sayravai (4700) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled 01/2010) Beautiful ruby color with a firm and lacy head. Strongly spicy with anise, ginseng(?), licorice, herbs, some tartness. Spiciness maybe overdone, but guess that’s ok for a winter beer. Interesting. 5246
TBone (14782) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 22, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled 330ml (Beerplanet, vintage 2009, BB 03/2011)
Dark murky brown color, small off-white head. Strong aroma of anise, spices, chocolate, cocoa powder ... Medium bodied. Notes of Jägermeister, spices, anise, coffee, grains. Really strange brew.
Vaiz (4049) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed one of these in a windy field in the Provence region in France. What a brew, really loads of spices in the aroma, thick body, creamy texture, nice head. The brewery really paid attention to the details. Flavor is also well balanced. Spicy hops and sweet sugary and slightly roasted malts. Nice.
blipp (7342) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Pours amber with an off white head. The aroma has a licorice like sweetness and spices. The flavor has coriander, licorice and a light sweetness on a wheaty base. Decent.
popery (1741) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Winter 2009. I did not expect much out of this beer, but it’s a happy surprise. I’d like to try it fresh, but it’s probably better now. The appearance is dark brownish red with a tight off-white cap. Hazy. The aroma is very rich. There’s a ton of malt - caramel, toasted bread, apricots, grapes, sugar cane. There’s a bit of cough syrup, but I like it here. The beer gets a bit cloying but not in a really bad way given the flavor. There’s some chocolate in the finish. It’s a good sipping beer.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Tap] Pours a solid shade of brown with a foamy white head. Light aroma of cocoa, anise and dark malts. The taste is a bit more light and fruity. Wheat malts, light chocolate, caramel, light sweet fruits and hazelnut notes throughout. Good palate and mouthfeel. I would have never guessed the ABV here. There actually is quite a bit happening here. At times it seemed a little unrefined, but quite interesting.
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted from 11.2oz bottle. Pours cloudy amber with a thin tan head. Nose of anise and dried apricots with some prune. Palate is similar flavors with the addition of chocolate on the back of the palate. The carbonation is light with a medium plus body and a nicely enjoyable long finish.
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Teresa’s with James. Pours a robust ruby-amber with a slight, modest white head, which fades quickly, leaving a clean surface. Aroma of malts, tart cherries, barley, earth tones, and hints of brown sugar. Medium body with a slightly tangy palate. Interesting take on a wheat ale. Decent.
jredmond (6651) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Teresa’s with pat. Pours a dark brownish Ruby red body with no head, minimal lacing. Aroma is cherries. Mouthfeel is thin, but with notes of wheat and German malts. Extremely sessionable- would’ve guessed the abv to be around 4%
nuplastikk (5253) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Maxs. Orange-tan. Thin oily head. Black licorice aroma. Black licorice flavor too, very unique. Caramel tones. Relatively thin and mild for a Belgian...especially for 8%.