ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Hazy amber-brown with a finger of frothy tannish-khaki head. Fades normal.
S - Sweet caramel malts, Belgian yeast,. spices, sake, oak, vanilla, and a bit of booze.
T - Sweet dark caramel malts, Belgian yeast, oak, sake, Belgian yeast, some spices, bit of vanilla and booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet warming finish.
D - Nicely balanced and the sake flavors are a nice touch.
Jimthechap (1822) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It is with a due sense of resignation and dread that I review this beer. Why is it 8%? Am I stupid for buying this? I probably am, but in all honesty, I review this out of ignorance of any alarms telling me not to.
It’s a darker colour than I was anticipating. More reddish peachy with nil head,nil carbonation and a slight haze. This does not mean that it isn’t a good looking beer though. Aromas trend toward Bakewell tart, pastry, stewed peaches, nectarines and apricots. It is well runded and full in the mouth with some dessert sweetness and a tinging of mouthfeel. I am pleasantly surprised, happy and contented.
jonas (5882) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 21, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at irreale. Opaque cloudy Amber, low golden lace. Bockish iron laced nose, fruited caramel base, a hint spice and salt licorice. Medium sticky body. Salty herbal caramel finish. A bit too sticky for my taste.
Johnsense (881) - - JAN 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aged bottle. Dark copper pour. Heavy bready aroma and taste, caramel, spices, dark dried fruits. Some barrel still evident. Fairly heavy body. Sweet aftertaste. Diabetics should tread lightly.
unclemike (2339) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a reddish amber color with a thin, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, oak, koji, rice, a bit of caramel malt, and some spice. Taste of sweet caramel malt, earthy yeast, some smoke, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, light alcohol and a bit of tart citrus fruits as well.
JBPortland (968) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours dark semi clear orange with a finger of head. Nose is swer bready malt, dried cherry and fruity yeast, a touch of rounded sake and hint of wood, caramel. Taste is similar with a malt heavy profile, sticky sweet caramel bread and multi-grain, some maple, dried bitter cherry, a touch medicinal, light sake, light wood. Finish is bitter and sweet, continuation of the palate with some faint trailing rounded wood softness.
PriorL (2256) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at S&G tasting. S&G goes to Japan PART 2. Special THX to Christian.
APPEARANCE: clear dark blond beer, nice stable off white head.
NOSE: sweet, fruity, hoppy.
TASTE: sweet, fruity, hoppy, dry.
Little to bitter for me.
alexsdad06 (6099) - Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz. bottle at home. I had this a few times, but couldn’t find the notes so here goes. Pours a clear deep amber brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet sugary malts, wood, raisins, red grapes, apples, sake hints, some wild funky character, alcohol is mildly warming, interesting beer, that I would potentially revisit..
PapaSkeetSkeet (919) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy-cloudy amber-yellow with thin tan head that fades quickly to a swirly film. Aroma is caramel, pond vegetation, slight nutritional yeast. Body is somewhat syrupy, light carbonation. Flavor is caramel and bread crust, raisin. Sap and tree, light bitterness that lingers mildly. Bit of candy, nutty wood. A delightful strong ale, both sip-able and addictingly yummy.
jookos (2753) - FINLAND - DEC 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle.Orange hazy. Malty, some belgy- style yeasty notes, soft ripe peach, orange fruityness. Soft smooth malty body. Some almonds, orange zest. Pretty nice harmonious brew. Nothing too awesome, just sort of .. nice.
Douberd (2704) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Hitachino Nest XH Extra High) Bottle 330 ml from a trade with torriman, thanks! Into a tulip, ABV 8%
Deep red colour, quite hazy, with a tall and very thick and creamy off-white head on top. Excellent retention, medium lacing left on the glass.
Very fruity aroma, red fruits, some caramel, toffee.
Taste is rather sweet but surely not cloying. Again lots of red fruits, jam, caramel, toffee, well hidden alcohol, light vanilla even.
Medium thick body, soft carbonation, sticky palate.
One of the better belgian ales I’ve had and another solid one from Hitochino.