DenverLogan (990) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 330 ml bottle into a St Bernardus tulip glass. Label says 12%, brewed and bottled in 2002. Damn...I must have had this in some hidden corner!! Pours brown with small head and lace. Big aroma of dark roasted malts, brown sugar, dark candy sugar, molassas, mangos, rum. Medium carbonation and big mouthfeel. Whooo big first flavors of sour mash and fermented tropical fruit rinds. It’s gotten more funky than what I would call a funky Belgian when fresh!! I can’t rate this beer on this aged specimen, but I’ll add my numbers from a 1 year old.
I should also note that I think the De Dolle Stille Nacht fresh or with several years of age is worthy of a top 100 or better best beers on earth. That De Dolle brew rocks!
Hopverdju (214) - BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reserva 2012. Donker roodbruin bier met dunne beige schuimkraag. Geur: Coca Cola zonder koolzuur! + een klein geuze geurtje. Smaak: tanine, zuur, fruitig. Afdronk: zurig – bitterig.
Zakoon (420) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle enjoyed @ home, 2012 vintage. Pours hazy brown/ruby with a frofthy tan head. Aroma is sour cherries, woody, cranberries, vinous, acidic, unripe dark fruits, caramel and sour apples. Flavour is medium sour and light sweet. Full bodied, thin texture, average carbonation. Finish is dry, tart, vinous anda tiny hint af alcohol.
markoijelena (1586) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 21, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 0.33l at Ma che siete venuti a fa Rome Italy 03.12.2015.Taste with ippopotamo36 bro.Special thanks of course to Manuele.Big Ciaone.I think Special reserva 2008.Pour it hazy brown color with no head.Aroma of sourish, brett, reminds me on Rodenbach little bit.Taste of cherries, wodden note, quite dry finish.Really a pleasure.Thanks Manuele again.
andrepintado (2264) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JAN 3, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle at cerveteca Lisbon, Portugal. Brown red color. Head is thin to medium and beige. Medium sweetness, very balanced sourness. Aroma is vinegar, grapes, wood, red fruits, chocolate.
DCLawyer (2313) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Backlog. 2009 bottle ->mini snifter from Churchkey Vintage Vault event. Brite brown with small offwhite head. Quite tart, with some caramel, fruit, oak. Good.
SinH4 (1606) - Garching, GERMANY - DEC 31, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #1500, Vintage 2013. Not even that cloudy, but beautiful amber color with a red wineish highlight and a tan head. Aroma is cherries, berries, malt behind there, a vineous character as well. Taste is complex fruits, slight tartness, vineous character, malts, tannins, low but still ticklish carbonation. Incredible complexity paired with an incredible drinkability. It has many of the typical "dark sours" aromas, but everything with a superb balance. 13 ABV not present at all. Absolutely beautiful.
kajser27 (877) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown to dark brown colored, unclear, small+ beige head. Aroma is of fruits, candy, tart fruit, bubblegum fruity, licorice, winey. Taste is medium sweet caramel and sugar, dark fruity bubblegum, licorice, spicy, some oaky vanilla, low to moderate tartness, winey, alcohol is noticeable along with the boozy warmth. Full bodied, soft carbonation, thick. Very nice!
(bottle, De Dolle Brewery, Diksmuide)
Ferris (9825) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Vintage 2007 - Soured malts and cherry with some light charred wood. Cloudy brown with a decent beige head. Nice tartness, soured malts and dark fruity notes and a nice tart finish. Very nice.
Lowenbrau (2868) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - NOV 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. @home 22-11-2015.
Bottled: April 2015.
In short: doped Grand Cru.
Pours hazy dark copper with nice light tan head. Short head retention, poor lacing. Tart, wood, sherry nose, intense aromas. Medium body, soft carbontion, oily texture. Taste is quite tart, vinous character, port, sherry, dried fruits, raisins, plums, caramel, with a strong bitter aftertaste. Maybe a bit saturating.