Tim Webb (361) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2010
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
75cl bottle, 2008 vintage, good to end of 2011 according to the label. Bought from Geers in Oostakker, so in best nick, though hazy. Cheaper than most at a meer €14,95. Set it aside for a Christmas Day special, sadly. It smelt and tasted of oxidised wine up front, I guess because that is what was left in the cask. This clashed with the partially fermented, naieve, sweet, said-not-to-be-spiced barley wine. The effect was similar to spreading crumbled mature Stilton cheese over Corn Flakes and adding sour milk with Canada Dry. It got better after the initial shock but neither I nor my partner of the notoriously forgiving palate could finish it. I have nothing against experimentation but not at this price.
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 5, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
tasted this one before
head: beige and creamy/bubbly
colour: dark , buttery amber
smell: port/sherry/wineous, malts, candy , bit of anis, vanilla , nuts, caramel ( tiny bit )
taste: very wineous old port start , malt bitterness, sweetness of vanilla and candy , alcoholic, reminds of gluhwein , absolutly gorgeous ! i’m def. a big fan of this beer !
deyholla (10214) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by Joe at Jackie O’s weekend. Thanks Joe! Poured hazy amber with a white head that dissipated quickly to the edges. Aroma was quite ’wine-y’ with dried red fruits, acid and warmth. Flavor started with slightly sour red fruits and built into a strong wine-linke finish, highlighted by dry fruits and an alcohol burn.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Handsome 750ml courtesy of tjthresh - thanks, Tom! Dark caramel color with a nice froth from the bottle conditioning, it certainly looks potent and almost regal. The nose is delightful, and I just love the wine barrels with a BSA, giving both the aroma and the taste a nice but not overdone tartness. It comes across like a worthy substitute of the usual sweet malts for something a bit more pert.
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Sparky27...thanks Eric!!! Really enjoyed this one. Dark crimson/chestnut pour with a moderate khaki head. Lots of cherry, yeast, spice, caramel, nuts, and dark fruit in the nose and flavor. Definitely taste the Belgian influence and notes from the barrel. The alcohol is very well hidden in this...was quite surprised by the 13% listed on the bottle. Delicious!!!
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kerstbierfestival 2009. Pours a cloudy, brownish color with copper highlights and a thick beige head. Solid aroma of wood, yeast, caramel, fruits and moderate alcohol vapors. The flavor is mostly sweet, caramel and candy, there’s also some yeast, the wood is there, but restrained and there’s also a moderate alcohol warmth. The body is medium with a liquorous texture and soft carbonation. It’s expensive, but at least, it’s a very good beer.
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled July 2010 at De Heeren van Liedekercke
For the last beer of the night, we decided to put ourselves in the capable hands of Joost. We decided to start out tasting the beer blind and see what showed up in our glass.
The beer is nice and cold on this hot summer night. It has a certain mustiness to it and even a touch of tartness that seems almost acetic somehow and there is definitely a caramelized grain note to it. The beer has a frothy, tan tinged, light colored head. The body is a dark, burnt amber color that shows a clear amber color when held up to the light. Aromas of raisins, prunes, proper caramel note, suggestions of woody mushrooms, hints of tobacco, quite nutty smelling at times and there is even some heat from alcohol towards the finish after a bit.
The beer tastes sweet and fruity in a non-descript way up front and the finish is a bit astringent. Touches of children’s aspirin, concord grape, raisins, dates and cherry (last seems accentuated by a light acetic note) are all noticeable in the flavor. This finishes with some heat that warms my esophagus. The beer is actually somewhat light body for its strength. It really does have a nice nuttiness to it and the alcohol becomes much more apparent as the beer warms up. The fruity notes are quite nice and seem to be the signature of the wine-barrel character.
This was a perfect end to an afternoon / evening of enjoying fantastic food and great beer at De Heeren van Liedekercke. This is best described as a big glass of wham that sent me overly satiated to stumble up stairs to sleep.
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, tfs Vaiz. Murky reddish brown, meium off white head. Aroma is very sweet, like grenadine with faint malt. Flavour is quite sweet with a subtle sour note. There’s caramel, fruit, some yeast and spices. Medium palate.
Good brew, but not my thing.
Vaiz (4332) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Smells like wine. More grapes in the flavor. Quite soft and sweet though. Alcohol is well hidden. Smooth and round, and somewhat fruity. Nice balance. Nothing really special going on though.
mazfln (116) - Florianópolis, BRAZIL - SEP 16, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
@ Beer Weekend in Brussels (2010). Wonderful beer. Dark brown with small head. Aroma of dried fruits, yeast and alcohol, "panetone" like. Very rich flavour of dried fruits and wood, with some sweetness but well balanced and not cloying. A very nice and special one!