ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
4 oz. served into a tasting snifter at ChurchKey. From notes; 2010 vintage.
A: Pours a dark ruby color. The head is little more than a thin khaki film. Still, itís very stout-like in appearance.
S: There are some evident tones of nuts, dark fruits, oak, and spicing here, however itís not nearly as evocative as I expected. What is here, at least, is well balanced and pleasurable.
T: The opening is mildly nutty and spicy. This will progress into a middle of earthy toffee, with a light oak finish. Solid complexity, but the flavors themselves arenít blowing my mind.
M: Itís medium bodied in texture. The alcohol (seemingly in typical De Struise fashion) is well concealed in spite of its (also seemingly in typical De Struise fashion) dry finish. Very drinkable, as well.
O: Decent, but pretty disappointing. The only brew from De Struise this night that didnít wow me. Mayhaps the keg isnít in fantastic shape? This would probably be better if it were bottle conditioned, in fairness.
cards04 (1428) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A magnificent Belgian ale. 2009 version. Pours a beautiful deep brown with wispy white head and sediment. Aromas are a bit metallic at first... but open to sweet dark dried fruit.. Raisins and prunes, dried apples and bubblegum. Flavors are sweet bubblegum and more dried fruit. A nice bitter oakiness rounds this beauty out. Very good.
JanLaursen (2660) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Flaske, 33 cl, ōrsted Bar. Ňrgang 2008. MÝrkebrun, forholdsvis frodig beige skumkrone. Kapow-nśse. Appelsin, nÝdder, peber, sherry-noter, trś. Fyldig, stor og kompleks smag. Mange lag. Cremet struktur. TÝrrede bśr, abrikoser, honning. Lang, lang eftersmag.
Jabic (374) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ar: Plum, leather, rasin - a touch of sherry - rum and white pepper.
Ap: Murky brown - tiny off-white head with poor retention, leaves a foam ring and rare wisps on the top.
T: Deep raisin and brown sugar - peach, plum, treacle, a bit of nougat - warming alcohol, but exceptionally clean - subtle, complimentary oxidation - low bitterness, a bit of mossy hop flavor - toasted malt and fig on the finish.
P: Full body with medium-high carbonation - finish is medium.
O: Rich and complex dark Belgian strong ale - delicious mix of fruit and dark sugar - substantial and warming, but very eloquent, not harsh or hot.
Patrickctenchi (2916) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: 2009 vintage
Pours dark, rich brown with a thin tan ring.
Raisin, baked bread aroma.
Sweet, raisin, toffee, chocolate syrup flavor.
Dark fruit and warm dark bread...wood...
The barest of alcohol prescence....
Muggus69 (1100) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WE INTERRUPT THE OLD REVIEWS TO BRING YOU #1000!
330mL bottle, 2009 vintage.
Polish off the old La Trappe chalice; kinda wish I had something a bit more la-de-dah, but itíll do.
So what are we looking at, thatís what weíre here for afterall...A deep, near-opaque bronze/mahogany coloured beer, thatís what. Holds a small creamy tan cap.
Sheís a bit shy at first to let her true odour to be released, but Iím patient...itís taken over 11 years to get to this point afterall...
Decidely vinous it must be said; black plums and blackcurrant esters, combined with medium-toast oakiness, woody spices of clove, nutmeg and black pepper, and a hint of vanilla. Add to that a good fat dose of burnt caramel and bitter chocolate maltiness, with emerging aged notes of raisin and honeyed fig.
A sipper for sure; you have to give a beer of this strength (and quality) your undivided attention otherwise youíll end up rather intoxicated..
She sits laid out length-ways on the palate; long, sustained, has a smooth, syrupy quality, if only abruptly, thwarted by creamy bead, leading to an almost velvet-like sensation, not that Iíve ever consumed velvet orally.
With all of this considered, one would assume she would be quite a sweet beer, but you know what they say about assumptions... But it does indeed start off with a decent helping of biscuity, treacle-y, cake-y, pudding-y sort of sweet malty goodness, but we digress and lead on from that portion of the entertainment to much more pressing, complex things. What things you may ask? Well how about woody spice, like cloves and mace, or perhaps throw in ripe figs and plum skins, and maybe, for a limited time only, nutty port-like rancio. Thatís right; itís all there. A good peppery punch of bitterness balances, but by no means dominates. A kiss of warmth from her boozy breath and she is finished.
Such a shame to lose her; why one bottle Muggus, for shame.
Anyhow, lovely beer, truely. Worthy of an 1000th, or even 10,000th, if we ever get there...cheers!
Duntoyou (88) - Kr.sand, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black. Light brown head. Smells of raisins, malts. Taste similar. Dried fruits. Prunes. Medium body. Was a gusher, but still nice. 2009 batch
tmrmwel (721) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, Vintage 2009. Pours dark maroon, with a finger thick creamy, mocha head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, nuts and whiffs of oak barrels. Full body with soft carbonation. Flavour is quite fruity malts, with cocoa and prunes, as well as oak, leather and tobacco giving a lingering dark fruity finish.
Danyel (445) - Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is slight whiskey, sweet. Tase is extreme fig, plums, vanilla, a flavor explosion. Absolutely amazing!
ST247 (113) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ít Antwaerps Bierhuyske. Dark brown with a beige head. Some sweetness, caramel aroma. Taste raisin, some bitterness and a little sweet.
shrubber85 (6811) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (2009). Brown sugar and orange/raisin bread malt and light alcohol aroma. Dark chestnut with small head. Sweet raisin bread, oak, and alcohol flavor. Toasted bread finish. Delicious.