Alengrin (4594) - BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Typical northern French bière de garde, the ’ambrée’ variant. Moussy, off-white, creamy head retaining well on the edge but fairly quickly breaking in the middle, leaving thin patches of beige foam over the surface; clear very pure and intense orangey amber colour with coppery hue, becoming hazy and deeper copper with sediment; lively strings of tiny bubbles here and there. Notably sweet aroma of strong ripe banana (even some bubblegum isoamylacetate), sweet red apples fried in butter with brown sugar, marmelade, honey, Sultana raisins, amaretto, lightly toasted bread, peach, white pepper, caramel, damp straw, raw red cabbage, stewed beetroot, cloves, dried basil, hint of tea. Expectedly sweet taste, lots of banana ester and residual candi sugar sweetness, hints of apricot, raisins and fig, light basic sourishness underneath, softish carbo, slick and lean mouthfeel. Caramelly and lightly nutty malt middle, sweet with a toasted bittering edge in the end, meeting with herbal, lightly spicy hop bitterishness and an earthy, phenolic yeastiness yielding clove- and other old dried kitchen spice-like aromas retronasally. The tail carries some of the hop bitterness down into the throat but juicy malt sweetness prevails even with a remnant of the initial, more sugary sweetness; the toasted, more bitter effect lingers as well. Not an unpleasant beer, in all: technically decent and perfectly meeting the expectations of an amber-coloured BDG in both looks and general flavour, i.e. very much the same as a Wallonian strong amber, but a tad more ’clean’. This will never be my favorite style and this one is a bit too sweet for me, but all things considered, this is certainly acceptable for what it intends to be.
dnicolaescu (2045) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - OCT 11, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
BOTTLE 33 CL. Clear mahogany, beige creamy head. Fine baked fruit pie crust aroma, some harsher esters too. Taste: fruity, moderate caramel sweetness, fruity, drying and warming alcohol. Light bitter and somewhat salty finish. A good one.
ciocanelu (1425) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - OCT 8, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color with beige head. Aroma is mostly sweet, malty and sugary with some dried fruits on top. Taste is malty but not as sweet as expected. There is some earthy bitterness as well. Yeast esters and dried fruits complete the picture. Medium body with medium to high effervescence. Not a huge fan of the style but this beer is quite well executed.
Mister_Li (961) - GERMANY - AUG 27, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Klares orangerot mit wenig Schaum. Malzig, etwas Karamell, Nüsse, leicht fruchtig, würzig, sehr süffig.
Kita (1913) - Koper, SLOVENIA - AUG 25, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, 0.75l, shared with Gregor. Clear amber brown color with thin soapy tan like head and average sparkling appearance. Aroma of mildly roasted malt, caramel, herbs, yeast and mild medicinal character. Taste starts with medium sweet caramel and mild toasted note, following is slightly fruity and grassy, mouthfeel is rather dry, while finish is medium bitter. Medium body, slick texture and average carbonation in palate. Palatable, but a bit too dry for my liking...
psilosophy (679) - vitry en artois, FRANCE - AUG 3, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille de 75cl. Couleur rousse, mousse moyenne et de tenue moyenne. Avec ses malts caramélisés, on est dans la lignée d’ une jenlain ambrée, une légère acidité en plus, un peu moins onctueuse également. Carbonnation moyenne. Trouvée à Cora - Courrières.
daniele (8080) - ITALY - JUL 19, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottke bbe7/17 bel ambrato filo velata purtroppo quasi piatta fili ossidata maltato caramello amaro medio lieve riscaldante
AdrienAndMarie (14) - FRANCE - JUN 3, 2016
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bière ambrée de bel aspect, goût agréable mais faible en arômes et palet peu marqué...
VDuquerroux (1266) - Airvault, FRANCE - APR 16, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 33cL. Home. A sparkling amber clear beer with a medium white head ; medium retention. Roast, caramel, herb, sugar, fig, metallic note, nut. Medium sweet, round, light dry refreshing ; bitter note. Medium body, thin texture, average carbonation, sweet roasty finish. Overall, a pleasant sweet amber malty ale.
BlackHaddock (6375) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle at home on 8th April 2016; poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru badged stemmed tulip glass. What a lovely colour, bright Amber with beige top. Malty and alcoholic in nature, semi-sweet yet there is a bitter bite in the flavour also, the nose is all malt, but taste wise it is not one dimensional, like a bitter tasting toffee really with some fruit esters thrown in.