Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, - NOV 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, LCBO. Insanely pressurized cork but no mess when popped. Pours a lovely hazy medium to dark brownish orange with a nice foamy brownish head. Dark fruit, yeast, and some alcohol in aroma. Taste - really nice first impression. Lively yet soft mouthfeel, nicely balanced malt, sweetness, and yeast. Incredibly drinkable with only the slightest hint of alcohol burn in a very long after quite a few sips. I was expecting something a bit more complex. But that is my only complaint - a very nice beer.
MadRobin (1436) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 330 ml bottle after cellaring go 27 months (yeah, it was in the back of the beer fridge).
Clear, bright chestnut-orange with considerable suspended sediment, a 2-finger yellow-khaki head that dissipated quickly, and modest lacing.
Aroma of caramel, raisins, dates, pears, peaches, plums, pumpernickel, brown sugar and plenty of yeast. The fruity aroma wafted throughout the room when I poured the beer.
Taste of peaches, dates, plums, toffee, pears, strawberries, brown sugar, green table grapes, apples, caramel and more under layers of complexity.
Medium body and low carbonization.
A very complex fruity beer that gets more and more interesting. Sit down, sip and enjoys as the layers unfold.
I would have loved to have had a fresh bottle to compare to this. I wonder how much of the complexity and mellowness are due to the long aging.
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Moebbels (184) - FINLAND - DEC 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Heavily hazy amber body with an off-white head. Nose has yeast, raisins, caramel and dark sugar. Taste is sweet with a pruny twist and a short mildly dry finish. Carbonation is very lively and the palate feels strangely thin. Overall quite nice with lots of flavor and sweetness, perfect for dessert.
serjaymz (48) - - DEC 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Koyu kahve renk kırık kahverengi köpük, köpük kalıcı olmadı. Koku topraksı ve karamel ağırlıklı. Kompleks değil ama oldukça başarılı.
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FatPhil (8114) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Young vs. Old side by side, 2013-12:
Pleasant sweet fruity aroma. Light palate, crisp carbonation. Sweetish malts, quite caramelly, touch spicy, gentle hops in the finish. Covers the alcohol quite well, even though it’s got some headiness.
Similarly fruity, slightly sweeter, alas a bit of tomato to it. Smoother palate, softer carbonation. Sweet almondy body. Pleasantly aged influence to the malts, sweeter, and more rounded, plenty of caramel. Hops more restrained, clearly old, only some bitterness in the late finish. No alcohol at all, not even headiness.
Sissio (181) - Orsenigo, ITALY - DEC 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark amber, cream head
Honey, caramel, malts, passito wine, rhum
Bitter, sweet, bitter, carbonated
Caramel, honey, rhum, raisins
Not as rich as aroma
Lindsey129 (3) - - NOV 30, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours smooth, color is a reddish-brown with a cloudy look to it. I pick up a sweet note from the fruits. Taste is a yeasty dark malt with a banana, caramel finish.
christoph186 (13) - - NOV 30, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown, light reddish in color. Taste is sweet, malty, with a complex spicy finish. Very aromatic, with a very smooth and excellent taste profile. Gotta have for any Belgian strong ale fan.
SperkeleForce (348) - FINLAND - NOV 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 33 cl. Pours orange copper with big frothy white lacing head. Notes of orange, Belgium yeast, spices, banana, caramel. Goes down very soft and smooth. Very good brew.
Syzzer (552) - Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanksgiving 11oz bottle. Magnificent thick tan head. Malty with some sweetness. Mod carbonation. 9.05 bd. 9.9 joek -i like this one.
brnandersen (1379) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl. bottle poured in to a tulip. Cloudy, deep amber colour with a huge, off-white head that settles in to thin cap. Sweet aroma with yeasts, spices, fruits, light liquorice and a hint of alcohol. Caramel malts. Taste is sweet. Medium to full body with a creamy texture, soft carbonation. Finishes sweet with overripe fruits, spices and a hint of alcohol. Good, flavourful and subtle.