dink (50) - Sudbury, Ontario, - MAR 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2 year old bottle deep brown and red. Off white head, fades in chalice.
Smells sweet Plums, raisins, fruitcake.
Carbonation seems to have faded away, because that familiar Belgian crisp carbonation is absent, it’s not pushing any malt flavours out. Sweet tasting grape, sugars, vinous. Meh, too sweetish, not enough backbone.
Ridiculously smooth tasting, almost imperceptible alcohol.
BAD BOTTLE? BAD STORAGE?
Cinctus (171) - - NOV 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Puts dark, almost black with a slight head. Mild alcoholic aroma, nothing particularly strong. Great sweet flavour, can hardly taste the strength.
wlajwl (4000) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is malts, caramel/toffee and medium ssweetness. The flavor is caramel, fruit/berries, malts and a medium sweet finish.
rondphoto (2190) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear dark brown color, beige rim head, splotches of lace. Taste is roasted caramel malt that is dark and heavy, blooming in the palate to a rich, loamy, dark fruit filled body that adds alcohol warmth and semi-sweet malt on the swallow, the mild bittering continuing to a long finish. Big and full and satisfying.
Distance_Runner (26) - BELGIUM - NOV 16, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I tired it in Le Patin, Flagey, Brussels
I love ’Cuvée van de Keizer Blauw’ so I liked this one a lot too
SarkyNorthener (2253) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from beersofeurope. Very dark brown beer with small head and some lacing. Aroma of caramel, rasins and dark malts. Taste is sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, sugar candy and some alcohol warmth. Medium bodied with some oil. Excellent beer, very drinkable indeed.
RW80 (708) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: . Pours a deep, reddish brown colour with a 2 gingers sized , beige head. with ok retention,
Aroma: Dried dark fruit, leather, chocolate, wood, a hint of yeast and some alcohol. - Quite nice and complex for it’s style.
Taste: Sweet, dried dark fruits, chocolate and caramel. A hint of vanilla and some wood.
Nice sliky texture and medium body, but this bottle had a bit too much fizzy carbonation. (Which might be sorted out by storing this longer the best before date suggest it’s Quite fresh.
Alengrin (2351) - BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Classic in every sense of the word, this beer has been in existence since the fifties, but underwent a certain change in the late nineties. Allegedly a derivative of the ’Mechelsen bruynen’ emperor Charles V enjoyed back in the sixteenth century, this is the flagship of Flanders’ oldest brewery. The current version displays a pale beige, sticky, lacing, thinnish but stable head and a clear wine-red colour with little to no visible fizz. Strongly perfumed aroma of cookie dough, port wine, butterscotch, chocolate liqueur, orange peel, coriander seed, cooked corn, baked banana, liquorice, cardamom, star aniseed, apple cake, gingerbread, old cognac, raisins, hints of sour yoghurt, meat and fresh paint, as well as a (luckily) very, very weak hint of nail polish remover. Taste reveals a truckload of candied fruits, sweet in a sugary and spicy kind of way, resinous and smooth mouthfeel with soft carbonation, ubiquitous toffee-like and caramelly malts, a bit oily, candi syrup sweetness cloying a bit, insufficiently balanced with leafy, drying hop bitterness and warming, port-like alcohol. The candi sugary sweetness lingers too much, making it hard for me to pour down and sticking to tongue and throat, yet the aroma is fantastic. I remember this in its old guise, without the weary corn, refermented in the bottle and with the old label; it was equally sweet, but yeastier and more ’natural’ back then, but in its current form, this is still an important Belgian, one of those old-time favorites and a must taste. I do not like overtly sweet beers but in this case, the complex aroma makes it easy to forgive; it would benefit from less sugar, though. Let’s see how the three remaining bottles age in the cellar: if they become anything like that special ’58 version I tasted of this, I’m sure I have invested in a certain amount of happiness five or more years from now...
melush (939) - SPAIN - NOV 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en Cerveceria Internacional. Color marron oscuro. Sabor a malta, dulce, caramelo, muy ligeramente a uvas pasas.
BeerViking (2634) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, deep red-brown with a lasting off-white head and aromas of toffee, strawberries and old oak barrels. Palate is dry-sweet and fruity, with caramel and bourbon notes. Faint hints of pear, banana and vanilla.
hackobock (1573) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
September 24, 2014. Pours deep red with a dense off-white head. Aroma is dark fruits, dark sugars, caramel, light spicy notes. Taste is medium sweet dark sugars, plum, figs, light bitter. Medium bodied, fizzy carbonation.