jtclockwork (7116) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours musky amber brown with bone white head. Nice lacing. Nose and taste of musky berry fruit, yeast, earthy malt, caramel, brown sugar and dark breads. Medium body.
jaghana (3501) - 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 (2133) - 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 (3) - - 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 (3863) - 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 (2588) - 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 (2073) - 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 (2156) - 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.
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It’s cloudy, typical of a beer from Belgium, since it’s not filtered, and has an amber-golden color with a wispy, white head. It has a tinge of tartness/funk in the aroma, though it’s not a sour. It is highly effervescent with a touch of booze, but a pretty quick and clean finish. Notes of bread and fruit abound...
Bacterial (1205) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena. Hazy dark brownish amber pour with just a little head. Malty, spicy and pretty unusual.
rejtable (1140) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots going on here. Pours slightly hazy orange/red limited head and no lacing. Nose is fruity and yeast. Also notes of bubblegum, candi sugar, Cheerios. Tastes are light sweet, very light bitter and maybe a slight tang in the back. Full body with lively carbonation. Bottle is a year old.