omhper (20926) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Popeye, Tokyo. Very dark brown. Coffee and cherry liqueur up front. Sweet and full bodied with lots of estery alcohol. Caramelly chocolate sauce and cherry builds upto a pungent alcoholic finish.
Earlier Rating: 5/21/2009 Total Score: 3.7
Bottled at Thrash Zone, Yokohama. Very dark brown, small head. Intriguing aroma of strawberry, tiger balmand cofee. Fairly sweet with medium-full body. There’s aniseed and ginger. Despite it’s size it feels so light and sparkling at times that I can almost imagine that I’m drinking a ginger ale, but then there is depth too. Its fruity and herbal with roasty malt and that confusing tiger balm. Fun stuff indeed.
Travlr (15625) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Very dark maroon color, almost black, brown head. Aroma of licorise and burnt espresso. Taste has anise, dark fruit, bitter cocoa. Very nice.
Theis (14306) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2009 Bottle 500ml at Sosuke Ryokan, Takayama, Room 8 – shared with Mette.
Clear dark dark brown (almost black – red glow) – offwhite head.
Roasted, ryebread, nutty, medium sweetness, medium hoppy, grass, resin, licorice, herbal, coriander, plums, fruity, light spicy, dried dark fruits. Very nice..... Also: Draught at Popeye, Tokyo. Cloudy brown - offwhite head. Roasted, soya, chocolate, dark fruits, licorice, coffee, cocoa, spicy, wooden notes, fullbodied. (7/4/8/4/17)
TBone (13819) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Popeye, Tokyo.
Dark brown color, small steady brownish head. Aroma has toasted notes and some sweetness. Very sniffable. Medium-bodied. Caramel, muscovado , brandy and hints of chocomalt. Covers alcohol nicely. Complex.
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 My Bottom Line:
The tantalizing perfume of various flower gardens wondrously blows atop the spicy, chocolatey Belgian character of this most unique strong ale creation.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the purplish black.
-The floral arrangement comprises lavender, roses, hibiscus, etc.
-Body is lean, and the soft prickling increases the vinous comparisons.
-Some dryness is brought by the supporting hop finish.
-The bottle exhibited less of the floral character which was so enticing in the tap version, but a very nice Belgian Strong Ale still remained. The tap got a 4.1, while the bottle deserved a 3.7
On tap at Popeye’s, and later from a few bottles back home .
Ferris (7575) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft - Dark fruits, smoke, brown sugar and yeast. Met black with a thin beige head. Raisin, dark fruit and spice, brown sugar and herbal. Nice beer, very herbal but balanced and fun.
KyotoLefty (7433) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Yamaoka.
Pitch black with a thin, lacy brown head. Spicy, flowery roasted malt aroma, slightly earthy and nutty, dry, with dark fruit and orange.
Fruity, strong malt flavor, with raisins, ginger, orange, a touch of chocolate. Slightly sour edge and not very sweet at all. Well attenuated for sure! Funky, barnyard character in there as well. Not what I was expecting. Pretty good roasted malt bitterness in the finish as well. Or is that hops? Rather thin palate with low carbonation. Really different. Nicely done. Can’t taste that 10% alcohol at all!
larsga (6676) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2007 Small brown head does not last. Pitch black body. Oily spicy gingery aroma with notes of pepper and licorice. Dry spicy fruity licorice taste with notes of coriander, cinnamon, and other spices. Ginger, too. Very sweet; leaves sugar on the lips. Spicy aftertaste. Considerable alcohol heat, but no alcohol taste. Very nice. No idea what style. (0.5l bottle from a small shop in Takayama.)
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep cloudy brown. Gentle off-white ring. Flowery, gingery, spicy ale with sturdy malt backings underneath. Those malts are chocolatey and darkly toasty while their fellow ingredients propose hints at mint. Certainly bready through and through, but one of its most striking features remain its high juiciness, grapey, but plumy even more so. Light to medium bodied, very soft carbonation.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The look: Cloudy dark brown body with a little tan ring of foam
The style: Flowery Belgian Dark Ale
The stuff: Aromatic flowers/herbs take a lot of room in this beer, maybe a bit too much so. The floral scent/flavours are hard to identify but they are of the perfumy relaxing kind so I’d say camomile, lavender and friends but I may be totally off. The Belgian foundation takes a little brown ale twist. Some roastiness. Distant nutty notes. In this case the warming alcohol is welcomed as it diminishes the beer flowery character. There are a few things that I didn’t like about this beer but it does many things really well. For characteristics such as originality and intensity I would have given it a few “A”s but it seems to already have more than enough of these.
The how: Japanese themed tasting session at MartinT. Bottle from MartinT
The conclusion: Very original. Ideal for tasting sessions as the perfumy flowers/herbs might become annoying after a full bottle.