ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 1/9/2013.11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. 2010 vintage.
A: Pours a very dark brown with good opacity due to the haziness of the yeast. Huge yeast particles settle on the bottom of the glass. This features really impressive head retention for 12% - I poured it about 4 minutes ago and thereís still a solid off-white colored film left on top.
S: The first thing I notice is huge dark fruit sweetness, along with lighter fruit esters and even some faded hops. After a while, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and chocolate will enter the picture. Thereís a noticeable oxidation to the aroma, giving it both a stronger fruit vibe along with an underlying soy note to it. The alcohol presence is mercurial; itís about what I expected.
T: Flavors start off with a lot of ripe cherries and wheat malt. Afterwards, it shows hints of soy sauce (in a mild, pleasing fashion), chocolate, ripe pear, and apple. Not quite as deep, or even as intensely flavored as I expected. Once it warms up, it becomes more and more boozy without really contributing much complexity, and after a while becomes even sweeter; though it also becomes spicier in the finish as well. So yeah, this does have a bit of complexity and depth to it. Warts and all, this is a hell of an experience - and honest to God, itís enjoyable.
M: At the first sip, itís just about the silkiest damn thing Iíve ever put in my mouth. After a while, it becomes a bit more astringent and even boozy. Combined with the carbonation, it features that subtle íairy sponge cakeí quality to the texture. While itís hard for me to taste the alcohol, itís very easy to notice on the tongue, esophagus, and stomach - the syrupy finish doing its job to an extent.
O: Fresh, Iím sure the booze would knock my tongue out, but itís done a good job of evolving into something soft and mellow...ish. I seriously canít imagine how boozy this would be with only a month or two of age on it. The warmer it gets, the harsher it gets - and the less I want to drink it. Worth a try, but drink cold!
Werckmeister (46) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - NOV 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy brown color. fruity sweetish smell of banana, alcohol, liqueur subtle honey notes. sweet full body. opulent alcohol. heavy but good.
gregnsteve01 (20) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
mtu71 (103) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 24, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Small head. Hazy brown. Chokolate and amaretto on aroma. Strong, herbs, amaretto, chokolate, salmiac and banana on taste. Thick, smooth and edgy palate. Complex, rich and warming. Excellent!
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
SperkeleForce (594) - FINLAND - NOV 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2014 Bottle 33 cl. Pours murky brown ugly with smooth brownish tan lacing head. Notes of banana, spices, herbs, clover, dark fruits. Plentyfull taste.
Jyrsa (88) - - NOV 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear with an off-white head from a bottle. Very murky but surprisingly light brown. Nose has banana, sweet malt, alcohol and chocolate. Mouth is Liquorice, fruits and a nice bouquet of malty flavours. Taste is sweet with maybe a hint of saltiness. Body is full with a sticky texture and finish is medium. A nice way to celebrate the first snow of the winter.
Beerheart65 (1018) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky dark brown to black, dense light brown head is short. Sweet with ripe fruits like banana, apple, alcohol, herbs, yeast, plum. Crisp, medium body, alcohol evident, long finish with ripe fruits...and alcohol. Just an opinion but I did not much like this, lots of alcohol and ripe fruits. Itís complex, nuanced but this was obviously wrong day for this much flavor. Well-done beer with lots to analyze/enjoy anyway.
docsteigs (536) - Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of rich dark fruit mild toast with hints of sweet. Attractive pour, very inviting. Taste is rich, malty, warming, mild toast with hint of chocolate. Mouthfeel is rich creamy with warm finish.
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trotwood (34) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Outstanding. Intensive plums in the foreground. Warming, but not dominating, alcohol. Rich texture. What bothers me are the disguisting fluffies and a little gushing I had.
monacomelody (23) - Bavaria, GERMANY - NOV 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Das ist DAS Bier! Geschmacklich das beste was ich bisher getrunken habe! Dieses Bier ist ein Erlebnis!
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Alengrin (2355) - BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2014 There arenít many Eisbocks in their own country of origin and this is a relatively new one, but already a classic. Pours a very deep and dark mahogany brown colour, cloudy, under a crackling, light beige, moussy head slowly dissolving under influence of the considerable ABV but nevertheless retaining quite well; upon opening the bottle, it slowly creeped up the neck, so a certain form of gushing can be observed here. Powerful aroma of intense maltiness and fruitiness, overripe bananas and banana liqueur, the kind of chocolate sauce one pours over a dame blanche, amaretto, kahlua, butterscotch, cloves, something vaguely íanimalisticí (leather?), raisins, candied dates, slight wheatiness, pipe tobacco, Belgian chocolates, brown rhum, cinnamon, apple cake, sour apple peel, fresh oranges, bayleaf. Taste immediately íattacksí with a big but noble sweetness, candied fruits and bananas everywhere, oily, thick and near syrupy mouthfeel, chocolate sauce, caramel candy, medium carbonation, smooth and evolving into a rich finish of profound and chewy bittersweet chocolatey maltiness, sugary liqueur effects with strongly warming, drying but not obnoxious alcohol, a light wheaty sourishness with enlightening effect and a gentle but noticeable, herbal hoppiness; the caramelly sweetness is what lasts the longest. Fantastic and a must taste for those who appreciate thick and big, dark, sweet ales; its deep chocolatey maltiness is somewhat reminiscent of the best of Belgian trappist abts or dark Christmas ales. Delicious dessert beer and a great sipper for a cold winter evening.