PhillyCraft (2584) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with Kev and Keith, bottle was about 2 years old and was the first beer I have had from this Dutch brewer. Pours reddish prange with minimal head and tiny bit if lace. Aromas of apples, spicy yeast, dark fruit, cinnamon. Taste is plum, figs, teriyaki, cinnamon apple, wood, cherry candy. Medium on heat level, full bodied barleywine.
tderoeck (3611) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2012 6/III/2012 33cl bottle from Mitra (Eindhoven) @ home - BB: XI/12 (2012-218)
Clear amber, light beige, small head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: very ripe fruits, a lot of honey, sweet malts, spices, sugary, flowers, dried fruits, some chocolate. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: very fruity, overripe fruits, sweet malts, bit vinous, caramel, honey, some banana. Aftertaste: sweet malts, some citrus, honey, slightly bitter ending. Not bad, probably better when very fresh.
BillKismet (3165) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber honey pour with thick, poofy, white head that slowly collapses. Thick liquid yeasty nose that is tightly wound and potent with esters and bread crusts. The body is yeasty and citric, sour orange underpinning with light breadiness. Eventually, some caramel malts puncture through the oranginess and prick the palate. A fruit-forward Belgian. Somehow this brew falls a bit short of expectations.
MrHangover (1791) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured out into Klein Duimpje glass. Forming little to no head, could be because the beer was too cold. Alcohol and malts present in aroma. Fruity yeasts are also present. Subtle, round flavour. Ok balance. Nothing to special, certainly not bad at all.
note666 (1064) - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 - 09 - 06 330ml bottle. light amber colour. almost no head. chocolate in aroma. alcohol present. sweet taste
Benzai (5754) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Old rating, I think from 2009 or 2010. Hazy yellow/orange color, small white head. Average smell, nice taste with hints of hops. Kind of soft texture, medium carbo, medium body.
erickok (2822) - Tours, FRANCE - JUL 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unfiltered amber brown body and small white-ish head. Fruity aroma, some pear, winegum, sweet bread and pine. Quite smooth body, probably the high ABV doing its work even though you donít really taste the alcohol. Slightly sticky. Sweetish and a little disappointing flavour at first. Aftertaste is better balanced, with some hoppy character. Dangerously easy drink, this one. Like how itís named after me but they should spell it right next time. :-P (33cl bottle)
eclaycamp (192) - , Kansas, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Okay, so my name is Eric, Iím a big fan of Norse mythology, so this beer should be full of win. Iím drinking a 750 mL bottle poured into a snifter glass. Opening the bottle, and cork comes out easily. Weíre off to an ominous start.
My attempts to agitate the beer donít result in any kind of head formation, though the beer itself clings to the outside of my glass. Itís certainly a pretty color, with a deep consistent amber color.
As I sniff the beer, my first impression is sugary sweetness, not unlike a light caramel. Itís very sugary, with a toffee undertone followed by more caramel. The malt aroma isnít as heavy as others can be Ė this is actually relatively light. It also has a certain booziness without the same estery profile that I usually associate with Belgian beers.
My first sip gives me the impression of Belgian candy sugar, and loads of it. Caramel dominates the taste, much like the nose. There are muted notes of raisin somewhere in the background, but this is a caramel bomb. With a beer like this you would expect it to be sweet throughout, but instead, the beer is quite dry, oddly so, particularly in the middle of the beer, but it its defense it does finishes with lingering caramel malt sweetness. This thing also has an almost sour or funky component that seems out of place given the rest of the flavor profile.
The body of the beer is really light, bordering on watery. I donítí care if this is a Double, Barleywine, or something in between. I expect more body from this beer and the body is almost inexcusable. It wouldnít be so bad, but the carbonation levels are quite low, which make the thin profile all the more apparent.
Overall this is an odd mishmash that starts strong, with a promising aroma but goes downhill from there. The taste in and of itself isnít bad, though it could use a little more sweetness to help balance things out. However, the body of the beer is severely lacking and the carbonation doesnít help to mask that. On the bright side the alcohol is pretty much undetectable, which is quite a feat. Itís certainly not a bad beer, but just not what I expected it to be.
saxo (12796) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Skjold Burne. Medium head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are fruits, yeast, caramel, malt, hops and some alcohol.
DutchDrebus (3089) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ KBC Den Bosch 2011. Didnít see the bottle, but i have to say itís quite a piece of art, judging from the picture on this site. Great smell and taste, quite hoppy. Great mouthfeel, itís lacking a bit in smell. But still, one of the best beers i had at KBC.