ThisWangsChung (836) - 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, it’s very stout-like in appearance.
S: There are some evident tones of nuts, dark fruits, oak, and spicing here, however it’s 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 aren’t blowing my mind.
M: It’s 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 didn’t wow me. Mayhaps the keg isn’t in fantastic shape? This would probably be better if it were bottle conditioned, in fairness.
Night_Cap (116) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - SEP 20, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 330ml (2012) – cellared for 4 years. Served at room temperature. Pours a dark, murky brown with a ruby tint. Head is small, tanned and average lasting. Aroma is strong and complex with notes of aged red wine; toasted wholemeal bread, dried currants, dried cranberries, blueberries, old wine barrels, cooked brown sugar, aniseed, 5 spice powder, pouch tobacco, and dried leaves. Flavour is immensely complex, smooth, and very vinous; aged red wine (strong), blueberry toast (strong), tart blackberries (strong), blackcurrants (strong), dried cranberries, toasted caramel, Belgian candy sugar, old wine barrels (strong), anise, dried leaves and a oak tannins in the finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation, an oily texture and an ambrosial finish. ABV is extremely well hidden. Easily one of the most complex and refined beers I have had to pleasure to taste.
ken1 (1758) - DENMARK - SEP 7, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: sweet dark ripe berries, prunes and cherries.
Flavour: full dark fruity sweetness with notes of oak. A port like quality with a dry bitter finish and a warm fruity mouthfeel.
Colour: very dark reddish brown with a reddish brown fading head.
From: Bottle, bottled 2012, sampled Sept. 2016.
beer_queue (9) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2016 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled: Oct. 2012, Sampled: 8/30/2016.
Opaque, dark brown with a thin caramel head. Aromas of dried fruits (plums, dates, figs), caramel, herbs/spices, toasted bread, and honey. Arrives on palate with subtle dried dark fruits and caramel; develops a vinous, slightly tart, herbaceous, earthy middle and then moves into a finish of dark+milk chocolate blend & licorice. As it warms, the fruits and chocolates take center stage while still giving the wine notes some space at the end. Medium to light body with soft carbonation; quite lively for an old bottle! Smooth and rich in flavors while maintaining a balanced palate; excellent level of complexity throughout. Alcohol is very well hidden over its long glass life. Its tart middle shows off a lot of the French oak influence. Overall a pleasure to drink. This is a beautiful beer that achieves a nice blend of Belgian strong dark ales and French red wines.
vladslav1976 (9) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - SEP 6, 2016 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Reserva 2010. Dark brown with a beige persistent head. Aroma is complex, with notes of raisins fruit, spices, molasses, chocolate, toffee, caramel and roasted malts. Taste follows the same. Very well balanced. Less vinous than the standard Pannepot and even better than that.
Linkiewitz (98) - Warsaw, POLAND - AUG 30, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromat: Bardzo silne nuty beczkowe, waniliny, drewno, trochę przypraw, delikatne skojarzenia z winem + aromat cukru trzcinowego z butelki, który wprost zniewala.
Wygląd: Ciemne, z momentalnie opadającą pianą redukowaną do zera.
Smak: Analogicznie do aromatu (zwłaszcza beczka), lecz nasze kubki smakowe mogą doświadczyć dodatkowo smaku dojrzałych owoców (śliwki, morele, nawet figi), likieru (wiśniowego?) oraz wspaniałego, długiego finiszu spod znaku cukru trzcinowego. Alkohol ułożony jest wręcz perfekcyjnie, ujawnia się tylko po ogrzaniu pod postacią przyjemnego rozgrzewania w przełyku. Piwo zdecydowanie warte każdej złotówki.
Andy_ (1044) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 26, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle, 2012 vintage
Dark brown beer with beige head. Quite strong calvados. Woody as well. Also the obvious dark belgian strong ale flavors and aromas like dark sugar, plums, figs, cherry and dried fruits. Some cough surypy tones. Full palate, not too foamy. Very complex. Gets better with sediment.
danlo (2552) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle. 2012 vintage. Black-brown colour with a beige foam head that dissipates away. Aroma of dark fruits, roast malt, red wine, woody oak. Taste is roasted malt, sweet, molasses, dark fruits, chocolate, dried fruits, raisins, port, wood, oak and some spicy bitterness. Silky smooth mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, dry oaky bitter finish. Very drinkable.
biirusaikou (2566) - - AUG 19, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle. Was totally wasted by the time we opened that beauty but have blurry memories of another excellent Belgian strong with rich notes of dark and dried fruits, smooth mouthfeel with wine qualities. Great stuff!
SylvainCFC (73) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brun très foncé, tire peut-être sur le rouge. Mousse brune claire, presque orange de tenue très courte. Nez très puissant de prune, fruits secs, cerise, soutenu par le grillé du malt, note de tabac. Impression d’un digestif fruité. Attaque douce de fruit confis, fruit sec, prune, vin sec (Porto). Arrière bouche de toast, malt grillé, chicorée. Petit effet stout avec note de cacao, chocolat noir. Fin de bouche amère. Vieillissement en fût peu envident quant aux notes de chêne. Alcool très bien masqué, impressionnant. Texture presque huileuse, corps plein. Carbonatation moyenne. Bière de garde brune très complexe, balancée et maîtrisée.
Myonlyvice (150) - DENMARK - AUG 9, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown with a red hue. Tall light brown head that dissolves to a thin layer. Some lacing. Plum, cherry, tobacco, rum and much more in the aroma. In the taste the roasted/burned bitter flavours are more forward. Overpowering if served too cold. At Warmer temperature a fruity sweetness, almost like a desert wine, takes center stage. Quite different from anything else i have tasted.
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