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!
danielyabu (1073) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - MAR 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
large creamy offwhite head. good lacing. fully lasting. sparkling thick light brown body. aroma: moderate yeasty, dough, banana, clove. if: moderate sweet light bitter. ff: moderate sweet light bitter; long duration. palate: medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, metallic heavy alcoholic finish. Espuma mais duradoura até hoje. Delicioso dulçor alcoólico lembrando dulçor de banana e com toques maltados. violentíssimo aquecimento alcoólico (12%). Baixa drinkability devido àquele fator. Dulçor banana-passa. 120 s
jamesie1857 (1187) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle from Beer Hawk - Deep ruby to black body, thin off-white covering. Nose is a banana-caramel-toffee aroma, with the obvious alcohol presence giving it a daunting feel. Almost smells like a booze soaked loaf of banana bread. The taste and mouthfeel is boosted by a big boozy warmth, with a complex sweetness carrying it through to a nice robust spicy finish. Love this one! Prost indeed!
aleigator (75) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nut brown color, with a decent white head, leaving no lacing.
Aromas of hazelnut, banana, malt, plums, not as intense as the Aventinus.
Malt driven, supported by yeast and banana flavor, with a lot of spicy cloves and alcohol, enwrapped by sugar. Alcohol becomes too present for my taste as the malt sweetness begins to vanish, gets supported only by sugar. Beer turns from very sweet to sharp bitter in a split-second, due to the alcohol. Carbonation is fine, supporting the body of the beer. Oily, honeyed mouthfeel. This may just be a little too extreme for my taste, I dont find many nuances in this beer, as my tongue seems to get numb by the obvious alcohol. First impression is surprisingly refreshing, medium-bodied, fruity and warm. Then my palate gets hammered by lots of sugar, followed by alcohol and alcoholic bitterness, which warms my belly.
Although I dont love it, I have to admit that the beer by itself is somehow convincing. Its something you should take your time with, to adjust to the taste and furthermore the goal of the beer. As this is the first warm week of Spring in this year, I find it hard to imagine the streets around my room covered in snow. But I think thats when you should drink this, to warm yourself up. When it is very, very cold. And you don’t mind a sugar rush, followed by an alcohol overdose, because it fits to the overall situation. This is a special beer for special ocasions, you shouldn’t drink it as an every day beer. Get ready for it, and try to enjoy.
turbothy (1046) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAR 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours chestnus with no head. Minimal carbonation. Sweet aroma. Smooth, malty flavour. Pleasant sipping, goes down smooth and oily.
Beerhunter111 (3418) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein trübes dunkelbraunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr hefig fruchtig, überreife Bananen, süß. Geschmack stark süß fruchtig, Dörrobst, sehr reife Früchte, alkoholisch.
NatKadaw (80) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks almost Grey brown, not very appetizing, but tastes like a quadrupel with a German yeast, and the signature banana clove flavor. Dark fruits and slight alcohol burn
ineedbeer (519) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 2013.
Aroma has a nice malt character with a lot of dried fruit notes related to the malt. Lots of toasted bread and dark caramel and toffee. Moderate chocolate notes and faint roast. Lots of raisin, lighter prune and fig with a bit of berry character.
Pours a murky brown with some lighter brown boots on the edges. Medium thick, moderately sized tan head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it lingers for a bit. Light leaving and medium sized legs.
Flavor is fairly sweet with quite a bit of dark caramel and toffee. Moderately high chocolate notes with faint roast. Lower toasted bread notes than in the aroma. Lighter fruit nous than in the aroma. Medium light raisin and prune along with faint berry and fig. Medium light bitterness. Finish has some alcohol spice, faint roast and toasted bread along with faint chocolate and moderate raisin.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall a pretty enjoyable beer with a really nice malt character and a light, but balanced fruit character. The alcohol is well hidden behind the malt sweetness. The beer is dominated by malt and Maillard reactions - if that is your thing you will like the beer. Not much yeast character.
Cousin_Larry (218) - - MAR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Plum aroma. Burn and flavor similar to brandy. A little too sweet for my liking but a decent beer.
Grzesiek79 (2913) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 6, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle Limited 2012. Piwo swietne zapach powala. Rumu sliwek moczonych, piernika. W smaku dochodza rodzynki w alkoholu. Alkohol ukryty ale lekko sie jednak go wyczuwa, ale to ten szlachetny a nie czysty etanol. Wyglad piwa to ciemno fioletowo brazowa barwa, metna ze spora lepkoscia. Na dnie az sie klei od osadu. Bezowa i gigantyczna piana. Stoji dlugo. Naprawde przy takim alkoholu nie opada prawie wogole. Tresciwe i po prostu super bardzo smaczne. Szczegolnie polecam
logattogigi (26) - - MAR 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Un classico tedesco delle birre invernali. La doppelbock "ghiacciata", un puro concentrato di alcol e sapore. Colore rosso rubino, schiuma densa e bianca molto persistente. Profumi di malto e frutta. Corpo molto denso, gusto di caramello, nocciola e alcol. Birra impegnativa, da bere con moderazione.