camelean (4) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in colour with a caramel colour head. I am surprised I like this as its a Belgian and I generally am not a fan of Belgian beers. I also love the Phillips bottles.
piscator34 (2021) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled sample. Black in colour with fairly strong carbonation. Fairly peppery and spicy in the aroma department, backed by elements of chocolate and bready malts. The Belgian yeast really takes over in the mouth with the fruity/spicy combo dominating the pale malt, citrusy hop, and powdered chocolate notes. Medium bodied with a very dry finish. Lots of complexity here, but the pieces of this puzzle don’t quite fit together.
Alanthebeerguy (188) - - NOV 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not really my style but getting used to it. Dark beer with some character of Belgium style. The nose is malty, yeast , grassy. Taste is dark malts, roasted coffee and that Belgium yeast under tone. Slight hop at the finish to add bitter and dryness. I like that, too many Belgium beers finish sickly sweet. This is a nice beer for the style .
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TheRatKing (122) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Seriously, Phillips may very well be my favourite brewery ever. As much as I love Unibroue, Chimay, and a number of other big Belgians, Phillips does so many beers so well that they simply cannot be ignored. Wile I am fairly liquored up at the moment, I cannot help but continue onwards; now, the Puzzler. Pours a murky black with a thick lacy head that refuses to go away. Nose suggests hops and metallic sweetness, while it tastes of a curious blend of dark coffee-like malts, Belgian yeast, and IPA hops. The name is very fitting, and it is a pretty good brew, though I find it has a rather pronounced metallic taste that is detracting from the overall goodness. This is no Hoperation Tripel Cross, but it is still a good’un.
cards04 (2028) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice. Floral citrus aromas. Meaty resin too. a touch of coffee. strong roasted malts and citrus hops...a nice beer.
stantheman (680) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2014 On tap at Alibi Room in Gastown. Very dark, with moderate tan head. Roasted malts with hop bitterness featured in the background; perhaps a bit spicy. Not bad.
And recently on tap at St Augustine’s in Vancouver. Decent for type, and very seasonally satisfying, but not as well-rounded as a good porter or stout. A good fall/winter brewsky.
Most recently from a 650 ml bomber, purchased at BC Liquor store in North Burnaby. God-a-mighty! This has to be one of the maltiest, in the sense of heavily roasted malts, ever. Yeh, a bit of a hop note there, way, way in the background.
Echoing another member, I’ve yet to detect anything remotely Belgian in flavor in this beer, but nonetheless easily the best offering to date from Phillips.
dreamflower (613) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with northropfrye. I really enjoyed this. It was quite dark and roasted flavoured. Excellent.
northropfrye (2375) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black body with off white head and lacing. Aroma of piney hops, roasty malts. Taste is dirty coffee grinds, wood, and bitter hops, bacon. Nice beer.
kramer (5228) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours a clear dark brown body with a small frothy beige head that had pretty nice retention. The nose is a really nice blend of chocolate malt and fresh tropical fruit hoppiness. Just a minimal hint at the ’Belgian’ character, there’s a slight yeastiness. Nicely balanced chocolate malt and hop flavor, moderate bitterness, finished with a little yeastiness and fruitiness. Not sure I get a whole lot of Belgian character here, comes across as a pretty standard Black IPA. Medium bodied with a slight stickiness and fizzy carbonation. Pretty nice effort.
simonblaine (367) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark black brown with a frothy head. Aroma of chocolate and malty citrus. Taste is coffee and finishes with citrus peel. Delicious
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