Maris (983) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a 640ml bottle on 8/4/2013. Pours a clear dark amber with a small head which disappears quickly. almost no head. Has a quite a strong aroma of chocolate topping. The flavour is more sweet chocolate topping, a little bit of dark fruit, and a mild bitterness, followed by just a hint of booziness. The body is medium and the carbonation a touch higher than average. Can’t really detect any Belgian character to it. Definitely get the chocolate but there’s not a lot more to experience here. Easy enough to drink but lacking in complexity and character, which should be the hallmark of a beer of this nature. Still, despite not being a real success, it’s good to see Gage Roads trying to do something different through limited releases. Maybe next time guys...
hawthorne00 (2414) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear mid brown with an off white head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, nuts, caramel. Some raisins and prunes buried under the caramel. Low carbonation. Tastes of pretty ordinary milk chocolate, haZelnuts and caramel syrup with some spicy /medicinal notes. A little boozy but only right at the end. Not undrinkable but not a success. Can’t really tell if this is what they were going for. Odd.
Sevenlee (1302) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark coppery brown with a beige head. Aroma is malt, chocolate syrup, caramel and some nuttiness. Taste is medium sweet leading to a sweetish and sticky finish. I’m not sure how this resembles a dubbel ale. A bit disappointing.
sinkas (273) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - MAR 23, 2013
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle woolworths liquor melville
Aroma is sweet bright and full of cheap chocolate syrup
Flavour is slick sweet and musty with harsh crystal malts bittering the finish no belgian yeast spiciness
Drinkable but not very enjoyable a decent attempt at a very complicated goal
ALLOVATE (2386) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 23, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sparkling ruby copper with light carbonation and a loose and shortlived off-white fluff. Very creamy, palest milk chocolate comes through on the nose with cocoa butter, metal shards and hazelnut husks pretty much rounding it off. Doughy, caramel, carob and nutty milk chocolate on the palate - but shy of that good stuff, this just comes across as that cheap, generic import you find in reject shops. It is a little acrid with a burnt sugar bitterness and phenolic huff lasting long into the finish. Body is light with spritzy, prickly carbonation; it is awkward in mouthfeel, soapy and filmy. The burnt notes are hard to digest. I couldn’t enjoy this, and I was only half-way through a snifter. To its credit the alcohol is held well restrained. Not good! (64cL, BB 01/03/14, Dan Murphy’s Currambine)