sturmthis (612) - Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Orange gold color with small white head. Very thick taste of dark fruits and spices. Sweetness.
BVery (6974) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Binny’s in Bloomingdale, IL. Murky golden-orange pour with a smaller white head - doesn’t necessarily look like much. But then you smell it, and out jumps loads of candi sugar, apple, honey, maybe some plum. Sweet for sure. Taste is very similar, quite sweet, a touch boozy, and some yeast. This is super tasty.
WVHouseofBeer (891) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmmmmmmm this is an awesome beer! Very sweet with aromas and flavors of honey, sugar, peach, grape and spices. Dry and slightly bitter finish. Despite the very high ABV the alcohol is barely noticeable. Excellent beer. Bottle from 2012
pallem (9) - Risskov, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Color is brown/golden with a small white head. Sweet aroma with notes of raisin, nuts and alcohol. Taste is sweet with a nice aftertaste of spices with a hint of plums on the finish.
eduardovl (966) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 2007 Edition
330ml bottle served in a Trappist chalice.
WOW! Strong smell of strawberries and grapes at the moment I was pouring it.
A: Very nice hazy amber color. A huge bubbled beige head and many lacings left
S: Fantastic. Peculiar. Black fruits and oak are VERY evident. Moderate alcohol despite the high ABV. Belgium yeasts
T: Again, fantastic. Very peculiar. Fruits and Belgium yeasts are evident. Oak. Sweet upfront (little bit chocolate). Dry aftertaste
M: Heavy body. High carbonation
D: Wonderful beer. Bring me a cask!
2008 Edition (2010.12.28)
0.33l bottle served in a chalice.
A: Very nice hazy orange color. A huge bubbled beige head and many lacings left
S: Strong presence of fruits (plums and peaches) and oak. Moderate alcohol despite the high ABV. Belgium yeasts
T: Again, fantastic. Very peculiar. Fruits and Belgium yeasts are evident. Oak. Very dry aftertaste
M: Heavy body. High carbonation
D: Wonderful beer. This 2008 Edition reminded me a Strong Pale Ale compared with the 2007 version which is darker and smoother
2012 Edition (2012.12.03)
330ml bottle served in a tulip glass.
A: Pours a nice orange hazy color. Lots of chucks floating around. Forms a huge bubbled white to yellow head. Good retention and many lacings formed and left
S: Sweet and fruity. Notes of plums, peaches and grapes. Strong notes of oak. Quite winy. Bready Belgian yeasts. Moderate alcohol despite the high ABV
T: Great taste. Very grainy and spicy. Sweet upfront with notes of candy sugar, dark fruits and bready Belgium yeasts. Strong notes of oak. Bittersweet Belgian style
M: Heavy molasses body. Good carbonation. Sweet grains and hoppy bitter aftertaste
O: Great drinkability. Excellent beer
[ BA Review @ 1/19/2010 ]
Alengrin (2464) - BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Dolle’s famous winter beer, a classic since 1982, with off-white, regular, relatively stable, sticky head and orangey amber colour, hazy. Perfumey, tempting aroma of orange, pineapple, ripe peach, amaretto, flowery hops, spiciness, whisky; very vividly fruity taste, almost like fresh orange juice, quickly becoming yeasty, spicy and malty, honeyish, slick and creamy mouthfeel, dry finish with floral, aromatic hops and lots of booze, but fortunately not becoming wry, long and satisfying. The older version of 8,1% ABV, made with Rodenbach yeast and basically a blend of old Boskeun beers, was better still, more balanced and less alcoholic. Has a great ageing potential, I hartily recommend vertical tasting of several vintages. Which gives me an extra argument to state that this beer deserves to be classified as a barley wine rather than the somewhat meaningless ’Belgian strong ale’...
ametras (502) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle at Bistro L’Autre Oeil. Cloudy golden with a frothy white head. Flavors are dough, honey, vanilla, barley sugar, grapes, apricot and citrus with herbal and spicy notes. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, creamy texture.
murran (246) - - OCT 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy brown body with a medium head. Faint yeasty aroma. Rich malty taste with a nice balance.
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Calisky (1135) - ALSACE, FRANCE - OCT 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Couleur ambrée un peu trouble, mousse qui disparait. Nez fort miel, levures, nonettes, fruits noirs. Gout sucré, miel, fruits noirs, fruits secs,malt, épices , notes houblonnées. Tout les gateaux et épices que l’on trouve traditionellemnt a noel mais trop sirupeuse et sucrée a mon gout.
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a bit overrated. it’s a better than average ale, fairly standard for the bsa style. spice and fruit and alcohol in the nose. yeasty flavor, with plums and other fruits, with a sweet, dry yeasty finish. alcohol shows a little, but this is a good golden ale overall."