ThisWangsChung (826) - 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!
greks (72) - GERMANY - JUL 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0,33 Flasche vom E-Center Stengel. Karamell-Kastanien-farbend, ölig, kaum Kohlensäure, wunderschöner Schaum. Riecht nach Marzipan, Nelken, malzig, Aroma Explosion! Schmeckt nach Marzipan, Nelken, Kaffee, Röstmalz, Feigen, auch hier eine Aroma Explosion. Im Aftertaste würzig-hopig, leicht bitter und sehr wärmend am Gaumen, Wow!
GlassBrass440 (289) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thick, dark, cloudy brown with no head. Aromas of banana, raisins, alcohol, fruitcake and honey. Flavours bring banana, caramel, alcohol, molasses, and raisins. Hints of smoke in the late palate. Thick bodied with a light carbonation that occasionally pokes the tongue. Sweet, fruit cake finish.
szeli (59) - GERMANY - JUL 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
brown with a frothy, brown foam
caramel, banana, clove, raisin, plum
heavy cloying sweetness, caramel, alcohol, banana, clove, raisin, plum
full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish,
Johnstledger8 (216) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark hazy ruby red with a mostly fading off white bubble head. Aroma of red fruits, berries, woody, caramel, cookie dough. Taste is of caramel, berries, red grapes, treacle. Medium to hard carbonation, oily mouthfeel. Great beer.
Hikeg (39) - - JUL 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear dark brown with big off-white rocky head. Aroma is heavy malty with notes of caramel, cookie, milk chocotale and bread. Light hoppy aroma, heavy yeast aroma with notes of dough, soap and broth. Notes of alcohol, peach, toffee and maple syrup. Heavy sweet, moderate bitter with long finish. Moderate acidic. Somewhat (dried) fruity notes. Body is full, palate is creamy, carbonation is lively, light astringent, moderate to heavy alcoholic finish feel.
Cristobal37 (369) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - JUL 18, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very similar to Aventinus but less head. Banana clove wheat and malts. Warming alcohol. Fig and raisin. The malty mixture and booze are strong with this one. Badass.
arnold931 (846) - Iowa, USA - JUL 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy brown with no head. Nose and taste is banana, burnt caramel and brown sugar. Lots of alcohol. Good.
smcolw (600) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy, light brown color. Large spots for lace. Moderate head.
Smells of banana, clove and semisweet chocolate.
Lots of wheat on the tongue. Some sweet bread flavor as well. Strong banana in the swallow. A slightly sweet aftertaste. Good body with a high carbonation level. Very smooth.
tarmok (416) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUL 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy amber liquid with yellowish head. Aroma: nitro solvent, alcohol, caramel, banana. Taste: heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, banana, burnt caramel, bread, cherry compote. Palate: medium body, oily feel, average carbonation, long finish,
VamboladeTolly (743) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUL 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours brown with small beige head. Aroma is full of nitro solvent, malty, sweet notes, caramel, alcohol, banana, wheat, fruity. Taste is heavy sweet, burnt caramel, slight roast, bread, banana, fruity, alchohol. Medium to full body. Sweet finish.