GoufCustom (1109) - - FEB 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013
Cloudy dark brown colour with dusty sediments; Small head and off-white foams with faded quickly; Minimal lacing and slight carbonation; Aroma of banana, sake, brown sugar and toffee; Medium to light body; Potent sweet taste of sake, sugar, burnt toffee and caramel. Alcohol taste is definitely sake style, quite subdued at first but with a warming - boiling sensation with repeated tasting; Pronounced hop bitterness and astringency as finish. Dry after taste. Fairly easy to mouth.
Comments: this Japanese take on BSA is quite unique. Overall, its taste is somewhat reminiscent of Leffe Brune, but with a much stronger presence of sugar and sake tastiness. It is also comparable to Hoegaarden Grand Cru, but it’s darker, sweeter and even drier than the latter. As a BSA, its minuses being a deflating head, smell and taste are overtly sugar, burnt toffee and too hoppy. On the plus side, its sake character really gives it an interesting twist. So I think it’s a brew all by its own. Not a true BSA, but worth having it again for what it is.
alex_leit (654) - Minsk, BELARUS - AUG 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma: something alcoholic or whisky (sake barrel?), sweet, blue cheese, caramel, toffee, unusual combination. Taste: sweet, caramel, toffee, liquor, fruit, a little wood and other shades.
berntholer (1449) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dense light yellowish head. amber colour. aroma is nutty, oxidation, like a barleywine, boozy. taste like aroma, caramel, sweetish aftertaste bitter. quite dense mouthfeel, soft carbonation. i tried it close to its bbf date so perhaps that’s why i got a lot of oxidation notes, but still nice! bottle 33cl / bbf oct-2015
drjoeng (207) - - AUG 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8%ABV. Belgian Strong Ale.
Poured out a beautifully inviting deep amber color. 16ºSRM.
Nose was full of sweet malty flavors. They were clean ripe fruit flavors. Not hoppy or bright, but subdued and full of simple sugary gravitas.
Mouthfeel was soapy and slightly syrupy with a ponderous malt-balance. There were some nice buttery toffee flavors, black bread and graham cracker were also featured.
Pronounced hoppy finish which acted to mop up very pleasantly what would otherwise have been a heavy malty palate.
Has a residual flavor of raisins.
Goes on Favorites List. (reminded me of Amager’s Batch 1000)
SVD (977) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home, orange/amber beer, small/medium head aroma is malt, wood, taste is fruit, malt, boozy. Nice one
jamaty (1341) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ambar turbia, bonito color, pero apenas espuma y se desvanece inmediatamente. Aroma muy potente, a distancia. Excelente. Bizcocho, licor, madera. En boca mucho cuerpo y gas bien presente punzante. Compleja, maltas de calidad, licórica, fruto seco, caramelo, té, uva pasa. Final alcohólico, calor agradable... Copazo.
yenbeer (149) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 3, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fine taste, of alcohol, good for your first beer. However, the weak palate leaves a deal to be desired for the full experience.
swannycellars (43) - Swanbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber pour with white head. Nose dominated by toffee and wood. Super clean on the palate with sweet toffee, raisin, vanilla and spice. Starts sweet finishes bone dry. A tiny groggy burn but 8 percent holds up well.
colui72 (324) - HONG KONG - JUN 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful amber with thin blond head. Sweet aroma of flowers and malt, fruity. Tastes is sweet and Belgian yeasts. Flowery and fruity. Flavours don’t stick til the end though. Plain finish. Overall a quite good Belgian Ale attempt.
adamnowek (728) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big warming alcohol. This is boozy and makes no attempt to hide the fact. Quite malty and savoury.
MichaelAwesome (5846) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUN 18, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The beer pours out in a cloudy brown colour with a steady head and mild carbonation. Aroma is yeast and flowers. Taste is Belgian yeast, caramel, flowers, malt. Yeasty-dull finish.