HonusWagner (1428) - Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve debated my 1000th rate for a while. Should it be Gratitude, as a symbol of the thanks I’d need to give to the many great beer geeks, here and elsewhere, who have generously shared with me on my journey down the rabbit hole? Should it be La Fin Du Monde, the first microbrew I ever tracked down, only to hate it when I wasn’t aware that it was meant to be poured into a glass? Should it be the rarest walez imaginable, regardless of emotional significance?
I settled on none of these things, because ultimately rating beer is about expanding ones horizons, about loving the art even when it gives you things like Peated Black Hole and any sour beer produced by Dark Horse. This random, potentially delicious, beer in my fridge represents my belief that ratings milestones are just markers on the endlessly rich journey of a beer geek.
Pour is dark brown or black but with the sort of light, bubbly head you expect from a black ale rather than the frothy, creamy head of a stout or porter. Aroma is a fascinating melange of characters, a light hint of soy sauce, a spicy character reminiscent of the DeCiccos/Captain Lawrence chestnut beer, some kind of stone fruit character, maybe plums, a dash of fusels/alcohol in the nose, minor smokiness, earthy, overall a bit like a malbec, very complex and fascinating. Taste is a bit sweet up front, modest carbonation carries the fruit flavor to the forefront with spice notes of black pepper not far behind. Earthy, semisweet, clean on the back end, minimal bitterness. Mild tartness, curious. Highly drinkable. Good stuff.
From here we go sublime.
eduardovl (867) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle served in a flute glass.
A: Pours a dark brown color forming a huge and aired bubbled beige head. Great retention and lots of soapy and lingering lacings left in the glass
S: Quite peculiar in the nose. Sweet, fruity and citrus followed by some roasted malts followed by some sort of weird mix of tropical fruits (like watermelon and pineapple) and spices
T: Slightly sweet taste. Roasted malts. Tropical fruits and spices. Slightly sour. Medium bitterness
M: Medium body and carbonation. Watermelon aftertaste
O: Great drinkability. Peculiar and interesting beer
[ BA Review @ 8/3/2014 ]
Fatehunter (1274) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a thin head on a dark red colored body.
The aroma has lots of caramel, chocolate, milk and roasted malt. Nicely complex.
The taste roasted malt sweetness with a bitter lemon back-note, some chocolate, finishes with a little sweet touch.
The texture is smooth with good fizz.
Enjoyable and different.
AdiBeer (1358) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: light grain, medium caramel malts. Appearance: hazy, dark brown, hardly any head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: sweet continue, intense caramel and breed malts, soft carbonation, some toasted flavours, light bitters coming up in the average-long finish. Overall: excellent Belgian Ale, very well-balanced. Pint at Top Hops, Manhattan.
sudomorph (644) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Dob 11/05/13. Pours a super dark ruby with a three finger, frothy, khaki head. Aroma has great notes of candy sugar, bubble gum, dark fruits, caramel, and yeast. Taste is balanced. Dark fruits, caramel, candy sugar, bubble gum, yeast, and a drawn out aftertaste. Medium body with a high carbonation. Clean in the mouth with a huge, effervescent carbonation. Overall a really interesting beer. Big saison flavours mixed with caramel, dark sugar, and dark fruits.
BVery (6612) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Deep brown-mahogany pour with a frothy dense head. Malty, dark fruit, and delicious. I’m really digging this.
JK (4522) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Summer Beer Dabbler 2014. Good malt. Thick palate. I’m not sure about calling this a Belgian ale due to the dark color, but in any event there is flavor of dried fruit; figs; a sweet malt.
Aurelius (4236) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rex want the parents. Classy label. Deep cola brown, foggy beer. Then, lacey white head. Malty, fruity, dark dubbel aroma. Very rich and satisfying. Lots of dark fruit: raisins, dates, figs. Light molasses. Moderately sweet, mouthy. Bitterness kicks in on the side of the tongue. Nice bocky aftertaste. 12 oz bottle. ABC Liquors, Betton.
BelgianBeerGal (3201) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft in a fat chalice at Fishale. Dark brown pour with a tan ring. Aroma is light milk chocolate and coffee. Odd flavor. Slightly bitter with hints of booze. Interesting I suppose.
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Had this once before, apparently never got the score down. Dark translucent brown. Nice herbal malty aroma. Dry roasted finish with a little dark fruit, spice, malt and earthy hops. Lightish in body, but quite complex. Nice brew."
Lisowczyk (59) - POLAND - SEP 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Barwa ciemnego brązu, pod światło rubinu. Piana niska, utrzymuje się dziurawy kożuch. Piwo tajemnica. Są nuty zbożowe, śliwka, czekolada, owoce, ciasteczka, wanilia, ale prawdziwą robotę czynią dodatki nieznane. Rewelacyjny bukiet jako całość, a nie pojedyncze smaczki.