BoBoChamp (5443) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl, new exclusive brew Anno 2012, with pumpkin, from Geers Oostakker, complex brew, spicy/floral and slightly sweet/bitter, not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, good head, good brew
Swaroga (1340) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle. Hazy brown, orange, green ? It has a very small dirty head. Nose : tart, cherries, orange. Something funky, very spicy and cooked vegetables. Sip : strong carbonation, medium body with oily texture. Sweet and little sour. Interesting flavor from orange, clove, mango. It gets earthy and well hopped even though the bitterness isn’t overwhemling. Aftertaste is pepper and clove with some bitter hops. Since it is well carbonated it comes back like a lemonade. Another interesting and surely drinkable brew.
Kiptheyip (46) - IRELAND - NOV 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantome Boo pours a cloudy orange(...or pumpkin!) colour with minimal head. Smell is wonderful. Caramel, all-spice, coriander and apricot all come through along with delicious fresh pumpkin. Taste is classic Belgian. Very little hop character. Medium body. Some sweetness. Pumpkin is really nicely balanced, not too overwhelming. This is my girlfriend’s favourite beer!
Rockspeny (15) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting! First time I have tried something that wasn’t on rate beer already.
My supplier Dave recommended I tried this because he hadn’t yet, and he had several in stock, so here goes!
Amazing smell as the cap is taken off and the cork pulled. Rich active spice, coriander, pumpkin, apricot and bonfire smoke!
Pours apricot/cloudy apple juice colour, a head does form (see pic) but quickly dissapears. No lace on glass at all, infact doesn’t stick to the glass in any way, looks like I hadn’t drunk of the glass at all when I was done! Plenty of sediment in bottom of bottle, will try not to distrurb that as I get further down the bottle.
Flavour (at around 12’C) is very different, smoky alcoholic Belgian woody character, but with no hop character that I can find. No one flavour dominates, it is well balanced, but odd. You can’t put your finger on it, maybe it’s the lack of hops that’s weird, but you gotta keep sipping to find it. It does taste higher than 8% and as it was bottled in August and I am drinkin it 2nd November maybe it is too young yet, will maybe stash another bottle and try in a year or so. Will leave it a while and try colder anyways, but I like to try beers warmer as you get so much more character though it having more energy.