cranesareflying (50) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opens with a champagne pop, best by 05/04, a dark, golden color with plenty of froth on the head, a tart, leathery aroma, the immediate flavor is sour citrus, with an exclamation on the sour, a taste that is severe, rich, and powerful throughout, with plenty of carbonation, slightly sweet, but dry and bitter on the finish, becoming more palatable in time
Temptation (204) - - MAR 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A spicy touch finishes the medium development of this interesting beer, yeasty and hoppy in an unusual way for a Belgian brew. Bitter, with caramel and raw grain hints which round the overall, the sensation is of a compact and a very serious beer. Liked it, a lot.
flying_pig (809) - SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml Bottle (£2.89 from Beers of Europe website):
Yeast with touches of spice and a light sourness with light fruits that include some pears, apple and a hint of citrus. The beer seems quite lively on the nose with some further fruits, a little bit of banana and some more spice as well and a few hops towards the end to round things off with.
Orange amber with a finger-sized, bubbly white head that is a solid white colour and settles as a fine, patchy lacing on the surface.
Spice and yeast to start off with along with some fruits typical of the style; some apple, pear and grapes as well. There is some citrus flavours and a touch of sweetness that follows along with some subtle hops and some floral notes.
Smooth and quite dry with a slightly spicy and sweet mouthfeel that goes down easy with the alcohol content pretty well hidden. The body is a light medium and there is a noticeable carbonation to the beer although its not gassy or overdone.
This one was a slight disappointment when compared to the high standards set by previous Belgian strong ales that I’ve tried over the past few years and I was definitely expecting a lot more from this one. Whilst not a bad beer it wasn’t one I particularly enjoyed, nor one I’d pick up again sadly.
freretoc (346) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bu en bouteille de 33cl, couleur trouble et blonde gros col mousseux, une bière qui attaque fort sur le houblon, avec une grosse attaque sur le coing, excellente !
Renobob (145) - - MAR 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bouteille 33 cl. Couleur dorée à peine trouble. Bel équilibre des houblons. Arômes floraux et agrumes.
sinfull (689) - Lviv, UKRAINE - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy orange color , medium off-white head. Nice aroma of belgian yeast , herbs and hop. Taste is light sweet with floral and yeasty with pleasant hops bitterness and dry finish.
MattiasA (364) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Backlog from a 75cl bottle purchased at a limited release at Systembolaget. I always love De Ranke an this is no exception. Golden with the familiar yeast-aromas, fruity and a slight sweetness. Excellent.
Excalibur123 (51) - Soria, SPAIN - FEB 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vierte color amarillo oro, con media cabeza de espuma permaneciendo un fina capa; aromas florales, manzana, pan y galleta; en boca entrada fuerte y un tanto áspera marcada por una gran carga de lúpulo que le da carácter, pos gusto amargo y seco con cuerpo y carbónico medio; cerveza compleja que ganaría potencial con guarda en botella pues le falta ensamblarse ; hay matices que sobresalen desvirtuando el conjunto.
lucanna77 (15) - ITALY - FEB 4, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ho scoperto il birrificio qualche anno fà, in occasione di una delle tante trasferte in Belgio. Ottima birra che unisce la tradizione belga al gusto più anglosassone. Bel colore ambrato con ottima schiuma bianca, fine e persistente. Bei profumi erbacei e maltati, al gusto si presenta fresca, piena e dissetante nonostante l’alcool. Su tutto prevale l’amaro, secco e persistente che ottimamente si sposa con il dolce e lo speziato dei lieviti. Ottima!
Scopey (5309) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Six D ABZ. It pours golden amber with a small white head. The nose is breast, orange, tangerine, passion fruit and candied peel. The taste is crisp, orange, tangerine, sherbet, minerals, light pepper, grapefruit rind with dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Nice citrus character. Crisp and crushable.
Zer0 (1126) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy golden with a white head. Aroma is peppery, yeast, some malts, alcohol and a bit nutty. Taste is moderate sweet and light bitter. Full bodied.