darkguardian (729) - Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 oz bottle. Vintage 05. Pours a reddish brown murky with a small beige head. Nose is dense chocolate, raisins and figs and a touch of caramel apple. Yeasty up front with big chocolate and caramel. Some definite alcohol. As it warms raisins, wood, cherries and crusty bread come out. Finishes with a chocolate bread aftertaste and is very dry. This tastes slightly wild but no sourness and not much if any bret character aside from the dryness. Very good.
armando629 (2455) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 25, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
0,33 l bottle, bought at Struise Brouwers, Ooostvleteren, Belgium.
Poured dark brown near black with a small, creamy delicious tan head. Liqueric aroma with deep roasted grains, coffee and cocoa, a ton of dried fruits, plum and raisins, some wooden cask is lurking in the background. The flavor....Thick body, oily texture, the beer fill up my mouth with a high comlexity. Caramel and coffe, fine belgian yeast, dark chocolate and cocoa with roasted grains. Fantastic fruity character with plum, figs and raisin, the oak character is a plus again. The alcohol warms me up. Fantastic, congratulations, De Struise!
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle from Cafe Volo. Pours deep mahogany, capped with a moderate sized tan head. Lively aroma, with spices, pear, wood, and alcohol in the foreground, and brown sugar, caramel, fruitcake, and dark wheat present as well. Sweet malt, raisin, apple, and whiskey are the dominant flavors, with notes of wheat, plum, and wood. Finishes with some warming alcohol and apple skin flavor. Really nice beer.
Zita (5984) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
sweet,dark bread, lakrids, eggs, brown, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAR 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First, a huge thank you to John B. for bringing this to our little tasting. We weren’t quite expecting items like this...but this will do! Poured out into my Duvel glass a solid earthy brown body sitting under a lengthy light beige head. Perfect temp. Aroma...mmmm...brown sugar, oak, vanilla, plummy, rum raisins...just a smidge of chocolate...toffee....damn. Simply amazing. Flavor has all the perfection of a well aged beer and none of the negatives. Beautiful oak/vanilla, raisins, apples, toffee, dried fruits...just stunning.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super rich aroma of caramelized nuts. Very subtle barrel influence; just a hint of the vanilla.
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pre KTG tasting with oteyj and craftycarl.
Aroma is dark fruity, pruney, a bit of whiskey, some tropical esters,
Flavor is brown sugar, oak, whiskey notes, spicy yeastiness. i loved how this beer reacts with the barrel. Super smooth. boozy, barrel and yeasty works in my book. Yum
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark cloudy brown pour with a lively off white froth. The aroma is massive dark fruit, tropical fruit, oak, whiskey, grapes, raisin, biscuit, dough, and spice. the flavor is riddled with dark fruit, brown sugar, biscuity dough, oak, more whiskey, and tons of spice. The palate is supply effervescent with a velvety mouthfeel that finishes sticky and sweet. Amazing, as I’ve come to expect from De Struise.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I really found this one underwhelming, I like Pannepot and I like barrel-aged beers, but this time around, the barrel flavors clash with the flavor of the original and I just don’t find it that enjoyable. A shame, really.
Sask89 (504) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - FEB 21, 2010
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2010 Poured a nice dark brown colour with a small off-white head. The aroma is slightly malty with lots of fruit; raisins, prunes. Also the overall aroma was a little sugary and had some alcohol overtones. The taste was the one thing that kind of threw me off, it is quite sweet and even a little sour, the fruits are also still present. There is a light bitter finish but ultimately this beer is not for me. A little oily on the palate fairly nice in that respect.