MissouriBrent (122) - Missouri, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet malt . Some sweet fruity notes. Reddish brown color with nice thick head. Nice, almost nutty malt flavor. There are hints of "funk" that compliment the malt flavor but are not overpowering. Some spicy almost peppery notes as well. Pleasant aftertaste of sweet malt. No hints of the 8% alcohol in the aroma, flavor, or aftertaste. Nice enjoyable beer that is very drinkable.
KyotoLefty (5794) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl bottle at Le Sous-Bock. Shared with Sakiko. Medium brown, a bit cloudy, fine, medium head. Chocolate, nutty aroma, with caramel and dried fruit, like prunes. Rich, sweet, amber malt, caramel, chocolate, plums and raisins. A dubbel, basically. Alcohol not very noticeable. High carbonation. Earthy, slightly funky feel to balance, with a touch of salty minerals. Not at all disappointing.
drjay44 (2447) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours a thin short lived, off white head, over a clear, copper (SRM 15) body....nose is musty dried fruit with cherry, plum tones....taste is heavy sweet malts with brown sugar, toffee/caramel, plum, raisin, finishing with a musty/damp cellar dry bitterness.....mouth feel is slightly sticky and medium, carbonation adds a lifting spritz. This meets the style almost perfectly with the heavy malt dominance in both aroma and flavor. Additionally, it has the musty characteristics that seem to be particular to this type. BJCP 6/3/12/4/7
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2010
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark amber color with lighter red hues when held to a light source and a thin foamy yellowish head that quickly fades leaving no lacing.
Very subtle light fruit aroma with hints of earthy hops, spice and faint hops. Very bland and uninteresting.
Fuller bodied with much more of a malt presence than expected. Slightly spicy with citrus and dark fruits. Medium carbonation which helps the mouthfeel. Alcohol not well masked. Average at best.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep amber with heavy sweet notes of malt. The first palate shows the heavy sweet malt but then is disipates to a nice spice driven finish.
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark amber beer with a dark cream colored head. Malt, yeast, and light spice aroma. Caramel and light earthy flavor with light spice and light yeast. Medium bodied. Yeast lingers with malt/caramel, light dried fruit, and light earth.
madmitch76 (13043) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
26th September 2008. Clear brown beer. Bags of smooth creamy and nutty malt. Very smooth, very creamy! Sumptuous!
Grossecaisse (120) - FRANCE - JAN 3, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
une bière trop amère pour moi. Ca doit être le houblon qui doit être en trop grande quantité, en tout cas, il ne me reste pas un gros souvenir affectif.
BigBeer45 (1200) - Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought this bottle even though it is past its BBD based on the marking on the label, which was ’02-D-07’, thought I would take the chance,
has a medium red or so pour with a foamy off-white head, there are some floaties in the brew, the head thinned out, red pour has brown and dark bronze hues at the sides, leaves some bubbly lacing on the glass,
aromas of toasted malt, caramel, faint chocolate, there is a good amount of malt aroma, smells like this is aged in wood, there is an ‘old’ smell to (from age or because it is past its BBD?), it smells musty to (for the same reason?),
flavors of faint spice, toasted malt, some caramel, faint alcohol warmth - not much though, some apple with a faint citrus,
finish has fine pepper feel and is dry, there is an off flavor, oxidation from past its BBD?
has a medium mouth feel,
maybe some Beire de Gardes do not age to well past their BBD, I will need to try a fresh bottle of this beer.
Pinball (10596) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear amber, large smooth offwhite head.
Sweet malty, nutty aroma, crisp.
flavor is quite smoked or roasted, malty, a little sweet. maize, fruity notes, alc shows clearly when warming up. this reminds me most of a cheap strong beer, but with some interesting comlexity added in, unbalanced.