Alengrin (3670) - BELGIUM - NOV 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Collab between Struise and Molen, vintage bottle at Kulminator, shared with Tim Webb, Craftmember and other beer enthusiasts. Initially thick and creamy, light beige coloured head, thinning and eventually all but disappearing; cloudy robe with very dark burgundy colour. Aroma of cocoa, caramel, hazelnut, milk chocolate, cloves, old madera, dried banana, beef stock, bayleaf, damp earth and autumn leaves. Soft sweet onset of candied date, dried apricot and banana, sourish balsamic vinegar touch, old sherry oxidation but fitting in quite well, soft carbo, supple and fluffy mouthfeel of caramelly, lightly nutty malt sweetness topped by a fairly strong chocolate quality; mildly spicy hops in the finish but no ’deep’ bitterness, a bit herbal, with the sherryish oxidation coming back retronasally; chocolatey sweetness lingers. Probably a bit too old already and opinions were consequently divided, but I liked it; reminded me a bit of Ayinger Celebrator or Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel. I do suspect the nostalgia of being in the Kulminator again after many a year may have helped in appreciating this, though...
mike_77 (4317) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 32 months past BB date - Dead pour, no head or carbonation. Has a really rich, malty vinous aroma. Flavour has chocolately notes, dark fruity malts with prunes and figs. Texture is oily and thick.
JefVerstraete (2297) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JUN 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Demervallei, Aarschot. Brown colour, white foam. Medium carbonation. Notes of caramel and dark fruit. Rather sweet with light bitter finish. Ok beer.
Hermod (4964) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ pikkulintu. Bb 09/2011. Dark brown, almost no head. Bready, slight vinegary notes, sweet dark fruity notes. Flavor has plums, bread, sweetness. Clearly not in best shape anymore.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
Theydon_Bois (14315) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Kulminator, Antwerpen, 26/09/13.
Murky chestnut brown with a moderately sized tan covering.
Nose is caramel, dark malts. light booze, spice, dark fruit.
Taste comprises light cocoa, treacle toffee, bready notes, dark malts, brown sugars, touch of booze.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry sweet finish.
teorn88 (4702) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle at Bruce’s, thanks to Paul. It pours amber with small beige head. Aroma is sweet with malt and caramel. Some fruits. Taste is mostly sweet with caramel and plums and some booze. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, good.
Scopey (10026) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Pre-Zwanze Tasting. It pours deep mahogany brown with a small beige head. The nose is roasty, toast, fig, date, plum, prune and caramel. The taste is caramel, wood, earth, toast,alcohol, light oxidiation, brown sugar, light bitterness and earth with dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. A well-rounded and very drinkable Doppelbock.
Leighton (15306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Pre-Zwanze Tasting - London. Pours mostly clear ruby wuth a fine, creamy head. The aroma has dried berries, rich bread, toffee, dates and figs. Medium sweet flavor with mellow alcohol, lots of ripe and dried fruits, bread. Medium to full bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Sweet finish with mellow leafy bitterness, toffee, rich figs, bread. Very nice.
kraddel (4952) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at kulmi . Very succeed for the style , but i hate these german tastes ib veer
shoulderbroken (3061) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Might be a bit old. Murky brown, not much head. Aroma is caramel, bit boozy. Taste is sweet, bit of spice. Quite slick. Maybe a bit old. Feels boozier than it is. Pretty much flat and lifeless but not so bad. Tastes ok but not particularly appealing.