eduardovl (999) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a beautiful dark color. Clear. Forms a thick, solid and creamy beige head. Good persistence and some spotty lacings left in the glass
S: Sweet nose. Strong notes of caramel. Red fruits. Spicy too: notes of honey, black pepper. Flowery hops and Belgian yeasts in the end
T: Follows the nose: sweet and fruity. Strong notes of caramel and crystal malts. Notes of honey, black pepper and red fruits. Flowery hops. In overall, a sweet, malty, peppery and watery taste. Mild hops bitterness in the very end. A bit metallic too
M: Light, watery and slightly molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Caramel and pepper as aftertaste
O: Good drinkability. Quite close to an amber ale, in fact. Too mild spiciness to a Saison but still a pleasant beer
[ BA Review @ 8/27/2013 ]
SuperTiti33 (716) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ambrée. Rouille. Opaque. Légère acidité. Chocolat. Épicé. Belle effervescence. Florale. Levure bien présente. Céréale. Avoine. Légèrement fruité. Pomme. Canneberge. Bien.
sic1314 (4249) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a deep reddish amber with a small off white head. Aroma of sweet, dark fruit and toasted malt. Medium body, flavour is medium sweet, lightly malted.
ForlornHope (145) - 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 (3370) - 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 (4411) - 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 (5306) - 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 (6789) - 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 (288) - 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 (2360) - Belchium im Biersgau, 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.