commonshawn (449) - 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.
GRM (3081) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample, draught, 4 ounces, during the Bacon and Beer Fest in New York with Luc Bourbonnière, savoured on July 26 2014; eye: brown, thin sheet of beige head, no lacing; nose: malt, fruity, candied sugar, alcohol; mouth: malt, fruity, candied sugar, alcohol, light acridness, toffee, malty finale with presence of plum, medium-full body, average carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly liqueur-like texture; overall: fine
Échantillon, en fût, 4 onces, durant le Bacon and Beer Fest à New York avec Luc Bourbonnière, savourée le 26 juillet 2014; œil : brun, mince couverture de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : malt, fruité, sucre candi, alcool; bouche : malt, fruité, sucre candi, alcool, légère âcreté, toffee, finale maltée avec présence de prunes, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement liquoreuse; en résumé : bien
fakebeersnob (182) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ugh, I do not know how to rate this beer. Had a sample of it, and was unsure...so asked for a glass. I do like the style of beer. This did pour a darkish mahogony color. Even after half a glass, I was not quite sure if I liked it. It does not match up to a true Belgium Dubbel or Quad. It almost feels like a different style to me It has the caramel, dark fruit, malt smell that I expected. The carbonation was low. Alcohol had a warming feeling. Creamy in mouth feel. It is the taste. Something was just different in the taste. I don’t want to say bad, but it was different....and that is why I am struggling to rate this effectively. It has the malt, the dark fruit etc...but there was something else. Cloves? I am not sure. I think this will have to be a rerate if I try again. I know that if there is a true Belgium strong ale out there, I am grabbing that first...but don’t want to diminish this one.
Ferris (4992) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Dark sugar and raisin with some dark fruit, clear copper with a nice beige head. Raisin, plum, dark sugars and a sweet boozy finish. Nice, especially for American made.
Niksko (376) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a ruby red with a thin, fine, off white head. Nose is caramel, toffee, a little red wine must, some bread dough, some definite belgian spice. Flavor is rich, with plum, dark berries, port, fig sweetness. Finish is slightly sweet with a little more dark fruit. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. No booziness from the 9%.
Hopmaestro (194) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This rascal gives away an aroma from the lower registers, heavy malt, ripe mandarins, apricots and some yeast. A little bit of wet bread also. The taste is sweet, almost a little too sweet but also round and soft just before a small sting from the alcohol at the end.
Jamesthebrit (294) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is dry. Grape cherry cranberry.
Shouted holy shit as I poured this beer. Cabernet color. Dark dark ruby. Thick. Tan bubbles contrast. Epic.
Taste is.... Not As subtle as other Belgians. Lots of hops. Rose note. Maybe like lavender.. Fruit notes are subtle in the taste.
Palate is heavy and dry.
Really this beer lacks where it counts most: in the taste. Hops are a little over powering which the dry palate exacerbates. Very very wine like.
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"solid abbey ale, slightly thick and robust, full of spicy character in the nose and taste. mouthfeel is ok...a little tightly carbonated, but the flavor makes up for that."
blackflag321 (505) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed from bombers and 12oz bottles. Shiny brown. Nice example of a Belgian strong ale that is not too strong and nothing outstanding or complex but is pretty good.
Bengibbs6 (53) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Deep ruby, little gray head. Aroma is grass, fig, honey and mustard. Flavor is essentially a mass produced Belgian ale. Nothing spectacular when up against Belgians, but impressive as an American ale.
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