bhensonb (11098) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Star Grocery in Berkeley, CA. Pours very dark orange copper with no significant head. Interesting aroma - which suggests inhaling a freshly opened box of raisins. Med minus body. Flavor is darkish malt, and darkish raisin. Might be some other fruits too. This ale is pointed in a nice direction, but it seems light (tho quite dark). Nice drink, but it seems it could have been more.
codfishh (66) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy reddish brown, aroma is rich breast malt and raisins with dried fruit. Taste is raisin with some cinnamon and some dark bread like rye. Medium body medium mouthfeel.
Nice beer tastes very much lime a dubbel.
pootzboy (1590) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a cloudy brown with ruby highlights....modest cap reduces quickly...aroma is slight for a belgian but you get the raisiny discernment....flavor is a tad thin but pleasant, not too sweet, fruity and roasty - dries in the finish - good drinking brew but over priced for what you get.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2070) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from the LCBO served in a wine glass, deep amber red with a filmy beige head. A malty sweet, brown sugar, molasses, raisins & light spice. Medium-full bodied with a round carbonation. The taste is malty, well balanced, a bit boozy, candy sugar + raisins.
OOKPIKABLE (86) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours medium brown tinged with violet. Aroma of red wine, chocolate and malt. Taste of grapes / wine, chocolate and malt. Lingering slightly sour aftertaste of grapes.
ALLOVATE (2413) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep, shimmering ruby body with a fine bead but little to no head retention. Cellar temp. and into a snifter. Deeply embedded in raisins is the nose. It is all savoury fruit mince in a thick sultana, raisin and date syrup - sweet and spiced. Tangy, tart and sweet raisin and dried stonefruits on the palate. Quite clammy, but with just enough woody, roasted malts in back to dry it out. Body is medium-light. The carbonation quite spritzy and vibrant. Long, woody length gets away from the raisins flavour of the palate. This is Ok drinking, up against the -70 shilling I tried prior. Not exciting, but not bad at all. (50cL, no date stamp, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)
thorongil2 (1239) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle) clear reddish brown colour colour with a small brown head; faint aroma of brown sugar, dried fruit; mostly dry, light flavour with a long light bitter finish; not that interesting
Radek Kliber (6470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Where and how: bottle 500 ml LC B and O
Aroma sweetness upon Belgian yeast influence, softens around, sugars and semi dry alcohol
Top: mid lasting off white cap.
Base: clear amber with hint of fresh copper.
Palate : medium full bodied, lighter carbonation, semi oily softer finish.
Taste: silky smooth with raisin sugary hints on walls, some alcohol heat but not heavy, tannins , red apple skin with bittering hops.
Other notes another unusual brew. Kudos to brew masters !
probstblueribbon (2919) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle from LCBO, served cool in a tulip glass.
App.: Deep, clear mahogany with a thin tan head.
Aroma: Rich maltiness, sweet and sticky, boozy, some dark dried fruits, Belgian yeast character, a certain darker, more stern side (almost black pepper?), molasses and dark treacle.
Palate: Medium+ body with quite full, elegant effervescence.
Flav.: Lots of brown sugar, treacle, molasses, some dark dried fruit character, quite malty, Belgian esters to a lesser extent, vanilla?, quite rich, unctuous and lovely (if boozy); sweet with fairly low bitterness, some booze and a long, richly malty finish.
May be a touch thin, if I’m picky. Nice flavours though.
Spab (2404) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a lightly cloudy rubyish amber with modest-sized cream-coloured head. Raisin comes through in the aroma as well as candy sugar, caramel, plum and a light spicy note. Flavour is very sweet with candy sugar, caramel, raisin and other dark fruit and a gentle spiciness. Mouthfeel is a little syrupy. Different, but decent.