. Finishes very sweet, spicy with some aromatic hops present. Everybody at the table enjoyed this beer - the sweetness, spices and phenols mixes really well .
Pyrmir (2362) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Deep golden with big white head. Aroma sweet and malty with bread, medical notes and faint fruit and yeast. Taste is sweet and malty, alcohol, medicinal notes, yeast with a warming alcoholic finish.
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An excellent sweetness coupled with the brews fruitiness makes for an outstanding, memorable drink without a doubt. The yeasts make an appearance, and there is but the slightest hint of hops.
bminuso (14) - - AUG 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slight fruity taste. Very large white head. Subtle taste of alcohol. Not very bitter. A little sweet.
klas (164) - SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Yeast aroma. Yeast and a bit sweet taste with some alcohol. Not very bitter.