Temptation (252) - - JAN 21, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Average quadrupel, without any remarkable fact. Slightly unbalanced to sweet, almost sticky. Strange vinegar touch, strange. You can taste it, but for sure you’ll not repeat.
jice (156) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JAN 10, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pression à Rotterdam.
Cuivrée-brune, forte mais l’alcool ne se ressent pas trop
AtronSeige (847) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JAN 8, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma: Medium-high toasty. Medium, banana bread. Medium sweetness. Dark fruit. Light Marmite, chocolate. Light phenolics (medicinal).
Appearance: Clear, dark amber body. Almost no head, tan head on pour.
Flavour: Medium-high alcohol, but floral and peppery. Medium-high sweetness. Light bitterness. Medium-light banana. Dry finish, lingering marmite and warming. Alcoholic bite.
Mouthfeel: Medium warming. Full body, Medium-low carbonation.
Overall: Good aroma, but the medicinal should not be there. The finish is too dry. Still a drinkable beer.
500 ml bottle, poured.
18E. Belgian Dark Strong Ale
tabletopjoe (30) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. One of the stronger beers that is widely available in my country. Thee label indicates it’s a ’gerstenwijn’ - meaning barley wine in Dutch. In reality it’s more a strong dark abbey ale. For me it’s a benchmark beer, one to compare similar style beers to. Appearance is dark brown/red, still pretty clear and transparent. Nose is sweet malts, caramel, hay, blue and red berries, raisins, hints of sourness and yeast. Taste is very similar. Really no bitterness in this one. Body is full, almost no carbonation. Taste gets more refined when the beer warms up a bit. Finish is sweet and sour notes, no long aftertaste unfortunately. Excellent beer.
digopossobon (330) - MACAE, BRAZIL - JAN 1, 2015
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: caramel, toast, very soft.
A: The best characteristic, red, clear, frothy, brown foam
T: Not exceptional, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, heavily sour
P: light body, thin feel
maekchu (2566) - Hirakata, JAPAN - DEC 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Liquor Mountain, shared by Tadg. Brown sugar nose, fumes. Dark brown color, ruby edges. Super sweet initial, concentrated fruit, prunes, raisins, all flavors flatten out quickly. Medium body. Very thin for a ten-percenter. Sweetness is near cloying.
humlelala (1080) - DENMARK - DEC 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(50 cl ceramic bottle from Irma Axelborg; BBD: couldn’t find but the product code is 04/14:53 024) Poured into a Rochefort goblet. Reveals a clear dark copper body with nice tan head that initially is about one finger thick but sadly dissipates almost instantly leaving only a thin film with small islands and some decent lace on the side of the glass. Aroma is banana and caramel. Oily texture, soft carbonation, full body and a sweet finish. Flavour has more caramel and the sweetness masks the alcohol to some extent There’s an additional perfumed quality to the flavour a bit like brown sugar or something. It’s alright but I would have appreciated more complexity in the malt profile and it’s quite a pity the head disappeared so quickly.
WhoU (121) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle South Africa. Pours coke dark brown with red tint and offwhite cream head that does not last long. Aroma is prune fruits christmas cake. Taste is sweet sticky and bitter. Mouthfeel is sticky lasting but light. Overall very enjoyable with more aroma at higher temperatures.
adampaulscott (7) - - DEC 28, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark colour with some ruby / garnet tinges. Short lasting yellowish white head with mild carbonation. Deep malts and chocolates with plum / sweetish notes. Nice alcohol warming effect on back palate. Beer lighter in body than expected but definitely a "drink again" beer.
theSlipperyPen (248) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red tinted brown beer with a quickly lowing yellowish head. Big punch of malts and bonfire on the nose, with soft Madeira sugar and warm banana skin. It opens up to a beef stock and marmite aroma, all covered in thick marmalade. Very sweet but fresh enough on the fruits, which bodes well for 3-5 years aging. Gets a bit boozy but has enough aniseed and licorice flavours to balance out the heat. Very enjoyable.