mcberko (9343) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
750mL bottle, pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out Belgian yeast upfront, along with light oak. Flavour is very yeasty, with Belgian yeast, light rubber, and barely any barrel quality. Seems to be a bit oxidized. Not overly complex and the booze isn’t that apparent. Not so thrilling.
wchesser (1475) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Muddled dark brown. Nose of tart dark fruit. Flavors of rye bread, caramel malt, tart dried fruit. Low carbonation, medium body. Ok, but falls flat.
mstrcrwly (667) - New York, USA - JAN 25, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap poured into a tulip glass..orange/amber with a fluffy white head..aroma of wine,syrup,bread..sweet,grape dry taste..not a fan.
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Edmunds Oast. Deep amber pour with almost no head. Big sweet, dark fruit aroma, hints of Asian pears and apples, caramel malts, toffee and oak. Similar in flavor with low carbonation and hints of booze.
McGarnigle (580) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bottle, caged and corked. Would I identify this as Madeira if I didn’t know? I’m not sure, but I’d suspect some king of barreling, and not oak. It’s sweet, dark, raisiny, maybe a little tangy, but still a big light on its feet. I wouldn’t guess 12%. More treble than bass. Still, it’s a sipper, if only so you can savor all that’s going on.
Fin (8322) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Kuliminator, Antwerp, Saturday 8th February 2014. Dark in colour with slight head. I was quite surprised by this as I had the vast majority of these barrel aged beers by Hof Ten Dormaal (during my period of not rating about a year ago) and hadn’t been the least bit impressed I also seem to recall that most of them if not all had been lighter in colour than this, but I have to say that I enjoyed this beer. The barrel ageing had done a good job. Some dark fruits such as raisin came through, there was the merest of a fruity tang to this, but overall just a good sipper and very nice beer. A7 A4 T7 P4 Ov14 3.6
Iphonephan (4446) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 75 cl bottle shared at Ryan’s on Christmas morning. Pours a hazy light cola with a thin off white head. Vinous nose. Flavors of sherry, oak and plums. Medium to heavy bodied, light carbonation, sweet boozy finish.
kraddel (4563) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown , small white head
Smell is sweet , bit metallic
Taste is sweet , buttery , grainy , bit sourness in the back . Green , madeira shines trough a little bit . Unsuspected , this is not too bad ..
tderoeck (6212) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
28/IX/13 - 75cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: n/a (2013-904)
Clear purple brown beer, small aery off-white to beige head, well it’s more just a bunch of big bubbles, unstable and dissipating quickly. Aroma: sweet, caramel, wine, spicy, nutmeg, alcohol, sweet chocolate, bit sugary. MF: soft to no carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet start, caramel, bit fruity, red berries, tannins, orange peel, some almonds. Aftertaste: caramel, madeira, orange peel, alcohol, pretty sugary, somewhat nutty, chocolate notes again.
TheBeerGod (5570) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Opaque mahogany with ruby around the edges. Spotty tan foam on the surface. Aroma smacks you in the face with Madeira and dark fruit notes, The boozy alcohol is up front as well. Lots more dark fruit but softer Madeira upon repeated sips along with yeast notes, soft caramel, toasted malt, light grains, candied fruit and cake notes. Booze is still present as well. Body is medium with a light, prickly carbonation and boozy warmth. Ends with more Madeira, dark fruit, ripe fruits, strong yeast, caramel, toasted malt and hints of the barrel.