ForlornHope (42) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2014
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
75 CL bottle decanted into jug. Pours with a massive head that quickly dies to a flat drink. Beefy aroma. Once it clears, it is a semi-opaque ambree. Taste is again beefy, bitter and dry. Thin palate. Overall I was expecting much better from this over-hyped beer. Perhaps I had a bad one, but that’s all it takes. I will not be seeking this one out again.
VastActiv (2794) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Originally rated 03082012. Colour is reddish brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Belgian yeast, fruits and malts.
AndySnow (3144) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where: Akkurat, Stockholm.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Tropical fruit, yeast, hops, fruit, a bit sour.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Fruit, caramel, citrus, apples.
gyllenbock (4575) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Akkurat.
Hazy amber with a small head. Aroma and taste of citrus, some yeast, malt, hay and some fruit. Drinkable.
Borup (5824) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75 cl. bottle. Dark amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of fruit, yeast, malt, caramel, vinegar and hops.
aenima (254) - Askim, SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice reddish colour. Very much spices in the aroma. The taste is also spicy. Dry finish with little bitterness. Missing some complexity in the flavour.
bartlebier (1659) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - MAY 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2014 Tap@ZBF 2014-ZA. Pleasant enough Belgian ale/saison crossover from tweaked saison specialists Jandrain-J. Both style currents seem to contradict each other here, though, with a pleasant fruitiness stopped short by dryness before it develops, adding chalk to pear/apple/tangerine or spiced caramel malts to saison citrus. Still on the fence, will revisit bottled. / Rerate bottled, 75cl bottle, merci! Much more an exotically hopped, luscious Spéciale belge than a "Belgian farmhouse ale", with very organic, richly fragrant amber malts and velvet yeast profile. Peach, caramel, earthy. Pretty straightforward for its 7% but good.
hobsch (436) - Cologne, GERMANY - APR 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Pours deep amber to brown with small white head. Aroma is yeasty, cheesy, sharp, spicy. Taste is medium bitter, light to medium sweet, slightly malty, spices, rather dry. Light bodied, medium carbonation, sessionable, bit watery. Good.
Renobob (627) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bue à la pression. Belle couleur ambrée trouble. Equilibrée et agréable à boire. Assez neutre en général.
DuffMan (6683) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Dark amber, quite hazy. Caramel apples, dates, light spice. Light effervescent mouthfeel. Cidery qualities, but with obvious malt structure. Quite odd and awkward really.