tlind2 (1144) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Cloudy copper color, off-white head. Sharp, hoppy aroma. Sweet malty flavor with a strong hoppy background. Dry finish. Thick mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Slightly too bitter for my taste, but a well-crafted brew nonetheless.
brunnsbe (75) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2008 (Bottle at Pikkulintu 2008-06-11) Cloudy appearance, exotic aroma like pineapple coming from the yeast. A bit smoke in the "bittery" (must be over 100 IBU) aroma. The hops used are probably not 100% American, Tomahawk and German Northern Brewer? Marjut told me that the beer is brewed at the Amager brewery, Denmark.
mjs (4742) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle at Pikkulintu on 2008-06-04) Orange and cloudy. Very big slightly tan head that lasts long. Yeast, hops and pine in nose. Full and thick palate with some fizziness. Hops, pine, malts and yeast in taste. White bread. Some sourness. Very fine beer.
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2008 (Bottled, re-rate Jul 26th, 2008) Still a beautiful Duvel head. Aroma maybe an inch stuffier than previously. Flavor has caramel, aromatic-nutty hops, grainy maltiness, some alcohol. Medium to full body with soft carbonation. Aroma down, flavor up... still ok, but not great.
(Bottled, BBE 2010-05-01, thanks Markku&Marjut!) Very hazy amber-orange with a large, foamy and lasting head. Forms a nice Duvel-like cloud in the middle. Intense aroma with lots of exotic fruit, orange-peel, grapefruit, green tea, pine needles, and fresh, aromatic hops. Very bitter and somewhat aromatic, but somewhat stingy and ashy flavor - a bit like Nøgne IPA with too much yeast poured in. Also moderately strong solvent notes. Almost full-bodied, thick and slightly sticky palate with lowish carbonation. Flavor lacks the freshness and complexity of the aroma, and unfortunately downgrades this otherwise great beer into plain good. Need to sample another one to see if there’s variation in quality.