JefVerstraete (866) - BELGIUM - MAY 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, black, minimal head. Complex and well balanced beer. Notes of candy sugar, dark fruit, chocolate and coffee. Sweet and bitter.
Borresteijn (4328) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl Bottle from ABS Drinks Winksele. Deep dark reddish brown colour, off-white head. Aroma of plenty of star anise, Dutch liquorice, dark fruits, quite sweet syrupy and malty. Flavour is quite sweet, star anise, alcohol, sweet malts, molasses, light spicy bitter finish with some alcohol heat. Medium-bodied. Too sweet imho.
ClubGonzo (3442) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 2, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle from Beer Planet, Brussels. Pours a near-black deep brown body, small off-white head. Aroma is faint coffee and chocolate and hints of herbs, grains and...well, not much else. Loads of estery phenolic tones with some dark chocolate, anisseed and coffee in the back. Medium body, high carbonation. Not very successfull IMO.
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a murky brownish with loads of floaties and a creamy beige head. Aroma of dark, dried fruit, somewhat earthy and oxidized - very Belgian! Rich, sweet body, again figs and dates and mold - quite rustic. Some late roast and hops. Quite messy but still strangely enjoyable. 040413
deanso (4502) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle at the Doerak.
Thick creamy tan head. Clear deep burgundy pour. A lovely barley wine.
KingCecil (2030) - DENMARK - FEB 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home ... It pours very dark brown almost black with a large forming beige head.... The aroma is caramel, light roasted malt, some floral notes....the flavor is licorice, roasted malt, some yeast and dark fruits.....
thin body.... alcohol well hidden...
BroSpud (1582) - , Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a light tan head and tons of lacing. Interesting flavors, slightly sweet with alot of dark fruits though the anise is not much of a factor.
nimbleprop (4150) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
4oz pour at Max’s Belgian Fest. Pours a clear, dark amber with some thin, off white head. Nose of prune, raisin, nuts, malt, a little booze. Flavor is sweet, nutty, a little coffee, prune, raisin, coconut. Full, sweet finish.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, Max’s Belgianfest. Small beige head atop cola-dark brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, plum/raisin, caramel, light berry. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, some plum, caramel, light smoke, chocolate. Medium-full body, some stickiness.
sonnycheeba (2964) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark, hazy brown with thick, fizzy beige head; good retention and spare lacing. Aroma is figs, dates, black pepper, spicy hops, caramel and bread malts, and light woody notes. Flavor is dry, bready malts and earthy hops forward with supporting dark fruit esters and a hint of spice; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.