tfredvik (1200) - Oslo, - NOV 6, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A light gusher. Clear, dark brown body with a small, frothy, light-brown head that reduces to a thin film very fast (even if it was served in a trappist chalice that usually sustains the head for a very long time). The nose is first of all yeasty metallic. There are some faint dark dried fruits as well that sort of save the aroma from a disaster, but the metallic notes are the dominant. The taste is light to moderate sweet and light bitter. Flavours are tin can, yeast, dark dried fruits and stinging alcohol. The body is quite light and feels watery. Rather lively carbonation, a dry yeasty finish. A big disappointment.
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 1 month before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]
mabuzzer (96) - - NOV 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle, frothed over on opening. Pours deep brown with white head that quickly disappeared. Sweet, fruity, toffee flavours dominate. Nice
jkwood04 (4155) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2oz bottle in a stemless glass. Pours deep brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, light spiciness, some caramel and toffee from the malts with light notes of chocolate, some light hops, and hints of alcohol. Flavor the same with a nice blend of everything. Average texture. A solid dubbel.
kraddel (3616) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at gollem
Pours dark brown , copper glow . Ok white head .
Smell is chocotoff , caramel .
Taste is caramel , sweet , bit earthy . Chocotoff yet again . Balanced , but very much to the sweet side . Rather complex . Ok
Alusmamuts (499) - LATVIA - OCT 2, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown, bit red with small yellow head (intensively foaming escaping from bottle, but almost nothing remains at glass). Fruity aroma. Stouty, a bit dry coffee bitter notes on the quite sour overall taste.
tgncc (2888) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is fruit, bread, Belgian yeast. The appearance is deep brown. The flavor is like the aroma. The finish is sweet, a little chemical and off. Medium thin body. Ok.
dalfaro86 (304) - Mexico City, MEXICO - SEP 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy dark amber brew with a big beige head with good retention, aroma is moderate to hevay sweet and low bitter with caramel, clove and dark fruits, flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and low bitter with a sweet finish and short aftertaste.
HIGHB4LL (656) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.2 oz bottle from Wilbur’s; 2010 vintage. Aroma: finger of off-white head that disappears immediately and does not even last as a film, amber brown color, cloudy. Aroma: molasses, prune, light licorice, nutty. Palate: dry finish, lively carbonation, thin texture into oily. Taste: sweet malt and molasses, ends with light fruity sweetness of prune. Overall, very different, super carbonated, but taste is unique. The finish is a little light for how malty sweet the front is. Likely has a lot to do with vintage.
Straling (364) - Hoensbroek, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a cloudy brown colour with little carbonation.
Chocolate, coffee like aroma, strong roasted malts.
Coffee, mocha like roasty flavour, rather sweet.
Goes down smooth with a touch of alcohol, thin/medium bodied.
Alengrin (2425) - BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I am a bit unclear about this "Saint-Martin" abbey beer range: is this the same beer as the Saint-Martin Lumière d’Hiver that was in existence till 2007? I suspect it is, and the Lumière d’Hiver has been replaced as the winter beer in its range by the slightly stronger Saint-Martin de Noël. This one shows a very thick, rocky, dense, tanned head which eventually collapses but leaves a good lacing on the edge; colour a very dark wine red, near blackish, misty. Powerful aroma of port wine, milk chocolate, coffee, almond, overripe pear, coriander, cinnamon, banana liqueur, butter and a whiff of bay leaves. Sweet taste, dark fruits, port, somewhat oily mouthfeel, in the middle a deep dark maltiness with chocolate and caramel notes, dryish spiciness, some candi sugar, finish roasted bitter with a peppery hoppiness and warm, a bit astringent and therefore insufficiently hidden alcohol.
chinchill (2128) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes on bottle consumed Feb. 2012.
Pours a clear dark mahogany with a large tan head. The head has good retention and leaves exceptional lacing.
Aroma: a very appealing aroma of dark fruits, baked bread and toffee.
T: Lots of dark fruit! Sweet, but just the right level to compliment the other flavors. Slightly spicy with hints of roasted nuts and a trace of pepper. A fine lingering aftertaste of toasted grain and spices and dark fruits, featuring plums and dates.
M: excellent carbonation, giving this a lively yet creamy smooth feel. Medium body.
O: exceptionally enjoyable; higher ABV is well hidden. Nearly world-class Belgian Bruin, similar to Maredsous.