Miksu (5046) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.33 l bottle (vintage 2007), thanks hanniku and Timo A! Dark almost opaque reddish brown color. Thick sweet and sour aroma of soya sayce, raisins, plum licorice, toffee and bready yeast. Sweet taste of raisins, toffee, dark caramel, oak. Full body. Lots of umam taste, quite complex. Too sweet, could be dryer.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
More mellow than the original Pannepot with notes of oak and sweet dark fruits. The palate is soft and very smooth with a little less carbonation. Completely balanced and everything works well together. The oak has definitely resulted in a softer, smoother beer...but it’s hard to say if one version is better than the other. I’ll definitely have to revisit both soon.
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 vintage. Oak aging done very well. Understated, for the type, aroma of sweet malts and a little smoke. Alcohol not present. Beautiful deep mahogany appearance and wonderfully elegant mouthfeel. This is a classy beer, well-constructed. Worth $9/11oz?
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
11.2oz 2008 vintage. Pours a deep mahogany with a nice off white head. Looks delicious. Great aroma of molasses, candied dark fruit, a touch of cocoa. Rich aroma. Perfect mouthfeel a medium to thick body balanced carbonation. Sweet and rich. Candied fruit of fig, plum, and raisin. A nice subtle spice.The ten percent is virtually unoticable. Brown sugar and vanilla contribute to a richness that is incredibly balanced and drinkable. Awesome, I’ll have to set another aside and see how this matures. A pleasure to drink.
PotjeBier (2745) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours redbrown, with a brown head that doesn’t last long. Aroma’s of sweet fruit, sticky toffee, roast, some hints of wood, a bit spicy. Flavor is not as sweet as I expected (fortunately), but still somewhat sweet, a bit roasted & woody. Quite thick mouthfeel. Flavors linger on and a nice bitterness develops. One of my favorite Struise so far.
bluejacket74 (1848) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 ounce bottle, 2008 vintage. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a murky brown color with a thin 1/4 inch head that went away quickly. However, there is a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is nice, sweet and strong, the brew smells like dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar, pears, caramel and bready malt and some oak. The taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like brown sugar, dark fruit, molasses, oak, apples, clove, caramel and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s a bit syrupy and coating with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it’s very smooth and very easy to drink. I think this is a good overall brew, I liked it a lot.
zizzybalubba (1814) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 mL bottle from Sam’s Quik Stop in Durham (2008 bottle). Muddy brown pour with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of light bretty funkiness, raisins, and Belgian candi sugars. The flavor is sweet with notes of brown sugar and caramel and lightly fruity apple, pear, and red grapes. Alcohol is well hidden for the most part but does add to the overall flavor and mouthfeel of this beer. Spot on for the style.
AndrewC (356) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 2008: Pours cloudy brown (and I did let it sit for 2 days). Smells phenolic with bark and treacle notes. Well blow me that didn’t taste anything like I thought it would. No taste-bud assault here; instead, it’s really mellow. It has a syrupy body with a very low level of bitterness. There’s a sort of pine-resin and raisin flavour underpinning it with a slightly sour watery soy-sauce bite on the finish. If this were a UK beer I guess it would be an Old Ale. Not really my thing but it would probably be quite nice as the final drink of a session just before bed.
Furseth (2101) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 Bottle: @ Delirium Cafè Bryssels: Hazy Black/dark brown colour, with a athin white head. Aroma is caramel, and lots of raisins, coffee,and a nice citrus and caramelly in the ned. Flavor is dominated of raisins,caramell, dark choclate,dust. Big body and a nice long mix of raisins and caramel finish. Werry nice complex beer this one
scottw86 (1167) - Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 Bottle. Poured a very dark brownish black with a slightly oily light-tan head. Aroma has lots of chocolate malt and coffee with plenty of oak. Some nice fruity notes as well. Some raisin and brown sugar. Quite a complex aroma. Taste is remarkably smooth for the alcohol amount. Raisins, plumbs, dark fruits, oak, and vanilla all present. The yeast gives a slightly tart note with distinctly Belgian flavors. The chocolate malts and coffee are less noticeable in the taste than in the aroma. Alcohol is slightly noticeable in the aftertaste, but it is still very smooth. A few spices in the aftertaste as well, as if this beer couldn’t get more complex. This is a very good beer and the oak aging is a very nice touch.