sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas of candy sugar, alcohol, raisins, bubblegum and brown sugar.
Flavours are kind of basic, with some spice and banana and chocolate. Very sweet, but still with some acidic notes.
A clean mouthfeel - quite crisp.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A nice sweet fruity Belgian dark ale with good amount of woody hops. Good beer
How: Bottles 330ml. Consumed relatively fresh, a few months after purchase at the source in the Netherlands. Tasting session with Montreal crew
The look: Clear dark ruby body topped by a medium beige head
In long: Nose of typical a good yeasty belgian dark ale with dried dark fruits, woody hops and such. Taste is like a rich toffee coated fruit cake followed by a nice woody hops bitterness. The beer is actually very sweet but those woody hops really balance it out quite nicely. I enjoyed that beer and I’d like to score a few more bottles of if. I wish I had some Prestige. I really do. And I’d like to have some of this beer too.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy brown color with a thin beige head. Appealing aroma of licorice, raisins, nutty malt, yeast and candy sweetness. Very good flavor of yeast, raisins, candy sweetness and malt. The body is medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation.
armando629 (2453) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 31, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,3 l bottle as a gift.
Deep amber-reddish colored beer with a small tan lacing head. Aroma of liqueric malt, strong alcohol, fruits like fig and raisins, minimal lurking hops. Medium bodied one with strong bit of alcohol, caramel and malt, sweet vinous fruity character of raisins, some spicy vanilla.
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Egészen sötétvörös színe van, mint egy jó minőségű, száraz, nehéz vörösbornak. Vékony, enyhén bézs színű hab van a tetején, ami elég hamar elolvad, egy vékony csipkét hagyva rajta. Illata likőrös, enyhén fügés és kék szőlős. Íze gyümölcsös, érett Vilmos körte, mandarin és túlérett banán, van benne egy rész virág méz és égetett cukor. Érezni egy kis vaníliát és sejteti magát egy kis komló is. Elég sűrű és enyhén szénsavas. Utóízében is ott vannak a gyümölcsös felhangok, egy kis komlós szárazság, ami sokáig tart. Rendes iparos munka, finom is, de ebben a kategóriában vannak nála jobbak is.
Juergen_F (21) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 7, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured in glass. The Grand Prestige by Hertog Jan has a beautiful deep dark red colour reminiscent of a dark Bordeaux wine or perhaps even coffee. It has a thick dense yellowish-white head that disappears quickly even though a very thin ’head’ remains that covers the beer below. This beer is sweet and felt like cough syrup in my mouth. What surprised me was that there was not much carbonation going in the glass and thus I did hardly get any prickly feeling on my tongue. In the finish I did detect a tiny bit of bitterness on the back of my tongue. Overall the Hertog Jan Grand Prestige is clearly a quality beer. Still, in my experience, it is a bit one-dimensional in the sense that it is mostly the sweetness that comes through. The drinking experience is that of a very smooth beer and it is not offensive at all, something which I always appreciate. Would I buy this again? Perhaps, but I if I do, I am sure I will age it for at least a year or so. This is definitely a beer that gets better with age. The brewery claims that this beer will taste like Port wine when cellared for five years or so.
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
head: 1/2 inch , beige
colour: deep red/brown , clear
smell: candy sugar , malts, bitterness, caramel , slight touch of alcohol , maybe bit of hops
taste: raisins , alcohol , banana , sour red fruits, strong sweetness ( but not clearly sugar ! ) , a malty oily end , quite enjoyable , yes !
Nuffield (3905) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber body, big dark cream head. A little medicinal underneath a caramel and fruit front, but warming and reasonably enjoyable. Bottle.
markas101 (2085) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle, Maastricht, The Netherlands. Deep amber, mixed floral yeast aroma. Balanced first sip, then some sweetness that slowly transitions to bitterness with a predominantly syrupy finish.
Brandman (2516) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
300ml bottle. Dark amber body, tanned head. Aroma has caramelly and bready malt notes, Dark fruits with some yeast notes too. Very well balanced. Hint of chocolate. Medium body, oily and slick texture. Long aftertaste. Very sweet caramelly taste, some alcohol in taste too.