pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008 bottle. Oops, did not know the red existed, picked this up instead! Did not put it together until I noticed it did not taste the same! Pours a very pale light yellow with bubbles streaming to the top and a bigger white head. The nose is not the same as blue, at all. Fruity esters, some alcohol. A bit of sweetness, but a dry wheaty sort. Banana, apple. Slightly creamy. Lots of small bubbles in the mouth with more viscosity than I would guess based on the appearance. Peppery. Very fruity esters. Some alcohol heat. A bit creamy, Not a ton of depth. Comes off like a triple. I hope my local gets some of the blue labels in soon, this was a let down!
SudsMcDuff (6837) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours with a big fancy duvel brother head ... light pepper-ness, day old lemon peel, and some honey in the nose ... not bad stuff, light honey and celar sweetness ... needs to be less sweet, the pepper needs to be less ... a nice brew, but will be in the shadow or his big blue sibling .. abv is wildly masked...2008...
smith4498 (3252) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy golden color with a white head. Bread dough aroma. Sweet flavor with Belgian yeast and some heat from the alcohol. Medium body with prickly carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.
Skinnyviking (7765) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. High fluffy and long lasting white head. Slighly hazy yellow body. Alcohol dominated fruity aroma of mainly lemon with notes of coriander. Highly carbonated fruity flavor with lemon and coriander. Alcohol well hidden. Long aftertaste.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle pours a lightly cloudy gold with a tall white head. Very floral nose of dried apricot and esters. Sweeter palate, while still a good carbonation to it. Lots of fruity sweetness throughout, almost a touch buttery in the finish. Quite a bit of hot booziness to the finish.
larsniclas (6118) - Billdal, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy golden with a white head.
Aroma with marcipan.
Pretty much of grassy hops in the flavour. A bit too much alco-feel.
heavy (2270) - Split, CROATIA - NOV 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
02/11 0.75 l bottle @ Hopdevil pub, Zagreb, shared with Doggythedog. 2008 vintage, of course. It poured slightly murky golden body with medium sized head. Strong and impressive yeasty aroma with banana,orange, tart, a bit of sour apples and hints of other spices like cinnamon. Flavor was pleasantly malty, sweetish caramel and cookies, but also slightly sourish for notable hops. Yeast is obvious as well. However, I must admit it misses some body. Long, slightly sweet cookie and vanilla finish rounds the beer to higher level than my expectations were. Carolus series of Het Anker didn’t disappoint again. Very nice beer, but not nearly as its dark brother. What a big four brews in a row!
m4rest88 (387) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a large fizzy and frothy head. The aroma is so strong on this beer that it can be smelled permeating the air from a good 6 feet away. The smell is largely of yeast, citrus, and a tad bit of alcohol if one smells very carefully.
Sweetish alcohol fruity taste all the way through
Medium mouthfeel with very light carbonation
Not a bad brew. Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing a bottle with me!
Looking forward to trying the blue one soon.
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2012 2008 Bottle. Pours with a huge, creamy white head and a clear, but very fizzy golden body. Good lacing, and full retention. Aroma of dried fruits, pears and yeasty spiciness. Taste is sweet with elements of pear, yeast and spices. Lively carbonation and a dryish mouthfeel. Decently warming.
Ar:7; Ap:4; F:7; P:4; O:15; TS: 3.7
Re-rate: Thanks to bu11zeye. 2008 Bottle. Pours with a huge, fluffy white head over a clear golden body. Aroma of candi sugar, Belgian yeast, spice apple and honey. Taste is alcohol, apple, pear, spiciness and a touch of marshmallow. Lively, dry and alcoholic on the palate.
Ar:7; Ap:4; F:8; P:4; O:15; TS: 3.8
Tons of amazing esters and mild phenols from the yeast. Great bready maltiness and a nice alcohol warmth. Great beer!
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
0.75 l bottle, vintage 2008. Golden to copper color with huge creamy head. Sweetish, perfumed, candyish, spicy and tart-fruity aroma with licorice, anis, coriander, herbal hops, honey, solvent and cristmas cookies. Dryer flavor with tart fruitiness, licorice, anis and berries. Very warming with some sharp alcohol. I wish I had cellared this longer. Now there is too much woody spiciness, alcohol and tart fruitiness.