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. Iím 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 didnít 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 wasnít bothering me at all. Given the age of the remaining bottles I donít think I would have actively seek this beer out, but since I got it as a gift (trade bonus) I thought ďwhat the heck, letís try itĒ. And the truth is, this beer is actually still quite drinkable, at least the bottle I just drank. Iím 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.
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 27, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 fl. oz bottle, batch #41, purchased at ōlKonsortiet, Aalborg. A low fine-bubbled beige head, upon a near-clear brownish amber body. Nice and unusual smell of fresh herbs, flowers, perfume and berries. Also a scent of biscuits and sweet roasted nuts. Taste is less complex. But good, indeed. On the sweet side, both fruity and malty. Notes of herbs, pepper and marzipan. Mild, gentle bitterness. Surprisingly light in body. Slick in the mouth. A certain alcohol warmth in the ending. Overall a very nice interpretation of a Belgian Tripel
Jaksmart (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Batch 41. Rusty copper color with a shy head that doesnít linger for very long. Very good-looking, actually; much like a dark brandy or cognac. Aroma has a nice sweetness to it with a lot of burnt caramel and sugar, while also being very fruity with a fresh, berry-like character. It is quite old, and as such has a slightly oxidized sourness as well. It also has lots of spices, and some leather. Quite complex and difficult to decode. Taste is really smooth with the promised burnt caramel/burnt sugar sweetness, and a slight sourness as well. Very fruity, but not as thick as one might imagine. Thusly, it remains quite fresh and easily drinkable. Some yeasty stuff goes through as well, adding to the subtle sourness. Very nice balance.
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - FEB 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 41. Pours rusty copper with a head that lasts for 5 secs, and then no head at all. Aroma is really different. Leather, sour berries (canít tell which), quite some oxidation, melted dark sugar and caramel, a hint of cardboard. Taste is less complex than the aroma. Hay and caramel, peppers, some yeasty notes with robust belgian yeast sweetness and and interesting sourness in the back of the mouth. Definitely one of the better tripels Iíve had.
Zita (6106) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bread, chocolate, amber, clear, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, lively.
HenrikSoegaard (13067) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Frothy fair mostly deminishing head. Nice amber colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy spicey aroma. Moderate bitter very strange flavor. No way its a trippel, perhaps a S/H/V? Average light bitter hibiscus finish. Oily palate. Rubbish.
cheeta (1181) - LangŚ, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is light chocolate. Small head. Clear orange body. Moderate bitter flavor. Medium palate.
Hansen (8387) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Brown color with a red note. Hazy. Almost no head. Odd aroma, think its the hibiscus, gives some sharp notes. Perhaps chocolate too. Sweet flavor, some acidic too. Moderate bitter finish. Dry texture.