NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilbur’s Fort Collins. Pours a hazy orangish brown appearance with a foamy brown head. Somewhat spicy yeasty, herbal, a bit earthy, rich fruity, candy sugar, caramel aroma. A bit strong, rich candy/cookie, grape/plum, candy sugar, caramel, light toffee, somewhat spicy flavor with a bit of a bite on the finish. Pretty tasty beer that reminds me of my Belgian trips but I’ve had better from Het Anker.
Beergeek23322 (1951) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Pours clear dark amber with a small fizzy head. The carbonation is somewhat high. Aromas are caramel, malt, yeast and spice. A bit tart, but noticable hops on the finish.
kraddel (2323) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours amber ( dark side of amber) with a good white head
sweet , suagry , yeasty smell
pretty bitter, yet ’ light ’ ( as in abv -feel ) good drinkability, too high carbo for sure. get some restsugar and a weird twist i cant realy describe .. yeast, maybe ?
puboflyons (1818) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 4, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the caged, corked 750 ml. bottle. It is a lovely looking ruby red pour with a luscious off-white soft head that lingers. Delightful aromas of malts, yeast, plum, prune, butterscotch, and the lightest of hops. The body is full and creamy. The taste brings out a fuller fruitiness not immediately noticeable on the nose with a gentle malts and a moderate but complex hop bitterness hanging on at the end. Dry ending. Wonderful experience.
EddyBeer1 (717) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ambrée trouble, bonne pétillance, mousse crémeuse et persistante. Assez maltée, caramélisée, notes de poivre, sucre candi (léger), un rien épicée.
RexTalionis (2081) - FINLAND - JUL 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 33 cl. Pours clear dark golden in color with a creamy whitish head. Citrus, fruits-in-a-box and
sweet sugary notes in aroma. Sweet sugary taste, a bit of malty notes and light boozyness too. Smooth but
Bamsen78 (2291) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with stable off-white head. Clear aroma of fruits, flowers, malt and caramel. Sweetish, fruity onset, giving way to malty and caramellish notes, ending bitter. Creamy mouthfeel. A nice one.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
11.2 oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet.
A: Pours a dark amber color. It’s fairly clear for the style; then again, I left the dregs in the bottle. The head is a fluffy two finger offwhite shade. It slowly but steadily fades away after time, falling down to a thin film.
S: Quite standard for an amber ale - that is, it’s very much dominated by caramel, toffee, brown sugar, earth, and maybe a hint of chocolate - only with some apple and pear notes from the Belgian yeast. As it warms up, it becomes more chocolaty, and that’s always a good thing to me.
T: The opening is laden with caramel, and combined with some fruity esters, evokes caramel-coated apples in its flavor profile. It finishes fairly dry, aside from some lingering white grape notes in the aftertaste. Truth be told, this one is pretty boring...but at the same token, 90% of all amber ales bore me. In terms of craftsmanship and balance (if not depth), it’s at least rock solid.
M: It’s pretty damn drinkable for an 8% brew - for better or worse, it drinks like its 5%. Of course, it’s about as interesting as a 5% brew, too. The finish is quite dry, and even somewhat astringent. Well carbonated.
O: Not very interesting to me. That’s the only real problem here: it’s just boring, and there’s little complexity to make it interesting. I don’t find any reason to return to this one in the future, but it’s not bad.
BeerandBlues2 (8988) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy brown with a large, four finger off-white to light tan head, medium-short retention with fair lacing. Aroma is figs and dates, light plum notes, nutmeg, cookie and caramel malt, peppery/spicy alcohol, stone fruit, and a faint earthiness (hops). Flavor is a wonderful marriage of dark fruits and caramelized malts, light hops and bitterness, peppery alcohol, and a dry finish. Full body, medium to moderate carbonation.
Martinus (2617) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber colour, white head. Aroma of caramel, fruity yeast tones, light iron. Malty sweet flavour, light bitter, bitter roasted malts. Malty finish, light banana, quite some iron.
(draught @ the brewery cafe)