Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Closeout bottle (2010) at Red Apple $6. Brown sugar,baked apples, dark plums, soft carbonation. It’s everything you’d expect in a Belgian Strong Ale.
Alengrin (2449) - BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Classic Belgian Christmas ale - and four days before Christmas, the time is right to put this under scrutiny, especially since I haven’t tasted it yet since Achouffe was taken over by Moortgat. Thin but ’natural’ and dense, pale greyish head over a deep wine-red beer, almost clear at first but hazy with deposit. Aroma of cookie dough, coffee grounds, toasted bread, dried plums, chocolate liqueur, baked banana, tea, brandy, coffee grounds, walnuts, butterscotch, quite a lot of iron almost becoming obnoxious, candi sugar, cloves, coriander seed. Taste begins with a reserved sweetness, raisins, dried banana, some candi sugar but not exaggeratedly so, soft and mellow mouthfeel with lowish carbonation as is fit for this style, spicy accents with coriander manifesting itself in a quite dominant way, slick and soft nutty and caramelly malt sweetness, a bit resinous, leading to a finish of yeasty spiciness, leafy hop bitterishness, deep malt sweetness with a slightly roasted touch and heart-warming, brandy-like alcohol which manages to stay gentle; the drying coriander effect also remains. In all, perhaps a bit less sweet and spicy than I remember, but still a very decent and typical Scotch-based Belgian Christmas beer. The iron in the nose did bother me a bit and the coriander could have been a bit less dominant, but this is a good starting point to get to know this very particular style.
anstei (34) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle from Erzbierschof. This is indeed a very tasty and easily drinkable beer. The typical features that an outstanding Belgian strong ale would have are only hinted at, but this is easily made up by the fact that it is very smooth and non-aggressive. Definitely a beer I enjoyed.
cobellig (31) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Kabooom, 10% winter beer, like the other chouffe, you drink as many as you can, with good company and the little dwarf smiles at you.Taste very good and alchool is not directly felt in the mouth, but it is strong!
dreamer (115) - PORTUGAL - DEC 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown reddish color. Medium tan and persistent head. Medium carbonation. Full bodied, creamy. Aroma is dark fruits and toffee. Taste is in accordance with more predominance to plums, toffee and some bitterness. Aftertaste is long, sweet and bitter.
RickFifty (441) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red-brown color, beige head. Fruity nose, yeast, vinous notes, brown sugar, nuts. Ripe fruit taste, yeast, alcohol. Full body, soft carbonation.
morri (216) - NORWAY - DEC 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from Vinmonopolet Asker. Tiny tan head. Reddish brown body. Aroma is toffee, dark fruits and leather. Mostly sweet on the tongue. Very rich taste. Floral bitter aftertaste.
flatmatt (1159) - Northville, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Ashley’s Westland. Dark brown poor with an off-white head. Butterscotch, toffee, malty aroma. Flavor dominated by butterscotch, toffee, lightly toasted malt. Something’s off here. Didn’t work too well.
Nische (900) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown, topped with tan colored head. Sweet and yeasty aroma with some nuts. Malty sweet flavor with some fruits and alcohol.
SinH4 (261) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice dark amber color with a big fluffy head. Aroma is plums and brown sugar. Taste is sweet and boozy, but also containing more of the dark fruits and molasses. Still rather light-bodied for the ABV. In short, it’s like a lighter (and much less-developed and less complex) version of Bernardus Abt 12 with the same ABV. Nice Christmas brew.
King_Alex_II (108) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 17, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dominant body without the oily taste film in the mouth. It is not as creamy and heavy as expected. Spicy but nothing very special.