Stuu666 (4136) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Appellation. Pours clear brown, nose is raisins, caramel, taste is rich, malty, fruity.
allmyvinyl (4493) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at tasting. Pours clear red-brown, off-white head. Aromas of caramel, red fruit, light spicy yeast tingle. Tate is more of the same. Solid, if not that exciting.
BenH (2617) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Red with off white head. Aroma of fruity caramel, some soap, berries. Tatse of berries and caramel. Clean finish.
dambor (88) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark ruby with little head, disappearing very fast. Aroma: candy sugar, malt, caramel, honey. Taste: pretty dry in the beginning, followed by some sweet elements (apple pie?) and bitterness (hops with cinnamon). It is not as sweet as I would expect from a Belgian style abbey ale with over 9% ABV, which makes it very drinkable. Alcohol well hidden, although a slight warming effect is present in the palate.
Rock_Buffalo (22) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brother Thelonious is a rich Belgian style abbey ale. On pouring, it presents a deep copper hue and medium head, that breaks down rapidly to a small yet enduring head. The nose is light and full of promise but unfortunately doesn't linger as you would expect from a Belgian. On first taste, the ale is surprisingly mellow, with the flavour slowly mounting over time to a fine rich note of nuts, yet it's velvety smooth tone hides a deceptively high alcohol content.
Dacrza (559) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
DATE TASTED: November 6, 2014... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip... OCCASION: Browns get their one prime-timer tonight, so time to break out the bomber in celebration... APPEARANCE: effervescent off-white bubbles light up an otherwise dark-as-ebony-keys body; two-finger brown head is sudsy and substantial... AROMA: heavy plum and apple early; approximates a red wine with some astringent, brackish notes... PALATE: wow--full-bodied, raking the tongue with a dry finish that demands another sip; warming and hearty; thick and creamy....TASTE: plum indeed, and secondary fruits include apple, pear and lack currants--big and flavorful; stoutish at its finish... OVERALL: a BIG beer that warmly mellows--not as complex as Monk’s music, but no argument that it pleases as "Straight No Chaser" might on an autumn night...
HKdIPA (333) - HONG KONG - NOV 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Craft Brew & Co. Hazy brown-amber pour with thin head. Aroma is like burnt boozy root beer - but not all bad. Taste is similar - but with a warm spicy orange citrus too. Autumnal and Belgian-y, but not as raisiny as I remember. Boozy but the smoothness belies the 9.4% alcohol. Actually better than I remember - still not my favorite style but a good example of it.
CacheManyHose (276) - HONG KONG - NOV 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craft Brew & Co. Very cloudy ruby-amber. Fluffy tan-orange head that disappears quickly. Smells of Belgian spiced fruit, syrup, candy, apple, apricot, figs. Tastes of spicy malt, sweet raisin, cranberry. Body is fizzy, thin, very bitter finish. Like fizzy spicy slightly musty cranberry juice. Appreciate that it's not overly raisiny and cloying, but perhaps a bit too sweet.
commonmac (452) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle purchased at Costco. Difficult cork action with an initial wine like scent. Mahogany in color. Aroma brings to mind almost a Belgian sour with a strong funkiness. Taste is also funky with a dash fruit, sugary sweetness coming to the foreground. As the sip continues, it fails to maintain those Belgian quad abilities. Ends rather average. Like an old man...smells kind of funky and unable to keep it up. That being said I would try it again.
commonshawn (480) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big corked bottle from costco. Enjoyed with commonmac. Mahogany. Off white tan head. Smells sour but with sugar cherry nose also. Taste is sour then sugary but then falls off to dry grain. Yeast and funk starts but doesn’t last. A bold attempt that is good but doesn’t quite hit the high standard of a Belgian ale of this style. Sometimes it’s not the notes you play but the notes you don’t play.