tderoeck (3000) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
9/IV/13 - 37.5cl bottle from De Hopduvel (Gent) @ home - BB: 1/I/2023 (2013-320) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the cost for these bottles!
Clear orange beer, lots of very small sediment floating around under a small off-white head. Aroma: lots of sweet caramel, honey, oxidized, orange peel, port and sherry notes. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet start, honey, sugary, some sherry, alcohol, very oxidized, almonds, little sour. Aftertaste: apple skin, almonds, little bitter, amaretto, sugar, orange peel, spices, hint of cinnamon, coriander. Much better than the "Pure" version.
BoBoChamp (4180) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2013 38cl, new exclusive brew Anno 2012, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex brew, alcoholic/malty and slightly woody/fruity, not too heavy, very balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew, yet very expensive!, WOW!
JorisPPattyn (7306) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very slightly veiled, copper-amber beer with a small to medium yellowish head. Alcoholic nose, sherry obvious; still fruity, but much less than the Pure version; nutty and obvious madeirisation. Quite sharp nutty-alcoholic fusely flavours; as a liquefied Christmas cake. Dried fruits and nuts (apricot, orange, walnut,...) Sharp, fiery-alcoholic and feeling much more carbonated than the visual would suggest. Very slick, but feels only medium bodied. Rather sharp, on the verge of agressive - again delightfully apťritif-like (if not for its full 37.5cl), but Iíd be at a loss to pair it with food - maybe with crÍpe Suzette, or Christmas cake indeed? Or with the Stilton...