Rune (7238) - Tromsø, - DEC 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle, lotto 349-10, bought in March 2012 at Johnny Off License (Via Veio), in Roma and kept in my cellar for drinking pleasure this Christmas. Pours a firm off-white head and a near-clear, amber coloured body. Sediments to the last pour. No lacing. Aroma of dusty hops and fresh, sweet fruits. Earthy malts, dry lemon and overall a candy sweet fruity taste profile softened by spices and partially offset by bittersweet oranges to the finish. Warming and velvety mouthfeel. Mostly integrated alcohol. Nice, however, too sweet for a higher score (Saturday eve at home, Tromsø 29.12.2012).
cagou007 (238) - FRANCE - JAN 22, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours hazy amber with a medium white head. Nose is yeast and apple, reminding me of Orval. In mouth some fruity aromas are quickly overwhelmed by a strange acidity with some spicy and peperry notes. Final is dry and sour, with a strange aftertaste that reminds me of... ham !? Weird stuff.
Davros (1787) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber with a lasting head.
Nose shows brown sugar, confectionery, a gooseberry lambic note, horseblanket and lemon. Unorthodox and probably not intended but nice.
Some of the funky notes transfer through as flavours but it’s more about the malt; very sweet with big confectionery sugar-like notes. Some booze but reasonably well-integrated. A bit too sweet.
Could use a fair bit more carbonation.
daniele (4769) - ITALY - DEC 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
spina oro schiuma media non molto persistente frutta secca mandorla buona nota maltata piuttosto secca amaro medio alcool piuttosto nascosto esce un po nel finake
Bottiglia oro intenso buona schiuma discreta persistenza fruttato mela frutta secca leggero liquoroso frutta sotto spirito nota etilica discreto amaro piuttosto riscaldante
Mortlach (925) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
0471272013 Ma che siete venuti a fà (330ml bottle). Ambrata scarica, abbastanza limpida, morbida schiuma pannosa, abbondante e persistente. Al naso sentori fruttati e di zucchero candito, mandorle e frutta rossa (ciliegie). In bocca l’alcol si sente parecchio, l’attacco è dolce, sul finale vira verso un leggero acidulo, complessa e appagante. Corpo pieno, carbonazione media. Non male! La versione Reserva ha qualcosa in più.
gam (3014) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mild cover misty orange amber pour medium carbonation aromas spice vanilla cinnamon clove doughy nutmeg woody dried fruit gingerbread sugar the flavours brandy brown sugar gingerbread caramel cinnamon doughy taste vanilla dried fruits orage peel aniseed the finish good for the style nice and edible like doughy spicy alcohol taste very nice on palate
Zarin (202) - ITALY - MAR 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Dried fruit, malt, cherry, some hops. A: red-amber T: very sweet with some sour and bitterness P: Fb-flat. O: 17/20
Stew41 (1660) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Following the style playbook. All about malts, spice and cinammon. A good drink for a northern hemisphere Christmas I’m tipping. Light touch in the back palate, surprisingly so given the abv of 10.2%.
Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - JAN 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Gradino sotto la reserva, ma soo un gradino. E’ una birra spettacolare, belga fino al midollo!
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Tippler’s Tap. A big ballsy Belgian strong ale with a mouth numbing alcohol content that sends an alcohol burn down your throat - in a good way. Packed full of spiced fruit aromas and flavours. This s a beer that needs to be sipped and appreciated. Light amber colour with a sticky residue of ace left on the glass. The Italians certainly know their beer.
hawthorne00 (2210) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 10C. Hazy golden amber with a finger of cream head. Aroma of boiled oranges, earth, sweet black tea. Heavy but just creamy mouthfeel, low but useful carbonation. Rich macerated dried stone fruits, some light citrus and spice (cloves, some pepper) notes. Enough bitterness and leaning towards dry at the end such that the richness doesn’t overstay. Oranges - sweet and mouldering - linger. Not really my sort of thing, but lovely texture and balance appeal.