viverlee (18) - - FEB 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bougie thing to quaff this bougie beer from my bougie pink elephant. But I do love the glass, and the beer, it ain’t bad either, even if it is a mood brew.
STYLE: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
LOOK: Dark mirror. The only light in the house that’s on is the one in the dining room, that and my laptop. There’s a nice reflection from my most-stolen-in-America tulip, with credit to this dark, dark brew. Beachy thin head with a light caramel tinge. Subtle carbonation.
NOSE: Roasted raisins, molasses, sugar cookies, apple cider vinegar.
MOUTH: A recent trip to Napa clued me in to a wine secret. That some of the better wines are better enjoyed after opening up in a decanter – for up to 24 hours. I’ve done the hour-before-guests come thing, but a day, that seemed overkill. Until I tried it. It’s the same principle for some of the better Belgians, including this one. Honey, malted chocolates, plums, dried cranberries. There’s more here, obviously, but that’s not the point. Somewhere the sweet yeasts are hiding, maybe with the tucked-away ABV, and notwithstanding the complex flavor profile and top-class warming mouth, I need a touch more tartness for balance.
Beeradvocate Rating: 89
ratebeer Rating: 94
Hayward Abbey Rating: 92
Arek (427) - Zielona Góra & Wrocław, POLAND - MAR 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0.33 l, Carrefour, Wrocław, Poland.
Ciemnobrązowe piwo o obfitej i puszystej ale szybko redukującej się pianie oraz przyjemnym, winnym aromacie ciemnych owoców. W smaku słodowe, słodkawe, owocowe i winne, lekko kwaskowe z łagodnie palonym finiszem.
HammerTroll (686) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color, hazy or cloudy, it’s hard to determine. Big tan head, not a firm one, drops to minimal one. Aroma is dark fruit, caramel, malt and sugar. Taste is same plus plum. Medium to heavy sweetness. Thin to medium body, soft carbonation, sweet fruity finish. Nice enough.
(Svijet Piva 0,33l bottle)
aloiscarvalho (68) - - MAR 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coloração escura com espuma média e persistente.
Aroma forte de chocolate, também malte torrado, caramelo, e algo cítrico e menta.
Encorpada, com sabor de chocolate, menta e malte torrado.
trith1 (27) - - MAR 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It's chocolate and malts, its got a big dark nose. I'm getting spices that are covered in more mochas and it's smooth, lusciously smooth.
JanEric (1068) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown to red colour, small off white head. Aroma has caramel, malts, maybe rye?. A bit herbal, spicey. Malty taste, sweetish, caramel, low bitterness. Medium finish, some alcohol shows up, nice.
beertholomeus (1044) - California, USA - MAR 18, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours ruby brown color with a khaki head. Caramel, yeast, clove, banana, chocolate, spice, funk and toast aroma. Caramel, yeast, banana, raisin, plum, date, clove, chocolate, funk, spice and toast flavors. Medium full body and very lively carbonation. Toast, yeast and spice finish.
malkyore (259) - - MAR 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I don’t think I like Belgian beers... I try and try but they never seem to get any better.... This is like raisins... Prunes maybe... Like... I dunno, weird. And super super carbonated.
Vighals (1649) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - MAR 15, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mahognyfarget klar med fingerhøyt beige skum. Lukter skogsbær og noe eple og trevirke. Bittersyrlig litt besk smak. Medium kullsyre. noe tørr. Lillestrøm ølfestival - Klimt
BroadestTom (61) - - MAR 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma resin, alcohol, raisin,
Appearance red, brown, hazy, cloudy, frothy, tan foam, brown foam,
Taste medium sweetness, lightly bitter,
Palate full body, fizzy,
Overall I would suggest this beer to a more adventurous beer drinker
drdisque (606) - Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bomber poured in a snifter. Pours translucent brown. Aroma is alcohol, CO2, and liquor esters. Flavor is rich and malty with slight alcohol burn and a clean slightly bitter finish. Moderate sweet notes throughout. Very good well balanced beer,