madmitch76 (12162) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
10th September 2011
Cloudy orange - brown beer. Decent sized white head. Nose reminds me very much of a Vintage Port cork that has just been pulled. Palate is soft and semi dry and quite well carbonated. Mild caramel malt backbone, tasting slightly aged. Riding over all this are rich wine notes. Red wine with strawberry and then later on blackberry and blackcurrant. Agitating the beer produces some lactose on the nose. Aniseed becomes more obvious. There is a surprising amount of carbonation here and much agitation is required to remove it! The finish is dry and woody. This is the most Port like beer I’ve ever had. Even the Port barrel beers have not been this porty. If you look at recent ratings people are saying this is past it’s best. Who knows but judging it on it’s own merit it’s still quite remarkable it it’s uniqueness and rich flavour. The alcohol is still quite robust. The most surprising thing about this is that De Dolle have never redone this. 2013 postscript - they must have read my mind!
Theis (12131) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Yespr - Blind Tasting #11. Clear amber/orange - white head. Sweetness, toffee, sharpness, oxidation, green valnuts, raisins, dried fruits, fruity, wooden notes, wine notes, caramel, light grapes, dryness, honey, brown sugar. Nice - but on the way down !!!!
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(750ml bottle, 2000 vintage) Pours a cloudy orange body with a small white head. Aroma of bread, toasted grain, raisins, honeycomb, molasses, caramel, and toffee. Flavor of raisins, orange, toffee, caramel malt, vinous, baked apple, and some brandy. Nicely complex and well balanced. Excellent!
argo0 (11085) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear orange amber with small head that leaves right after the pour. Aroma is sweet, raisin, some yeast, and red wine alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, anise. Bordeaux is evident, at times dominant. Light carbonation. The alcohol is fairly strong, and leaves a medium burn. Definitely a sipping beer.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden amber; winey nose - sweet oak, cork, deep fruit and light alcohol. A tough beer to rate. It was one of those beers where you like it, but can't think of too many things to say about it. It's all about the Bordeaux aging, calling up hunger for Colston Bassett Stilton. In fact, it is so winey, that although I enjoyed letting it wash over me, I sat thinking a) where's the Stille Nacht? and b) this is surprisingly one-dimensional. Maybe I'm trying to evaluate this the wrong way, but this seemed to be satisfyingly unsatisfactory.
Christian (10357) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden with a small white head. A bit dusty aroma with caramel and vineous fruit. Sweet caramel flavour with dusty cellar, dried fruit and sherry. Not in the best shape, hopefully I’ll get another chance some day.
Pinball (10136) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at yespr blind tasting. Thanks a million for sharing this one, what a surprise. cloudy orange, small white head. Aroma is defiently old beer, oxidized note, lots of booze but very mild nonetheless. flavor is sweet, slightly oxidized, booze, slight fruity tinge, good balance. complex.
Koelschtrinker (9488) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malzig-saurer Geruch, harmonisch. Malzig und vergoren fruchtiger Antrunk sowie Mittelteil, etwas süßlich, außerordentlich harmonisch. Im Mittelteil wird das Bier würziger was zum leicht sauren Hopfen passt, der schnell wieder verschwindet. Weiter sehr würzig, angenehm süß. Süffig, harmonisch, stark, lecker. Riesen Dankeschön an den Doppelbock für die Ermöglichung des Tests von diesem seltenen Stück. 11/13/11/13/13/13
madsberg (9337) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Blind no 11 @ Yesprs. Orange coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Aroma of fruits, alcohol, spice, caramel. Flavour of fruits, vague liqourice, marzipan, caramel. Slightly occidated. Medium to full bodied. Alcoholdense fruity and syrupy end. Seems past its prime.
Bov (8805) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 13, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
light hazy reddish colour, no foam, deep complex aroma of portwine, hazelnut and wood, a touch of alcohol and honey, strong madeirisation, sweet and full-bodied, very bitter, long fruity, woody and caramel finish, more alcohol and caramelized sugars - a big thank you to fiulijn for sharing with me this incredible beer !