Markm2151 (280) - toledo, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Soft Belgian aroma and palate, surprisingly little flavor. Malt background is there, but I don’t really get the carrot part
deyholla (8568) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a near clear deep amber purple with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of Belgian spice and a bit of earthy grains. Flavor has some potpourri with spiced grains underlying.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a deep brown colored body with a ruby hue. Finger-width, creamy and frothy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is malty and moderately sweet with a nice spice backing. Caramel, candi sugar, toffee, raisin bread, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, a somewhat fruity Belgian yeast, and touches of clove. Kind of carrot cake-ish. Flavor is similar. Toffee, caramel, raisin bread, candi sugar, and touches of cocoa up front with a light Belgian yeast fruitiness and balanced spicing throughout. The spices pick up a somewhat towards the end where it does resemble carrot cake a bit more. Finishes somewhat dry, lightly bitter and spicy, and has a mellow malt sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste with more of the Belgian yeast sticking out following a medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid beer. A gentle malt sweetness throughout with a balanced spicing and Belgian yeast presence. Not bad.
TheAlum (6428) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampler flight on tap at the brewery (Naperville, IL). Pours a deeper dark brownish chestnut pour. Darker and deep brownish ruby hues, gentle haze but near transparent though it’s deep and darker. A frothy offwhite head sits atop and laces as a mellow ring, laces small. Aromas are carmelized malts, toffee and toast. Touches of cocoa, spice, nutmeg and caramel, gentle ginger. Carrot cake is mellow, but darker. Carrotcake is mellow, a bit darker, carmelized, a touch of dark fruit from the Belgian influence as it warms. Initial is dark fruit and caramel, red fruit. That Scottish influence comes in, red fruit and caramel, toffee and gentle toast. Touches of spice, gentle cocoa, toffee. Touch of raisin, the Carrotcake spice asserts itself into the middle. Ginger, brown sugar, nutmeg. Backend shows some thickness, a touch sticky, red fruit and caramel, gentle spice lingers on, touch of dryness. A bit sticky. Darker malts are firm. Sticky and caramel, toffee, toast and carmelization. Spice dies out a bit, a bit cool and spicy lingers on. Ok. Odd beer that melds flavors and styles I never expected. Oddity.. Not bad but not something I could indulge in often.