VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml bottle. Pours a very murky orange tinted brown with a short lived beige head. Aroma is vanilla, wood, fruits and chocolate. Flavor is loads of fruits, chocolate, some soap and caramel. Finish is loads of vanilla, wood, dark fruit and brown sugar. Lingering fruits and brown sugar. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel and weak carbonation. Solid!
czar (5377) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours murky light brown with a small dirty light beige head, little no retention. strong toffee and bananas - jack daniels-like bourbon bananas, wood - strong oak, demerara and treacle - some sweetness although not cloying, plain caramel, pepper. light to low carbonation, medium body - oily; sweet, woodsy and lightly tannic finish. definitely some weaknesses but still a tasty oaky caramel taffy candybar.
yngwie (14923) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 375ml corked. A still one with an oily pour. Unclear, dark brown body. The aroma is sugary and caramel-ish, with some alcohol, dried fruits and piney hops. It’s full-bodied and more or less flat on the palate, with some warmth and flavors of caramel, dried figs, dark sugar and a vinous touch. Some booze. Lasting finish with caramel, dried fruits and a nice touch of citrus juice and pine cones. Fine bitterness too. Not bad, but sure lacks carbonation. 141231
Geokkjer (6401) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, biscuits, grains, dark berries and prunes. Flavor is sweet and malty with some fruitiness, caramel, toffee, bread and warming alcohol. Medium to full body, average carbonation.
Meilby (8971) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 375ml @ Geokkjer
Pours slightly hazy brown with no head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, yeast, alcohol, vanilla, biscuit and dried fruits. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter with a long warm, caramel, dried fruity finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat.
BlackHaddock (4702) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cork and caged 0.375 bottle, my sixth different batch so far in my life: I have three more remaining in my stash. Poured at home into my huge ’Judas’ badged tulip glass so the beer could breathe and show off it’s colouring, no sediment left the bottle during the pour, even though I had to use a corkscrew to get the synthetic cork out. Misty reddy brown with no head, just a thin collar , not even a wisp on the top of the moody looking beer. Port like and fruity in the nose: oak, yeast and nuts can be added to the aroma as the beer warmed a little in the glass. I think I opened it too cold because it seemed to get better on each sip as it lost it’s chill. Sweet fruitiness in the taste, the Port like smell not being within the flavour, the oak, yeast and nuts however do transfer to the mouth from the nose. This is a real ’sipper’, not a swift swigging beer, each mouthful should be savoured as every one is slightly different to the next. So complex and interesting. Plums, apples and dark berries come and go, the alcohol gives a heady bite throughout and a mild sourness arrives, then disappears too. A joy to drink, like all the batches I have had the pleasure of tasting so far: like the rest, this is too good to share, have a bottle to yourself like me!
after4ever (6565) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375, corked and baled (synthetic cork). Pours a murky dark mahogany with no head or lace. Big sweet smoky nose, showing plums and smoke, a bit bacony. Creamy medium body with virtually no carb. Attach comes on plummy, then gets very bacony and smoky and finishes sweet-bacony. Quite unlike any BA quad I have had, but delicious.
jerohen (2061) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Part of tasting session with Oak Aged #1, #10, #12, # 13, #14, and #17. No head whatsoever. Powerful fruity and somewhat ´stinky´ nose, earthy. Flavor is not as complex and overwhelming as expected based on the aroma, fresh fruit, red wine. Finishes quite watery. Surprisingly easy to drink. Certainly not the best of the series.
caesar (5657) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in a vertical of several batches, small sample, served in a taster glass. Pours a bit darker brown color, almost no head just some minor lacing. Huge aroma of red wine added to the regular la trappe. Spicy belgian yeast is most gone, as its about 2 or 3 years old. Big fruity red wine, grapes, tannines. In flavor, its much less pronounced and the caramel of the base beer comes through more. Aroma is big, but flavorwise you expect more power in taste. Slight unbalanced. Pinot noir blended better than Malbec in that case.
rederic (3203) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle, batch 10, dark brown-amber color, with a ring of bubbly beige head, with a fruity yeast, fruitcake, faint vanilla oak barrel nose, with some raisin pie, dark dried fruit, subtle port wine liquorish, prune juice accents, with some faint toffee, date square, brown sugar, boozy alcoholics notes in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate, with a warmth sweet caramelized, toasted, biscuity malty, dark dried fruit, prune juice, brown sugar, fruitcake, port wine liquor character, with some vanilla oak barrel, date square, raisin pie, sugar pie, toffee flavours, leading towards a warming, mild sweet port wine liquorish, fruity prune juice, fruitcake, dark dried fruit, vanilla woody oak unes finish.