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 there’s 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. There’s 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; it’s 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, it’s enjoyable.
M: At the first sip, it’s just about the silkiest damn thing I’ve 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 ’airy sponge cake’ quality to the texture. While it’s hard for me to taste the alcohol, it’s very easy to notice on the tongue, esophagus, and stomach - the syrupy finish doing its job to an extent.
O: Fresh, I’m sure the booze would knock my tongue out, but it’s done a good job of evolving into something soft and mellow...ish. I seriously can’t 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!
tone_leggett (6) - - APR 20, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, flavour packed and it almost covers the alc %. Almost...
Any beer that is 12% is going to expect respect.
This is a beer that will make the winter months pass. great taste with a warming alc %
Tayeth (115) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - APR 17, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Das Aroma ist eindeutig von Weizenbier geprägt: Banane, Hefe, Fruchtaromen, Brot. Geschmack dann stark bananig und alkoholisch, fast ein bisschen wie vergorene Bananen. Eine weitere starke Komponente ist ein sirupartiger Malzgeschmack. Insgesamt nicht so richtig ausgewogen und sehr süß. Würde auch als Likör ganz gut machen, aber in größeren Mengen nicht mein Ding.
gueuze (251) - - APR 17, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Geruch nach Kunststoff und Bananenweizen. Im Geschmack extrem süß. Starke Rezenz. Alkoholig. Hätte wohl noch lagern sollen..
9er (72) - Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty decent brew of semi-sweet taste and mild carbonation. The alcohol is obvious and there are sum rum raising esters of the malt showing through the sip. There is a bit of leathery banana, and a faint presence of bubblegum but extremely innocently present.
Beerathon (957) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My head is all over the place with this beer. Taste and smells extremely strong. Yes, it’s 12% ABV, but it tastes stronger than that. In the aroma is banana and clove, which is also in the flavor. Sweet malts are as well.
InPivoVeritas (196) - Bydgoszcz, POLAND - APR 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with small off-white head. Nice retention. Aroma of bread crust, caramel, raisins, hints of vanilla and clove. Very sweet with medium bitterness in the finish. Some herbal hop aroma. Huge body, high carbonation. Great on a cold, rainy evening. Very good beer.
azzie (59) - - APR 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Liquid is cloudy. Looks very thick. Full body. Medium to heavy sweetness. Smell and aroma of melon.
DuffLover (88) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Surprised this is rated lower than regular Aventinus. Better on draft than from the bottle, but still very good. Wheaty and sweet, hint of bread. I will have it with a pretzel.
gildnerk (71) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - APR 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flasche. Gießt dunkelbraun ein, fast ohne Schaumkrone und lediglich mit einem dünnen beigen Ring. Die Aromen sind süß-malzig mit Noten von Trockenobst, allerdings auch etwas von derben Trauben. Der Geschmack ist überwiegend süß mit fruchtigen Bananennoten, im Abgang etwas bitter ohne starken Alkoholgeschmack. Gut.
TutaBatuta (3) - BRAZIL - APR 7, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cerveja intensa, alcoolica mas nao agressiva. Toques de caramelo, damasco e uvas passas. Lembra a Carolus em alguns momentos. Bem escura, turva e com sedimentos, tipicas das brejas com trigo. Cerveja boa, eu curti.