MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
hazy gold, smallest clear bubble ring that dies. Sweet pear nose, hot and pukey. Hot, woody booze flavor, dry cardboard, bit of odd champagne bitterness in finish. Sticky, hot.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Travlr: pours clear deep bronze with a thin spotty-lacing whitehead. Has a lightly sweet toasted caramel nose with some floral honey and a touch of clove. Starts with good fullness and sweet rich toasted caramel and biscuity malts along with some yeasty esters before a complex warming finish. Pretty flavorful, but could use some time to age.
GT2 (7899) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
375mL thanks to Travlr. Pours a clear orange with minimal white foam. Nose is sticky candies, old maple, thick sweetened orange, some calvados like brandy fumes. Taste is very sticky sweet, mild alcohol heat, some maple liquor. Drinkable, I would guess 8%. 16% !!!?? Why?
devman171 (727) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2013
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Travlr, aroma is funky alcohol, sweet caramel and alcohol finish.
BeerandBlues2 (9100) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Travlr from bobochamp. Aroma is cookie and biscuit malt, alcohol, pear and apple esters. Flavor is sweet malt and alcohol, light hops and bitterness with fruity esters and a sweet finish. Full body and light carbonation.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Hopduvel, recommendation of BoBoChamp, thanks! Hazy golden color, flat. Aroma of caramel and honey. Taste is sweet, hot and boozy.
ClubGonzo (3526) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beer Planet, Brussel. Pours a hazy deep sunset orange-red body with a medium, rapid-fading head. Nose is intense sugary peaches and apricot tones with mellow alcohol, wood, red currants, wet grass and hints of caramel and faint solvent in the back. Taste is dense syrupy caramel and licorice, peaches, wet grass, alcohol and hints of red berries and almonds. Dry, yeast-ish finish which I often find Champagne yeast to produce. Full body, sparkling carbonation. A bit alcoholic, which is perhaps natural with such a whopping ABV, but still a tad too much booze for me. Otherwise, it comes across as a sort of mix between a desert wine, Champagne and strong Belgian beer. Interesting, and quite nice in its own "extreme" way.
tderoeck (4069) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
9/IV/13 - 37.5cl bottle from De Hopduvel (Gent) @ home - BB: 1/I/2023 (2013-319) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the cost for these bottles!
Little cloudy orange beer, small off-white head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: orange peel, apple skin, bit soapy, ripe banana, sugary, almonds. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: sweet sugary start, orange peel, lots of caramel, alcohol, banana. Aftertaste: sugary, alcohol, almonds, amaretto, banana, honey, orange peel, very sweet, little bitter. Tastes as if it has been aged / oxidised a lot. More a sweet liquor than a beer to me.
BoBoChamp (5125) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2013 38cl, new exclusive brew Anno 2012, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex brew, fruity/alcoholic and slightly sweet/bitter, not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew, yet expensive!, WOW!
JorisPPattyn (7722) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lively, audible pearling to medium, very fine & dense yellowish head over hazy orange beer. Sharp alcoholic/fusely aroma upon pouring, fruity-estery and vinous to liqueurish. Som citric hopnotes in the background, preserved orangepeel. Flavour fitting the nose as a glove, as in more accentuated; fruity/estery/orangey, clear alcohol/higher alcohols; Mandarine Napoléon, old wine, maybe a touch of apricot liqueur. Very slick MF, if not overly heavily bodied, alcoholburn, very slight acidity-thinning. Excellent try; I can imagine it as a perfect apéritif, if less as something to be paired to food.