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. Itís 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, itís 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 thatís 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), itís at least rock solid.
M: Itís pretty damn drinkable for an 8% brew - for better or worse, it drinks like its 5%. Of course, itís 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. Thatís the only real problem here: itís just boring, and thereís little complexity to make it interesting. I donít find any reason to return to this one in the future, but itís not bad.
alkolas510 (787) - 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 jšst i doft och smak. ńven lite humle och sŲtt
seynie (210) - 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 (2390) - 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 (812) - 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 doesnít 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.
maruno (36) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. Pours a amber-brown with a nice head, that stays for a while. Smells sweet like a dark honey. Nice sweet taste with aromaís of caramel, fruits, yeast and chestnuts. Long batteries aftertaste. Very tasty and different beer.
Beardbeerman (198) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a lighty hazy amber topped by a generous white head showing great retention and lacing properties. Seems to hold high carbonation. The nose is sweet malts, some dark fruits and very expressive yeasts. The taste follows the path traced by the nose with the sweet malts, dark fruits and fruity yeasts blending through a medium body feel. The bitterness is not overwhelming but the carbonation is too vivid and tunes down the brew. Once cleared though, the finish is long, warm and enjoyable. Cheers!
Erzengel (4502) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
*Old rating, best before 18/09/11. Intense fruity and malty brew. Thick, slightly bitter, lots of dried red fruit. Nice.
blackisle (968) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ ít Ankertje aan de Dijle, Mechelen. Hazy deep amber brown, thick stable frothy beige head, good lacing; sweet malty aroma, dark fruit syrup, caramel, spicy notes; taste medium sweet and bitter, fruity, caramel; medium to full body, oily to creamy texture, average carbonation, aftertaste smooth sweetbitter, herbal notes; nice, a smooth and well balanced amber.
Stuu666 (4828) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the foot of the walk. Pours deep amber, nose is fruity yeasty, taste is rich caramel, fruity.
Alengrin (2742) - BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted a few weeks ago but found out only afterwards that this new version is a bit different and stronger than the original. Deep copper colour, hazy with thick and stable, pale beige head. Fruity and malty, hints of caramel, walnut, pear and candi syrup, a bit yeasty, smooth and full mouthfeel, medium carbo, toasted accent, herbal hop bitterness in the finish; well balanced, tasty strong amber, maybe a bit maltier than the previous version.