kepano (253) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This intriguing cave-aged brew pours a light chestnut brown with ruddy highlights and a large puffy beige head which laces beautifully in sheets and rings around the glass. Certainly complex, the nose is strikingly nutty, coincidentally suggesting candied chestnuts (marrons glacés), walnuts and plenty of hazelnuts. Genuine vanilla bean is in ample supply and very attractively highlighted by browned butter and salted-butter caramel. Perhaps I was synesthetically influenced by the description, but the nose had a damp, almost mossy spice component. Spice cake, prunes, raspberries and black pepper also lend to the complexity. The flavor continues to suggest hazelnuts, though rye bread and heavy yeast aspects are also dominant. The mouthfeel is exceptionally silky, reminiscent of a good cappuccino. Dried fruits become increasingly intense as the beer warms. Particularly apparent are dried pears, apricots and figs, each lending a vinous tone to this fascinating brew. A subtle but enjoyable earthy sourness lingers with the remaining malt bitterness. Well balanced, this an exciting, unique and eminently drinkable beer. A delicate and thoughtful effort that ages well and obviously garners my respect for Pierre Celis. (24/06/07, best by 21/11/08)
jaghana (5333) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - APR 16, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 33cl, a cloudy amber brown beer with medium head. Nose is on caramel, old fruits, quadruple yeast, spices. Aroma is on fruits and ripped fruits, medium sweet, sugar, berries, peppery hops at the finish with fruit notes.
BeerRenter76 (668) - Texas, USA - APR 16, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Originally rated on 8/26/08. Grotten poured a beautiful rootbeer brown body with tons of carbonation that lead to a massive tan head that left thick lacing. Aromas of banana, cinammon, and clove. Mouthfeel was adequate, a little thin though. Flavor was strange, no one flavor stood out and it was kind of bland. The best thing about this was its appearance, however i would be willing to give it another try in the future."
emdejes (14) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 13, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl Bottle - Expired 29/07/2010
Overall I wasn’t too impressed, I thought this beer would have aged better. Maybe a bit too low in alcohol to please me. Carbonation was fine, certainly after all those years. The texture a bit too thin.
WaddlingPlatypus (64) - Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
300ml bottle at the Head of Steam, Durha. Dark caramel colour with a virtually non-existent off-white head. Has a curious aroma of wholemeal bread, mixed with the floral aroma of haylage. Quiet flavout of bread, with an aftertaste of pork and celery. finishes witha slight citrus tang. Overall, unusual and very pleasant.
Gubihumle (540) - Nørre Aaby, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaske. Farven er brun og skumkronen er flødefarvet. Aromaen er malt, rød frugt og gær, medens smagen er næsten syrlig med mørke frugter og bær. Har en god mundfylde. Man får meget smag.
Silvan7 (1042) - Samarate, ITALY - DEC 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home. Marrone, al mimite del ramato carico, con schiuma beige non troppo fine ma persistente. Aroma tostato, di cacao, lievito belga, frutti rossi , lieve di liquore, note erbacee e qualche sentore di cantina. Abboccato l’ingresso, fruttato di frutta candita, poi leggermente tostato e liquoroso. Corposa, piena , molto rotonda. Meno calda rispetto a quanto l’aroma liquoroso lascerebbe intendere. poco carbonata. Equilibrata ed armonica
Bornyensis (321) - BELGIUM - DEC 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ook wel een zeer speciaal bier, een donkere kleur, speciale smaak, wel zeer lekker.
sjogro (2202) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl Bottle from Van Alsem. Nice dubbel. Dried fruits and toffee. Backlog from 2014/08/10.
Johnstledger8 (654) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Pours a murky brown with a fading off white head. Aroma of dried fruits, dark fruits, berries, blackcurrants. Taste is of forest fruits, caramel, earthy, some spice. Light oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation.
Holmen2 (2716) - NORWAY - NOV 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with JMD at HNB 31.03.13. Unclear brown. White head. Aroma of currants, chocolate malt and orange marmalade. Hops and toffee in taste that opens up more and more. Bitter chocolate and orange marmalade in aftertaste. Fizzy mouthfeel. High drinkability.