TheJvd (939) - - FEB 13, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at De Molen tasting. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is quite sweet with some malts and yeast. Taste is sweet with some yeast and a light bitterness. Not very good, bottle was probably old.
lightbias (240) - USA - APR 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clearly a beer to be reckoned with, this fluid brewed by Satan himself. I’m always down for a good beer from hell, so here we go.
The cork scares the hell out of my cat, who flies from the kitchen with the idea that something must be coming straight at her; Devilish! The beer sits patiently waiting for the pour, but once the bottle is tilted, but brew is overwhelmed with a gigantic, white, soapy foam. I rest the bottle and wait until I can finally get the rest of the liquid into my glass. Breathing in the aroma while I wait has me intrigued. I breathe in a bit of dough, spicy and tangy, with a bit of green apple, grassy; a bit of hops accent?
The head finally releases and I get to taste this beer. The fluid is almost stinging my lips with the dryness, I fill all the deep places with my tongue and as the beer fills my mouth, I find a mirror of the aroma in the flavor. Rich, peppery, mildly sweet; the medium body is lively, the carbonation bright, but not awash in it. Sticky residue laces my glass, the foam definitely dedicated to the brew, but sitting dense and soft atop the honey hued liquid. A short, very comfortable finish, dry but an edge of stickiness on my lips.
I do let this warm as I’m experiencing it, and I like it better at 60 degrees than I do at 55, at 55 more than 50...the entire experience is rapidly heightened with a slightly elevated temperature. Hmmm...sounds a little bit like heaven...and not so much hell! Damnit, poor Satan. Foiled again.
Turboninja (160) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Artturi, Tampere, Finland. Medium bitter sweet aroma with black berries. Yellow/brown color with hazy liquid and minimal white head. Strong taste with over aged mango and banana. A bit of malts. Some alcohol comes trough. Medium taste spectrum with medium aftertaste with sweet malts. Medium body with light carbonation. Overall very tasty though light mouthfeel.
Klimaet (472) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - APR 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy light orange with a small white head. Aromas of raisins, caramel, citrus, grassy hops, dates, orange peel, malt, yeast. Taste is caramel-like, sweet, raisins, ripe orange, citrus, some dried fruits, light hops, some vanilla and oaky-like notes in the finish.
puboflyons (2365) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the corked, caged 750 ml bottle. No date on the bottle. I have had it about two months. Hazy pale yellow pour with a tremendous fluffy white head. Too heady. The aroma has a great array of Belgian yeast, Belgian sugar, toasted biscuit, a little spice, and a berry-like fruitiness. Medium body. The taste has many of the same taste esters but it ends very dry.
Stuu666 (5559) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours pale amber, nose is grapfeuit, caramel, taste is fruity, sweet, rich.
jookos (3105) - FINLAND - FEB 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pale yellow hazy. Spicy belgian citrus on nose. Quite fruity, oranges, yeloow fruity, even bananas(?), light lime citrus, coriandr, some ginger. Med bodied, well bittered. Fruity, fresh, belgy yeasty pale malty, some hay. Pretty nice belgian ... strong blonde? Flavourful, easy, im guessing the abv might be high, but doesnt feel like it.
ClarkVV (3969) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottled 9/2013, drunk 2/2015.
Oddly enough, the cork shot off as soon as the cage was loosened, but then the beer didn’t gush. Still resulted in a massive, thick, foamy white head that was slow to dissipate. Light blond/golden body is full of tight bubbles coarsing upwards.
Massively fruity esters in the nose (yellow fruits, strawberries, kiwi, pineapple....) give way to a bit of herbal hoppiness and a light dusting of white pepper and dry alcohol notes. A touch of bread-like maltiness can be discerned, but mostly this thing is just full-on fruity esters. Having had this a long time ago, probably closer to 2006 or so, I remember the nose being significantly less estery and much more herbal/peppery. I’m fairly certain this bottle sat warm/hot for too long, as there is dried beer below the cork where it has escaped obviously due to a strong refermentation. Fortunately, tons of esterification is the only downside of this and the beer still seems in good shape.
The flavor profile again speaks to the heavy fruitiness, with some definite alcohol undertones. Body is medium, sweetness is low and it reminds me a lot of Allagash Tripel. Very drinkable, quenching dryness and even some herbal/grassy hops thrown in for good measure. A delicious Belgian ale that seems much more Belgian than it does American. So that is nice.
kespecial (100) - - JAN 29, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A terrific Duvel-style ale. Pours super lively from the bottle, hazy yellow with beautiful huge white head. After it settled a bit, offers big aromas of Belgian yeast, lemon and grass. Flavor is great, with sweet banana, honey, some citrus rind complexity and a zesty dry finish. Lovely.
beer_est_deus (815) - örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dimmig gul med vitt skum. Doft: Rostat vitt bröd, jäst, syrligt, malt. Stark 7:a. Smak: Dadlar, malt, honung, fruktigt. Svag 8:a.
hackobock (2008) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
January 18, 2015. Bottle at home.
Hazy pale orange with a very large frothy white head. Aroma is ripe sweet fruity esters, peach, pear, almond, alcohol notes, light cloves, Taste is light to medium sweet up front, esters, almond and alcohol with dry spicy notes. Finish is light to medium bitter, dry spicy and alcohol notes. Light to medium bodied, average carbonation.