islay (862) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2012
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
11.2 oz. bottle, consumed on 6-25-12. Vegetal aroma features chocolate chip cookie, cheap chocolate candy, cabbage, and wet poop (sorry, readers) scents. There’s a yuckiness that ruins the smell. I drank this beer in two separate pours, and the second pour did not produce the fecal smell. Pours an effervescent, deep red, nearly brown with some suspended particulate. Small to moderate amount of beige/taupe head. Salty, sharp flavor features dark chocolate and plum. Alcohol noticeable. The taste doesn’t have the off-putting quality that the aroma has. It’s not as flavorful as I would prefer, but the taste is pretty good. Light dry, roasted aftertaste. Medium to heavy body. Forgettable palate effects but not bad. This could have been a pretty good beer if not for the gross aroma.
Brigadier (2745) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was something I found in a box while moving. I wish I would have found it sooner. Despite the fact that it has held up well this is a beer that deserves to be drunk rather than age indefinitely. Grab one, let it chill for a day or two, and crack it open to discover a fine Flemish style beer.
Aroma / Appearance - The reddish brown base looks the part of a potent Belgian. Soft with a thin powdery head the feel is warm like the setting sun or the dying embers of a hot fire. The nose is cherries, chocolate, and a tartness that perks up the nose.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel is very thick and on par with a strong Belgian. Chocolately and warm it sticks to the corners of the palate. Reminding me of an amped up Cuvee de Jacobins it makes me want to track down another bottle of the former and do a side by side at some point. Don’t pass on this if you love great beer.
tderoeck (4012) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
29/V/2012 - 33cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: XI/12 (2012-551)
Clear red brown beer, big fuzzy light beige head, unstable, non adhesive, lots of very small sediment floating around. Aroma: very floral, almost soapy, some dried fruits, grapefruit, fresh figs, citrus fruits. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: dark chocolate, some mocha, bit of dried fruits, nice fruity hops, warming alcohol. Aftertaste: ripe fruits, bitter hops, sweet alcohol, chocolate, honey. Not bad, but had higher expectations for this one. Don’t know why...
sebletitje (6234) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl different label, Bb 2013.
Cuivrée, col beige épais.
Arôme malté, fruité rouge avec une pointe de sucre, caramel, houblon fleuri/fruité avec un profile rappelant la framboise.
En bouche, malté, léger caramel note de houblon fruité, levure et sucré. Le plus marquant reste le houblon rajoutant une fin de bouche fruitée. Côté fruité de baies des bois sur une fine note de sucre brun le tout accompagné par un fini houblonné fleuri sec.
Zita (4229) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bread, red/golden, light brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, nice malty finish.
HenrikSoegaard (10020) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Frothy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark amber colour. moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Some fruity notes. Moderate bitter flavor. Wonderufull candis notes. Average light bitter fruity finish. Creamy palate.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (2007)... Hazy brown ale with a mid-sized, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Decent retention. The rich aroma is of rich caramel and honey with woody brown sugar. Medium-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and lazy carbonation. The flavor offers caramel and candied date sweetness with plenty of bitterness for adequate balance. Finishes raisiny and caramely with a bit of dried plum. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!
50belair (1825) - Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
’07 vintage shared by Randal. Brown pour with an off white head. Watery with mild sour bruin characteristics...
oldrtybastrd (3225) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy dark orangish amber color. Aroma is lightly malty, hoppy, yeasty, with a touch of fruit. Flavor is a nice mixture of malts and fruits.
NielsenRatings (8113) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. For the life of me, I can’t remember where the hell I got this. Reddish brown appearance with a very foamy, tan head. Fairly sweet, caramelized sugary, plum, raisin, red fruity aroma with moderate fruity esters. Dark plum, grape, fig, fruity, brown sugar, caramel, candy sugar flavor. Pretty sweet finish.