vickey9 (928) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 27, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
That is a full bodied stuff. I thing stout. Texture is thick and oily, body full, carbon medium. Taste is sweet and bitter. Palate with chocolate, coffee, nuts and all other sweet like dried plums notes. Bitter aftertaste. B@H
Wixie (252) - BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black as night, large brownish head. Strong aroma of malt. Heavy body, average carbonation. Taste is sweet and bitter, stout.
Boxereddy (410) - BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bijna zwart gekleurd bier met kleine beige schuimkraag.
Aroma is toffee, donker fruit, zoethout, koffie en chocolade noten.
Smaak is middelgrote tot zeer zoete mout, gebrande suiker, chocolade en koffie met donkere vruchten en zoethout.
Mondgevoel is zwaar met zeer povere koolzuur (spijtig!).
Lange afdronk neigt naar koffielikeur met bitterzoete afwerking en blijvende nasmaak.
Goed werk Koen!
kajser27 (1084) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 25, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost black colored, small+ tan creamy head, nice lacing. Aroma is toffee, dark fruits, licorice, coffee and chocolate notes. Taste is medium to very sweet malt, burnt sugar, chocolate and coffee with dark fruits and licorice, some rather light alcohol with alcoholic warmth, medium coffee liqueur bittersweet finish and lasting aftertaste. Full bodied, soft carbonation, sticky-creamy.
dpitinga (59) - Mountain View, California, USA - JAN 10, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The detes on the version of this beer I drank are as convoluted as Hieronymus Bosch’s "The Garden of Earthly Delights". Here’s what I have been able to piece together (probably somewhat erroneously) from webpages and a video chat with Koen Hugel broadcast at Schubros Brewery in San Ramon, California. Koen is a young artisanal brewer from Kortrijk, Belgium (who parenthetically shares my disdain for beer-style "accuracy"). He made a chocolate-flavored beer called Zeven Zonden Invidia (Seven Sins Envy) which was apparently inspired by Bosch’s painting and which won a gold medal at the Brussels Beer Challenge 2015. Koen’s beer is distributed in the US by Schubros. Collaborating with Koen (Koen came to San Ramon, I think), Schubros took some Zeven Zonden Invidia and aged it for a year in cabernet-sauvignon barrels. And that’s what I was lucky enough to drink on tap in Schubros’ taproom, where it was called "Tree of Life" (another reference to Bosch’s painting?). Cab and chocolate and a whole lot of Belgian body...memorable.
PeatyPete (794) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black coloured beer with mocca colored foam collar that instantly disappears. Aroma of chocolate, licorice and vanilla. Taste of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and some wood in the background.
Alengrin (4083) - BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the seven ’indiscretions’ this beer company intends to make over a seven year period - frankly, one of the weirdest beer projects going on in Belgium at the moment, if you ask me. Brewed at Gulden Spoor, bottle from Wijnegemse Drankenhal. This is apparently the ’invidia’ (envy) version... Enthusiastic foam formation upon opening the bottle, almost gushing; thick and frothy, creamy, dense, rocky, pale yellowish beige head, retaining very well considering the ABV; colour is a hazy dark bronze bordering on black. Aroma of freshly cut nettles, baker’s chocolate, ripe walnuts, earth, Scotch whisky, bubblegum (gaining strength as it warms up), toasted bread, dry moss, old cloth, hints of coffee grounds, brown sugar, quite a lot of (artificial) iron probably hauling from the chocolate in this particular case, rye bread, old fashioned cocoa powder, old cloth and cardboard, dried banana slices. Some candied, concentrated sweetness in the onset, candied dates, raisins and dry banana, but not overly sweet or cloying; the chocolate (effectively applied here but I don’t know in which form) is apparent from an early stage. Carbonation is fairly soft but perhaps still a bit too strong for the style, somewhat distracting from the actual flavours and a bit ’rough’, but softening as the bottle progresses. Thick, oily, fatty, layered, deep malt character, caramelly, nutty and very chocolatey, the latter being reinforced with actual chocolate - which, I could swear, is palpable, as if someone melted a milk chocolate bar and added it to this beer. A light sourish touch keeps the flavours in place, and so does a deep, leafy, sedate hop bitterness in the finish; a glow of warming, kahlua-like alcohol appears in the very end, accompanying the continuing chocolate and caramelly malt sweetness with a slightly wry edge to it, but not becoming overly astringent. The aroma is a bit weird and even seems rather uninviting at first, but once I got used to this, I enjoyed it a lot, without any envy. I wonder about the period of time this ’brewery renter’ will take to develop his entire project - and I cannot help feeling a bit gloomy about it, also considering the religious intentions... This particular edition, though, is a very enjoyable, rich Belgian strong, one to sip slowly next to the open fire or something; the usage of actual chocolate, however, seems a bit ’easy’ and in my opinion, it would have been a better idea to use chocolate malts and turn this into a real imperial stout (though I would still fail to see the link with jealousy then). In this form, this is a strong Belgian Scotch- or Belgian Christmas beer-like ale, lightly burnt but mostly rich, malty and sweet, with an extra addition in the form of chocolate. I would therefore not recommend judging this as an imperial stout - it does not even claim to be one. Perhaps we can classify it as a kind of dark Belgian style barley wine? Does this even matter with strong Belgian ales?...
hednom (137) - Messelbroek, BELGIUM - MAY 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33 cl, dark Brown colour with creamy beige head, roasted aroma, Coffee, dark fruit. Sweet start, Slight bitter finish
kermis (9070) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared. Pours near black with a beige head. Aroma of roast, dark fruits, coffee, toffee, leather, marzipan, licorice and dark chocolate. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a big marzipan/licorice/dark chocolate palate. Light full bodied with soft carbonation. Like a very strange Belgian RIS.
deanso (7942) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl courtesy of and shared with Kermis.
Thin creamy tan head. Clear deep burgundy pour. Lots of liquorice. Very well done