ThisWangsChung (836) - 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!
Beerowl80 (181) - - JUL 17, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours ruby brown. Aroma of raisin, fruitcake, plums and sherry. Taste is rich and sweet and a little boozy. Great after dinner drink. Very enjoyable.
gattinko (108) - Trnava, - JUL 9, 2016
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Výborne spravene pivko, vyvážená chuť, nie príliš cítiť tie grády čo to má, pri pití cítim obrovsky pôžitok
MiamiBarman (59) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark copper color, pillowy off-white head. Very slightly hazy but not overly noticeable. Not exactly an explosive aroma. You get some breadiness, dried fruit, and holiday fruitcake aromas, but they’re not really screaming at you. On the palate, it’s a totally different story. A quite explosive combination of figs, raisins, dates with a very warming and vinuous effect on the aftertaste that tells you the story of this 12% abv Eisbock. Not for the faint of heart! As the beer opened up, i got some whiffs of barbecue smoke to go along with the other sweet notes.
GoddamnNoise (36) - Pontevedra, SPAIN - JUL 3, 2016
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: alcohol is present. Yeast, fruits, spices. Some weird aromas not very pleasant i couldn’t identify.
Appearance: very deep amber-brown color, cloudy, very thin white-beige head with very little retention. Lots of sediments in the bottle, it’s hard to keep them away from your glass.
Taste: medium sweetness, medium sourness, medium bitterness.
Palate: creamy texture, medium-to-full body, average carbonation, long bitter and little sour and pungent finish.
Overall: not very nice appearance or aroma but very interesting mouthfeel. Surprising mix of flavors (roasted malts, caramel, frutis, spices), the warming effect of the high alcohol level is present and long. Very long bitterness and spiciness, almost pungent at finish. Not much of my favourite type of beer, but very complex ans surprising beer. Interesting.
HighH2O (60) - - JUL 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a store in Stuttgart, DE. Fabulous pour, dark with a two finger beige head. Plum, sourdough, wheat fruity mix. I little on the sweet side but a great balanced brew.
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17Beer (198) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 23, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of wheat and alcohol, yeast and lacquer. Pours a muddy, hazy brown with an off-white, short head that rapidly dissipates. Big flavors of wheat and sourdough with sweet caramel notes and not unpleasant alcohol. Not subtle but pretty balanced. Fizzy mouthfeel and medium to high carbonation. Not my favorite style but its pretty impressive.
caribou43 (493) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 19, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
I bought this bottle at Drink of the World, Lucerne. I drank it in Bonfol. It is the same version than the Aventinus with a stronger degrees of alcohol and in my opinion even better. The taste is perfect, plum, apricot, malt, sugar, caramel, hop, well balanced and like a syrup. The body is brown and red, low-middle carbonation, white and brown foam. I love it and the best it is to drink this beer with a nice meat.
UjoKlobasa (524) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 18, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark chestnut color, cloudy liquid, tan head, heavy sedimentation. Aroma of banana, orange, generally fruits, alcohol, white wine, cognac. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter. Good one.
toscanoigor (82) - Belo Horizonte, BRAZIL - JUN 17, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Uma cerveja intensa: marrom, turva, com boa formação de espuma. Aroma complexo de trigo, leveduras, figo, chocolate e um toque de cravo. Na boca, é doce, frutada, encorpada, com o álcool realçando o sabor. Final levemente amargo, que persiste, e picante. Uma beleza!
wiedrzensky (730) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 9, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours is cloudy amber to brown with medium persistent beige head. Aroma is fruity, wheat, touch of yeasts, banana, peach, plum, lot of spices. Taste is medium sweet, fruity mouthfeel. Heavy body with massive malty background, alcohol warmth, spicy character, oily to creamy texture, lively carbonation, spicy aftertaste. Beautifully complex beer, awesomely ballanced.