Grima (2041) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - DEC 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Festival der Bierkulturen, Cologne, 05/15/2010!
The bottle is wrapped in gold glossy paper, already looks very classy! In the glass it is an amber colored beer with a high, delicate crown. The smell is at first very caramel malt, subtly sweet. The beer starts very malty, slightly sweet in the background. To the middle part will be added some fruity notes, it is subtly bitter. The caramel flavor is always present, but loses to finish something in volume, determine the spicy-fruity notes have a beer. The finish is relatively dry, subtly sweet aftertaste. First class beer! Of the 12% alcohol by the way you notice absolutely nothing!
TimE (2978) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark raisins, dark chocolate, molasses, sweet, malty. Kinda like a good brewer was in a rush to make a barleywine and put in a half ass effort, but of course it still turned out ok.
jebbe (22) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of kschep. Aroma of nuts, alcohol, caramel, raisins and butter. Taste of nuts, grass, alcohol and wood. Thin mouthfeel. Good but there’s too much alcohol coming through.
Skvader (110) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has an aroma of caramel and fudge. Taste is more vinuous, sherry-like but also has a smooth bitterness and unfortunately some taste of alcohol which makes the general impression a bit low.
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An elegant fluffy light beige foam stays over the dull veiled brown pour. Intensely yeasty, this is a pretty heady offering that deploys fusels and phenols aplenty in the aroma. The malts are not left on the side though, spreading their strong brown sugar notions complemented by softer touches of brazil nuts, very ripe grapes, figs and berries in a rooty, toasty and almost vinous ensemble. It does get vinous indeed in mouth, but is just more cerealic and thick than your usual fruit and alcohol forward vinous ale. With so much fermentation by-products and so much cereals thrown in there, the result can certainly be called complex. Overall though, I do find it a bit too strong in alcohol and unclean to be very enjoyable. I appreciate how its relatively large-bubbled carbonation manages to cut through the strong sweetness though and how its subtle bittering hops also work well in that regards without hampering its other aromatic strengths. Very powerful ale.
Die_Kapusta (190) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Semi-clear dark crimson red pour with a small beige head.
Aroma: I get shiitake mushrooms, soy, caramel, licorice, flour, sirup, apricot, plum, brazil nuts, over-ripe strawberries and yeast.
Taste is sweet and boozy. Muscovado sugar, caramel, coriander seeds, flour, licorice, soy, fermented fruits and hops for balance.
Palate is boozy with a dry ending. Sweet and spicy. I really liked the packaging even though it´s very girly and doesn´t really give a correct indication of the content. Overall I enjoyed it.
TaktikMTL (5548) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille verte de 375 ml, avec bouchon de liège, obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur d’épices et de petits fruits sucrées. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel légèrement sucré et fruité avec une pointe d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #3334)
larsga (5967) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big beige coarseish head. Hazy deep dark red body. Roasty caramelly peanut butter aroma with smoke notes. Dry-sweet peanut butter and smoke taste with alcohol and ash notes. Sharpish, faintly hot, mouthfeel. Fullish body. Dry malty peanuts and roasty alcohol aftertaste. As I keep sipping I also find nuts, vanilla, nougat, and raspberry. Complex, wildly unusual, and really nice. (0.375l bottle, Fish & Beer, Copenhagen.)
kschep (1494) - DENMARK - NOV 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose of cherry gum, wood, sweet malt, feel is mediumthin, carb is weak, wine-like, taste is sweet, weak smoke, late sherry, cane sugar
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Raisins, figs, green apples and bready yeast swirl in this Belgian-style Strong Ale’s mouthfeel, as light licorice, alcohol and vanilla spiciness manage to create complexity in the prevalent dryness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A firm foam cap covers the cloudy mahogany-hued brown.
-This is creative and authentic. Good job.
-Alcohol is present in the flavor profile, but not overly so, which I appreciate in a 12% brew.
-Orangey spiciness can also be found.
-The finish of leafy hop bitternessis quiet for the style and strength of this brew.
-Mouthfeel is pillowy, a very able vehicle for the elegant flavor profile.