Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into tulip glass (or as the old regular at the bar told me a "copa" glass "like a tit") at Birrificio Lambrate brewpub in Milano. Black as motor oil at first glance but when held up to the light had a beautiful pale ruby color around the edges. Huge light tan head piled up over the top of the glass but no lace. Great mouthfeel with good bite, probably the 8% alc. talking. Smokey first sip, grew into a dark cherry and light honey taste. Strong alcohol aroma and great brew, had to order another to finish off the night.
daniele (4465) - ITALY - JAN 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
ambrato carico buona schiuma persistente note caramellate maltate leggero fruttato una lieve acidità note di lievito stile belga
MiP (12839) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught, 8.0% at the brewpub. Malty and slightly yeasty aroma. Cloudy dark red amber colour. The flavour is quite yeasty in the right Belgian way. Sweet and alcoholic like it should be.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - JAN 9, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
<i>Bottle from Birratrovo, Como</i>
Dark brown color, almost black; generous head. Delicate dark caramel and chocolate aroma, with light fruity sourness, and light Belgian yeast touch. Good body strength; caramel and chocolate flavor, made more dynamic by a light sourness, with some bitter oranges and a light spicy touch at the end, elegant and not intrusive; it reminds me the candied orange peel coated in dark chocolate; some more roasted malt at the end, but still very balanced. Belgian style, quite complex. Very good.
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - NOV 21, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy dark brown with a little beige head. Fruity, sour, some bake. Spicy. Quite tart mouth, well bodied, fruity but a bit messy.
Bov (8805) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 24, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
courtesy of Laurent Mousson - cloudy dark brown colour with a beige foam; phenolic aroma, smokey with notes of meat and honey; lot of carbonation, tart and with a robust malt body; some sweetness hidden below; very dry and bitter, a touch of sourness and a long malty spicy finish (cardamom?) - very confusing
CamdenD (1027) - Madrid, SPAIN - FEB 25, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Enjoyed on draught -- a bit too sticky sweet for my taste. Served nicely in a snifter with good head, rainbowed amber color, and god malty nose. No alcohol seeped through despite its 8.5 rating, but perhaps a bit more alcohol presence would have helped?
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught Pinkish, good dense head; slightly hazy dark red-brown beer, ruby highlights. Smoked nose, smoked malts, cranberry. Ferrous oxyde in the head? Smoked, bready, toffee, a bit spicey flavours like mace and cinnamon. Quite sweet. Spices keep hanging around. Velvety MF - some people say astringent, but that’s too explicit. A bit wry, nearly tart in the finish is more like it. Very interesting beer, lots going on in there. Most of Lambrate’s beers have some German character - this one not.