cjl6 (57) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2011
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Drank at the tasting room. Okay let’s be honest... for a 10% ABV in a Belgian golden I expect the candi sugar to dominate, drying out the pallet and turning a strong beer into a lighter beer with a slight malt background and a yeast flavor to dominate the flavor. All that I could think about by drinking this beer was how thick and heavy it is. If I drank this through a straw it would take effort to suck it through the straw. This is not an easy to drink beer. Yes the flavors are very complex and nice, but it takes effort to finish the gorgeous tulip glass it came in. My friend agreed, and then the couple to my side also agreed, offering us some of their beer if we would like it. I gave it a 2.7 because yeah it is a very tasty beer but if I’m trying to kick back a few beers and hang out with friends this wouldn’t be my first choice.
Nische (1159) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - JUN 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 vintage. Pours hazy golden with a white head. The aroma has candi sugar, light spice and Belgium abbey yeast. It has a full rich body with semi-soft carbonation and is pretty smooth. The flavor starts off very sweet with light toast and a bit of spice, pepper and caramel.
Ferris (7582) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Vintage 2000 - Caramel, candy notes and oxidized sweetness. Cloudy gold with a decent beige head. Sweet, caramel, bitterness, raisin and a nice oxidized sweetness.
Zakoon (223) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle enjoyed @ my vacation apartment. Pours murky golden with a tiny white head. Lots of floaties. Aroma is floral, earthy, caramel, toffee, mild resin, alcohol, hops. Full bodied, thick texture, no carbonation.
bmerz (739) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 92 (2013) drank late 2014. Same time as a batch 36 (2001)
Batch 92 8-4-8-3-17
Light gold with fully lasting rocky head, some floaters. Aroma is floral, light fruit, almost citrus. Flavor carries on, dense preserved citrus, densly bitter, basically an IIPA. Feel is lively, thick, hot, and woody.
Batch 36 - 2001 - 9-3-7-4-16
Red gold, still, crystal clear like Amaro. Aroma of very deep honey, apple, aa little wood. Taste is very dense bitter, decayed malts, near cloying sweets. Viscous feel, wood, astringent, heat. Aroma has concentrated beautifully. The flavor hasn’t.
lillunken (50) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home, batch 92. Pours amber golden with almost no head. Aroma: sweet honey. Taste is sweet malty honey with bitter aftertaste. Tastes almost like mead. Nice!
arnold931 (818) - Iowa, USA - MAY 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy golden brown with no head. Nose is vanilla, caramel and bourbon. Taste is sugar and vanilla. Lots of alcohol in the taste.
bartzluke (276) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
3 oz pour into a stemmed tasting glass from tap at the brewery in Portland. Deep orange and a tiny bit hazy with a strong white head and good lacing. Full bodied. A little sharp. Nose is surprisingly weak compared to what I would have expected. Sweet and malty up front. Assringent candy sweet in the middle and a strange aggressive bitterness that lingers. Too much of a bitter and sweet clash for me. The sweetness is just as aggressive as the bitterness and they don’t meld well.
commonshawn (634) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at brewery with commonmac and rosskyle and wildcard. 12oz pour in tulip. Light copper with thick foamy white head. Strong aroma of sugar and alcohol. nice nose. Strong sugar taste throughout. Aggressive and bold. A bit of funky sour dark fruit. Well done.
tcon25 (231) - Duvall, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour split, with Andrew, tried along with the Fred from the wood, thin amber pour, this is batch #92 got this at the Brewery probably about a year ago. Sweet raisin taste little hop taste, really enjoyed this one, probably a tad bit more than the Fred from the wood.
andrewje41 (1265) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle poured, shared, and enjoyed side by side for comparison with Fred from the Wood. Fred batch no. 92. Pours a thick, cloudy burnt orange color with a super sweet brown sugar aroma. Smooth, sweet sugary flavor with some caramel and cinnamon spice. Candy finish. Very nice beer, and in my opinion, definitely one of a kind. Fun comparison too, but I’ll explain that on a different beer rating.