haukur (1429) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - FEB 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
completly beyond writing notes which made sence by the time I had this beer. It was nice though, obvious wood notes, very balanced level of yeast and very subtle hops. Nicey nice
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Under average dubbel that lacks definition and confidence.
Big off-white head. Good lacing. Limited sweetness. Fair floral hop kick.
Timid aroma. Quite mineral. Vegetal and apple undertones. Light body. Biting carbonation. Raw, dull yeast dominates. Expensive price.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: Generic Belgian Brown ale offering basic toastiness woody hops.
How: Bottle 750ml. Tasting session with Montreal crew
The look: Cloudy light-brown with a medium beige head
In long: Basic creamy toasted malts, some roasted nuts, soft caramel, a bit buttery. Rather hoppy with an old dirty wood finish. Not much in terms of way of fruity flavour. A failed Dubbel. After drinking a few bottles of their excellent Saison d’Erpe-Mère I was all exited to try this one (the highest rated Glazen Toren) but I ended-up as disappointed as a nine year old kid getting a new sweater for Christmas.
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Earthy yeast overrides most of the fruit esters until it is taken by surprise by a firm leafy hop finale in this drinkable but somewhat incohesive Belgian Strong Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is lots of foam upon pouring, but scant head is left to decorate the cloudy amber red.
-Aroma is too timid to create any excitement.
-Carbonation is a tad too excited for my tastes.
-The yeast’s quasi-dirtiness mars its
-I admit I am surprised at the high ratings so far as I don’t perceive anything engaging here, but I have another bottle I’ll enjoy soon enough to see if I can find the source of this "issue".
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy dark amber pour with a thin offwhite head. Average aroma of yeast, malt and sweetness. The flavor has the same uninspired blend of sweetness, malt and yeast. The body is light and the carbonation is lively.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Max’s. Clear orange-red with a white head. Bitter alcohol finish. Eh...didn’t enjoy it.
nimbleprop (5886) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap from Max’s during Belgian Fest. Pours a ruby, copperish red with a clumping white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, spices, flowers and candy. Flavor has pronounced malt with yeast, grass and lemons. Finish is crisp and smooth.
Holdwine (1128) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Max’s 72 hours of Belgian. One rocking strong ale. Best of the beerfest. Mixes like a bitter with strong tartness swinging around to a slight sweet fruit (peaches?) finish. There is also an earthiness to it that brings up the toasted maltiness of the bitter.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Beer Table. Deep dark brown in color with a little stable off white head. Dark fruity aroma. Plum, fig and raisin notes. Fruity malty caramel flavor. Chocolatety caramel sour notes. Medium bodied. Well balanced beer. Smooth tasting. Finish is dry. Nice beer.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 Draft at Beer Table. Brownish purple with a small but stable head. Aroma has sweet plum and raisin. Flavors are soft peach balanced with chocolate and caramel.