stchloe (846) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Darker and sweeter body that still drinks light, as it warms anise fennel notes really come to dominate
zach8270 (3798) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draft @ MacGregor’s - Henrietta, NY) Brown pour with a puffy tan head. Caramel aroma with yeast and spice underneath. Flavor is a lot of sweet malts with hints of caramel and toffee. Smooth and well blended but nothing really special.
DuffLover (105) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stick with the Noel and Blue for a better experience. This is good, but not in the league of the others.
Martinus (3570) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark reddish brown colour, firm cream head. Aroma of liquorice, iron, caramel, malts. Light bitter flavour, caramel, burned sugar, roasted malts, sweet brown sugar, iron. Quite pronounced minerals. Finish caramel, dark, somewhat burned caramel, iron, roasted malts, liquorice root, brown sugar. Too bad of the strong iron notes.
(from 75cL bottle shared @ home. Procured at the brewery in 2012 or 2013. BBF 12 Feb ?16 - and definitely not a golden ale)
martjoobolut (1368) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,75L bottle (shared by FatPhil, thanks!), BB 17.02.15. Pours copper with light brownish head. The head stays for some time. Aroma is sweet, caramel, dark fruits. Flavor sweet, dark fruits, plums, caramel, and fennel. Overall: very nice brew.
mutz (692) - NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Grote fles gekocht in Mechelen. Donkerbruin van kleur , de kraag verdwijnt snel tot een laagje op het bier dat lang blijft liggen. Ruikt zoetig, mout, bubblegum. Smaak is vrij zoet, bubblegum. beetje peper, hoestsiroop. Medium body. Een wat wrangzoete nasmaak. Niet zo mijn smaak.
Marduk (3619) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Cloudy dark brown color. Medium size, brown head, stays. Sweet, cummin seeds, raisins, brown sugars, dark bread in aroma. Dark bready, raisins, licorice, berries in taste. Pure breadyness in aftertaste. Nice full body. So bready. Beautiful brew!
FatPhil (10318) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As I pour, there’s an absolutely beautiful winey cognacky aroma. In the glass it’s less special, but there’s tonnes of caraway. Absolutely beautiful soft malty body. Very nice hoppy finish, even has the fullness of hops that I expect from fresh hops. Love the soft sweet malty body, some mammi, lovely rye bread. Palate so smooth. Totally love this. Underrate?
suurjuust (1618) - ESTONIA - APR 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. About five years old, over BB. Dark brown beer, medium beige head. Sugary, dried-fruity nose, yeast hints, spice notes. Flavor is more dried fruit, booze, spice, mild perfume and perfume in the finish. Very smooth and fruity, probably the aging in effect here.
Foffern (1386) - Bodř, NORWAY - APR 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Two years old. In the glass the beer is nut brown, and is somewhat unclear. There is formed a small, light beige foam head. Aroma is filled with dried fruit, but also anise, brown sugar, dark wood and some chocolate and some liqueur like. The taste has even more touch of raisins and prunes, and dark berries, anise and leather. Mouth feel is surprisingly light and smooth, and it is a light bitterness on this. An absolutely nice and balanced, dark strong Belgian ale that is just right complex.