jackl (4994) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample @ Great Arkansas Beer Fest. Amber pour with a lively white head. Nose is pretty interesting. Candied apple, ribbon candy. Earth shag tobacco and wood. Flavor of over-ripe red apples. Toffee crisp. Rich nuts. Slightly tangy port and wood. Some oxidization. Lively carb keeps this from being flabby and arduous. Interesting.
Holmen1 (2791) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Kveldens siste på Julemandag i annen des-14: her kom julenissen! Iflg Sigmund er dette noe av det beste de har hatt på Cardinal, og det er lett å skjønne hvorfor, i hvertfall for meg som er så begeistret for belgisk øl. Uklar gylden med hvitt gardinskum. En symfoni av bær og blomster i aroma og smak. Elegant, lekker og fløyelsmyk. Voltstyrken er foruroligende godt skjult. Skal du oppleve bedre balansekunst må du kjøpe billett til Cirque de Solei.
gunnar (5687) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Pours hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of light fruity malts, vanilla,wood and leather. Taste is smooth, weak sweet, wood,vanilla and dried fruits.
tandembrauer (283) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bottle at Mandag i annen at Cardinal. Pours cloudy golden-amber with thin off-white head. Aroma of grapes, white wine, vanilla, alcohol, acetone. Smooth sweet-sour oak taste; vanilla, wine, alcohol.
cmc619 (433) - California, USA - NOV 9, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Part of RateBeer Top 50 Belgium challenge. From 750ml into Julius glass. Nice deep amber beer with a good head on its shoulders. Beautiful pack with a bottle necklace label. Punted. Immediately you can smell the barrel sour. The most amazing thing about this beer was restraint: I’ve gotten used to sour beers that are SOUR - it’s the dominant flavor characteristic and hard to consider the rest of the profile. This beer had sour with restraint, balanced in a big way by a barleywine-style sweetness and a lot of nice complexity. The other amazing thing: 13% but felt like 7%! How did they do this? One of the most sophisticated and beautiful beers I’ve had, which is why it’s an almost perfect score in my book. This is a wine snob killer.
Osprey87 (2061) - WALES - OCT 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 75cl, 2010 vintage. I’ve been sitting on this bottle for some time (not literally, obviously). Pours cloudy, dark orange, sparkling, decent foamy off-white head. Aroma is malty, oak, butter and vanilla, dried orange, touch of alcohol. Body is medium, pretty foamy to start with, touch of carbonation, drying. Taste is smooth and malt-forward, semisweet, plasticky oak, fabric plaster smokiness, some acidity, a bit of sharp alcohol in the finish, breathy aftertaste. Decent, a touch too drying for me.
langeveld12 (255) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head is average, white, frothy and diminishing rapidly. Body is hazy yellow orange with sparkles visible.
Aroma contains malts (caramel, light bread, hay), hops (flowers, pine, citrus fruits), yeast (barnyard) and oak (like whiskey without the high alcohol content), grape, raisin, plum, tawney port, alcohol, pear, pineapple and spices.
Flavor is light acidic, then light acidic and light bitter, followed by light acidic, light bitter and sweey and after that light acidic and sweet, to finish in sweet and bitter, sweet, light bitter and finally bitter.
Body is medium to full with creamy yexture and soft carbonation.
Great beer. It's different from other barrel aged beers as the barrel tastes seem more present. Complex. Lovely.
Deu (723) - Nantes, FRANCE - SEP 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a thin white layer, that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium to full body. Nose is candy sugar, Belgian yeast and hints of alcohol, flavor is smooth, sweet, fruity & hints of caramel. Nice clean finish. The 13% ABV is not really noticeable.
Joakgust (962) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear red amber beer with a large beige head. Aroma is fruity with notes of caramel, apricots, dried fruit, vanilla, oxidized hops, red berries and herbs. Flavor is fruity with notes of caramel, herbs, spices, apricots, strawberries, oak and vanilla. Wow, intense oakiness well balanced with a fruity yet warming dryness.
wvhoran (373) - Tasmania, - SEP 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, in a Venice hotel room. Pours hazy orange-amber into a plastic Duvel glass.The aroma has notes of toffee, oak, berries, pineapple, brandy, leather, yeast, spices. The flavour is sweet caramel, oak, toffee, fruity (apricot, peach syrup, pineapple, red apple) with yeast and spices (clove, pepper). There is a warming alcohol presence. Truly a fantastic beer.