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 isnít 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 didnít foresee - hoppiness. The finish is full of grassy, earthy hops, with touches of leather as well. Certainly, itís complex; but at the same time, the complexity is cohesive rather than messy - Iím 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 isnít surprising. Lush, creamy, and silky arenít terms Iíd 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 thatís sour and hoppy? Interesting. A BSDA thatís sour, hoppy, and isnít a clusterfuck? Now you have my attention. Okay, it doesnít work perfectly and isnít the most chuggable offering...but damn, itís just so much fun to sip and contemplate over.
R4N5H (354) - SINGAPORE - AUG 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught, cask at the GBBF 2015 (London Olympia) on 14-Aug-2015. Clear dark brown colour with a decent sized tan coloured head. Medium to heavy body and light to medium carbonation. Aroma of malt and dark fruits. Flavour of fruit, caramel, molasses - the sweetness of the fruit is followed by a tartness and bitter finish. Pretty good.
MichaelAwesome (5839) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 29, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fluffig und perlend, dabei angenehm im Hopfen mit einem guten Schuss Hefe. Dazu etwas Nuss und Vanille. Klassisches belgisches mit einer milden und leicht wŁrzigen Note.
McTapps (5847) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - AUG 28, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Rudat in Dortmund.The beer has got a cloudy light amber colour with a steady head and smooth body. Aroma of Belgian yeast and flowers. Taste of Belgian yeast, flowers, soap, bread, cake, malt, perfume and straw. Grainy, sweet malty hints. Big Belgian touch. Average Belgian beer.
mmk (22) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bruin, helder bier. Kruiden, mout, caramel, chocolade. Licht gebrande moutige smaak. Smaakvol stevig bier.
Bosbouw (1944) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mooie chocolade bruin bier met een goede kraag. Ruikt zoetig, chocolade, oud fruit. Smaakt zoetig, chocolade, herfstfruit.
Abijen (1947) - ís-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Donker rood bruin bier met een goede beige schuim kraag. Ruikt kruidig, mout, caramel. Smaakt caramel, kruidig, speculaas, vrij droog.
Zakoon (274) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught @ Taphouse. Pours clear red/amber with a tiny head. Aroma is dark dried fruits, caramel, brown sugar, raisins and plums. Flavour is sweet and medium bitter. Medium bodied, avewrage carbonation. Finish is vinous.
EdKing (2173) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Dranken Geers. Clear dark brown beer, with some hints of red. Starts off with a huge head, which then dissipates to nothing. Nose is fruity, malty, some cherry, caramel, apple juice, toffee apple, fresh red apple. Taste is fruity, cherry, apple, orange peel, caramel, some slight sour, bitter earthy hop, slight citrousy acidic, slight red wine vinous, earthy hop, tangy hop. A lot going on in this.
ChtiBreizh (183) - Rennes, FRANCE - JUL 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown caramel with big fluffy head. Brown sugar, vinous, caramel. Both sweet and sour, bitter finish. Fizzy carbonation, full bodied. Drunk along with Rochefort 10, it is quite similar but aromas are a little softer.
leblancap (2) - Binche (Leval-Trahegnies), BELGIUM - JUL 24, 2015 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Always an incredible pleasure to taste this beer!! Must be appreciated... without any limits... Just close your eyes and visualise what you are tasting... FIREWORKS!! of all colours, sizes and direction... A BIG WOW!!