turbothy (1141) - Bonn, - APR 25, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2008 vintage. Pours deep dark mahogany with virtually no head. Sweet raisin aroma, notes of nuts and coffee. Rich, malty flavour with coffee, caramel, burnt notes, oak and fruit. Round, smooth. Excellent beer.
Bulk_Carrier (2522) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2009 bottle. Thanks ShroudofDoom!
This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a dark ruddy brown color with a slim white head that dissipated to a soft glaze of lacing. It slid nicely.
The smell had a soft sweet dark fruit with a light sweet cherry, a little bit of coffee and a light chocolate shaping the aroma nicely.
The taste was mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors and gave an extremely sticky dark fruity aftertaste leading to a sweet wet fruity finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sessionable quality about it. The carbonation was barely there but that’s okay considering this was a 2009 bottle. Sweet smooth sticky notes cling nicely to the feel of the beer over my tongue.
Overall, oh wow, what a wonderful Belgian Strong Ale. For fans, this should be on everyone’s list.
josanguapo (29) - SPAIN - APR 26, 2015
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
No esta mal aunque me defraudaron un poco las altas expectativas que tenia puestas en ella
andrepintado (1789) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - APR 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle thanks to ruigo. Thanks Rui for this beast!! Vintage 2009. Dark red, brown color. Thin brown head. Medium sweetness and bitterness. Medium body. Aroma is chocolate, alcohol, brandy, malty, caramel.
Yingwait (64) - Taipei, TAIWAN - APR 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
John25 (935) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A lot like reserva with more fruit flavors and barrel character. Dark brown. Complex and delicious.
conway (1894) - - APR 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Another dark brown / ruby pour with a little off white head. Similar to the Reserva but adds a little more fruity sweetness and spice. Base beer still shines through. Very nice.
Unde (511) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(2010 bottle) Reddish brown colour with not much head on top. Aroma has tannin, red wine, chocolate, plums and dried fruits. Taste has chocolate, tannin and vanilla. Really soft flavours. Soft round and full body with minimal carbonation. New flavours coming up after every sip, great beer to enjoy nice and slow.
Punkero (37) - FINLAND - APR 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dangerous and intimidating appearance. Enticing and soft taste. Elegant dark beer, not too sweet, not too dry. Some spices as well. This is what fine beer is like. If you don’t fancy porters and stouts, try this!
ineedbeer (1017) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 21, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 2009 vintage bottle.
Aroma is moderately sweet with mostly dark caramel and toffee. Hints of chocolate and roast and even lighter notes of tobacco. Medium light raisin, fig and prune esters with a light clove and coriander phenolic note. A light brandy character with a hint of oak and sherry.
Pours a dark brown with a bit of a burnt amber hue. A moderately sized, fairly thick, dark tan head with good retention as it recedes to a thin head that lingers thicker on the edges. Medium light lacing and moderate legs.
Flavor is moderately sweet and a but sweeter in the finish. Lots of caramel, toffee, and burnt sugar notes. Lighter chocolate and treacle with faint roast and faint we tobacco. Here the phenolics are a bit stronger than in the aroma with some clove and a hint of anise. More brandy character as well. Light raisin, fig and prune. Hints of the alcohol. Medium bitterness balances out the sweetness a bit.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, this is borderline perfect for the style. All the elements balance very nicely and work in harmony. The spices are complimentary as is the calvados and the alcohol is barely noticeable.
Taboada (466) - Compostela (Galiza), - APR 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 mml bottle tasted on the 18/04/2015. Dark borwn to amber colour. Vintage 2010 version. Intense aroma of cola, coffee and wood. Aroma of licorice, wood and cherries. Toffee and coffee aftertaste. Next one please!