hopscotch (9161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... SMAACMSM O-Town Throwdown, Part Sept... Lightly hazed burnt orange ale with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki-colored head. Fantastic, everlasting retention. Phenolic, earthy nose. Full-bodied with a whole-milk mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. Favors the sweet side of balance. Medium to heavy residual sugar; moderate hop and ethanol bitterness. Caramel or praline. Lengthy, sweet, spicy finish. Kudos to Beerlando for bringing this one to share!
adnielsen (9077) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Stephen’s house. Dark reddish maroon appearance with a brown head. Quite spicy, brown sugar, caramel malty, raisin, dark berry, leather aroma. Caramel, toasty, a touch burnt toffee, slightly smoky, spicy yeasty flavor. Fun beer to share- not sure I’d want a bottle to myself.
hopdog (8933) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle shared courtesy of dickinsonbeer. Poured a medium and cloudy amber brownish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of spices, ginger, dark fruits, and bready. Tastes of dark fruits, ginger, spices, and other fruitiness. Light to medium alcohol in the finish.
Sammy (8627) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2010 Ken’s botle. very good, and worthy of Charlevoix as world beaters, but not the lupulus. Big bubbly head on dark body. Yeasty aromas of Belgian yeast. Taste of licorish. It is sweet, it is lacey. There is some white pepper, cardomon. It is very drinkable.Lateral tasting at Volo v. Lupulus, and Hibernus is even a clearer winner.
GT2 (8432) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL 2009 ed thanks to a generous trader on BA. Pours a clear doppelbock amber. Very malty auburn color, good clarity. Carbonation is huge generating a massive, yellowish, almost orangish head. Excellent retention and big soapy swathes of lace. Nose is pina colada, some fresh pineapple, big esters, flowers, mild metallic character, some licorice, fruit cake. Taste is similar to Gouden Carolus: mild chocolate, licorice, dark fruits, but not nearly as sweet or alcoholic feeling. Not too minerally. Decently heavy mouthfeel but not overwhelming. Palate is effervescent, clovey, sugary. Plays a difficult roll in being sweet and dark fruit heavy without being cloying or syrupy. Believe it or not, but this is a little bit reminiscent of Westvleteren 8.
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to puzzl for sharing this. Rich brown coloured brew with a thick pillowy tan head. Quite a sweet lovely maltiness, plums and dates with a fresh toasted wheaty maltiness. Spicy and yeasty with a lovely fruity sweetness. Chewy, sweet, wheaty and very tasty. Herbal/spicy yeastiness.
JorisPPattyn (7909) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
2009 vintage, thanks to Fred. Very good fluffycream-brownish head over very deep dark red-brown beer. Short burst of olive aroma; then alcohol, cake, vinosu, sweet - and coriander. More coriander, and more coriander, to the exclusion of everything else. Taste presents coriander, clove, allspice, liquorice, bit of cinnamon, orange peel. Spices jumble, unbalanced. Sweet, with alcohol strengthening this sweetness. Oh, and coriander. Speculoos impression - under the coriander. Very slick, viscous, alcoholwarming, rich. But no way getting under the coriander onslaught. I’m sorry, but the infernal weed utterly ruins it for me, despite some other promising features. Warming up, it gets outright unpalatable.
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a large, off-white head and a hazed amber body. Aroma is hard to describe, caramel, fruity with molasses. Taste is fruity, phenols, fruit, caramel, toffee and very sweet. lively bubbles.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008-02-26. Bottle, 2007 Vintage. Brown bdoy with a nice foamy tan head. Sweet fruity aroma, solid malt foundation. Light spice reminds me a bit of a boerwoer sausage for some reason. Not the meat, but the spice. Brief note of orange citrus? Richly complex, sweet malty flavour, rich fruit tones. Very light spice (8+) Smooth medium palate. I haven’t adequately delved into its nuances but its pretty nice! Bottle shared by HogTownHarry
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2010 My Bottom Line:
Black pepper, licorice and nutmeg flourish atop the dates and cherries in this masterful Belgian Strong Ale. The estery yeast profile, the authentic mouthfeel and the productive union of maltiness and spices have rendered quite the superlative symphony.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A proud crest of foam decorates the misty blood red.
-Star anise spiciness also emerges from the precise spice interplay, which also seems to include cloves and coriander, amongst others.
-Fertile earthiness also rises from the malt/yeast/spice cohesion.
-The body is beautifully sculpted; with its frothy carbonation and perfect attenuation, it never feels cumbersome for a beer this gravity.
-The spices in the 2009 vintage are better levelled than the 2007’s.
-The black pepper flavors drop with a year or so on it, and licorice comes out more. A fantastic beer every way you look at it.
Bottles; 2007 and 2009 vintage.