laiti (7981) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
35,5 cl bottle @ Ølbaren, batch #41
Aroma is slightly sweet with caramel, some rosehip and moldy potato cellar. Flavour is rather weird with moldy cellar aromas, some tart red wine and hints of vinegar. Far from a tripel and definitely past its prime.
lusikka (7680) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355 ml bottle @ Ølbaren, Copenhagen. Batch 41.
Pours an amber colour without a head. Aroma of sweet raspberries, mandarin orange and some yeast. Flavour of sweet raspberries, dough, wood and some malts. Light bodied, slick mouthfeel and a watery, slightly fruity finish with some alcohol. Has clearly seen it’s best days already.
chibuck (3509) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, batch 2 when it was called golden rose, from 96 I believe... a bit oxidized as you would think but really easy to drink with some great honey notes, alcohol well hidden... I’d track down one of the 2000 batches for sure!
brokensail (15609) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Murky amber color with a small off-white head. Sweet sugar and toffee, a little bit of floral aroma. Sort of just old...Sweet malt, sugar, oxidized, watery, toffee, and bread.
Nisse666 (6045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Ölkonsotiet cons 2011-07-07 Göteborg
AR: flowery (rosehip), black peppery
AP: Earl grey colored body, a bit beige ... Diminishing head. Thick liquid.
F: short but heavy flavor of rosehips, rose pepper, a bit overall dry feeling, finish is peppery, wee bubbles. Yolk is perhaps a bit sweeter.
Sledutah (6897) - Utah, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (batch 41) shared by doug, thanks
Appearance: Cloudy brown/amber color with a small off-white head and light lacing
Aroma: Sweet malts, caramel and brown sugar
Taste: Brown sugar, medicinal and woody
douglas88 (8177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle batch 41 thanks to Jacob. Pours a murky caramel color with a medium white head that quickly dissipates. An interesting nose of sweet candied beets (I mean, this is something I’d never put a finger on it till it was mentioned but now I can’t help notice it) and some tartness. The flavor is a very odd medicinal/herbal mix alongside both tart flavors and more traditional sweet sugary Tripel flavors. Some oxidation. Interesting.
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Golden Rose, shared with GT2, thank you kindly sir! Pour is hazy dark gold with a small yellow head, no surprise given the age. Aroma is fantastic: rich malty barleywine, caramel, butterscotch, orange, spiced beets. Flavor is burnt sugars, creme brulee, butterscotch. Very sweet. Palate is oily, warm, sweet, a bit flat. Great stuff.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355mL Golden Rose ed thanks to FlandersNed. Very old bottle. 8+ years. Pour is a hazy brune (not blonde) with a medium yellow head requiring some intense coaxing. Not much retention and no lace. Nose is outstanding: heavy maple, intense old barleywine character, rich toffee and brittle, golden raisins. But nose here is much richer and complex than that: so much burnt sugar and butterscotch, orange spice, cranberry. As it opens up: loads of sweet Southern iced tea. For real. Loads and loads of old ale complexity. Way more complex than a Tripel nose and looks nothing like a Tripel.
Taste is soft and thinner up front with sweet crannberry, toffee, burnt sugar, light lemon, small cardboard oxidation. Mildly thin and tart. Pretty spicy alcohol warming in the finish. Probably a little past its prime, but has held up very well considering this is not a beer you would typically age. I’m glad I got to try this finally. Thank you!
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A unconventional fruity, very flowery and slightly oxidized red Belgian ale. Decent
How: Bottle 12oz. Exact age unknown. Many years old. A nice little bonus sent to me by justn, thanks a lot Justin
The look: Cloudy auburn body topped by a very small beige head
In long: The nose is a basket of fresh red fruits over a bed of freshly cut flowers. No sign of oxidation or maderisation, sure didn’t smell old. However in mouth the beer age shows through very obvious oxidation. Taste of wild berries, cherry pit, some wood, scented flower petals, plain cookies. Carbonation is still holding. Either the oxidation vanishes away with time (doubtful) or it is light enough that by the end it wasn’t bothering me at all. Given the age of the remaining bottles I don’t think I would have actively seek this beer out, but since I got it as a gift (trade bonus) I thought “what the heck, let’s try it”. And the truth is, this beer is actually still quite drinkable, at least the bottle I just drank. I’m really interested in knowing of other people recent experience with this beer is. Please send me a beermail and tell me when you had your last bottle, how old the bottle was, your credit card number, if the beer was oxidized, if it was still properly carbonated, credit card expiration date, where you got the bottle from.