dfearnley (1282) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to tulip
Caramel, chocolate. vanilla, and bourbon. Black with no head. Molasses, coconut, soy, oil, and coffee.
Ferris (7970) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Chocolate, cinnamon and nice blended mole like spice. Jet brown with a nice brown head. Lots of chocolate and cinnamon a nice sweet spiced finish. Mellow and nicely done.
Martinus (3844) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black colour, tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, cinnamon, apple brandy, caramel, coffee, mocha, vanilla, dark roasted malts. Sweet flavour, coffee, spicy cinnamon, brown sugar, alcohol, lots of cacao, wood. Quite soft carbonation, but enough to tickly your tongue. Finish cacao, malts, coffee and apple and soft banana from the barrels. Nice!!
(from 75cL bottle @ Leuven Innovation Beer Festival, Leuven 2015. Huge thanks for sharing, Don! Yes, we agreed that you would take something nice to share in return for my efforts getting you a rare lambic, but this was overdoing it, in style. Thank you, sir!)
sebletitje (7879) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle sample @ Leuven Beer Innovation 2015, shared with the RB Belgian crew. Huge thansk to Tinus for sharing this bottle.
On retrouve le profil typique de Hunaphu à savoir une forte composante des malts et un profil simplement incroyable de chocolat, de cannelle avec une pointe d’épice. Le tout est apporté à un autre niveau par l’usage des barriques qui sont toutes deux en balance.
Le palais est très épais, liquoreux mais sans qu’aucuns éléments ne passent pour surfait. En bouche, une vraie fête de saveurs où s’entrechoquent les épices et toutes les saveurs des malts. Unique!
JorisPPattyn (8562) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Due to artificial coloured illumination, appearance not estimable, arbitrary 4/5 Chocolate, vinous, maltsyrup, blue eating grapes and other fruity esters - all of the best. Insane! Chocolate, pure cacao 100% - a hint at brandy and rum, fruity jumble. Filthily rich to woo a saint, no carbonation (and not necessary). This is truly unworldly. Big thanks to Martinus!
77ships (5499) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
#5000. BIG thanks to digita7693 who generously shared this @ Leuven Innovation Beer Festival. The perfect beer for 5000 – one of my biggest wants for 5000 actually – I never thought that I was going to actually try this one. Many thanks for all the great company & beers during the course of all the previous ratings, festivals, tastings etc. Back when I started out trying beers many years ago, I thought that didn’t like beer because all that I knew was pale lager & the occasional Duvel. Tired of always drinking pale lager I decided to try some other beers & for a long time I tried one or two new ones per week at a bar near the university. They had about 40 beers I thought that there must be only about 100 – 200 beers in the world and that outside of Belgium they were all pale lagers. I decided to try nearly all of the beers in the world, as time went on I realized just how wrong I was… Back when I realized just how many beers there were in the world, I thought that trying more like 5000 would be impossible for me over a lifetime,… Turns out I was very wrong. Anyway as for the beer itself…. Deep dark black, looks very viscous, some mocha bubbles but they are quickly gone. Nose is huge thick, spirit-like, huge rum & brandy I suppose, very spirit-like so maybe brandy dominates a big, thick chocolate sludge, warming, chocolate syrup, deep black chocolate, huge oak & spirit presence, almost hot,… Taste is surprisingly cinnamon forward, by far the most of the Hunahpu’s I have tried so far, rich spirit, chocolate syrupy, warming high quality alcohol, black chocolate, very viscous, light espresso, very thick brownie dough, hugely thick & viscous, creamy, warming, thick exotic sugar,… Insanely thick & high quality spirit lingers on afterwards. Impressive, Stranahan still probably remains my favourity. Very happy to have tried one of my biggest wants.
Alengrin (3360) - BELGIUM - MAY 24, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2015 Courtesy of Martinus at Leuven Innovation Beer Festival, big thanks for this one. Almost no head, some loose beige bubbles which quickly disappear (probably because this precious bottle has been opened and resealed over and over again), colour a very dark burgundy, near black. Absolutely wonderful aroma of infinite complexity: a strong perfume of noble chocolate, vanilla, coconut, cinnamon, hint of dried soft chili pepper, espresso, soy sauce, bayleaf, candied dates, old port and old sherry, marzipan, banana liqueur... Truly incredible. Taste is equally amazing, a symphony of candied fruits, slight salty soy sauce accents, sweet marzipan and ’Bounty’ candy coconut plus chocolate, caramel and tons of chocolate fondant, all playing in a thick, heavy, profound texture; finish has more bitter chocolate and fine coffee in store, enriched with a vinous, warming alcohol effect of the finest brandy or single malt you can find, still a very faint hint of chili and peppery hops drying a bit and leaving you flabbergastered as if you just swallowed the most precious liquid ever made. This belongs to the most complex, most rewarding and most satisfying things I ever tasted. I owe great thanks to Martinus for being kind enough to share this ’whale’, I feel privileged. Unforgettable.
Danyel (1372) - Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is very strong cinnamon, espresso, chocolate. Taste is full bodied, rich, lots of spice. Overall, very good.
Benzai (10383) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2015 Bottle shared with Joes, Judyvv, Dutchdrebus and Koen @ "Zunt Om Nog Langer Te Bewaren" tasting (ZONLTB). Opaque pitch black color, medium sized quite quickly diminishing dark brown head. Aroma is malts, roast, some alcohol, (Dutch: "appelstroop") apple syrup, a hint of cocos. Taste malts, roasted malts, alcohol, again "appelstroop", bitter with sweetish hints, brandy and rhum are present, a hit of burnt of caramelised sugar, a hint of pepper, chocolate. Heavy and good, but I had higher hopes after reading all the previous ratings.
DutchDrebus (4803) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ SONLTB tasting. Pitch black colour with a small dark brown head. Smells rinse appelstroop, cocoa, sweet, chocolate, raisins, roasty. Tastes appelstroop, sweet, deep, dark malts, some coconut. Damn. Full body, soft carbo, thick. Sick.