sir__v (1129) - Lille, FRANCE - AUG 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cash Flandre Artois, Violaine - FR. Color: hazy amber beer with no carbonation and small white foam. Smell: caramel and citrus domination. Malt and yeast notes. Some hops finish. Taste: good palate, nice caramel sweet body. Notes of candy. Good bitterness well balanced with a citrus hops. Very nice palate! Aftertaste: resin and caramel.
Alengrin (3396) - BELGIUM - MAY 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from last year, with a rather complicated but charming drawing of spring on it and therefore appropriate for a spring afternoon tasting; according to the text on the back, a collab between this Californian brewery and a French brewer. I am apparently the first Belgian to rate this Belgian style ale here. Deep orangey peach blonde colour, cloudy with a ’fog’ of yeast bits as well as a vivid fizz, and deep murky amber with deposit, under a lacing, egg-white, irregular, moussy head. Nice fruity, pretty delicate and moderately hoppy aroma of apricot, overripe pear, banana, dried orange peel which I understand has effectively been used, butterscotch, lots of freshly toasted bread, bitter honey (also used), touch of pine cones, fresh ginger, buttermilk, lavender, soap, rosewater, pink grapefruit, hints of liquorice and an unmistakably animalistic ’fertilized farmland’ odour fitting in quite well; in all, a delicate, gentle, inviting bouquet. Delicate but lively fruitiness opens the palate, mango, orange, pomegranate, gooseberry, ’citric’ fraîcheur, refined but ’tingling’ carbonation, smooth and slightly oily mouthfeel, light umami touch; lovely caramelly, bready and somewhat nutty malt sweetishness in the middle with an array of almost Belgian-like ’spicy yeastiness’ dancing on top; and finishing with lingering, juicy malt sweetness, a faint hint of brandy-like alcohol with gently warming effect rather than burning, and a fair deal of lovely floral and citrussy, resinous, aromatic hops, coating the back of the mouth, along with a deeper, earthier, basic hop bitterness for balance. Very American in being a tripel with almost IPA-influenced hop profile, yet much more soft and subtle; this is an elegantly delicate tripel, much more so than many Belgian examples. No cloying sweetness, no overpowering alcohol, no phenols or other undesirable fermentation remnants: this beer is very well made, but perhaps just a bit (too) ’clean’ to really fit the Belgian tripel style: I’d situate this in between an American style IPA and a Belgian tripel, with more of the first than the latter. I therefore think "American strong ale" would be more appropriate as a style classification, but that’s from a Belgian point of view, of course. In any case: very pleasant and enjoyable with remarkable ’drinkability’ for its ABV, glad I bought it.
Nocturne (1203) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle. Clear amber shade. Decent white head. Some lacing. Overtly hoppy in a citric lemon and orange way. Slightly herbal and spicy. Taste is more of the same, but seems to lack something, maybe the yeast profile of a good tripel. Still citrussy but just feels uncomplicated. Bit rough on the palate. Started well but went a slightly downhill.
Kroney (210) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown pour from bomber. Thick tannish head. Big prune/raisin/date nose. Really sweet to smell. Taste tries to come through bitter but the dried stone fruit dominates. Would rate much higher if it wasn’t designated as an IPA.
jookos (3602) - FINLAND - MAR 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Orange amber. Sweet caramels, stone fruity, pines on nose. The caramels really dominate, but this isn’t the freshest bottle either. Med full bodied, pretty strong pine needle foresty hoppy finish, alongside the heavy caramels. Oranges, peach marmelade. some vanilla. Tasty thing. Sweet caramelly though.
fombe89 (694) - Asturias, SPAIN - JAN 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botella . @Señor Lúpulo. Despacho de cervezas, Gijón frikicata 24/01/2015. Cerveza dorada y turbia. Sabores y aromas a malta.
Erasmus_ro (1923) - Alabama, USA - JAN 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 30/01/15. Pours a hale orange with a decent, white head. Aroma is apricot, Belgian fruitiness, peach, apple skin. Taste is peach, some yeast, light ethanol. Light appleskin. Fairly stiff and bitter finish. Some citrus and flowers. Quite full with medium carbonation. A nice, clean American tripel.
davidtjm (946) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Capsule & Bouchon, Baumes-les-Dames. Pour is murky gold with a small head, aroma is fruity, citrus. Taste is fruity, sweet, gentle bitterness, light herbal notes, finish is bitter.
BlackHaddock (4964) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It was a 650ml bottle Mat: shared between 5 at the Tenth Shrewsbury Bottle Share, 8th Dec 2014. Cheers for bringing this Mat. Poured a hazy old gold colour with a thin white head on each of the five glasses. Spicy, hoppy and interesting. Mixed spice bag with the hops playing games on your taste buds. I thought it leaned towards a Saison half way through my tasting but that idea fell away and the beer finished fairly dry and bitter. Different.
minutemat (2563) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl (I think!) bottle shared between 5 at the Tenth Shrewsbury Bottle Share, Dec 14, courtesy of myself. Bought at Raccines, Cassel, France. Pours hazy orange with thin foamy head. Spicy with a double IPA marmalade type fruitiness going on with a touch of lime. Floral character with some decent tripel notes. Not bad at all.