ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet and fruity nose with a light peat smoke. Tate is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, some smoke, some raisins, lots of toffee.
dEnk (3105) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Emelisse oktoberfest. Almost solid brown pour, medium tanned head. Aroma of liquorice, malt, hops, some red fruit and peat.
Flavour is red fruit, peat, chocolate, roasted malt and some smoke.
Nice finish, proper carbonation. Very nice.
77ships (3019) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thx. to Travlr / Gene for this one @ RBBWG 2013 the morning-after tasting – this was the last Embrasse variation I still hadn’t tried yet. Consequently this is also my #1750 beer rating & #800 Belgian beer (I count DvdK as a Belgian brewery because they are awesome so I claim them). Aged for 3 months 1/3 whisky & 1/3 cognac. The bottle itself is a bit old now, what 2 years? Dunno… Pours a murky wooden brown with café au lait head. Smells sweet of milk chocolate, lots, sugar, creamy, woody with some cognac & whisky. Taste delicious, sweet with milk chocolate, chocolate milk, brown sugar, creamy, vanilla, cupcakes, warming but not boozy in the back with cognac warmth and smoothness plus light peat. Creamy, chocolate milk substance, tough light but perfectly fine. Delicious beer. Quite love it.
Vaiz (2926) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Emelisse Oktoberfest 2010. Spicy aroma with licorice, dark fruits and roasted malt. Some caramel in the flavor, sweet, spicy and slightly bitter. Some vanilla and oak comes along in the flavor. Nice complex brew and heavy flavor. Great.
erickok (2810) - Tours, FRANCE - AUG 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black bodied with small creamy head. Apple pie, toffee, white chocolate, and hazelnut liquor. Taste is mild sweet and reveals some wood as well as a faint whiskey heat. Alcoholic doesn’t play nice and body is quite thin. Wasn’t very impressed by the normal version and this is only somewhat better. (66cl bottle)
Ober (2805) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A clear dark brown colored beer, with a firm beige head. The aroma of dark fruits and dark malt, som wood notes and hints of whisky. The taste of whisky, wood, dark malts and some sweet fruits. The aftertaste is nice sweet with some whisky and bitter notes.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy dark tan, opaque, bit of muddy caramel and chocolate, bit of light whisky. More whisky in flavor, finish particular, light caramel, plum, cherry, bit of spice lingers in nose.
GRM (2691) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 650 ml, from and with Philippe Wouters (merci!), savoured on January 11 2012; eye: maroon, opaque, no effervescence, minuscule ring of brown head, slight lacing; nose: malt, caramel, light woody, light alcohol; mouth: malt, caramel, light woody, light alcohol, metallic, malty finale, medium body, average carbonation, lightly sweet, alcoholic texture; overall: fine
Bouteille, 650 ml, de et avec Philippe Wouters (merci!), savourée le 11 janvier 2013; œil : marron, opaque, pas d’effervescence, minuscule anneau de mousse brun, très légère dentelle; nez : malt, caramel, léger boisé, léger alcool; bouche : malt, caramel, léger boisé, léger alcool, métallique, finale maltée, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, légèrement sucrée, texture alcoolique; en résumé : bien
probstblueribbon (2621) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber shared at GRM’s. Very murky mahogany with a thin tan veil. Definite wood, dark dried fruit, a touch bright, tart berries/cherries, decent. Medium+ body, soft effervescence, slick. Some smoke, metallic, dusty/musty, tart cherries, chocolate, not entirely pleasant; off dry with a warm, alcoholic finish hat is very dusty and not quite enjoyable.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I got this bottle in a trade a while ago and have brought it to several tastings and at each one, it was completely ignored and I ended up taking it back home at the end. So now I find myself cracking it open all by my lonesome because my unrated beer selection is dwindling...it pours with gigantic frothy, lacy, creamy looking head..the body beneath is dark brown/mahogany...Nose...hmm..Well...smells like it’s been blessed with a wild yeast strain or two, so that’s always nice..otherwise, maybe a little white pepper and fruit....it’s not an overly intense nose, so it’s hard to decipher...but there’s certainly touches of tartness and funk. Flavors...hmmm..yeah, another hmmmm...it’s got a full, playdoughy malt body...somewhat earthy yet plasticy, akin to older vintages of fantome noel (maybe even newer ones, it’s been a while since I’ve had a Fantome Noel). The base yeast is not overly belgian yet at the same time, it’s not non-belgian either...it’s a good strain and I like it...over that, I think there’s some wild creatures in there as well because, though not even remotely obviously wild or tart tasting, there’s a rustic funkiness present that probably wouldn’t be there otherwise. There’s some dark yet sweet fruits especially plum (lots of sweet ripe plum, actually), a touch of some licorice and tobacco possibly...end ends with a plum skin astringency too, which has the elements of wild yeast characteristics in it. To be quite honest, I don’t really know which elements were contributed by the various barrel treatments..nothing stands on it’s own as saying "Hey, I’m whisky" or "Hey, I’m Cognac"..but regardless, it all actually blends together surprisingly coherent...It’s malt forward before yeast forward, which is always nice in a belgian...but you can tell it’s got some sort of house character yeast thang going on as well...and did i mention the plum? I reckon I dig this beer...will most definitely never see this available to me again, so I will leave now to enjoy the experience.