djroehler (175) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy copper color, with a slight off white head. Smells strongly of sake and yeast. Bready and lightly toasty start with a large sake punch, vanilla and caramel, crisp carbonation on the finish. Very good, but the sake could get overwhelming.
HeistAlmighty (850) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. A real odd one this. Some sweetness and light vinegar taste, almost reminded me of ketchup without the salt. The Belgian influence was apparent, but this one was odd, but not bad.
NeoHippie2 (474) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was very underwhelming for what I expect out of a barrel aged Belgian strong ale. Pours a hazy amber. Aromas of malt and some yeast, not much on the barrel side of things. Flavor is malt, with some barely noticeable dried fruit character to it. The sake barrel character that I was expecting is barely there if I didn’t know it was aged in sake barrels, I very well could’ve missed that flavor aspect entirely. This needs to be put back in the barrels for another 6 months at least.
ruthlessjess (3) - Lihue, Hawaii, USA - JUN 12, 2013 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2013 Nice Aroma, I first got the vanilla and mild cherry of the oak casks along with alcohol and malt, very mild hops. The color was an orange amber with good carbonation and a nice white head. The Flavor at first is Carmel, vanilla and light stone fruit, followed by a briney acidic finish with a mild lingering bitterness. Overall I like this beer, I love Sake and was pleasntly surprised!
MadRobin (1061) - Silver Spring, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 330 ml bottle after cellaring for 21 months.
Clear, dark orange with a large dirty-cream colored head and very good lacing.
Aroma of sake, banana, yeast, roasted malt, mild white vinegar and dark fruit.
Taste of roasted malt, sweet yet slightly sour dark fruit, banana, yeast, sake and oak.
Medium body and medium carbonation.
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mzaar (932) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska @ Nami, Varberg. Grumligt bärnstensfärgad med lätt smutsigt vitt skum. Arom: körsbär, citrus, banan, äpple, alkohol. Smak: körsbär, banan, smörkola, omogna äpplen, jäst, citrus. Värmande alkohol. Kolsyrig munkänsla. En bra BSA.
Themanmachine (16) - Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pretty pretty barrel aged beer. Loads of presence without being overbearing. Malty in all of the right places, present yet yielding hops, nice touch of sour/"dill pickle" flavor in the finish. Smells of sea water when slightly warm.
BigHoss (114) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a hazy gold/amber, with a small cream head. I smell caramel, sweet dark fruits and yeast. I taste all of the same with hoppy, spicy and strong finish.
TwinBeer (57) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy golden brown with off white head. Aroma of typical tropical fruity belgian yeast with hints of carmel and light oak. Taste the same but with a nice carmel malt background and lingering bittering hop or maybe the sake aftertaste. Overall a good example of a belgian strong with a different twist.
wchesser (706) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nose is pretty typical belgian...some banana, caramel, toffee, with maybe some juniper like elements when I first opened it. Taste follows, but there is a lingering and definite sake flavor in the aftertaste if you look for it. Overall just an excellent belgian-style strong with a nice twist. Steep like all of the Nest stuff...always leaves me thinking I’m glad I tried it but probably wouldn’t pop for it again.
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.