Jimthechap (1539) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s a brave brewery who attempts a Belgian ale in New Zealand. So often it goes wrong or misses the mark. What impressed me was that blindfolded I would have known exactly what it was supposed to be. Appeared dark amber with a cream coloured skim of head. The persistent carbonation gave a certain sherbety character in my mouth along with plenty of Belgian style flavours: tarts, orchard fruit and allspice, dates and even a hint of musty basement. True to character and enjoyable in form. Well done.
Bif (1379) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served a mahogany color with a small head that fades to just bits of lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, malt, spice and herbal. Taste of dark fruit, with a solid presence of malt in the background with some spice. Mild bitterness and a fairly dry finish. Medium body,smooth with a richness that increases as it warms. Enjoyable sipper, from a brewer that tends to lean towards british style ales. Worth checking out.
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
this is apparently similar to the old australis benediction that i was hoping to find. it's hazy orange, with that spicy chimay yeast smell. flavour's pretty complex: very yeasty-spicy, orangey, alcoholic, peppery and leafily hoppy. Quite bitter, and tart. Tastes a lot like Chimay White, but lacks smoothness and fullness of body (maybe would be better with age?).
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber in colour with small white head, Warm sweet malty port flavour followed by mild bitterness.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted 23/03/2005. Off tap at Galbraith’s ale house.
Nice kiwi/english style belgian ale. Good medium to full mouthfeel with a caramelly orange malt flavour and hints of licorice, a spicey yeastiness and a woody hop flavour. All very smoothly delivered. Warms both the mouth and the body. Nights here with TheGrandmaster and Joe warm the heart and stimulate the mind. Best pub in NZ.
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - DEC 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Hashigo Zake
- Nose is like a bitter caramel with other subtle spices and dark pecans;
- Dark brown but translucent and clear minimal lacing and head;
- Bitter and sweet;
- Low carbonation, slightly sticky after, and a tad astringent, full bodied;
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ahhhh another late night finisher....one of my favourite memories of this beer is Matt’s wife drinking 6 in 2 hours and us having to carry her to the taxi! Pours a deep red in the glass with hints of spice in the aroma, herbal and winey in the palate...a lovely drop!
Jessop (207) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber sweet aromas of sultana and rich raisin, strong malt profile smooth and easy to drink, sweet finish. Nice.
Dudar (103) - Minsk, BELARUS - FEB 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby brown, low carbed, minimal head. Nose: spices, caramel, toffee, fruit. Taste: malty, fruity, peppery bitterness, some raisins, biscuit, bread. Alcohol apparent but not unpleasant.
DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bloody heck! This is an impressive NZ-made Belgian beer. I could drink too much of this. Actually 8.7% now and served in a huge chunky goblet. Winey aroma with fruit preserves. Chewy bubblegum, viscous... Firm, strong dry and yeasty, full taste, sweet and bitter and lightly sour too. It’s big and balanced - I was reminded of Delerium Tremens. Good cold, a fireside treat. Will have to try again and not after so many other beers...