gkeh (218) - Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a bright golden amber color. There’s a small head that dissipates rather quickly, then leaves a circle of white tiny foam around the rim of the glass. The aroma is lemon zest, a grassy note, some light grains, and a slight dirt aroma. The flavor is yeasty and spicy. The rye really pushes to the front. I poured it somewhat warm, and as it warmed even more the spiciness was prominent. Not really a fan.
bytemesis (3321) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours crystal clear orange, small off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly with good lacing. Aroma is grainy, corn, grass, some oakiness. Flavor is medium sweet, light bitter, malty. Medium body. Did not really do it for me.
mikedR (1274) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A beguiling beer. Slightly sweet, slightly fruity Belgian yeast notes. Amazingly well hidden ABV. Showcases Belgian flavors prominently, and very quaffable.
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
20th September 2014
Zwanze Day at the Kernel. Keg. Cheers to Colin for this one. Clear gold beer, good pale cream colour head. Airy palate, semi dry with mild fine carbonation. Creamy malts. An odd bitter almond note. Nuts! Subtle dried fruits, Sweet floralness and a very light pinch of spice. Light dry finish. Slightly odd but quite enjoyable.
Theydon_Bois (9145) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle split at Mother Arch during the 2014 Zwanze Celebrations, from an IP trade 20/09/14.
Clear golden with a moderate off white covering that dissipates then retains.
Nose is sweet, toffee, caramel, figs, candied fruits, raisens, light spice.
Taste comprises sweet licks, spice, caramel, light yeast tones, dates.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Ok - a little overly sweet though, glad to have split this with a few folks!
Scopey (7076) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Colin. It pours clear golden with a small white head. The nose is sweet, earth, straw, juicy, wood, vanilla and spice. The taste is bitter-sweet, boozy, pear, melon, apple, sugar, straw and boooooze with a sweetish finish. Fullish body, fine carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Not much depth. Sticky. Ok.
ilovedarkbeer (2300) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy deep straw color with a bready white head. Notes of candy sugar, clover, belgian yeast, green hops, and rye. Creamy sweet mouthfeel.
ZacM612 (160) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from HEB enjoyed at Pamama City Beach. Hazy amber with white head. Sweet aroma. Flavor has hints of citrus and spice. Good one.
BelgianBeerGal (3201) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Whit and Zac enjoyed in PCB when the humidity was an 11. A fairly true to form Belgian strong ale that wasn’t too big and bold; mild enough to call it refreshing on a warm day. A little fruity with a hint of booze. Nice.
Beerenberger (1481) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
A sweet malty aroma teams up with hints of Belgian yeast, bananas, and spice. Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a white ring and minimal lacing. The taste is balanced toward the malty side of the flavor spectrum. Complex malt tastes become more apparent as the beer warms. Bananas, cloves, and a polite sweetness. Medium body with medium carbonation. Satisfying mouthfeel. Overall, I enjoyed this beer and think its a good example of a Belgian Strong Ale (Dubble).
umich03jm (2054) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Rightcross55 I believe. Pours a mostly clear amber color with a small head that fades to a thin ring. Aromas are Belgian yeast, rye grain, and light banana. Tastes sugary sweet with lots of Belgian yeast. Spicy rye shows up big in the finish with some light juicy citrus as well. Medium body. Overall, it’s too sugary for me to love but the spicy rye and citrus hops make this somewhat unique.