harrisoni (12648) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating 6000 (I promised myself that I would stop at 3k, oh well). And what better way to celebrate that landmark than with a Struise beer? My favourite brewery. Somewhere I would never have discovered without this site. I bought this 75cl bottle at the Alvinne beer shop at their brewery back in December 2008 and have been saving it for this moment. Iíve tasted this beer in 33cl bottles and so was interested to see how it would be in a 75 since the Pannepot Gran Reserva was so much better in the 75cl bottle. I was at the Struise farm when Urbain opened the package with the beer bottle labels for this beer, so I feel a bit of history with it. When he said that it was brewed for guys in Sweden, I never expected to get any, but then again I have been wrong before. As for the beer, well it is black with a thin tan head. Intense dark Belgian chocolate dominates the aroma, with some fig, tar, worn leather jackets and tobacco at the edges. Some woody notes as it opens up. In the mouth it is incredibly smooth. The carbonation is very soft indeed. Stupidly drinkable. Itís a bit like liquid Belgian chocolate but far less sweet. Bit of dryness on finish and the lasting taste of dark cherries. I suppose some coffee is present, but not overly dominant. The finish of dark cherries is quite superb. Alcohol isnít present at all. I had to slow myself down from guzzling the whole bottle in 5 minutes. Just so drinkable, I suppose the low carbonation helps that. Would happily drink this every day. Congratulations to all at Struise and Monks Cafe for producing such a good beer. This rating is dedicated to this site and all the users, brewers and other beer related people, who have helped me through this crazy and wonderful world of beer. Cheers to you all.
holdenn (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle thanks to xnoxhatex for sharing this. Pours a dark brown with a light brown head. Coffee, roast, malt, chocolate aromas with red fruit and cherries coming through. The cherries and red fruit flavors overpower the chocolate roast. Really fruity slightly sour but still a decent beer.
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330cl bottle shared by devon. thanks!.... cola brown pour with a thin film of light brown head... aroma of roasted malt and sligthly sour chocolate... sour roasty chocolate flavors with lively carbonation. didnít take well to it at first but got better as i had more. sour stouts and porters are definetely interesting but hard to do well.
BoBoChamp (5105) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl, new exclusive brew Anno 2008, from Den Bierzolder Heule, complex, yet easy to drink Porter, balanced, cloudy, good head, very good brew
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, thanks to xnoxhatex for sharing. pours black with tan head. nose is roasty, rubber, cherry, lactic. flavors of sour chocolate, lactic and pedio infection here, gross at first but kind of starts getting good although iím sure this wasnít intended.
Bontus (614) - Flanders, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Bonfunck. Placeholder rating. Raspberry, blueberry aromaís in a mild coffee like porter. Lacks bitterness. more sweet/sour.
Fin (7012) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle that I picked up at the Pre ZBF event at Alvinne Brewery early March 2009, consumed 26-03-09 Pours very dark brown with a light beige swiftly departing head. Aroma is a little sour, some rustiness, bit dark fruity. Tangy in the mouth, good bittersweetness some unripe plums, touch of bitter coffee but not as much as expected. Its decent stuff. A6 A4 F8 P3 OV14 3.5
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At BLES Bierhappening 2008, Zottegem, Belgium
Deep, black body. Creamy, lightly brown head. Aroma of strong malts, coffee, fruits. Intense flavour: quite sweet, lightly bitter. Drinks easily.
thebeertourist (4648) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Den Bierzolder. Dark brown with a creamy beige head. Tart fruit and roasted aromas. Good sour and roasted flavours. Full-bodied and smooth. Enjoyable.
17thfloor (2428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled several times and also on cask. Pours very dark clear brown with a small fizzy head. Roasty aroma, touch of coffee, and hint of tartness. I may be in the minority here, but I really like the acidity in this beer over top of the roast. Some decadent dark fruits as well, dry finish. Medium bodied but lighter mouthful, very easy to drink, nice lively sparkling carbonation, not sticky at all. I could drink these all day.