ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
Gaultier (900) - SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Ølbutikken, Copenhagen 27/6-15. Chocolatey with dried fruits and banana, also some oak.
Mesjasz (227) - Lodz, POLAND - JUL 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2010 vintage. Almost black color, head quickly disappear. Aroma if roasty malts, cherries, chocolate, light coffee note, vanilla, red wine, oak. Taste is medium sweet, dry and light bitter at finish. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, wood, cherry, bubble gum. Aftertaste sweet and dry, caramel, light alcohol note. Full body, velvet texture, soft carbonation. Not so good as i expected.
martjoobolut (1467) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 1, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2015 0,33L bottle, 2010 vintage (from beergium.com). Pours dark brown with light brown head. The head stays. Aroma is sweet, dark fruits, musky, cellar, some sour notes. Flavor is very sweet, malt, caramel, vinous notes, raisins, cellar, and some alcohol. Finish has some bitter burnt sugar. Overall: woah, great one.
Jorn69 (1664) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Ölbutikken, Copenhagen 150627. [ Vintage 2010 ]. Fruity, malty and caramely with chocolate, dried fruits and some banana notes, sweet, full body with an oily texture. The finish is dry and sweet with dried fruits.
mgajdaczewa (873) - Katowice, POLAND - JUN 25, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Piana jak na coca coli, na tym koniec minusów. W aromacie potężna beczka, drewno, rodzynki w wanilii, karmel, czerwone owoce, chyba lekka dzikość (infekcja?), piwo nie jest kwaśne, ale czuć obecność brettów. Gładkie, pełne, rodzynki i wanilia, belgijski charakter czuć w tym dziwnym brettowym posmaku, nie ma przyprawowości. Genialny aftertaste, dębina wręcz zalega na podniebieniu! Świetne piwo!
Punkero (73) - FINLAND - JUN 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet irony taste. Wow. Elegant. Thick. Oily. Spiky. Sweet dried fruits. A hint of roasted something. Very fine, indeed. Sophisticated.
Lele (236) - Padova, ITALY - JUN 14, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Birra fenomenale, molto simile alla sua sorella più giovane, la Pennepot. Personalmente trovo quest’ultima un po’ più complessa, ma in generale sono simili. Direi che nella Reserva si percepisce un po’ di meno il Porto e un po’ di più il tostato e soprattutto la liquirizia...tanta liquirizia che è un piacere. Consigliatissima!
Beardbeerman (251) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared a bottle with a friend at the last BBQ, thanks Marc. Pours a dark mahogany with fiery highlights topped by a fizzy mocha head showing pretty good lacong. The nose is sugar cane, toffee, caramel, allspice, raisins and oak. The taste is in the same lane with a liquourish mouthfeel and decent carbs. Pair it with your favorite dark chocolate, it’s to die for. Cheers!
mateuszk (540) - Poznań, POLAND - JUN 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, Reserva 2010. Very dark brown, red reflexes, beige head. Aroma of caramel, molasses, dark and dried fruits, oak. In taste malty caramel, toasted malts, dried fruits, wooden notes.The beer is full bodied, creamy and oily in texture, alcohol very well hidden yet giving warming effect. Great beer.
AdiBeer (1986) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: intense caramel, toffee, molasses, dried fruits, some oak / wood. Appearance: hazy, dark brown, small, beige head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: caramel, dry, toasted malts, heavy sweets, wooden notes. Overall: beautiful Belgian Strong Ale / Quadrupel, excellent flavours, well-rounded, outstanding drink! Bottle from BottleDog, Holborn.