ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed 3/4/13. Bottle says 9%. 11.6 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a very dark burnt sienna color. The head is a rather attractive two finger cream color. It features a soft, creamy layer over top some rather thick-looking bubbles. Retention is excellent - even after a couple of minutes the head is one finger high - and a good layer of lacing is left on the glass.
S: Okay, this is interesting...not only are the usual BSDA suspects quite evident (dark fruits, chocolate, pears), a sour undercurrent rests wonderfully below that. I really enjoy the tart cherries, sour apple esters, and general acetic quality as well. The complexity of the aroma isn’t overbearing, either.
T: Compared with the first inhalation, the sour quality is far more restrained here, taking on more of a lactic tone. Sadly, the coinciding cherry esters are also downplayed. For a brief glorious moment, sour cherries initiate the profile, before giving way to a chocolaty yet dry midtaste. And now a THIRD element comes along that I didn’t foresee - hoppiness. The finish is full of grassy, earthy hops, with touches of leather as well. Certainly, it’s complex; but at the same time, the complexity is cohesive rather than messy - I’m impressed how well balanced the seemingly clashing elements work together. Even if the lack of acetic sourness is a letdown for me, the only thing really wrong here is the slight paper quality in the aftertaste.
M: This one is dry, more so than many others in the style. Given the sour/hop bend of this, it isn’t surprising. Lush, creamy, and silky aren’t terms I’d use to describe the texture - more like papery, coarse, and rough - but the firmness also helps make the carbonation seem a little lighter than what it is. I find its semi-abrasive feel endearing, to be frank.
O: A BSDA that’s sour and hoppy? Interesting. A BSDA that’s sour, hoppy, and isn’t a clusterfuck? Now you have my attention. Okay, it doesn’t work perfectly and isn’t the most chuggable offering...but damn, it’s just so much fun to sip and contemplate over.
drmet (617) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - FEB 7, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
-pours a cloudy ruby-brown with a big,foamy,beige head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-sour cherries,strawberries,woody,caramel,chocolate,herb cherries,chocolate,cognac
-light to medium body
Taste is pretty good,but the ridiculous amount of carbonation makes this undrinkable.
Not gonna repeat
MelvinKalksma (462) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malts, caramel, yeast and fruit.
Turbid ruby/brown beer with a huge light brown head.
Heavy sweet with malts, caramel, yeast and fruit.
ametras (1030) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Hazy copper with a thick frothy khaki head. Flavors are yeast, alcohol, molasses, caramel, cough syrup, nuts, dark fruits, earthy notes. Full body, good carbonation, creamy texture.
Dogbrick (10416) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Winking Lizard. Cloudy amber color with a medium fluffy white head that dissipates gradually. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, yeast and malt. Medium to full body with flavors of ripe fruit, earthy yeast and grainy malt. The finish is fruity with a cherry and fig aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
RustyDust (4) - Aalst, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2016 does not count
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Veel schuim bij het inschenken. Donkere kleur. Nogal zoet, kalishesmaak. Licht verteerbaar, maar keert er van om.
StoutHead (923) - DENMARK - JAN 17, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Pours cherry-red with a large off-white head. Aroma of fruits, spices, hops and nuts. Taste is pretty much like the aroma but also with flavours of caramel and molasses. Full body and very active carbonation. Bitter and fruity finish. Awesome. I’ve had this one many times - even at the brewery and it never dissapoints. Love it.
Johnstledger8 (465) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 15, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a really dark brown with a fading beige bubble head. Aroma of chocolate, nuts, dark fruits, figs, blackcurrant, spice. Taste is of nuts, toffee, wood, figs, brown sugar, spice on the finish. Medium carbonation, light oily mouthfeel.
sjogro (1572) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Bought at Plan B. Cap reads >MAY2017. Pours dark brown with huge fluffy cream/tan head. Roasted sweet malt, oily, melasse, licorice stick, spices, nutty, piney, yeast and during the second half of my glass dough, spring onion and lemongrass, aroma’s keep on opening up! Amazing! There’s blueberries in the muffin dough. I feel like I’m fucking stoned. Chocolate and mint coming in now. Taste is moderate sweet and below moderate bitter, yeastiness keeps sweet and bitter compact and adds a tart finish. Body is full and texture is slick, thick and oily. Carbo is spikey but activity is average. Very nice beer! And NAT & STRAF indeed, drinks easy, will get you tripping. Reminds me of certain members from the Rochefort family.
anstei (644) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 12, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy of SinH4. A Belgian Strong on the sugary-candy side of the spectrum. Despite the heavy malts, there’s still a lot of hops in this one. The carbonization is very sparkly, making it - despite all the sweetness - quite easy to drink.
sebletitje (8269) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ De Dolle. Shared with the UnPer100 crew.
Brune foncée, col beige tenace.
Arôme est plaisant et assez envoutant, sort un peu du lot des bières brunes belges. Ici un accent est mis sur le malt, retrouve pas mal de chocolat, fruité noir perce en rétro accompagné d’une fine pointe de réglisse.
Palais est enclin à bien mettre l’accent sur les 9% de cette bière, retrouve un profil chaleureux, bien garnit au niveau des malts, chocolaté, grillé, caramel, le tout conserve un léger côté épicé qui perdure et sans être dominant est un élément important de cette version. Ce dernier s’apparente à la réglisse. Une classique du style qui se laisse déguster.