yngwie (12529) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Orange, slightly hazy body. Tea, some fruit, sweetness and malt in the aroma. The flavor is quite heavy, with sweetness, tea and some fruityness. Full body, sligtly sticky in the mouth. Nice, but a bit on the tea-side. (070914)
TBone (11735) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled (BB 04/2006)
Nut brown, creamy small tanned head. Floating yeast particles. Ashy, malty nose - quite weak. Medium-bodied, malty brew, which hides ABV very well. Dry, grassy hops. Mouthfeel is oily with leather. Eay to drink but quite neutral.
thewolf (10701) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a muddy, slight red amber with a beautiful, cramy white head, settling fine on the liquid. Aroma is very spicy, some raisins, some coriander, some cinnamon, a milky creamyness to it all. Very full mouthfeel, seeing it has little carbonation. Flavour is a tad limited compared to the aroma. Quite vinious. Spicy flavours, some caramel, a feel of plums and raisins. Good, but the flavour could match the flavour better.
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy amber with a medium off white head. Sweet yeasty aroma with ripe fruits and malty notes. Flavour was sweet with toasted malt, caramel and ripe fruits. Finished sweet.
bhensonb (10203) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Mild gusher. Pours amber with small particles. The white head left quickly. Light sweet caramel aroma. Medium body. Flavor is light stone fruit with yeast/spice. Quite Belgian. The spice gets stronger, and some bitter is expressed. Finishes towards dry. Christmas no/winter yes. Itís a very drinkable beer. No doubt as to it being a Belgian ale.
bierkoning (9756) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked bottle. Reddish amber color. Plums and citrus in the aroma. malty, slightly alcoholic sweetish flavor with pineapple, plums and mango. Just a hint of nutmeg. Pleasant fruity ale with just a hint of flowers.
gunnfryd (9704) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is fruit, alcohol, hop. Flavour is fruit, alcohol, hop, berries, orange. Nice beer.
madsberg (9530) - SÝborg, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Amber coloured. unclear. dense beige head. aroma of ripe fruits, light spice, vague caramel. Flavour of sweetness, ripe fruits and marzipan. thin bodied. Dry fruity end.
JorisPPattyn (7678) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good orange-coloured head; orange-amber clear beer. Cookie malts, orange zeste, flowery nose. Some say cinnamon, but I donít get that. Fresh, orangey taste, unfortunately ruined at least partially by a ton of coriander. Very dry, falls a bit flat. Better than the regular Gribousine (not that hard!), but not really exciting.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Doughy yeast reigns and spiciness remains humble, as a fruit salad topped with brown sugar latches on to this pillowy Belgian Strong Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy sheet of foam lingers atop the foggy dark amber.
-Alcohol is expertly hidden.
-The finish is a slightly softer version of the flavor profile.
-If the doughy yeast component were taken out, there wouldnít be much to say about this one.
-All flavors remain well integrated, and the spiciness is delicate enough not to be named.
Bottle; best before Nov.í08.