JMerritt (1850) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 edition, bottled on July 10, 2012 and tasted nearly a year later on June 19, 2013. Reddish brown with tons of suspended particulates and a medium-sized bright white head that is mostly, but not completely diminishing. Slightly chalky aroma underneath a healthy amount of alcohol, dates, brown sugar, light banana, cherry grenadine and rich malts and graham crackers. Malt aroma does seem like it is a little flat and stale, which really puts a damper on the whole thing straight away. Banana esters are fairly heavy up front in the flavor, mellowing out into mild clove, molasses, rum raisins, anise and alcohol. Slightly tingly carbonation with a full mouthfeel. Ok, but I’m a little skeptical that this will "develop in the bottle for up to 5 years" - I feel that it’s going to turn into a cardboardy mess pretty quickly.
johnnymusky (368) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
way solid double....2012 vintage....really fantastic...wow.......i will buy again and again......
DYCSoccer17 (3382) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
10 ounce sample on tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma is fruity, sweet, and full of caramel. Plenty of yeast esters here. Mostly hazy amber body with a medium to large off-yellow head. Good lacing. Starts quite sweet and sugary with Belgian Candi Sugars. There is a bit of a dusty yeast flavor in the middle. Finishes with caramel and toffee. Very easy drinking. A little too sweet.
Pumpkin87 (30) - - JAN 1, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
April 2012 bottle opened for the new year of 2015.
Pours hazy amber brown with copper highlights, thin beige head that leaves trace lacing.
Big nose: sweet malts provide raisins, cherries, blackberries, figs, caramel with a touch of earth and a hint of spice.
All that continues in the glass with slight touches of nuts, hop bitterness, brown sugar and mild alcohol heat. Big, smooth, creamy mouth with low-medium carbonation.
Under AB-InBev, Pere Jacques continues to demolish most American craft beers. This is a step below Rochefort or St. Bernardus, but it is not embarrassed by being mentioned in the same sentence.
VsXsV (2541) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2010. Hazy brown liquid with small to medium light tan head. Aroma of bread, toast, dried fruit, light booze, earth and raw sugar. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of raw sugar, port wine, dried fruit and toast. Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Pretty nice but maybe a bit old.
popway (66) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 bottle. Butterscotch appearance, sugary spice yeast aroma, love that it
retained some carbonation,
tectactoe (2509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2014 Bottle: Dark amber-copper body, slightly hazed & topped with a thin beige film that’s rounded out by a modest ring. Aroma is largely sweet, loaded with residual Candi sugar & molasses. Wow. Super gummy, yeasty, & exploding with sweet dark fruits; prunes, dates, figs. Rolling in residual sugars. Toffee. Severely under-attenuated malt. Flavor is the same. Heavy caramel, molasses, Candi sugar, brown sugar, plum, anise, dates, figs. Slight metallic notes as well as a faint metallic twinge. Slight alcohol, Belgian yeast esters, & mild phenols bust through. But goddamn I can’t get past the heavy, gummy sweetness. So much residual sugar. Not my speed.
smaynard6000 (679) - Apopka, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy coppery color with a minimal tan head. Mostly fruity aroma. Somewhat sweet, fruity, malty flavor. Slight bitterness in the finish. Quite good.
Clarkdvm (187) - Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2014
4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle in Fl. Light floral, fruity aroma. Pours a cloudy bronze. Delicious mixture of flavors. Hard to place but simply wonderful.
chucklemation (593) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark, murky brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet dark fruit, and the flavor is similar, with a bite of alcohol. This does have a bit of a thin body, but it tastes great.
DCLawyer (1554) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle tasting. Amber with small tan head. Dark fruit, sweet toffee, caramel. Can feel the alcohol a bit. Decent but not a standout.