abemorsten (2767) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle kindly shared by gunnar. Misty golden with a large off-white head. Spicy Belgo yeast with citrussy notes. Meaty sweet and light bitter with aome nice spicy tones that rides on the bitter notes through the finish. Full body.
Svesse (6137) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas, Brussels, 20 Oct 2012) Golden yellow colour with frothy, white head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of tropical fruit, grainy malt and grass. Malty, fruity taste with tropical fruit, peaches, grainy malt and generous amounts of grassy hops in a sweet, spicy finish. Full body, fairly sweet. Tasty and quite nice.
karlsnes (47) - NORWAY - DEC 8, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Uts: klar, gylden, rikelig med kullsyre, men kortvarig skum.
Duft: søt, frisk, litt eple og humle, fruktig.
Smak: middels fyldig, tydelig alkoholstyrke, litt endimensjonal, varmende ettersmak.
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Zita (4622) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice light sweet fruit aroma,amber, hazy, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish,
Hansen (6598) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange coloured and unclear. Has a white head, mostly lasting. Heavy hoppy aroma, yeasty too. Floral notes. Flavor starts heavy sweet, long duration, then heavy bitter. Warming alcohol. Syrupy, dry texture and soft carbonation.
chrisv10 (11120) - DENMARK - DEC 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 10%. Slightly hazy golden with big white head. Aroma is malt, yeast, fruit, hops and spices. Flavour is malt, yeast, fruit, hops, medium bitter, little sweet, spices with notes of alcohol.
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle@Home. Lots of overripe apples and dust. Overwhelming but not in a good way.
Defreni (2602) - Husum, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaske: Lysegul let diset øl med et stort skumhoved. Duft af malt og en smule gær. Ikke god til at begynde med, men igen vinder den langsomt på en. Smagen er tør og en smule metallisk men ikke på den dårlige måde. Fin øl.
Ernest (6216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (2012 vintage).
Head is initially large, frothy, rocky, white, fully lasting.
Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, sugar cookie), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs, apricot), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of gum, pepper, cinnamon, pineapple, pear skins, alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
This is a great example of what many beer geeks fail to appreciate about craftsmanship in the beer world, and what separates the really good brewers from the mediocre. On the surface, this has what most RateBeer folks like (and I typically hate)...lots of alcohol and sugar. That alone seems to usually be enough to encourage high ratings. What Rulles does here, and which 95% of other brewers fail miserably at, is making the beer all of the following things: enticing/alluring, clean, and balanced. So-called complexity is not a requirement, but certainly highly desirable. To expect or want all of these things doesn’t seem like such a tall order, but so few brewers can pull it off! And for me, these high alcohol, high sugar beers have the cards stacked against them from the start. Syrupy sweet, yuck. Burning alcohol, yuck. Brutish raw hops, yuck. Simplistic sugary nose, yuck. Mix Karo syrup and vodka and a little bit of fruit or pine sap and you get the vast bulk of beers in this territory. I nearly didn’t even buy this when I saw it was 10% ABV. And even though I haven’t loved everything from Rulles so far, I know (from Estivale) that they are capable of greatness. Well, this is one of those occasions where they hit the bull’s eye. Scrumptious nose that allows you to bathe in every delicious ingredient as well as the fermentation byproducts, wonderful sweet/sour/bitter interplay in the mouth in which the sweetness starts assertively and richly but dissipates quickly in the finish and leaves you lip-smacking for another sip immediately, amazingly well-hidden alcohol (it’s hard to believe the 10% label, since this drinks like it’s 7.5 to 8%), remarkably clean (no husks, raw yeast, dirty aftertaste, etc.), etc. I have a tendency to overthink a rating sometimes, but there are these ultra-rare occasions for me anymore where only 10-15 minutes or so into an evaluation it’s an "awww, yeah" experience, you know you’ve got a 4+ experience on your hands. This is one of those cases. Some people say that "big beers" have it easy in the rating department, because flaws are covered up or due to the instant-wow factor, but it’s the opposite for me...big beers are almost always drain pours because they’re usually clumsy sugar-and-alcohol bombs with zero finesse or elegance or balance. Rulles pulls a rabbit out of a hat here, combining a gorgeous and complex aroma with a shockingly clean and drinkable mouth experience...almost unheard of (for me) with beers of this weight. Bravo!
kindacold (210) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had an aged/vintage pour of this.Pours hazy yellow with thick lacy head that lasts. Smells like lemonade and vinegar. Very complex. Sweet melon, bubblegum, yeast, lemon hints, spices. Finishes creamy.