nihtila (1352) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
28.11.2014. Dark brown, coarse white head. Spices, raisins, plums, syrupy malts on nose. Taste is medium bodied, malty, dried fruits. Solid Belgian ale but doesnt stand out enough. Taste is a bit thin and boozy.
Hanoi (553) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. First time I have drunk this in a long long time. Nose is very nutty, slight caramel, some celler, touch of toffee, malt, hint of smoke. Taste is toffee, nut, emerging caramel, honey, brown sugar, some raisin and stewed apple, touch of orange, some spices. Mouthfeel is too carbonated.
Nice to revisit, but I’ve remembered while it’s an occasional friend. The beer is to sweet and too thin, giving a slightly sickly edge which detracts.
Salmaneser (27) - BELGIUM - MAR 23, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours dark brown with thick, beige head which fades fast. Aroma of caramel, some dark red fruits, and nuts. Very soft palette, tastes bit sweet and sour. Long aftertaste. Not my favorite brown.
Baramba (331) - ITALY - MAR 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75 cl bottle. Mahogany colour with medium beige head. The aroma is malty, floral, fruity. The flavor is caramel sweet. Full-bodied and well carbonated.
freretoc (1024) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bue en bouteille de 33cl, couleur brune, belle mousse blanche, effervescence moyenne, un nez sur le grillé, en bouche attaque sur le grillé, puis caramel belle prestance sur le sucre vraiment pas mal. Avec une finale sèche.
bier_fuer_hamm (9) - Hamm, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2015 does not count
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Dunkelbraun mit beigem, instabilem Schaum. Riecht nach überreifen Bananen und dunklen Kirschen. Der beim Brauprozess eingesetzte Zucker sorgt dafür, das man von den 8% Alkohol nur wenig merkt.
jcnielsen (2423) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy reddish brown color with white head. Caramel, spice, fruity aromas. Malty sweet, caramel, fruity, bready, spicy flavors. A very nice belgian.
MikaLukanainen (104) - POLAND - MAR 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours brown colour with ruby reflexes. The head is of considerable size but fades quite quickly. Aroma of raisins, caramel, dried fruits, a bit wine, even some funky notes appeared (or it was just my imagination). Unexpectedly light in taste, moderately sweet with a slighty sour finish and a distinct raisin and caramel notes. Great drinkability, a decent example of Belgian Ale.
hawanna (2515) - Freising, GERMANY - MAR 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,33 l bottle from Biervana
caramel, cereal, chocolate, nuts, brown, hazy, frothy, brown foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, full body, creamy, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,
Cybion (89) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 330 ml. Pours murky brown/red, hint of gold perhaps. Minimal head, off-white when present. Good lacing. Pungent, smokey nose with a good dose of molasses or muscavado, honey and bread. Alcohol is quite prominent; little bit of a nose burn perhaps. Distance spices and dark fruits Taste isn’t as sweet as expected, with few notes initially (just a bit of honey and dark fruit maybe) but a good deal of wholemeal bread and other cereals emerging later. Gets quite bitter on the long finish with small coffee notes coming around, along with darker malts. Bitter notes linger for a while. Alcohol isn’t detectable, unlike on the nose. Dark malt and coffee notes are very subtle in the mix compared to how they might be in a stout, but definitely detectable. Do wish there was more going on upfront however. Palate is innofensive with moderate carb and a decent smooth, medium body. Refreshing to an extent. Quite good overall though I prefer my strong dark belgians to be a little more upfront and complex.