BlackHaddock (3895) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dumpy 33cl brown bottle, best before 10 Jun 2011, drank 22 Aug 2010: poured into a 2000 special Duvel tulip.
Light amber, or dull orange depending on your mood. Managed to pour the beer without any grist getting into the glass, even so the beer had a haze/mistiness to it. On top sat a huge, large bubbled head, white in colour.
Yeast esters more than anything elae, very Belgian in its smells, malt aromas outnumbered any hop smells but the whole aroma was enough to excite my tastebuds.
Tangy and interesting, sweet molasses vieing with a hop bitterness and some spice elements (peppery maybe?). It is one of those pesky Belgians that hide the alcohol content so well, the 10.5% ABV only becomes apparent towards the end of the tasting as the beer warms in the glass.
Highly carbonated, but not ’fizzy’, it might have benefited with a little more time to age, as it seemed a bit ’young’ or ’green’ to me.
Most enjoyable and one I wouldn’t be frightened to try again. It went well with raw hazelnuts.
BelgBeerGeek (1298) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2012
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
@ Brugs beerfestival listed as Val-Dieu Rader Ambrée ( ?! )
Head: creamy, off white
Colour: amber, slight hazy
Smell: skunky, grainy, yeast, not too good ...
Taste: start is bubblegum and grians, sewer, boozey, almunds, fuck this is bad !
jonas (5697) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, as Abteibier Himmerod. Amber, champagne bubbles, offwhite eggshell head. Light sponge yeast aroma. Restained fruityness, a bit honey, dry orangepeel flavor. Very subdued characteristics, which sort of just makes it a alcohol delivery vehicle. Medium body, sparkly, light oily mouthfeel.
deusax (444) - Grenoble, FRANCE - FEB 23, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Transfering data from personal beer file. I drank this beer a long time ago. I’ll update this rating if I have the chance to drink it again.
suprchunk (2265) - Crestview, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big cork and caged bottle from the Himmerod Abbey. Labeled Abtei Himmerod. No mention of Val-Dieu. Weird.
Amber colored pour. Big soapy white head that is quick to fall and leaves minimal lacing. Yeast and malt notes in the nose area. Sweet, alcoholic, yeast, malt, and sugar taste. Hot, sweet, and kind of thin.
Finn (4263) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 2, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fra fat på Delirium Café i Brussel 6 Mai 11. Delt med Rune. Amber. Uklar. OK skum. Søt fruktig aroma. Kjempesøt fruktig smak. Plommer. Litt mandler i ettersmaken.
DruncanVeasey (7249) - NUNEATON, Top 22, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A tick in The Sickies with Dirtman- unbelievable. Just bring a wad of notes for your deposit on the ornate Belgian glassware- that’s a deposit on every glass, not just the Kwak trumpet. At least they’re trying. The beer is average. Deep orange with a slick-lacing foam. Aroma of beans on wholemeal, grass, faint banana. Sweet and sugared with a rub of grass, vague warm, honey on wholemeal. Super dull.
tderoeck (4861) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
13/11/2011 33cl bottle @ home - BB: 14/04/12 (2011-639)
Clear orange beer, big creamy head, stable, adhesive with nice lacing. Aroma: little sweet, malts, ripe as well as dried fruits, some banana, touch of vanilla. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet start, medium to full body. Taste: sweet start, ripe banana, some caramel, vanilla. Aftertaste: bit alcoholic, cloves, little bitter, traces of tangerine.
olsvammel (3278) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Delirium Café. It poured a clear dark golden liquid with a creamy white head. Smell and taste of fruits, malts, candy, toffee and caramel. Sweet and easy to drink beer that should work well with food.
reebtogi (4239) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330mL bottle poured dark amber color with big white head quickly settling to a fine lace. Aromas of oak and yeast. Flavor is malty sweet with some wood and yeast and alcohol. Average carbonation and full body.