Bif (1922) - 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.
beerledgend (1196) - 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.
Jimthechap (2064) - 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.
TimE (4773) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very rich malty character with notes of caramel milk chocolate and cherries. Rich warming. Not massive complexity but well made and enjoyable. Alcohol is a bit present
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Galbraith’s Alehouse, Auckland. Pours dark copper with a creamy beige head. Great aroma of fruit, spice, bubblegum and a little yeastiness. Pleasant flavour of fruit and spice, I was also detecting slight alcoholic notes coming through. A nice surprise at the brewpub.
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.
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.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(On tap) Clear, dark amber - almost orangey brown - with a tiny, off-white head. Surprisingly subdued aroma - perhaps a little licorice and and yeast. Also surprisingly the body only feels medium and very unusual for a Belgian style ale the carbonation is rather low. Broad palette of flavours though, a little yeast, a little aniseed and some oranges. The alcohol is scaringly well hidden and the low carbonation makes it terribly quaffable. The finish is dry and lightly astringent and the alcohol really starts to show. 070208
eczematic (1325) - 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?).
Travlr (19935) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the source. Hazy variegated amber brown color, tan edge head. Aroma of sweet burnt caramel. Taste is boozy and syrupy caramel. Spices come out as it warms.