Alengrin (1023) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Christmas saison, tasted in the 2005 and 2010 versions. The 2010 version had an off-white, sticky head and misty yellowish blonde colour; strong banana aroma, mandarine liqueur, straw, orange peel, spices and flowers; and a sweet fruity taste (apple, banana), flowery, soft, lots of citrus freshness and a refined Hallertau finish with mild spicy notes. The 2005 version, on the other hand, was a lot darker, coppery to almost bronze with a light beige head, more ’regular’ fruity esters in the nose, a sourish Brett hint and a more malty and more sourish taste - a totally different beer in all aspects, so I don’t understand why all vintages are grouped together under one single entry here. I’ll rate the 2010 version here because it is more recent but I would rather be able to rate every vintage separately!
JefVerstraete (1253) - BELGIUM - JUN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Ben and Tom. Hazy brown colour, beige foam. Soft carbonation. Complex aroma of port, spices and dark fruit. Some roastiness with a sour touch. Well balanced and complex beer. Good drinkable. Very good.
M82 (275) - Kansas, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25.4oz at 50° on 12/26/11
Pours an increasingly hazed somewhat desaturated dark amber, medium delicate off white head with decent duration
Nose is spicy, sour and slightly sweet. A range of fruits and fruit juice are balanced and somewhat muted by the added spices. Taste follows nicely on a somewhat thick, creamy, smooth body with solid carbonation. Sourness and spice resonate.
lusikka (6184) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark orange amber colour with a white firm head. Aroma of orange, some chocolate, dried fruits and some spices. Flavour of chocolate, green apple tartness, grass, caramel sweetness, plums, a bit of funk and wood. Full bodied and thick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Alcohol is there, but very well hidden. Like a Belgian Strong Ale + Saison hybrid. Rich and complex. Elegant as well.
HonusWagner (1365) - Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Winter spice notes, rich sweetness, hints of forest...and yet it’s still got that Fantome yeast tartness, really interesting beer. Very very good.
ketchepillar (1068) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle. Clove and cardamom in the nose. Flavor is refreshingly tart actually, with some lingering spiciness in finish.
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jfb (3758) - Freising, GERMANY - APR 29, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(bottle) pours a murky orange-brown colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of fig juice, pears, brown sugar and cherries, with a hint of walnuts and citrus fruit. flavour is mostly pears and alcohol, with more hints of walnut, roasted almonds and some paint thinner in the finish. heavy-bodied with average carbonation.
flip_soeperman (580) - NETHERLANDS - APR 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good malty beer, quite a bit of refreshing sourness, although very balanced. Slightly spicy. Not necessary a saison, but a good malty balanced beer.
DrSilverworm (6285) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, thanks to DanielCoor for sharing! Hazy amber red orange color. Thin khaki head. Couple loose ropes of lace. Smooth, soft, lighter carbonation. Pretty nice texture, nicer than expected... Kind of creamy. More dry finish. Bigger body. Smooth, kind of creamy lighter carbonation. Good creme, dark fruit, light flavor. Some light red candy flavor. Pretty damn nice belgian noel. Good earthy hop to it. Light sweet taste, light sweet bite, good bitterness. Nice stuff.
puboflyons (2114) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the green, corked 750 ml. bottle. Hazy bronze-amber pour leading up to a lingering off-white or cream colored head. This has had a few months to age. Toasted dark malts, pear, apple, and a touch of spice on the aroma. Maybe some booze but not overpowering in that sense. Medium to full body. Belgium - here I come. Yup. In the taste I get roasted biscuit malts, yeast, low profile Belgian sugar sweetness, a little clove, and a lingering bitterness. Dry finish too. Not necessarily worth paying $12 for the bottle but still enjoyable.