mjs (4438) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle at Tuulensuu, Tampere) Poured ambed and hazy with small and white head. Aroma was sweet, malty and mildly yeasty. Palate was full bodied with quite a lot of carbonation. Flavours were malts, sweetness, Belgian style yeast, hint of chocolate and bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet and mildly bitter.
evergreen0199 (1924) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Amber coloured pour with a medium beige head. Malty, fruity aroma. Caramel, fruity, yeasty, little sweet, watery taste. For some reason I was expecting this to be a great beer but it was rather poor, I love their Quadrupel though.
oh6gdx (20217) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled (thanks jbrus!). Reddish amber colour, mediumsized beigeish brown head. Aroma is fruits, some malts, mild yeast and herbal notes. Flavour is sweet fruits, some bready malts, sweet malts as well as some slight stinging alcohol. Mild spices and yeastyness also.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a golden yellow orange with a rocky white head. Aroma is bananas flambé with some caramel. Flavor is bananas Belgian yeast a bit of spiciness and some malt. Pretty good.
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear amber. Aroma of bananas and dough. Flavor is more banana and plenty of belgian spice. Easy to drink.
Enjoyit (3445) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber of color with a small beige head. An aroma of fruits, apples, spice, sweets and weak gum. A flavor of sweets, spice, gum, yeast and weak fruits.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dull copper, nice fluffy head, good retention. Aroma is very phenolic, tons of yeastiness still, light fruit, mostly banana, hints of pear. Light caramel, yeasty bread, and hints of fruit up front, light banana in the finish. Billowy mouthfeel. Sort of a muted dubbel.
AlbertC (276) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 750 ml. Copper-reddish color with big head. Head falls slowly and leaves some residues on glass. Aroma is fresh, light caramel, bread, dough, barnyard, basement aromas. Taste is yeasty, sweet with caramel and of typical la trappe style.
KyotoLefty (6145) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish amber with thinnish lace. Earthy, caramel and chocolate aroma with peach and banana. Sweet caramel and estery fruit flavor. Banana, spices. A bit too sweet. Must have a lot of wheat in it for those esters. Finish almost comes out balanced by hops and alcohol. It’s like half dubbel, half hefeweizen. A very interesting mixed style; just too sweet, though.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle Code K09F9; Sampled October 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, nicely tan colored head. The head leaves a ton of thick lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is murky, dark amber color that shows a mostly clear, orange tinged, dark copper and light amber color when held up to the light. The aroma is fairly clean with some metallic / herbal hop notes, a honey’d malt character, some biscuit grain notes as well as some fruit notes of lightly oxidized apples, fresh cut pears and some green melon notes. The nose is actually pretty simplistic and it is actually a bit too clean, especially for a Belgian’esque beer.
Faintly metallic and herbal up front, but a tinny note seems to get a bit stronger in the finish. There is a touch of bitterness that provides some structure to the finish. The malt character as a soft sweetness as well as some cracker like grain notes, some caramelized malt notes as well as some biscuit character; much of the malt seems to be over-powered by the metallic note found here though. A sip taken after some time spent away from the beer has me noticing some brown sugar and toasted brown bread flavors. Much of the metallic notes seem to mix with some phenolic notes that provide more of a plastic note than the traditional clove note; this last is here as well though. The body of this is a touch chewy, though it is not heavy it does not have the drinkability I might like to see in it. There is some fruit character in teh flavor as well and it reminds me more of oxidized apples than anything; though this isn’t as bad as it might sound.
This is a bit disappointing, despite the fact that I wasn’t really expecting too much from it to begin with. It might really benefit from some age, which would hopefully diminish the metallic note. This isn’t overly complex either, and I truthfully don’t know if age will really improve this much (but it will change it).