Kåstå (1272) - Mol, BELGIUM - JUN 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber coloured beer with big dead yeast flakes floating around. Small head. Roasted herby spicy aroma. Somewhat aged taste, spicy, malty and somewhat fruity. Neutral start with a light bitter finish. A very nice well balanced beer.
JoeinEscazú (1325) - San Jose, COSTA RICA - JUN 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cL at BeerMania, no idea how old it was. Differences in rating suggest inconsistency with either brewing or storage. Anyway, I enjoyed the hell out of it. Aroma was dark malts and pungent Parmesan cheese. The flavor was awesomely tart, red-vinous and malty, with a dusty-musty backdrop that suggested some age. It’s not an oak-aged, Flemish brown, but there are some suggestions of that for whatever reason. Dry finish. I’d love to have another one, and I may have to go back there to get it. It may have been pure accident that my bottle was as tasty as it was.
mar (4464) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from bu11zeye. brown pour with a tiny bit of cream froth. thick scent of vanilla and oak. very sweet malts with a very sweet finish. not too shabby overall.
sayravai (4666) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled, 7.5% ABV, aged sample from BeerMania, thanks TBone!) Dark, hazy brown with a small, but firm and very lasting head (no lace like in the Ambrée, though). Aroma of caramely-licoricey malt, dark fruit, some anise. Dried-fruity flavor with lightly roasted, sour malts, some caramel, tart oud bruin finish. Medium-bodied, dry palate with quite high, but smooth carbonation. Very mixed reviews it seems, but I liked this one. Pleasantly dried out with ageing - or maybe it was like this from the start. Anyway - I’d like to have another one, if the brewery still existed.
oh6gdx (19631) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Deep ambery brown colour, small beige head. Aroma is earth, caramel hops, mild sourness and some slight tobaccoish notes. Flavour is wood, some mild caramel, mild licorice as well as some sour fruityness. Long earthy and sappy dry finish.
blutt59 (5875) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye, dark brown colored pour, a foam head, good aroma of cinnamon, spices and alcohol, flavor is whiskey, cola, oak and malt, effervescent finish
bierkoning (9554) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Milk chocolate and cacao in the aroma. Roasted malt, cinnamon and cacao in the flavor. Licorice. Thin to medium bodied. A bit exaggerated beer, but quite drinkable.
BMan1113VR (7690) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a large, creamy, off-white head and a deep brown body. Aroma of really strong cinnamon, raisins, brandy and dough. Taste is brandy, dough, vegitables, and cinnamon. Creamy mouthfeel with very light carbonation.
daniele (4465) - ITALY - AUG 19, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
scura buona schiuma piuttosto persistente note caramellate cioccolato un tocco di acidita legno come se fosse invecchiata un tocco fruttato in bocca acida in contrasto con il malto caramellato forse era infetta anzi penso che proprio era infetta ma al naso era molto particolare
TBone (11160) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottled, very old vintage).
Dark ruby color, small steady beige head. Fruity, toffee aroma. Slightly sour, toffeish (vintage) notes. Dark fruits. Ageing has made body quite thin, madeira wine -like. Foamy carbonation. Aged better than Ambree.