brokensail (13757) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Flat murky amber pour. A really excellent nose. Tons of vanilla and wood, great sweetness of caramel and fruit, and a nice brandy note. Particularly heavy on the dark fruits. The flavor is almost the complete opposite. Harsh charred wood flavor, iced tea, and overall just very astringent. Quite alcoholic and hot, too.
Strykzone (5817) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at an rsbls tasting. Well carbonated golden and hazy. Well hopped aroma with yeast and fruit. Alcohol, too. Fruit is tasted first and is complex. Plenty of pale malts. Alcohol gets in the way. Tasty.
fiulijn (16658) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Corked bottle, courtesy of Jesper
Cloudy light amber color; small frothy and short lived head. Light aroma, light caramel, with a very light spirit presence. Highly carbonated, with mild malt flavor, mild residual sweetness, and a light alcoholic touch that can be cognac; light traces of vegetables.
The alcohol hides some flaws.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of brandy, lucky charms and slight dates. Pours flat and bright orange. Tastes flat with notes of cognac, cognac and slight dark fruits. Almost altbier notes with brandy sugar. Veeery underwhelming.
DutchDrebus (4950) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasting @ local brewery brouwerij Oirschots Bier. Hazy yellow to orange with a small white head. Smells quite alcoholic, wood, cognac, whisky, raisins, sweet. Tastes sweet, wood, cognac, raisins (quite a lot), alcohol and some liquorice. Full body, warming, fizzy carbo.
nimbleprop (6164) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2012
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sampled on tap at Paradiso Dupont. Pours a murky orange with zero head. Nose of nail polish, booze, paint thinner. Flavor is the same, astringent, herbal but beyond that, all nail polish. Boozy finish. Gross. Needed 7 guys to drink 4oz.
cgarvieuk (18091) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at home ... amber ... thin white head ... soft fruits ... juicy fruits ... soft floral hops ... juicy orange .. sweet juicy fruitds ..soft almont ... light cherry ..soft fruits ... juicy
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In bottle at Craig’s. Pours a golden colour with a thin beige head. Aroma of cherries, marzipan, candy sugar, caramel and alcohol. Similar flavours with moderate carbonation, light CO2 prickle and a foamy mouth-feel. Quite sweet with lingering cherries and almonds again.
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Clear golden orange, gushing white bubbles fade to a soapy cap. Rich nose, cherry bakewell, marzipan, big sweet almond, definite apricotty cognac, treacle, toffee, slight booze. Nice sweet malty caramel, definite cognac again, slight Belgian yeast character coming through too. Long sweet boozy finish, more marzipan sweetness, just the tiniest hop bitterness. Definitely a sipper, and a tiny bit too fizzy, but lovely all the same.
Sarlacc83 (1483) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle shipped from Belgium. Split 6 way.
A: Same as 1. Bubbling head, copper body.
N: Smells like Cognac. Woody with hints of cherry. Lots of sweet bread and biscuit. Some floral/rose hints.
T: Not significantly different than the Jenever. Biscuits, honey, butter, and some cherry.
M: Medium-heavy. Some alcohol.
O: Better than the Jenevar, but mostly in the nose. Fun to try these.