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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Dark chestnut colored ale with a nice steady off-white head. Aroma is all about finesse, loads of blossoms and spring flowers. The mouth-feel is refined, playful and complex with Saison-like peppery flavors. Soft nutty after taste with a bite."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18742) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2013 Bottle at the Pre-Zwanze Tasting - Bruceís in London. Thanks to Paul. Pours lightly hazy brown with a creamy head. Rich bready malt nose, some brown sugar and caramel, hints of age. Big sweet flavor with sugary bread, caramel, hints of chocolate, doughy bread. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, some aged dark malts, caramel, light alcohol, dates. Very nice. Has aged well. Interestingly, I get some quite different characteristics compared to when I tried this on draft a few months ago. (3.7)

Tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013 - Day 2, Session 1. Pours clear, deep orange with a strong, creamy crown. Sugary wheat in the nose, candi sugar, lightly toasted dough. Big sweet flavor with sugary dough, further candi sugar, light alcohol, hints of herbs. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lightly warming finish with sticky sugars. The sweetness is somewhat cloying at times. (3.5)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (17734) - KŲln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 7, 2013
Herb wŁrziger, wenig sŁŖer Antrunk. Schokoladig, mild trocken alkoholisch. WŁrzig, herber werdend, Kršuternoten, schokoladig. Intensiver, gut. 11/910/9/9/8/9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Draft. Pours hazy gold thick white head, moderate lacing. Aroma is yeast, pepper, citrus. Taste is dry with pepper, pineapple, brett, white bread. Very crisp and easy drinking. Slight pleasant booze burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Pours a dark brown color with a very creamy, tan head. Aroma has a lot of caramel, yeasty esters -cherry, apple, red wine, light phenol finish. Flavor starts off with smooth caramel, toasted malt kick with notes of wheat later on. Lot of yeasty esters come through late with raisin, cherry and red wine flavors. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Body is light, modest amount of carbonation. Overall a good brew with some unique character too it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2013
CBC - Red Session, ōsterbro, Copenhagen, DK. Tap, 050513. Amber with white head. Aroma of yeast. Flavor with fruit, caramel and spices

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6029) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle. Rusted amber with a short tan head. Nose is rather boozy and flowery with earthy notes, straw, yeast and ripe fruits. Taste is flowery up front with light herbal notes, sweet malt, toasted grains, ripe fruits, booze and yeast. Body is medium with a light, bubbly carbonation and moderate warmth. Finishes with more earthy and flowery notes, soft spice, malt, ripe fruit, yeast, straw and booze.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
popery (2017) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Pours a reddish amber. It would be dark for Belgian golden, but itís pretty light for a BSDA. They should just call this a Belgian ale and leave it at that. Small to medium off-white head. Fades to not much after a couple minutes. Just a bit of lacing. The aroma is raisins, pepper, caramel and some nutty, toasty malt. Thereís also a light spice touch, almost like a woody cinnamon, possibly the flowers coming out in an odd way. The taste is pretty sweet with a bunch of toasty malt. It dries out some in the finish with a woody, floral aftertaste. Peppercorn spice throughout, pretty strong. Slight medicinal note - Iím not normally a fan but it works well, here. For the floral side, I wish there was a bit more rose and less jasmine, which Iím not a big fan of in beer. That said, the flowers are much more restrained than I expected. Stillwater does a very good job with not overdoing oddball ingredients in their beers. Little booze evident, just some warmth at the end. Decent bitterness towards the finish, sort of a leafy tobacco flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty light for the abv and initial sweetness. Overall, itís a pretty good BSDA, but despite the complexity, Iím left a bit unsatisfied. The flavors just donít quite play off each other well, for my palate anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
375 ml bottle bought in DC at a fairly steep $12 price tag. Slightly hazy chesnut brown covered by a mostly lasting light beige foam. Perfumey, very floral nose which has some elegance, but the floweriness hides most of the subtleties underneath. Itís not agressive, but very forward and too strong a perfume to give sidekicks like cereals any chance. In mouth, itís easier to graps nuances such as toffee (albeit there is not much residual sugars in here), clovey, peppery and anisey intense phenols, burnt toast and hay. Pleasant and complex enough, though fairly alcoholic in mouth, it plays in the ground of sippers, yet has fresh and bright aromas. The contrast is unusual and the perfume is focused on flowers to the point where it may very well be a love or hate situation for many. I tend to lean toward the curious category myself, appreciating the particular challenge and typicity, but not finding here something I would want to drink with any regularity even if it were not for the steep price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (4101) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2013
Pours murky brown amber with pretty much no head. Aroma of yeast, hay, barnyard, earth, butterscotch, light corinthians, Taste is lightly astringent bitter with a mellow balancing sweetness and tons of barrel and alcohol. Body is light to medium sticky with soft carbonation. Did I mention the alcohol? Itís all over the place!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (5840) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Aroma is dark fruit, berries, malts, flowers, alcohol and slightly perfumed. The flavor is malts, dark fruit, slight sweetness notes and a tangy/mildly alcoholic finish.

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