Marduk (5848) - Reval, ESTONIA - MAR 27, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle (thanks martjoobolut). Clear golden color. Small size, white head, stays. Malty, sweet, perfume, dough, some buttery notes in aroma. Perfume, cookies, malty, sweet, spicy hops in taste. Sweet malts, perfume and spicy hops in aftertaste. Medium carbonation. Alcohol is quite well covered. Nice one.
suurjuust (2736) - ESTONIA - MAR 26, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2016 Bottle, shared by Mart. Clear golden yellow, medium white head. Nose is sweet, shortbread, yeast, fruit, hops, mild perfume. Flavor is more shortbread, mild yeast, fruit, sugar, pineapple, grassy notes in the finish with warm alcohol. Fizzy palate, but the flavors feel creamy. Nice.
martjoobolut (2725) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 26, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2016 Bottle (from saveur bier), 2014 vintage. Pours golden with whiteish head. The head stays for some time. Aroma is sweet, honey, fruits, citrus, candy, perfumy. Flavor is sweet, bitter and slightly sour, fresh fruits, apples, sugar, malt. Carbonation is rather high. Finish is intense dry bitter with warming alcohol and sweetness. Overall: very nice.
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share at RBB. Pour is very cloudy yellow with a small white head. Flavor and aroma of pale malt, belgian yeast, sugar, and crackers. Finish is similar with a tad of booze.
huineman (561) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 19, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
75 cl bottle, served in snifter. Pours dim hazy golden with green tones. Head is white and doesn’t last too long. Nice lacing though. The nose is fantastic: intense aromas of ripe fruit (peach, apricot, mango, melon, grapefruit, pineapple, passionfruit, lemon) accompanied by sweet scents of biscuit, vanilla, cinnamon, caramel... There’s also a sub-layer of other luscious odors: honey, brioche, herbs... Incredibly complex. What about the mouthfeel? Let’s see: creamy, very soft, silky and with a carbonation so soft I’d describe it as velvety. Round flavors, all of them present and well balanced, with a great bitter long finish that lasts for more than two minutes. An amazing ale, congratulations to the brewers.
Swaroga (1955) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle all for myself :) ...the beer looks good, well carbonated with a big head. Aroma is spicy, peppery with fruity esters like peach, abricot, some banana, apple ...perfect. It has also traces of acetaldehyde and phenolic aromas but in the perfect, loved by Belgian strong ale drinkers like me. With a first sip the carbonation is confirmed to be strong but the body is creamy. Flavors are strong and each sip is warming. Really good one.
ignorant (50) - madrid, SPAIN - FEB 16, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pale yellow translucent white with a nice foamy head that leaves a good mark on the glass while dissipates. The smell is slightly sweet, with hints of biscuits, grapefruit, pineapple, grass, pine, hay and lemon zest. The palate spectacular balance between sweet and sour, with new notes of cookies, white bread, grapefruit, kumquats, pineapple, mango, dry soil, hay, lemon zest and hints of alcohol. Soft feeling while stout, slightly dry.
DSG (11246) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[1/30/16] Bottle sample at the Encomium bottle share, after RateBeer Best awards ceremony at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! Hazy yellow. Fruity, flowers, citrus, earthy spiciness. Dry, bitter hops.
langeveld12 (418) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Typical belgian strong ale but in its class one of the best I have ever tasted. Contains vanilla, banana and citrus and forest fruits. Perfect balance between sweetness and bitterness and between malts and hops. Smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol hardly noticeable. Very very good.
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KyotoLefty (8922) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 9, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Rate Beer Awards Festival Bottle Share. Thanks to JulienHuxley for finding me to share. Bright, crisp hops in the nose, along with Belgian yeast, lemon, citrus, dough. Flavor is sweet orange and lemon, crisp malt, creackers. Lightly yeasty, with solid bitterness and great lemony fruit. A great New World Belgian Strong. Glad I finally got to try it. Why can’t more North American brewers do Belgian like this?