nsquishee (625) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, sweet and tart. 8% well hidden. Smooth on the tongue, yet finishes with a tingle. Flavors of dark chocolate, raisins, dates, and lemon. Very interesting brew.
BVery (7369) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Blue Max in Burnsville, MN. Very dark mahogany pour with a small white head. Chocolate and prune in this. A bit flat on carbonation but I think this bottle is a bit old (bought it off the discount shelf). Still a solid beer.
BritAlesRule (214) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky milk chocolate color and sports a decent tan head. Leather, some alcohol and sweet malt in the nose. First sip is a blast of chocolate and alcohol kicker with some dark fruits: raisin and fig; and maybe a rustic dark rye bread. Well done. There is some bitter hop on the back of the tongue. Palate is medium, maybe just a tad sticky for my taste. One is plenty.
alassio (76) - USA - JUL 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got this in the closeout bin at Vaudree in Liege for 1e (can’t figure out why - - the date punched is July ’13). Zesty, bright fizzy texture like well-fermented apple cider, and then the hops hit hard & deep, and then a sourness kicks in, with just the slightest hint of sweetness (sweetness is why I mostly avoid brunes, but this is more a hoppy sour beer). Very lively on the palate - - it just dances all over the place. This is a super tasty and really fun beer. I wish I had bought the whole close-out binful (but I already had over 40 bottles to haul back in my luggage to Germany).
islay (1359) - 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 (3170) - 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 (5642) - 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 (7126) - 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 (5138) - 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 (11131) - 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.