rangerred (913) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle into a goblet. No date but I’m pretty sure this is 2008 or 2009 vintage.
Pours a nearly clear dark gold with just a tiny bit of fizz for a head. No lacing at all.
From the aroma I can tell this has been sitting around for quite some time. There is a strong sherry note that screams oxidation overpowering some peach and grape notes in the background. I’m afraid this one might be past its prime.
The taste just confirms what I feared with the aroma. More sherry and cardboard that covers up what I presume was once a great flavor. Light grape and white wine buried underneath but it is drowned out by molasses, cardboard, and brown sugar. Fairly sticky with a thick finish.
Overall, I am really disappointed. I thought the age wouldn’t really hurt this beer but it obviously has. A couple years might have been ok but five or six is just too much. A shame.
Nocturne (764) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Ølbaren, Copenhagen. Hazy gold with a white head. Lacing too. Bready taste with lemon and apricot fruity notes. Definitely a complex yeastiness to it, with banana-like notes showing up. Lightly sweet. Balanced, refined and quite easy drinking. I enjoyed this almost as much as Stille Nacht.
Maakun (554) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slight hazy light golden with medium crisp bubbly white head. Honey, candy, lemondrops, tea, sweet maltiness and some barely ripe grapes. Very sweet, with light tartness and herbal bitter finish. Full bodied with nice carbonation and slightly sticky feel. Quite strange stuff, very sweet, but I really like it.
Voras (61) - - MAY 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden, cloudy, with big white head. Aroma: fruits, alcohol, honey. Taste: fruits, liquorice, alcohol. Nice beer. De Dolle style.
DwarfeD (881) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle from ’t Drankenhuys. Pale orange with a small slightly off-white head. Full body with light to moderate carbonation. Very sweet with some bitter tones. Peach, orange, herbs, spices, some warming alcohol, caramel and brown sugar. A full flavoured sweet Belgian brew.
GothGargoyle (1159) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Fermentoren, Copenhagen. Orange with a good pale head. Aroma is orange juice, coriander, Belgian candi syrup, candied orange peel, white chocolate, pluot. Full bodied, cloying and creamy mouthfeel, sweet and fruity on the palate. Taste is apricot, candied orange peel, Belgian candi sugar, white chocolate, plum, pear.
CPH2200 (288) - DENMARK - MAY 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 9.0% ??? not 10% abv. Massive head, cloudy amber colour. Aroma is fruity. Taste does not dissapoint; fruity, hints of liquer. Love this!
rdb84 (86) - NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2014 Geurt en smaakt aangenaam kruidig, sterke hint van peperkoekkruiden (kruidnagel). Smaak schommelt verder tussen licht zuur en licht bitter, de kruiden komen nadrukkelijk terug en geven een aangename "kick", afdronk prettig zoet en ietwat romig. Vrijwel perfecte balans tussen de verschillende smaken, uitmuntend. Seizoensbier, perfect geschikt voor de laatste wintermaanden. Een romig stukje kaas begeleidt dit bier uitstekend.
MrHangover (2456) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy blonde net with a big white head on top, decent lacing. Aroma is very yeasty, light booze, bready and light sour. Flavor is medium bitter and sweet. Big carbonation going on, some alcoholic sweetness going on. Some bready stuff is noticeable. Nice to drink, but it does not really stand out above the rest.
SimplySike (831) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy yellow with white head.
Aroma white chocolate, butter, honey, light citrus, creamy, spice.
Taste honey sweet, spicy citrus bitter.
Mouthfeel dry, creamy.