ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.
suurjuust (1221) - ESTONIA - DEC 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown beer, beige head. Nose is malty, some caramel, yeast and spice notes´, milk chocolate. Flavor is sweet, sugary, dried fruit, raisins, chocolate, roasty-toasty notes and alcohol. Very nice balance, great stuff. Bottle shared by martjoobolut, thanks!
Ivic81 (3) - - DEC 14, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Splendida bevuta. Birra da meditazione ma al contempo molto beverina, quando si hanno 9 gradi e non ci si stanca mai di bere è un gran bel segnale secondo me! Grandissima birra!
Moravius (597) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 13, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Flasche (33 cl; MHD: 4/2015) von Getränkefeinkost Berlin. - Rotbraun, trüb; enorm reichlicher Schaum. - Nase scharf fruchtig-hopfenherb, leicht säuerlich, weinig. - Antrunk etwas scharf säuerlich, etwas Gras, weiße Trauben, zugleich warm dunkelmalzig mit leichten Röstnoten. Würzige Kräuter, Lebkuchen. Gut rezent, schaumig; etwas dünnes Mundgefühl. Im Abgang fruchtig herb und gut malzbitter. - Eigenartige Mischung von dunkelmalzigen Aromen und säuerlich-scharfen Zügen. Wirkt irgendwie unfertig, wie halb umgekippt. Schwer vorzustellen, daß das so gedacht war.
Mr_Pink_152 (1033) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from favourite beer and 10th December on the Advent Calander. Deep dark Amber colour with an off white head. Aroma has caramel and stewed dark fruits. Plum, fruit and caramel flavour.
PapaSkeetSkeet (858) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think it had originally pours a clean amber, but once I got to the bottom of the bottle, it looked a murky red-brown with visible clots of yeast sediment floating around. Yum! 1.5 inches of dust head froth that fades at a moderate rate. Snap, crackle, pop! Aroma is bread crust and tart cherry, pear and apple, bit of raisin and spice. Hint of soap in there as it warms. Body is light, watery up front with a slightly oily finish and a prickly wave of carbonation. Flavor is bread, bread crust, some apple, spice, and even a bit of yeasty moldy cheese. Spicy finish. I’m wondering if I should have been more careful with that sediment, yet it still very good. Interesting BSA. I’m not exactly sure what to compare it too; maybe other De Dolle beers. At first I felt it was a bit watery and had an aftertaste that was more bitter than yummy, but as it warms its complexity (of spice, raisin, midway through taste) is coming through, retaining a high score.
mjik83 (641) - - DEC 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
- Alcoholpercentage van 9%
- Smakelijk biertje destijds gedronken
- Complimenten aan de brouwerij- en brouwmeester
- Nog geen topper, maar wel de hoge waardering die verdiend
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k0mpsa (1351) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at tuulensuu, tampere. Clear deep red color, tanned head. Aroma is spices, sweet licorice notes, wood. Taste is quite high co2 which makes taste lighter. Licorice, plums, spices.
martjoobolut (934) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0,33L bottle. Pours dark brown with light brown head. The small head stays. Aroma is caramel, dark fruits, plums, malt. Flavor is sweet, dark fruits, plums, malt. caramel. Alcohol is well covered. Overall: very nice.
mschaefer (21) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl fles, bottled jun 2014. Mooi donker, bijna zwart met stevig schuim dat lang blijft. Aroma’s een beetje zurig, alcohol en wijnkelder. Redelijk wat koolzuur. Mooie ronde smaak met tonen van pruim, kersen, amandel. Afdronk is lang en zwaar met een aangename bitter op de tong. Een echt verwarmend bier, heerlijk!
Iznogud (840) - CROATIA - NOV 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from 1987. (26 years old at the time), 330 ml at Kulminator, Antwerp. Pours unclear reddish brown with small off-white head. Sweet with sour touch. Dark fruit, plums, nuts, yeast. Complex. Quite a lot of yeast sediment at the bottom. Very interesting experience.