tderoeck (4000) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25/XII/13 - 75cl bottle from De Hopduvel (Gent) @ my parent’s place, Christmas day, dessert! - BBE: 2017 (2013-1180)
Clear copper to deep orange beer, big irregular off-white head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: overripe banana, bit fruity, some vegetables, fermenting soy, bit dusty, band-aid. MF: good carbon, full body. Taste: sweet start, alcohol, banana, caramel, sugary, liquor, little bitter. Aftertaste: caramel, almonds, banana, banana peel, bit sugary, hoppy touch, almonds, dome hard liquor, marzipan.
ClubGonzo (3440) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from bieresgourmet.be webshop. Official New Year’s rating 2013-14, whohoo! :-) Pours a murky light nougat brown body with a medium creamy white head. Aroma is nuts, straw, nougat, wood, armagnac, hints of booze and bread dough. Taste is sweet nougat, red berries, wood, hay, burnt apple pie, alcohol and hints of raisins and nuts. Dry finish. Medium body, high carbonation. Quite original and very nice. A Happy New Year to all Ratebeerians, have a high scoring beer tonight and more good ones in the year to come - chin chin! :-)
Geokkjer (5221) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours deep golden with an off-white head. Aroma of sulfur, some malt, yeast, lemon, grapes and alcohol. Flavor is sweet and malty with grapes, wood, lemon, warming alcohol, armagnac and fruitiness. Medium to full body, average carbonation.
Meilby (6235) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 750ml @ Geokkjer
Pours hazy deep golden with a small off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, alcohol, wood, acetone, sulfur, caramel and dried fruits. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with and long warm, fruity and caramel finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
yngwie (12529) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, 75cl corked. From trade with Papsoe. An unclear, amber colored beer with a small, white head. It’s rather alcoholic on the nose, with dried fruits and quite a lot of booze. Armangnac for sure. Something reminiscent of sulphur too. It’s full-bodied and warming, with a soft carbonation. Quite fruity and boozy flavor with some dried fruits and a touch of caramel. Lasting finish. Overall, too much alcohol in this one, but it’s not all pleasant anyway. 131231
77ships (3266) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
75 cl. bottle split by 3. I was quite surprised when I saw both this one & the Scott variant at the local supermarket. I have seen them before at the better beer stores but I didn’t expect at all to come across them at the supermarket. For me this was definitive proof as that barrel aging is on the verge of becoming mainstream in Belgium after seeing so many of these kinds of beers at the recent Kerstbierfestival in Essen. An evolution that I can honestly say, I never saw coming. Barrel aging seems to be tied to Christmas beers for some reason for the moment being. Seeing it there and then, I finally decided to pull the trigger on one of these with a moderate fear of disappointment. The price tag of 17+ € is one that is bordering on the insane in my opinion (esp. compared to other Belgian specialty beers). The concept seems not a bad one, not sure how much faith I have in it. Inspired by the Italian (not the USA one) craft scene, they made an exceptionally heavy wort (one that is meant to resemble must in gravity) & aged it on Armagnac barrels (a spirit with which I have little familiarity). It is presented in the same gorgeous Champagne bottle as Armand 4 (“inspiration” of the brewery) + obv. corked & caged, I have heard rumoured). I looks really beautiful to say the least. I drank it as an appetizer as suggested on the back of the bottle. While I am not sure if it entirely worked in terms of the dinner as an appetitive, it wasn’t a mismatch. It poured a reddish dark strawberry amber with an okay enough off-white head. Taste was rather sweetish with overripe strawberries, ripper red fruits, warming grainy alcohol quality with faint oak, thicker sticky caramel malts, thick cooked apples, overripe fruits, warming. Warming grain alcohol remained throughout, quite sweet & easier to drink than expected. Carb. is a touch higher than normal. Overall it was quite good & respectable + liked by everyone. It was quite interesting in that it imitated a strong liquor of sorts. While I didn’t feel like it live up to the price for me & I am as usual not going to bother with it again, it did provide something else, it didn’t feel like a rip-off. It did put quite some effort into the whole thing.
PriorL (1148) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle at home.
APPEARANCE: light clouded dark brown beer, small unstable white head.
NOSE: sweet, fruity.
TASTE: sweet, fruity.
This was an OK beer, nothing special whatsoever, but for this PRICE? Ridiculous!
ruigo (800) - PORTUGAL - DEC 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared a 75cl bottle from Delheize (Luxembourg). Pours a hazy brownish amber colour with a thin off-white head. Aroma is wood, nuts, fruits and toffee. Average carbonation and medium creamy body. Taste is medium bitter, medium sweet with some brandy notes. A very complex but pleasant taste. Overall, a very good beer. But be careful because it has 12% ABV but one don’t notice it so much.
kiagoto (2) - - NOV 23, 2013 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bière complexe parfaitement équilibrée aux aromes suaves de l’armagnac.
Magnifique flacon. bonne longueur en bouche et mousse magnifique. Millésime 2013 de grande qualité, on en redemande
jaghana (3436) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - SEP 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @Mondial de la Bière. This beer has a new name "Plombière" because XO was already taken ...
A clear amber beer with a small head. Aroma is very sweet and caramel like, low cognac notes, vanilla, a bit burning, yellow fruits ok but not outstanding.