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.
bastarda (239) - Freiburg, GERMANY - OCT 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottled April 14; a whole range of sugars in aroma: crumbly, milky fudge, slightly burned caramels, marshmallow, dates, and sort of a grape sugary metallic edge. Taste sets on subtle, with almost British herbal-fragrant caramels before showiing its pushy Granny liqueur, Cognacbohnen and hot-chocolate-with-Grand-Marnier fizzy fuzzy heart. Maybe will get better with age?
CraftBeerNick (1314) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home, 26th September 15. Pours a fluffy head, dark beer. Aroma is rich, dark sugar, fruit, slight liquorice. Taste is sweetish, brown sugar, dried fruit, slight spice, pretty taste and enjoyable
Patdelichte (79) - - SEP 25, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Den Haag, Rootz 25-09-2015 met Lou
Dolle Brouwers Oerbier.
Verassende smaak. Ruikt naar kriek en schenkt ook rode gloed maar smaakt heel anders. Flinke schuimkraag, donkere kleur en bruisende smaak. Ruikt zoet en smaakt fris. Echte aanrader!
Lore (1576) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 18, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark mahogany-brown colour, huge, forever lasting beige-ish head; aroma of dried plum, date, liqueur notes, some roastedness, chocolate, maybe tart and hints of vanilla; taste of date, and other dried fruits, some chocolate and liqueur notes, as well as roastedness; great Belgian strong ale
teddytejero (2) - BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2015 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Drinking this beer for more then 30 years: Visited the brewery when they brewed in a bathtub ....
mrol (151) - - SEP 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy reddish brown color with beige head. Aroma of apple, oak and berries. A bit too sweet taste.
Lele (263) - Padova, ITALY - SEP 13, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Una birra praticamente vicinissima alla perfezione, tutto ciÚ che desidero da una Belgian Strong Dark Ale (o Quadruppel, che dir si voglia). Colore marrone brandy scuro, schiuma beige con riflessi dorati, abbondante, fine e decisamente persistente. Al naso e in bocca sentori del loro ottimo lievito, caramellosi, speziati, fruttati, cioccolato, leggero tostato, uva passa, liquoroso. Corpo decisamente strutturato e carbonizzazione abbastanza bassa. Cosa desiderare di piý?
Alpha10 (448) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2015/09/07 - Pours a hazy, brown mahogany with a foamy, khaki head that slowly reduces. Aroma is brown sugar, mild molasses, caramel, dates, plums, raisins, light fruitcake and mild flowery tones. Taste is caramel, dried dark fruits, fruitcake spices, tart dark fruit, mild licorice and moderate red wine notes. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with biting carbonation and slightly tart, drying finish. Very nice and dangerously drinkable.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
bursprak (1492) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Murky brownish pour with a huge frothy head. Notes of figs, dark dried fruits, toasted nuts, roast, caramel and some light vanilla.
Erasmus_ro (2017) - Alabama, USA - SEP 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma is berries, caramel, fudge, dark fruits, dried dark fruits. Taste is light berriness, caramel is strong as are dark fruits and dried dark fruits. Dates and prune. Liquorice. Carbonation is pretty strong.