richlamb (8) - - OCT 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very pleasant drinking ale, with a fairly "generic" flavour, lacking the complex malt profile of a true scotch ale. The aroma vaguely malty, with something like a brett character (hard to tell after all the french cheese I’ve been eating). The flavour is nicely malty with a lingering bitterness (slight harshness) in the aftertaste. Combined with a medium body, this is very easy to drink, but I wouldn’t rave about it.
hednom (35) - Messelbroek, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (25cl) from Delhaize. Dark beer with beige head. Aroma of roasted malts. medium sweet flavor. nothing special
Alengrin (2464) - BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
AB InBev’s recreation of a beer by the long-closed brewery Wielemans which had been in existence since 1926, hence the old-fashioned label. Pale beige, creamy, thinnish head, colour very dark mahogany, clear with no real fizz. Sweet and malty aroma of caramel, chocolate liqueur, raisins, candied figs, brandy, cake, meat broth, fried eggs, candi syrup, cloves, dried orange peel, ginger powder and the expected pasteurization. Soft sweet taste of obvious candi syrup (which has likely been used for colour), raisins but no ’real’ living fruitiness, something artificially sweet not unlike aspartame, very caramelly, a bit metallic, rather thin body with low carbo, straightforward but becoming more dryish towards the end, somewhat chalky, leafy hop bitterishness and a touch of roasted bitterness, but the candi syrup sweetness cloys a bit and dominates the finish. Feels artificial like most of AB InBev’s products, but it does reflect a forgotten tradition of ’Belgian Scotch’ beers; reminds me a bit of Gordon Finest Scotch or Watneys Scotch Ale. Not the worst I had from AB InBev, I must admit - but a watered down and industrial beer if compared with the legion of Belgian winter ales which are actually Scotch-style, but refuse to admit it.
deanso (5739) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
25cl bottle from a friend.
Thick white head. Clear deep amber pour. An odd aftertaste which I can’t place. Not bad.
lesio (1) - Ostroda, POLAND - NOV 5, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark colours with beige head. Flavour is middle sweet with taste of caramel and cold coffee. Served in. 25l bottle.
Theydon_Bois (9960) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Keg at Kunstemaecker, Steenkerke, 17/10/14.
Rich mahogany brown with a decent beige covering.
Nose is sweet maltings, dark fruit, brown sugar, nutty tang, brown bread, toffee.
Taste comprises mellow dark fruits, nutty, toasted brown sugar, fruit loaf.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation with light spritz keeping the sweetness at bay slightly and upping the drinkability.
Ok Scotch Ale (whatever the fuck they are) !
Sten (675) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark beer with a small beige head. Sweet aroma of roasted malts. Flavour is medium sweet, caramel, roasted malts and bit watery. (Bottle 25cl)
martinrumsam (546) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Brown red colour with beige head. Malt , caramel dark fruit aroma. Taste quite sweet to start - caramel becoming quite bitter in the finish. Slightly harsh. Thin mouthfeel. Ok. Just that
Bamsen78 (3427) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught @ Le Trappiste, Brugge. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby / copper brown with small off-white head. Clear aroma of fruit with some vinous touches and notes of malt and hops. Sweetish flavour of fruit and malt, with notes of hops and some sourish touches. Sour-sweetish finish. OK but just that for the style.
Borresteijn (4928) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Graspop Metal Meeting. Served very cold. Dark brown colour, beige head. Aroma of brown sugar, hint of chocolate, some plums. Flavour is more brown sugar, cola, some chocolate, light bitter finish, light fruity. Light-bodied. Not much going on here.
mmahut (1121) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 29, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Deep dark red body with low head. Aroma is caramel with cocoa notes, licorice, cold coffee. Taste has coffee sweetness, with low earthy bitternes. Body is full, high carbonation.