Stine (1713) - 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.
Lore (1650) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 24, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 served by the best wife in a Westmalle trappist glass - as a Christmas gift :-)
hazy brownish colour, moderate brownish head, which lasts for several minutes; aroma of raisin, apple, some figs, alcohol, wood, hints of yeast and biscuit; taste of white wine, green apple, biscuit and alcohol; alcoholic spicy aftertaste; excellent belgian strong ale
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent beer. Pours deep brown with a decent tan head. Full and complex nose and flavor. Caramel, toffee, dark fruit, vinous notes and wood.
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Part6 of my wedding present, cheers Mes. Think this is the last of the fucking epic package you did for me. Would it be selfish to divorce and re-marry for another gift pack? Possibly. And she’d feed me my knackers. Think this might have been one of the beers that brought on the gout attack from hell. It was worth it though! Very complex fruit and malts, nice bushy alcohol thing. I loved it. I wonder how many of my rates you’re personally responsible for? I’ll bet my top 100 has over 80% of beers from you in it. Should do that one day but I’m always trying to catch up with a a crippling backlog. Speaking of which...
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle; shared by Mr. MJ himself during SBW ’09; reddish brown with fizzy off-white head; yummy aromas of red wine, yeasty spices and tart apples; fluffy, delicate mouthfeel and quite vinous; sort of reminds me of T20 with a delicate level of sourness and lovely texture
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from bottle @ Throwdown, courtesy miketd. Hazy amber color, thin off-white head. Dark rich grainy aroma, some heat, lighter yeasty notes. Mild alcoholic heat to start, backs off to quad-like tastes - sweet malts and a light yeasty twinge. A very nice Belgian.
gEUS (1583) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle at home - taken from notes. Pours a brownish amber with no head. Artoma is unbelievably Bourgundy, balancing the original beer with fine sour notes. This is in my humble opinion a worthy "adversary" of the DDB Stille Nacht Reserva - Pinot Noir barrels well chosen for this beer. Definite like!
gramity (1582) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBAG Summer Session 2012. Pours a reddish brown colour with a small white head. Aroma of lovely rich, slightly sour fruits, oak and toffee. Flavour of rich, slightly sour fruits, caramel, malts, mild hops and a massive amount oak. Full bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel and a dry, oaky, warming finish. Very tasty and quite complex.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy miketd. Dark brown with an off white head. Rich malt, subtle aromatic spices, belgian yeast, candi sugar, lightly vinous oak. Great combination. The palate on this was perfect- silky smooth with plenty of soft carbonation to carry the flavors. Full body. Great belgian strong ale.
Foffern (1494) - Bodø, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Belgian Beer Weekend, Brussels. The colour is very hazy dark amber with a very small off-white head. Sour aroma of wood, leather, rowanberries and cloudberries. A bit sweet flavour of red currants, sweet berries, wood and leather. Has a slick mouthfeel, and a light bitterness. A fantastic and complex ale.