gramity (1581) - 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.
Lore (1516) - 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
gEUS (1507) - 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!
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Not a gusher, but the cork absolutely blew out of the bottle about five feet in the air. Be careful...
Heavy wine tannin on the nose. Light notes of alcohol. Dark fruit skin. Candy sugar. Cinnamon spiciness. Slightly musty upon warming. Acetone and mushroom-y vegetables as well (odd for sure). Pours murky, rusty brown/orange. No head and no lacing to speak of. Flavor is loaded with lots and lots of wine barrel. Sticky caramel. Slight acetone. Light spiciness. Slightly sour as well. Lush and creamy texture. Lively, but far from overbearing carbonation. Man, oh man... I had really high hopes for this one. Definitely a good beer, but far from spectacular. Thanks for the rare treat Niklas!
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@Home. Easy going and straighforward Belgian Ale. Not too sweet, fruity or bitter. Very save, just OK. Alcohol well hidden.
Foffern (1441) - 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.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge pillowy white head, quick dissipation.
Smell huge red fruit, tart apple, wood, citrus.
Taste fizzy carbonated tart, citrus, dry oak, lemon, belgian yeast.
Very smooth, bit of heat on the end.
Very good special occasions beer.
JoeinDahlem (1378) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
There are moments for it, but the original Bush Ambrée is generally far too sweet for me. Same for the Bush Noël, which is nonetheless slightly more balanced and interesting. Somehow I thought that not even something as romantic as seven months on Burgundy casks could rescue this beer. I was wrong. They completely rescued it. It turns out that the added oaky, tart-and-vinous complexity, which is really not so subtle, is exactly what Bush needs to better suit my taste buds. Whiskeyish aspects there too. Good night. I look forward to the day when Dubuisson is aging so much beer on oak that they can bring the ridiculous price down into the realm of accessibility.
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2011 Bottle. Corked bottle opens up with a nice big pop but no gushing. Poured into to a tulip glass a clear light brownish red orange color wih a slight tiny bubbled head. Nice aroma of light fruit, oak, and red wine. Has an almost slightly slightly sour note in the nose. Light mouhfeel. Starts with a light fruit flavor like apricot and apple which leads to a tanic like wine flavor. Some booze type notes as well. Drinks really nice. Thanks to matsciguy for sharing.