Vinx (113) - ITALY - AUG 24, 2016
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale hazy color with a huge rocky very long lasting foam. Complex aroma of citrus, sweet yellow fruit, cloves, banana, pepper, biscuit with hints of coriander. The phenols, pepper above all, are noticeable even in the mouth and last a long after the last sip. Thin body, bitter, well hidden alcohol: all things that make it so drinkable. It’s the whole Belgium shrinked in a bottle. A great beer.
jamestulloch (3498) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cork & Cask. Hazy bronze body with a medium off-white head. Steady carbonation. Good lacing. Aroma of stewed rhubarb, cinnamon, brown bread, floral hops and mashed red apple. Flavour of apple strudel, marzipan and nuts. Medium body with a frothy mouthfeel. Lively fizz. Sweet and spicy.
ulrikolsen (374) - DENMARK - AUG 11, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with tall beige head. Aroma of light malt, bread, biscuit and spicy and hoppy notes. Taste is light malty with biscuit and bread, along with fruity notes and evident hops with grass and pine. Finish is dry and bitter, and hides the high alcohol lever well. Good one!
mice (819) - FINLAND - AUG 10, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Valtavasti vaahtoava (kesti todella kauan, että koko pullollisen sai kaadettua lasiin) oranssinkeltainen, hieman utuinen olut. Jättää kivan puolen sentin vaahtokerroksen suurimman vaahdon hävittyä. Lisäksi hieman pitsiä. Tuoksussa belgihedelmäisyyttä, hieman hiivaisuutta ja mausteisuutta. Maku hieman makea, mutta toisaalta humaloidun katkera ja hedelmäinen, hiilihappoinen. Ennen kaikkea varsin mausteinen/pippurinen. Raikas olut, kohtalaisen täyteläinen suutuntuma. Belgitripel tästä mieleen tulee. Hieno tuotos.
Arcanor (218) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle best before June 2017. Pour yellowish and hazy with a tall and dense white head. Aroma of nuts, Belgian yeast and notes of green hops. Herbal taste with notes of pepper, high carbonation, dry and oily. Nice pepper month finish.
MayumiH (984) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Pours yellow colour with a huge white frothy head. Brown sugar, apple spices. Malty sweetness and dry aftertaste. Very tasty.
klm1 (1038) - - JUL 5, 2016
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep golden color, haze, with creamy long lasting (practically till the end) white head. Visually high carbonation.
Sroma: fruity, with notes of grape, peaches, grapefruits...flavor is similar: intense hop flavors, with fruity note, which takes on grape, peaches, grapefruits...flavor is similar: intense hop flavor, which takes on fruits mentioned above, supported with malt flavors, which takes on toffee, bread. Finish is slightly salty, dry and slightly bitter. Body is medium, texture soft, carbonation high.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4663) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 27, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
De Dolle’s Ara Bier an 8% belgian Golden Ale that is a beautiful brassy gold with an off-white head of foam.
The aroma is sweet honeyed biscuit malts with spicy phenols and a hop bite.
It is light bodied, soft round carbonation and a dry finish. The taste is sweet, has a herbal hop bite, spicy belgian yeast esters and is very crisp.
A well neigh perfect example of the style. Great.
Cybion (137) - Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 330 ml. Pours cloudy dark amber with a large amount of fluffy white head. About a finger of the head retains and there’s a lot of lacing. Fruity esters on the nose to begin with - banana and apple mostly. Sweet light malt s, Almond/marzipan, orange or orange rind, tropical fruit, something floral or grassy, bit of citrus, slight woody edge. Taste, by comparison seriously ramps up the bitterness; bitterness of a dry, woody, earthen, resinous nature. Almost tastes like a dark malt note, though i think this is entirely from the hops. Some sweeter notes of citrus, apple and sweeter malt up front before the huge bitterness kicks in and lingers for a long while. Some phenolic notes here too - lots of pepper toward the finish. Body is medium, texture is oily/smooth, carbonation is fairly sharp for a while - bit of a tingler, finish is of course very bitter and dry. Ever wondered what a Duvel hopped like a west coast IPA tastes like? This one’s for you!
bartlebier (3506) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottles of the years, always generously foamy and hard to pour with elegance, this one bottled Dec2015. - Pours with more towering foam at the first glass hit than Orval... Bref: the most tropical and fruity tripel-like Belgian strong ale on the traditional side of De Ranke’s new wave, Poperinge terroir bitters. - Ar: one of the best smelling tripel/Belgian ales tout court, Poperinge Nuggets (orange marmelade, sweet mango even?) seasoned by orchard fruit yeast esters with amazing depth and an earthy edge. Once the dishsoap foam settles very easy to drink, with a tightly composed hop flower bouquet ranging from Westflemish saturated polderland grasses, hay over peach blossom to peppers, honey, bread yeast. Great mouthfeel, not too carbonated and well dry. Came to underestimate this over the years, but it really is in league with De Struise’s Belgian stout desserts and Orval as a terroir product updated for ever-new palates. - Caveat: Brett ist im Spiel somewhere at De Dolle and no 2 batches or bottles seem the same...