gunnar (6736) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared bottle, thanks to Ivar Andrè for this one. Pours unclear golden with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet malty bubblegum, yeast. Taste is much the same, overall on the sweet side, fresh and inviting though. Medium bodied. Not bad.
abemorsten (3295) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - JAN 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared bottle courtesy of gunnar. A tanned, frothy head about a finger thick, pungent with wooden aroma notes before it disappates from the murky orange body which has more spices and dried fruits to it. Syrupy texture and flavor, where the sweetness and the alcohol are the most prominent features. Carbonation is on the lively side. Medium body.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark orange-brown with a surprisingly thin and quick loose off white fizz. The aroma is lots of fruit, apricot in particular, dough, a bit of alcohol to thin it out Taste is bready again, a spicy bit of alcohol, caramel, apricot, apple, some light oxidation.
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Tasted at work, pours copper brown body with big creme colored head. Nose is raisin, pear, fig, vanilla, some dough. Low carbonation, smooth creamy mouth feel. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, with aforementioned fruitiness. Noticeable malty backbone. Flavor less fruity than aroma. Nice.
Sammer (1096) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange pour with a nice creamy head. Aroma is dark fruits. Taste is sweet fruits, caramel and bread. This one is a winner.
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with Vin and Sean to celebrate the launch of PhillyCraft. Pours a hazy chesnut with a rich, fuzzy beige head. Aroma of fresh plums, rasin bread, cinnamon buns, butter, and grapes. Medium, perhaps slightly full, bodied with a chewy, firm, supple palate. This is a lovely sipping beer; perfect for a nice, slow session. Easy finish with very balanced malty/earthiness to balance the sweetness of the dark fruits. Excellent Belgian ale.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the brewery. Red hued with good off-white foam. Toasty and bread-crust malt in the aroma, alnong with a general fruitiness from the yeast. On the dry side in the flavor with some caramel and fruit. A little tart plum in the finish and a light bitterness. High carbonation and medium in body. A pretty nice amber beer on the whole. Avoids the weird house yeast character that I often get in their beers.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Hamilton Creek. Pours a murkey dark amber with a light beige head. Aroma of Belgian ale esters and candi sugar. Medium bodied with an earthy texture. Flavor of caramel, cherry, plums, and yeast- basically all the typical characteristics of a Trappist ale. Well done, and reminds me of Chimay.
amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy amber with a beige head and lively carbonation. Aroma is earthy with roasted malts, woodsy, clove, slight resin hop, also slight alcohol. Taste is sweet and slightly bitter, salty. Long full palate with a creamy texture. Carbonation disapates quickly. Lacing is good.
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle from Total Wine in Tucson, served in a snifter. Pours hazy caramel amber with a tall, frothy tan head. The head remains and leaves a moderate amount of lace. The nose has aromas of flowers, fruit, caramel and pale malts along with a slightly acidic hop accent. The flavour is moderately caramel sweet with notes of banana and orange. There is also a faint hint of wheat. The finish is long and sweet with intense caramel notes. On the palate, it is full in body with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent caramel malty ale with fruity and floral notes. It is nice and complex, definitely the best of the Koningshoeven beers. 2010-12-24