MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks as always to Uncle Urbs.
Ok,so, Pre ZBF, end of the night, Urbs, Glenn, Davy, Peter and two other nice Belgian folks I donít know and myself were sat there drinking whisky and smoking cigars and ciggarettes that were far too strong for me in the amazingly cool smoking room out the back. The banter was great, everyone was drunk and life was good. For some reason, god only knows why, Urban left the room and came back with the only bottle in existance of this very special stuff and gives it to me. I carried it home like a new born baby Obviously, I needed to save this for a special moment. A small tasting thrown for The Cadís birthday was certainly the right moment. The general feeling on this was that it wasnít that amazing at Pre ZBF. Maybe now itís better, maybe Iím just a giddy, starry eyed fan boy, but this is special. Opaque black brown with a thin but lasting tan head and lots of Belgian lace. Incredibly deep, aged Aardmonnik aroma. All the barrel and red wine and fruit and liquorice and stuff that you didnít know existed is there but there is even more. The champagne yeast shows through but blends beautifully with the already phenominal base beer. Itís a strange one no doubt and itís taken a little while to fully appreciated it but I have a large glass here and I can take the time to get to know this cheeky little peach properly. The aroma flows effortlessly into the flavour and becomes one of the fullest most complex experieces I have had. Itís taken some time to get to know this one. 10cl in the middle of beer festival craziness is just not doing this justice. Last beer of the night, plenty sober enough to have all my faculties fully functioning, chilling out at home with just the four of us and a sizeable serving from a very large bottle has afforded me the time to think. And itís one of those where you do need to think. Aardmonnik and champagne is not something that sits right in mind or body instantly. But eventually the depth of the base beer and the bright excitement of the yeast suddenly make sense. How is this 16%? It goes down no stronger than the regular version, not something double the strength. God itís soooooo fruity. The sourness is utterly perfect and coupled with the tart bitterness that comes from the bubbly yeast, well, itís just one of those rare things of joy. The finish is so epic itís boarderline biblical. Such massive length, somehow it leaves me not needing another sip for a considerable time. Itís just such a joy to wait for the Aardmonnik to subside a feel the champagne sneak up on you. Like some sneaky pale skinned trilby hatted gent hiding down a side alley selling you things you know you shouldnít have... but you know you want. "Heyyyyy little piece of chicken, come and see uncle Mario, heís got some special stuff for ya..." Yup, Iím sold. This one is special folks, donít let the hasty beer festival rates fool you. This is one of the really good ones.
pompelmoes (89) - BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 75cl Bottle, Very strange beer, dark in colour with almost no foam or carbonation. Aroma is odd, rich with musty smell, rotten wood with sour cherries, some tabasco and havana cigar too. Taste is oily with a sweet and sour character, again hints of rotten leafs and wood, also touches of balsamic vinegar, body-warming alcohol and plenty of rich, sweet malts with a hint of worster-sauce. In a way, I did like it very much.
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Alex for brining this super rare bottle to our tasting. 750ml bottle into my Narke tulip...A dirty dark watery brown with no carbonation...The aroma is super sweet, its similar to a quad on steroids, lots of dark fruits some sugar, very nice. The back has a touch of sourness...The taste is light vinegar mixed with dark fruits, its so so close to a quad mixed with some lactic. I love quads so this is really nice to me. Super super super easy drinker at 16%, would never have guessed it unless I saw the bottle.
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Alex (Masterski) for bringing this monster to our Epic Chicago Tasting. Poured from 750ml bottle into Rochefort tulip. Alex says there were less then 5 of these made? I think. Crazy.
A - Pours a chocolate brown, red hue, very little carbonation. A small amount of bubbles line the glass with no cap on top to speak of and no lacing.
S - Dark fruit, pears, alcohol. The alcohol doesnít seem like 16% at all. Urbaine did a wonderful job of hiding the alcohol in this monster. Iím really digging the fruits...just excellent.
T - Chocolate, alcohol, slight tart/sour, some dark fruit, champagne-esk woody finish. Lots going on here. Moreso then the nose. I love chocolate and dark fruit notes mixed in with the slight tartness.
M - Full, big, huge...a MONSTER! Sticky/rich finish.
D - For 16% this wasnít bad at all. After reading previous reviews, I wasnít expecting much. Alas, I found I enjoyed this one much more that I thought...a very nice surprise during our tasting. Recommend, but donít know if youíll be able to find it.
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think I liked this more than most but its certainly an odd beer. Thanks to Fata and the guys at Struise for providing this bottle at RBWG. Nose is malt. A slight hint of lactic and hay but very slight and also some alcohol. Flavor is better but its still a bit messy. Starts of with a little lactic sourness then goes into some really intense layers of malt flavor, its lacking alot of depth right now. Finishes with a hint of dry sourness. Almost like a strong barley wine had been mixed with earthmonk. This needs alot more time before its ready. With the extreme abv here I think this could develop nicely but its going to take time. Right now the malt has little depth and the sourness is barely there. In 3 years this could be amazing.
daknole (10281) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks fata! Odd beer. Brownish pour. Fruity, peaty, vinegar, wood, funk, yeast aroma. Flavor is sweet, tart, funky, woody, vinegar, fruity, spice...hard to pin it down. But I actually liked it.
cgarvieuk (17335) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Pre-ZBF ... deep black ... raisin and prune nose ... chocolate malts ... roat malts ... deep dark fruits ... little toffee ... little vanilla... pretty good
madmitch76 (18174) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
5th March 2010. Pre ZBF. Opaque black beer. No head. Rich dark malts. Complex array of fruit. Spice. Licorice. Spicy aftertaste. Lovely!
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown, hazy. Nose is smokey, licorice, mild funk, sweet malts, heavy roast, some tartness. Flavor is a strange spicy, smokey, licorice, fruity roasty all over the place beer. Hides the booze well. Overall, strange.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle pours dark brown medium light tan head. Aroma is strange metallic, wax and some booze. Flavor is very fruity. Strawberry, lots of honey and sour peach. Interesting, but good.