Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful hazy orange with a large meringue-like mountainous white foam. Very floral and gently citrusy aroma with surprisingly little resin/piney notes. Clean hop profile over a fun, pretty tight base malt. Its relative roundness surprises in mouth, supposedly coming both from the little filtration and the good malt extraction. More importantly, this comes with little to no crystal malt use, all good dry base malt, bready, cerealic and straightforward, leaving most, but not all the stage to the hops which again are perhaps not the most complex, but remarkably unagressive in their strong, but diplomatic bitterness, making sips easy. Spicy and mostly floral notes emanate from this, following the nose nicely. It still got some punch despite the long travel to North America and it must have been very, very good when fresh. So another solid hit by Haandbryggeriet, but no homerun.
rosenbergh (10673) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Batch #494. BB 09/01/14. Antikvariatet, Trondheim, Norway.
Hazy reddish amber colour with small light tan head.
Mild fruity hops and malt in quite mild aroma.
Flavour is hoppy but not that bitter. Malty body and balanced hoppiness.
Rich and balanced.
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TyggaBrown (430) - NORWAY - SEP 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle. It has a full body, and its aroma is filled with hints of different spices. A little disappointed taste-wise, though.
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a nice white head. Spicy peppery aroma with caramel. Taste is similar, spicy and peppery, phenolic with a caramel toffee backbone and hints of citrus. Good body with a clean and bitter finish. Very nice and quite different, reminds me more of an English esb
rodenbach99 (4258) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 500ml provenant de la batch 418, elle a été brassée le 08.11.11 et meilleure avant le 08.11.12. Belle bière dorée avec une mousse crémeuse imparable. Le nez est un heureux mélange de malt caramel t de houblons américains. La bouche est simple mais efficace, un doux mélange de malt caramel et de houblon, comme le nez. La finale a une amertume sucrée.
The_Bish (1123) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yay! Not too much caramel malt. Much better balance for my taste. Cheers Haand. But no thanks for being pricey.
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Amber colour. Hazy. Floral citrusy hops. Notes of yeast. Rich chewy malts with a papery hoppy bitterness throughout. Light bitter finish.
Bathory (458) - Kverneland, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red/brown colour with a tan head that disappers a bit fast. The aroma is mainly citrus and caramel. Taste is quite bitter and the mouthfeel is lovely. A great beer, De Molen’s version is one tiny bit better as I could remember.
Boutip (5950) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty dark beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of deep dry hops with nice floral notes is quite intense and very enticing. Taste is a mix between huge floral notes with some notes of dry malt. Nice clear notes of citrus with very limited bitterness level and almost no astringency. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Solid offering with good mastering of dry hops technique.
AshtonMcCobb (5392) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cl bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours a beautiful amber colour with an excellent head. The nose has pine, lavender and some oranges. The taste has burnt oranges and pine. The palate has a medium body, a creamy texture in the middle and a very bitter finish. Overall, good but too bitter.