KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml Bottle. The pour was a murky dark brown with some red highlights around the edges and an average (1-2 finger) light brown foamy head that reduced to a thin cap with simply awesome thick foamy sticky lacing.
The aroma was a tad sweet of a dark bread malt and a earthy Belgian yeast with notes of chocolate, caramel, dark fruit (raisons and prunes) and a mild alcohol tinge.
The taste was lightly sweet and extremely malty with a note of caramel and a light fruity ester early on, becoming quite a bit yeastier with a large dark fruit presence and a strong chocolaty alcohol ending. The flavor stuck around for an average time following the swallow, with a decent yeasty, chocolate taste and a mild alcohol warming sensation left behind.
Mouthfeel was medium in body with a dry, creamy texture and a strong lively carbonation.
Overall this was an exquisite tasting brew with a creamy chocolaty, fruity flavor and one hek of a kick. I just love everything this brewer puts out and can’t wait till I can sample something else from them...
rodenbach99 (3609) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Une bouteille 10/10/14. Un liquide brun claire. Un nez de chocolat, de raisins secs et de bois. Touche de levure spéciale. Une bouche ronde de chocolat piquant et boisée. Un classique.
Zakoon (284) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pour dark deep amber with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is caramel, plums, raisins, dates, vanilla and brown sugar. Flavour is not as sweet as the aroma suggests. Full bodied, slick texture, soft carbonation. Finish is long, medium sweet with dark dried fruits.
sir__v (1129) - Lille, FRANCE - JUL 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits - Castro, San Francisco - CA. Color: clear deep brown beer with no carbonation and small white/ivory foam. Smell: malt domination, sweet caramel and notes of grape fruits and red fruits. Taste: good malt taste, sweet and red fruits. Notes of red fruit as grapes and raspberry. Good finish. Really drinkable and amazing beer. Aftertaste: caramel and notes of malt. Fruity and sweet. Amazing beer !
SlovakSniper (3970) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(37.5 cl. Bottled on : 10/10/14) Belle robe rougeâtre ou brunâtre, c’est selon. Tête mousseuse crémeuse qui accompagne la dégustation. Arômes de mélasse, de raisins, de chocolat, d’épices, de prunes, d’oranges. Profil vineux très intéressant. Que c’est agréable de renouer avec ce style! Mes papilles ne sont pas déçues. La richesse des arômes se reflète dans les saveurs. Tout y est pour le plaisir : fruits, malts, levures, alcool doux. En bouche, le corps de moyenne densité est surexcité par les bulles. Je peux cependant dire que cette action n’enlève rien au plaisir de la dégustation. Mon palais est bien nettoyé et c’est tant mieux. La finale est assez longue, modérément sèche, maltée et fruitée mais aussi piquante par le jeu de ses levures. Ça fait du bien de boire une bonne Belge.
King_Alex_II (672) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown-blackish color with thin foam layer. Light fruity smell (dates). The taste is sweet, and fruity (dates & prunes) with decent chocolate notes, hints of licorice with a foamy carbonation and a dry and calm aftertaste.
anstei (344) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JUL 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at SinH4’s Goodbye Event. Malt nose, almost a bit roasty. Strong and sweet yet not too much, some matching booziness. To the point, but not exciting.
SinH4 (1132) - Garching, Bavaria, GERMANY - JUL 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity, resinous, a bit sugary, some dark malts, plums, port, sweet cocoa, coconut. Good complexity, rich taste, quite delicate. Great balance.
olr1984 (1338) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle pours a dark reddish brown with a thin off white head. caramel dark fruit and raisin taste
Prufrockstar (1528) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2015 I was just looking up my review of this beer only to find I hadn’t entered it yet. No idea how long ago it was when I has this, but thankfully I took detailed notes (which follow): 375 ml bottle from APEX. The last of the widely-distributed "ations" for me.
Appearance: Pours with minimal head, the tiniest hint of a few bubbles but otherwise still. Beautiful deep, dark, ruby brown, clear. 4.5
Aroma: Beautiful raisins, plums simmering in brown sugar. Vanilla, port. Smells like a rich, decadent, boozy plum pie-like dessert. From the aroma, this is one I would definitely love to sip slowly like a fortified dessert wine. 9
Taste: Not nearly as sweet as the nose would suggest. Plenty sweet, sure, with loads of lush dark fruits. I’d say raisin, but raisins remind me of a fruit that’s over the hill, whereas this is in its prime. Somewhat dry finish. 8.5
Palate: Full body, slick, oily texture. Very soft carbonation -- not quite flat, but close. Still awfully fucking nice, though. 3
Overall: RR never disappoints. Never. Like Hemmingway. I sat in a lecture once with my Professor, in which he demonstrated that the boy in the Old Man and the Sea is an adult in his mid twenties, which both changes nothing and everything about the way it reads. Russian River creations are like that. The complexity lies hidden beneath the seeming simplicity. A beer you can enjoy without thinking about, but which rewards you for thinking about it. I expect I could return to this after decades of beer nerd-dom and still marvel how how they do what they do. [8.5/4.5/9/3/16=4.1]
Revisited 7/22/15, and don’t find the magic I did last time. Wouldn’t be inspired to spout Hemmingway at any rate. Body is a bit thin, flavors one-dimensional. Maybe it hurts that I was just typing up my Westy 12 review, but whatever it is I’d call this a 3.8 at best this time around. Adjusting down slightly.
IPagan5 (106) - San Marcos, California, USA - JUN 27, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reddish brown slight haze off white head. Aroma is 50/50 blend of malts and wonderful yeasty character. Taste powerful malt some candi sugar and silky smooth mouthfeel.