BlackHaddock (3912) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cork and caged 0.75 litre bottle shared at the fourth Shrewsbury bottle swap on 28th April 2014. Poured a cloudy pale amber/orange with a minimal head of white tight bubbles. The nose was a mixed bag of aromas, yeast, orchard fruits and bread esters. Taste wise it again offered a selection of flavours to try and pick out: each different flavour had a spiciness to go with it, semi-sweet malty molasses played with semi-sour cooking apples and the yeast was never far away from my thoughts. I really enjoyed it, thanks minutemat for bringing it.
Kabonski (32) - - APR 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer. Easy drinking, smooth, and virtually no alcohol burn. Very fine carbonation. This beer really hits the mark for a Belgian Ale.
ThirstyBird (1603) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - APR 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dull amber with a tan head. The smell is cherry, spice, yeast. The taste is cardboard, spice, clove with a dry ending. Light/medium body with active carbonation. Very spicy...
jaghana (4027) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - APR 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 75cl, a cloudy amber beer with good head. Nose is on peppery and grassy hops with typical Belgian yeast. Aroma is rich on malt and slightly wheat notes, caramel, bready, Typical belgian hops bouquet, sweet, good body, some astringency at the finish, good.
RexTalionis (2533) - FINLAND - MAR 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 75 cl. Pours unclear pale copper in color with a massive foamy off-white head. Sweet
brown sugar and toffee, summer meadowy notes with some flowers in aroma. Sweetish taste with
some toffee and darkish biscuits, but fortunately doesn’t feel overly sweet though. Light burnt
grains as well. Really tasty one so far. There’s also something that could be described as
dried orange peel present tastewise. Bit of of boozyness too, but not in a disturbing way,
feels more like a precise punch at the right moment. Bittersweet with some herbal spicyness in
mosshorns (4) - - MAR 10, 2014 does not count
2.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Had from a bottle I was unsure of the bottling date. Served in a tulip glass. Beer poured a hazy golden with a tall white head. Aroma was overwhelming skunked hops. The skunky hop aroma was difficult to overcome to get to the flavor notes. Some hay like notes and a bit of residual sweetness on the palate. I would try it again from a better handled bottle.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 750mL bottle drunk February 2014
Amber colored body with some light bronze notes and a very large, white Dupont head that is endlessly retained.
Vanilla, light caramel and black pepper in the nose. Hops have mostly faded at this point (3 years of age). Some oxidation noted, though it’s not cardboard-like, just adds more vanilla and mixing with the special B (I think?), it adds a sweet sherry tone. Interesting. The ultra dry, plasticy esters don’t really work as well here as they do with the dry, spicy hops and honey pils malt of their pale beers.
Sweet caramel and vanilla and a bit of bittersweet raisin and some acidity wash over the palate. Hop bitterness and black pepper phenols do dry the palate somewhat, but it’s still quite malty and somewhat "thick". As with the 2011 Monk’s stout I just had, I’m guessing this hasn’t aged wonderfully. Probably needs all the hop flavor and bitterness it can get to balance out this rich maltiness. Still, nothing to scoff at and has some interesting things going on with the yeast and malt interplay.
Wim (2826) - Weelde, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
shared with yves at my home an amber colored body with a white head and a spicy hop malt aroma a spicy malt hops little fruity taste with a bitter finish
Yves (2275) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Shared with Wim at his home. Clear amber colored beer with small white head and only few carbonation. Herby yeasty aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is herby bitter sweet.
cfrancis (2421) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber brown with a small white head. Aroma is yeast and a small sweetness from the yeast. Taste is nice malt forward, yeast and residual sweetness.