ekstedt (5810) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget. Deep mahogny, creamy off-white head. Fruity caramelly malt aroma with red berries, wood, coconuts, and vanilla. Medium bodied and silky smooth. Well balanced, initially sweeet, ends dry with a light acidity.
after4ever (6513) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, capped. pours crystal clear medium brown with a loose tan head. webby, stringy tan head. red apples, black currants, and caramel on the nose. creamy medium body, tons of fruits. long sweet finish.
olsvammel (3885) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
It poured a hazy amber liquid with a small dirty white foam.
The smell was quite sour with fruit, cognac, wood and vanilla being the most noticable flavours. It also had some alcoholic warmth to it.
The mouthfeel was quite fizzy and stingy with allot of carbonation. It had a taste of ripe fruit, wood and wine. The taste of wine was quite strong, a bit to strong for my taste.
Nice beer but Prestige was better.
JAXSON (533) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 bottle. Pours deep mahogany with a large, fluffy light beige head. Nice lacing, a real looker. Really good nose, a nice bit of Chimay-esque yeast, ripe red fruits, maybe just a touch of barrel sourness, and some caramel malt. Dry and prickly in the mouth, focused and restrained. I expected a bit of sweet/sour hodgepodge, but it’s quite elegant and straightforward. Has the champagne-like quality of Malheur Dark Brut, but may have a touch more wild complexity at the front. Not too sweet, which was my major worry hear, and it’s really quite dry. A bit of sourness kind of creeps throughout but thankfully doesn’t blossom as the soft elegance here is what does it. Very pretty, a neat beer. -------- As this warms it changes character, a sour apple edge comes out, and the whole thing is more tart. I’m trying to make sense of the two "worlds" of this beer but it’s a bit disjointed at times. Drink it cold.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml Bottle (2009 Vintage): Aroma of light tart fruit, oak, wood, funk, red fruits, slight red wine, slight vinegar, and a hint of Brett. Poured brown/very deep amber in color with a small, fizzy, off-white head that diminished very quickly but lasted around the edges. Cloudy. Not sparkling. Full of tiny, small, medium, and large-sized particles throughout. Complex flavor is lightly sweet and lightly tart. Tastes of oak, light funk, light tart cherries, slight red wine, wood, slight Brett, slight fruit, and a hint of vanilla. Medium body. Tingly, then dry texture. Lively carbonation. Oak, light funk, slight tart fruit, and slight Brett finish is dry. 13%ABV is amazingly hidden throughout and only notable for its warming effect on the body.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2009 From Blaire at hamiltons just for complaining that hanssens cassis was flat, which was expected anyway...but blaire was drunk and a free beer was expected as well. Pours a hazed amber..the head stayed thin but full, thick around the edges, and of an off-white head. Nose of mushy apple, some sweetness, some high alcohol refineness, but not necessarily refined in of itself. Flavors packed more apple, caramel, yeasty sweetness...full bodied, boozy, and super clean and sexy. The apple notes are fresh and crisp...the alcohol is strong and always there...nice ale fo sho.
zvikar (3903) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 1, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
@ a tasting, thanks Shahar, pours deep red with a stable creamy head, aroma of honey, caramel, cherry and red wine, flavor is citrusy with sour cherries, cherry liquor and alcohol warmth, medium to full bodied, sticky texture. Impressive brew
Christian (11549) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber with a small off-white head. Complex aroma of wine, tannins, and berries. Sweetish flavour dominated by the oak, with vineous alcohol warmth. Tannin tartness in the finish
tomer (2060) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - OCT 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At a tasting, many thanks Shachar, small light stable head, hazy light brown with strong reddish taints, aromas of raspberry, vinegar, red wine and spice, flavours of cherry, prunes and vanila oakiness which is probably from the barrels, fruity sweet and sour aftertaste. Excellent.
Stine (1644) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rustic thick burnt orange pour. Blueberry, wine barrel, chocolate aroma; heavily tannic and oaky, full and dark. Very fruit with berries and pit fruits, and a bit of honey.
Similarly rich tasting and heavy in wine affectation, but still quite bright. Some nuts, especially pistachio, and definitely lots of alcohol which sometimes is just way too strong. Sugars come out with a watermelon flavor; very juicy and cloyingly sweet in those moments; bubblegum and other herbal yeast flavors mid palate; very dark and bitter with nut skins for a brief moment to offset the sugar.
Crisp but very firm texture; lots of wine afterward, but more dominantly sweet than tannic. Satisfying for flavors, but this concept could have been much much better executed. It needs a less effervescent and more robust base.