HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (330ml). Via trade with glouglouburp - thanks again, Dany!. Slightly hazy deep amber pour with an average very lively fizzy beige head. Smells like so many decent Belgian brune ales - spicy, yeasty, roast caramel malt - this one, perhaps owing to the WinterBier name, seems a bit more Christmas pudding-like, sans the candied fruit. The taste follows, plenty of low-level dry peppery yeast, fruity, malty, hints of raisin and blush wine - reminds me of a lighter Chimay Blue. Average body, a little dry and vinous on the palate, medium length finish where the dry yeast comes out a bit --- solid drinker, nothing super special.
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2014 330ml bottle (Cracked Kettle)
Poured carefully with minimal yeast. Slightly hazy orangy-brown, and a healthy tight off-white head. Initially a big fruity aroma, but that segues into a slightly sour mashy aroma on swirling. Lively in the mouth, but not harsh, definitely needs the swirls. Reasonable burntness in the taste, toasted brown bread, spicy, and tangy hops. The hops are more akin to Dutch interpretations of the Belgian style - quite spiky and tingly bitterness. You can tell there’s 6% there, but it’s not objectionable, helps lift the aromas up the nose. Finish is toasty and hoppy, a little rubbery at the edges. Adding some yeast does soften it a little, without increasing the rubberiness.
Fukito (1018) - Santiago, CHILE - JUN 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, april 08. Turbid brown/ dark copper color with a medium, bubbly, slightly creamy beige head. Some raisins on the aroma, a slight touch of ripe bananas. Spicy/ toffee flavor with some slight vanilla reminiscenses. Slight alcohol burn. Medium to light palate, fizzy carbonatation hides a rather dry finnish. Coating sensation. Spicy but rather short aftertaste. Ok, rather plain light dubbel.
GRM (3738) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown bottle, 330ml, best before 02/10, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savoured on June 14 2008; eye: bronze, clear, good effervescence, voluminous tan head that remains, a bit of lacing; nose: Belgian yeast, spices, light alcohol, light ash, caramel, light orange; mouth: caramel, light ash, orange, candied fruits, finale where the alcohol becomes more present, mildly sweet, lightly bitter, full body, average carbonation; overall: correct
Bouteille brune, 330ml, meilleure avant 02/10, achetée via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savourée le 14 juin 2008; œil : bronze, claire, bonne effervescence, mousse fauve abondante qui demeure, un peu de dentelle; nez : levure belge, épices, léger alcool, léger cendré, caramel, léger orange; bouche : caramel, léger cendré, orange, fruits candis, finale où l’alcool devient de plus en plus présente, moyennement sucrée, légèrement amère, corsée, crémeuse, carbonatation moyenne; en résumé : correct
Dedollewaitor (15537) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl bottle. Birthday present from older brother: Pours Amber brown with a large creamy white head. Aroma is sweet malts - caramel & dried fruits. Taste is Sugar, yeast, dark fruit & caramel. Full bodied with a smooth though spritzy carbonation. Very dry end. Very drinkable yet nothing really speciel!
jerohen (2169) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Hazy brown coloured, lasting brown head. Caramel malty nose. Sweet sugary flavour. Dry finish, some bitterness. Unimpressive.
gnoff (9569) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(33 cl bottle at Cafe ’t Kelderke) On March 21, 2008. Sediment in bottom. Shady copper color, tan head. Sweet, sugar, a bit fruity scent. Sweet, herbal, sugar taste. Spritzy mouthfeel, low bitterness.
gunnfryd (14120) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 21, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, fruit, yeast, cellar notes. Flavour is dry, fruit, yeast, cellar notes, caramel, hop, sweet, spices. Many flavours , but i miss more body. Could be more.
jercraigs (9836) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008-03-07. As Brune. Brown body - chestnut? - with a good sized pillowy off white head. Aroma is a touch muted, dark fruit over sweet malt, very muted sugars. Average palate. Pleasant. Deserves more of a write up but I was a bit distracted looking around Beer Mania.
Bottle at Beer Mania, Brussels
davidpl (435) - Santiago, CHILE - MAR 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: amber some copper color. Great head of beige color, rocky, lasting and with good adherence to glass.
Aroma: yeasty, mainly, with butter and vanilla touches. Candy oranges and some slight clove smells. Liquory aroma with reminiscences of old rum.
Flavor: yeasty start, persistent, with butter, banana and sponge-cake reminiscences. Candy from the malts and fruitiness similar to peaches. Very slight spiciness similar to clove and ginger. Some light medicinal hoppiness in the end. Liquory final.
Palate: medium body with silky and semi-oily texture. Low carbonated.
Nice, with a liquory sensation big than the alcoholic degree write in the bottle.