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RATINGS: 192   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Its deep complexity begins with a molasses sweetness with notes of dark fruits like raisin and fig and develop further with an undercurrent of tart spice from its distinctive Belgian yeast for a truly transfixing brew.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoufCustom (1104) - HONG KONG - AUG 28, 2015


750ml cork bottle opened with loud “pop” bought at Q-Club in SoHo, Central.

Looks: Translucent amber brown colour with no yeast sediments; One finger head and soapy light beige foam which fades in 30 seconds; Good sticky lacing with fizzy small carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and sweet rich malt, with fairly strong brandy, strong plum concentrate, strong raisins, strong caramel, toffee, chocolate, very strong molasses, strong spices and Bel yeast.

Taste: Strong sweet amber malt, with pretty strong plum, rum raisins, dark fruits, liquors, strong wood barrels, light funk, carbo, caramel, very strong molasses, strong spices, Bel yeast, light lemon, light bitter hops and grass.

Body: Mid to full. Slick and quite thick palate.

Mouth Feel: Thick and pretty rich amber maltyness, strongly-carboed to the tongue. The brandy liquor-ish character is quite light-weight and feel robbed, which is quite surprising. Very strong wood barrel with notable funk, very spicy with bits of cinnamon. Strong molasses but sweetness is just right. Not as Bel-yeasty as I thought it should, fair lemony hops to round. Pretty good.

Booze and Sweetness: The 10.2% is easy, and the oak barrels somehow brings it out quite easily, but never too harsh. No obvious knock on. That’s good!

Hoppiness: Strong spice in nose. Lemon, grass and strong cinnamon spice in taste. Bitterness is notable and for an abrupt, moderate astringent sweet malty finish.

After Taste: Slightly dry. Sweet, spicy and fairly bitter to mouth.

Comments: The first sniff and taste simply reminds me of a strong Belgian Amber got powered down, like a strongly-carboed and thinned Bush Noel. This one is straight-forward, has a variety of tastes but not layered, rather simple instead. This makes a easy drinking strong Belgian Amber, but perhaps too easy and I was expecting a fun-filled Quadrupel, which isn’t the case here. Okay and fairly decent but far from being great.

P.S.: This one is underwhelming for my #1100 rating, but I’ll take it. :-)

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weordie (365) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2015
Pours a purply brown with a tan head. Aroma is magnificent, loads of red grape, plum and black current. Vanilla notes, bourbon, bit of yeast. A very pleasant beer I’d happily have many times.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (4067) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2015
Bottle thanks to allmyvinyl. Appearance - muddy brown with a thing head. Nose - fudge and flatulence. Taste - fudge or brown sugar. Dried fruit. Figs. Palate - medium bodied with a creamy texture and a long dry finish. Overall - slightly underwhelming. Sorry.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eructoblaster (3395) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle - 750ml. Dark brown couldy body with an average beige foamy head. Well balanced malty/hoppy aroma with fruity, woody, and yeasty hints. Alcohol is not too agressive. Its robust malty/hoppy taste carries plummy, woody, and yeasty notes. Ends with a long, warming bittersweet finish. Enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (1778) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2015
Light but firm auburn brown, decent thin ringed head and wee bit of lacing. Decent enough greasy nutty, brassy enough and a biscuit and plummy. Currants later. Decent carb, long thick mouthfeel. Ripe nutty finish and a yeasty brassy linger.

Bottle, Beerhive, Decantillon Tasting

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BenH (3068) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2015
Bottle. Amber with white head. Aroma of caramel, earth, dried fruits. Taste of sherry, dried fruits, raisins, caramel. Sweet and bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (6586) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours clear amber with a thin beige head. Aromas of mixed peel, dried fruit, spice, light booze, toffee. Taste is sweet, rich, dried fruit. Light spice on the finish. Quite high carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6758) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2015
Bottle at craig’s. Pours deep amber, nose is caramel, toffee, light wood, dark fruit, taste is similar, light sweetness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (17632) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2015
bottle at home ... copper ... small tan head .. soft sweet toffee fruit nose ... soft sweet toffee .. bready fruits .. long fruit ... soft fruit ... ligth sweet toffee malt ... sweet toffee... quite fruity.. long raisins

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tsekouratos (492) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - AUG 4, 2015
750ml bottle from The Local Pub, Athens Greece. Pours a red clear color with a beige head. Aromas of plums, sugar, caramel. Taste is very sweet and becomes irritating after a while. Sugar and caramel with some dark fruits. Light thin body with low to medium carbonation. Was expecting something more.


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