ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
lello4ever (204) - ITALY - APR 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Belga da 8%, rossa scura, ampio cappello di schiuma beige persistente. Molto fruttata al naso, come sapore prevalgono caramello, frutta e spezie. Piuttosto frizzante. Non la prediligo rispetto ad altre simili, ma è sicuramente un’ottima strong ale.
Jado (624) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 330 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy hazelnut brown with a thick off-white head that sticks around. Aromas of raisins, caramel, flowers, orange and pepper, plus a whiff of alcohol. Taste starts out with orange zest, raisins and biscuit malt before a peppery hop notes builds in the mid palate. Lingering finish with caramel, lemon and honey. Fruity aftertaste. Great stuff.
Mark_Eck (951) - - MAR 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy brownish color. Aroma and taste are sweet with caramel and bready malts.
nihtila (1394) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8.8.2014. Very foamy. Sweet caramel malts, belgian yeast and spices on the nose. Soft, yeasty, some sweetness.
kingstoni (1674) - FINLAND - MAR 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy deep golden color with a huge foamy off-white head. Sour aroma of yeast, grain and apricot. Bitter, metallic taste with a bitter finish. Medium body. A bit sticky feel.
Ulysse (270) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fresh aroma. After a while aroma turns to a floral kind. Muddy brown colour. Sweet and creamy maltiness in the mouth.
alkolas510 (810) - Vänersborg, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ljusbrun oxiderad? med stort vit skum. Ganska mycket karamell och belgisk jäst i doft och smak. Även lite humle och sött
seynie (223) - Tienen, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber brown with a lasting foam top. Honey, dried red fruits, roasted malts, glazed roasted nuts, some wood and spices. Long finish with wood and fruit, dry in the mouth.
Lowenbrau (2464) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle, somewhere in time.
In short: fruity belgian ale.
Classic Carolus revisited, this time with some caramalts, giving some caramel aromas and flavours, still alcohol noticeable, quite fruity. Nothing to complain, nothing to remark, just as you expected.
Deu (867) - Nantes, FRANCE - FEB 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad but doesn’t come close to some of the other beers these guys carry. A little honey sweetness and syrupy sense here. Pours hazy maroon with puffy head and good lacing. Some booze and a little rust. Sweet finish. Bottle.