martinrumsam (536) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, - SEP 28, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2008 bottle. Pours deep deep brown with tan head that deflates to a thin layer aroma is deep and rich. Boozy fruit cake. Oak leather vanilla coffee notes. Taste is huge complex mix of caramel, toasted malt , fruitcake , muscovado sugar , sour cherries , oak all in perfect balance. High carbonation suits very well Alcohol is very well hidden , only appearing as a pleasant warm afterglow
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Zakoon (62) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 vintage, 33cl bottle @ home. Pours deep mahogany with a beautiful but quick fading light brown head. Aroma is brown sugar, caramel, wood, chocolate and alcohol. Flavour is medium sweet and slighty bitter. Full body with a creamy texture, soft carbonation. Finish is long with plums, dark fruits and alcohol dominating.
xlts (25) - Warsaw, POLAND - OCT 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2009 version, bottle. Dark mahogany color. Aroma reminiscent of Westy 12: strong wine character, malty, slightly alcoholic. Sweet, malty, dark-fruity mouthfeel, full-bodied. Oaky and vinous finish. Amazing beer.
thornecb (4461) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2009. Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Mocha head with good retention recedes to skim surface. Dark chocolate and pit fruit aromas. Dry with sweet, dark pit fruit and vanilla upfront turning to a warming, earthy roasted nuts and a toasty brown bread finish.
Vells (715) - Riga, LATVIA - OCT 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another superb Belgian strong. Starts with mild but entrapping aroma. Cant really describe in few word things thats going one there. Intense dark fruits, raisins
berries, fresh ripe fruits, apples, plums. Theres quite intense malt background, caramel, light roast, noticeable wood, vanilla. Strong hop presence for Belgian.
Aroma waves comes one after another and you just keep enjoying this awesome brew. Same goes with taste, mostly sweet but with decent bitterness and light sourness. Awesome balance
Melnis (185) - LATVIA - OCT 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
When opened- aroma is simply alcohol. After a while taste brings out its characteristics, could be more
eduardovl (868) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle poured in a Westy chalice.
One of my favorite Belgian brewers: De Struise never disappointed me :)
Grand Reserva Vintage 2006 - PNP No.4
Best Before March 2014
A: Pours a dark brown color with a medium to small beige head with medium retention. Few lacings left
S: Very candy. Bit fruity. Belgian yeasts, coffee beans, oak and alcohol
T: Follows the nose. Sweet upfront. Roasted malts, yeasts, notes of coffee and oak. Nice hop bitterness aftertaste and a bit of alcohol too
M: Very creamy. Full bodied. Low carbonation
O: Excellent as expected
[ BA Review @ 5/3/2011 ]
crazy_cat_lady (142) - - OCT 13, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aug. 22, 12014. Bottle at beerbistro. Vintage 2005. Lovely sweet raisins aroma. Dark reddish black. Very little head. This smells great. Cherry and grape flavours. Refreshing aftertaste. Lovely.
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet, dark fruits are checked by light, vinous tannins and mild bitterness. Soft, velvety carbonation somehow gives the impression of lighter body... dangerously easy to drink, considering the alcohol and process behind this beer.
Stuu666 (2857) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours deep brown, nose is fruity, malty, taste is toffee, berries, fruity.
Simonsen (692) - NORWAY - OCT 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaske fra dags svart farge. . Smaker lakris, kaffe og svart malt . Noe vannete. Mem svært god