BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl Bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. dark, really dark almost opaque with an initially thick tan head that dies to a thin layer quickly. Yeasty aroma, malty,some faint brandy and fruit. Super creamy full body, dry finish some light bitterness. Flavor is fruit, malt, wood, brandy, really balanced, complex and nice.
Inbreak (1544) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - APR 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
17.04.2014, 0,33l bottle (2005 vintage) @ Belgobaren:
No head, just some bubbles. Aroma is sweet, butterscotch, caramel malts, raisins, burnt caramel, almond cake, dark sugar, oak, spices, alcohol, grass, licorice. Taste is raisins, grass, caramel malts, citrus peel, alcohol, oak, burnt caramel, butterscotch, old rope, spices, hints of licorice and almond cake. Medium bitterness, slightly watery and mineraly mouthfeel. Nice, but maybe it’s a little bit over the top?
Experiment_Ale (656) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
At Stephens with Stephen and Dave. Pours murky brown. Aroma is some cardboard, figs, raisins, light fruity notes. Taste is some oxidation, silky soft caramel. The beer is right years old at this point, it has really smoothed out, but is slightly too oxydized.
Steve_0 (2234) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Eric. Thanks man! Pour is murky brown with a small tan head. Big bready, caramel, slightly oxidized, banana, dark fruits, red licorice, figs, and raisins in the aroma. Taste is bread, cardboard, banana, raisins, dates, brown sugar, belgian yeast, and soy sauce. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Not bad for its age and I can see the potential, but this one is definitely past its prime.
wchesser (1013) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
’08 Bottle from tiong-thanks! Deep brown with some mahogany red. Nose is initially ginger ale, and cola, becoming more belgian quad-like with brown sugar and prunes. Thinner than I expected. Cola, brown sugar, some dried dark fruit. Not really oxidized, but I think everything is muted here and this is on it’s way out.
dunn4040 (90) - Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich deep brown with a thinner than expected tan head. The body of this beer is beautiful though. Aroma hits you as soon as you start pouring it into the glass. Pull it closer to your nose and it fills your nostrils with hints of cherry, brown sugar, oak, whiskey, and dried dark fruits. Very complex aroma, very appetizing. Flavor is bold, but not as bold as the aroma lets on. Dark fruits, wood, molasses, cigar smoke, and charcoal flavors are all intertwined in this delicious beer. Also, at 10% abv, the alcohol is expertly hidden in this one. Not nearly as boozy as you’d expect. The beer is smooth on the palate and is carbonated perfectly. Not quite as full bodied as I’d like but that’s nitpicking at this point. Overall this is one of the better beers that I’ve had in awhile and will probably break into my top 5 "Belgian style" ales. Very good beer.
bulldogops (1032) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 12, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #1017 - March 7, 2014 - Derek’s #botw and #beerguychrisgeekbeer for #week9. Bought 3 of these, one for review and two for the cellar. Dark brown pour with a bubbly tan head, decent retention.heavy on carbonation Aroma is quite fruity. Full bodied. Creamy, buttery mouthfeel. Taste is ripe black currant, raisin, toffee, spiciness. Extremely smooth finish and a lingering taste of sweet malt. Superbly smooth, candy and red wine feel throughout. Fantastic.
maeib (8404) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 01/03/14. 2006 Vintage. A purply black coloured beer which pours with no head. A delicious rich thick boozy aroma. Oaky for sure. Molasses and soy. Fruity strong rich and thick in the mouth. Boozy oaky fruity and yeasty. Salty soy notes again. Very enjoyable. A treat..
andrewturba (923) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy deep brown with a small patchy tan head. Aroma is spicy Belgian yeast, dark dried fruits notably plums, dark candied sugars, and lightly sour. Taste is wood, mildly sour, dark dried fruits, cherries, plums, raisins, spicy Belgian yeast, some wine characteristics and candied sugars. Really digging the light woody/fruity sourness.
tmrmwel (757) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, vintage 2005. Pours dark brown, with a finger thick, creamy mocha head. Aroma is roasted malts, nuts, spices, alcohol and prunes. Full body with soft carbonation. Flavour is malty with plums, oak barrels, spicy hints of aquavit, fruit and kandi giving a quite tart fruity finish.
cpetrone84 (1202) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Vintage ’05 on the bottle. Pour is deep brown with a tight tan head. Nose has a ton of rich dark malt, figs, brown sugar, red grapes, a bit oxidized, nutty, cardboard, and boozy notes in back. Taste is also a good bit oxidized. The cardboard is strong with the rich malt being faded. Brown sugar and fig with booze in back. The cardboard lingers through the finish. Medium to full body, fairly good carbonation.