tderoeck (3057) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2013 3/II/13 - 75cl bottle from De Hopduvel @ my uncle’s place - BB: n/a - 2012 vintage (2013-134)
Clear red brown beer, big creamy beige head, very stable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of caramel, fudge, sugary, some grassy hops, sourish touch. MF: lots of carbon, medium body. Taste: pretty sourish start, caramel, red berries, some overripe fruits, chocolate, bitter touch, hoppy. Aftertaste: little bitter, overripe fruits, chocolate, mocha, some coffee even. Decent beer, but a bit unbalanced. Maybe it needs more time in the bottle...
mike_77 (2019) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear brown. Aroma and taste of caramel and malts. I think the spice was quite mild so the balance was good. Easy to drink with a slight sweetness in the finish.
BartC (718) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark red amber colored beer. A very parfumed nose. A bit to much. Very herbal and floral taste. A bit unbalaced in my opinion. Mild bitter aftertaste.
JorisPPattyn (7363) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very good light-beige head, rather stable over fully opaque dark brown beer. Cookies, bready, rather sweet nose with melanoidins and dark malts in evidence. Pastry dough with hazelnuts, finely spiced with - indeed - coriander. Sweetish-bready to again pastry-like flavours; gingerbread, with a bitterish to bitter finish (~walnutpeel); Amaretto and bitter oranges. Well bodied, slick, some alcoholwarming, well-carbonated. Unfortunately, bitter- and sweetcomponents are pulling in opposite directions, rather than blending, hence a bit unbalanced. Still, the basic flavourprofile seems a sound idea.
Benzai (4444) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at OBER Kerstbierfestival 2012. Dark red-brown color, deep dark red glare coming through when held into the light. Small beige head on top. Smell and taste malts, some alcohol, sweetness and spices or herbs. medium body, medium carbonation.
txspartan (882) - Wilrijk, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet spice aroma. Peaty flavour. Some bitterness on the back of the tongue and an odd spicy flavour, probably thyme.
BoBoChamp (4257) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl, Batch I, new exclusive brew Anno 2012, with thyme honey, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex brew, malty/spicy and slightly bitter/roasted, balanced, cloudy, good head, good Winter brew