otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear mahogany and dark cherry woods under a khaki head that is very airy and bubbly, more so than expected. Head fades into a bubbly collar surrounding a free-floating puddle of bubbles and foam. Swirls the same.
Curacao peel, generic orange peel, and thyme up front. Raisins and black cherries – sweet, meaty, juicy, and dipped in treacle. Silky caramelized sweetness. Rustic yet sweet. Essence of fruitcake without being saccharine. Leather and tannins in the middle. Chocolate red velvet cake. Port-soaked pumpernickel and fruity spicy merlot.
Medium and brisk – quick to flavor and quick to finish. Not as sweet as the nose indicated. Major rooty twiggy bitterness and dried orange peel in the back. Leathery tannins and thyme along the edges. Grapes, plums, and tart cherries in the middle. Overall silky mouthfeel is liquid grape and caramelized sweetness.
The palate was a bit underwhelming when held up to my expectations from savoring the nose of this winter offering from Brasserie d’Achouffe. I also found I enjoyed this crisp seasonal with a touch more chill than I would for some of the richer brews that come out when Old Man Winter reigns. But don’t take my word for it – find a bottle and give it a taste for yourself.
MarkoNm (434) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - JUL 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown, topped with tan colored head.
There is a nice sweet and fruity aroma, some spices as well and some alcohol.
The taste is strong, but not unpleasantly, spices are pretty obvious. Bitterness in the end, but no real alcohol taste.
911lin (20) - - JUL 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a nice beer! Clean and beautiful dark strong ale from Belgium. On tap at Kaiba Tap Room.
guitarhero (18) - Dante’s hell, FINLAND - JUL 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown beer with red reflexes. Caramel, toffee, chocolate, dark and dried fruits, but lot of alchool again and sugary.
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice belgian strong ale that was expertly crafted and had a good balance of malts and alcohol to keep me warm in the winter.
pivnizub (8743) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUL 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille: Deep ruby-amber coloured, hazy; caramelly,fruity and mild herbal nose with a discrete toch of sweet wine underneath; moderate to solid sweet-bitter flavour, medium bodied; lingering caramelly vinous finish with a bitter hoppy "tail". Not really great, but pretty good…
MichaelAwesome (3600) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dickes, klassisch belgische mit viel Malzigkeit, einem süßen Hintergrund, ein paar Nüssen und frühreifen Früchten. Zum Abschluss noch ein Schuss Vanille. Fein.
cristophdb (3) - - JUN 28, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Het is een sterk bruin bier, gekruid met tijm en curaçao en met een lichte hopsmaak; een evenwichtig bier
McTapps (3601) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Douberd and shared by MichaelAwesome - many thanks! The beer pours out in a deep dark brown colour with low head and smooth body. Aroma of dried grapes and light rum. Taste of raisins, dried cranberries, Belgian yeast, straw and mild fruits. Easy drinkable. Enjoyed it.
terefere (202) - Warsaw, POLAND - JUN 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours brown/strong black tea color, hazy, frothy head. Weak aroma of brown sugar, yeast, nuts.Taste: brown sugar, yeast, wood, spices, dark fruits. Alcohol and spices in the long finish.
Burgers (267) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish brown with a persistent creamy beige head. Aromas of apples, ginger and alcohol. Taste is elegant bitter and sweet. Smooth palate, fairly light, creamy and a delicate finish.