laiti (4539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle @ Tuulensuu. 2009 vintage, BBE 2014.
No head, a lot of viscosity. Aroma is rich with sweetness and raisins. Soft palate, some raisins and spices. No hints of alcohol except the warmness. Like a 5 year old vintage ale.
kermis (3652) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with friends. Pours clear amber with small white head. Strange aroma of wet towels that have been left a while. Good flavor though with camamel and raisens
Martinus (2520) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating Grand Cru 2009, opened 23 April 2011.
Nice dark amber colour, small and light bubbles, small beige head.
Aroma of caramel, honey, madeira, port, raisins and mango. Nice malty tones.
Full flavour, rather sweet, caramel, raisins, dried fruits and malts. Strong alcohol notes. Finish sweetish but dry, ends rather abrubtly.
(from 33cL bottle)
ReAle (120) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 25, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2011 Draught @Brasserie 4:20 (Rome) - Nice orange appearance, sweet aroma of caramel, malt, barley. Flavour is sweet, maybe a bit too sweet, not perfectly balanced. But great! Full body.
chrisv10 (9415) - DENMARK - FEB 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from 2005. Hazy amber/orange with small off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit, toffee and spices.
drowland (5686) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/15/11. Bottle shared at the Sea Bass tasting. Slightly sour malty aroma with a big sweet dark fruit flavor that lasts forever. Not bad!
madmitch76 (12102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2011 26th December 2007
A treacly dark toffee beer in a light frothy palate. There is an overiding sweetness from start to finish. Moderate carbonation. Not too bitter.3.5
3rd April 2011
On tap at the Arends Nest, Amsterdam. Clear reddish amber beer, tidy white head. Smooth semi dry palate. Rich orange and dried fruits with cherry taking a lead. A little brandy and a trace of port. Sweetish cream underneath. Dry finish. Yum! Sophisticated beer! Much better than the 2005.
wheresthepath (1383) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[330ml bottle, 2005 edition, gift from my wife - cheers!] Deep copper amber, negligible head, a lot of fine sediment in suspension. The slight fizz is just right for the beer. Heady, fruity port aroma. Huge alcohol burn continues throughout, but works with rather than against the beer. Caramel dominates, but with tons of sweet fruit (raisins, apples, rhubarb) thrown in. Thereís a slight bitterness and dryness in the finish which, along with the carbonation, balances the sweetness well. A lovely sipping beer that made a decadent match for the blue cheese, crackers and quince jelly that I had it with!
BMan1113VR (7690) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 European bottle via a trade with bu11zeye. Pours with a murky brown body with a minimal head at best. Aromas are of cereal, brown sugar, dark fruits, raisins, black currants, fruit cake, alcohol, old curacao, and saw dust. Flavors of alcohol, grand manier, baked bread, citrus icing/glaze, cereal, white wine, lightly vinous. Caramel, toffee, decently bitter. Medium to light mouthfeel, surprisingly light body (all things considered); the beer has medium to light levels of carbonation. Big bubbles. Lots of booze. Good, could probably age a bit longer, but I think it would take more than age and hope to turn this beer from good to great.
italianjohn (2145) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle dark amber/orange pour light head no carbonation .. aroma of dark dried fruits raisins molasses thick bodied and dry tart like brandy ... Light spice so smooth warming finish. Loved it