Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 33cl. Courtesy of derDoppelbock and Bov. It pours a hazy amber beer with a quick diminishing beige head. Earthy hops, fudge, candied fruits, Stilton, wild strawberries, coconut and candy floss appearing in the aroma which is rather sweet. Nice earthy hops in the flavor. Subdued bitterness. Peppery. Sweet, full bodied with peach, candied fruits, coconut, wild strawberries, caramel, crackers and Stilton showing up. Reminiscence of pepper and nasturcium in the finish. Very good. Thanks derDoppelbock!
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle thanks to pipeworks for this sample and their hand in this brew. Poured a hazed orange with a white soapy head. Nose of yeast, citrus, floral, herbal, and earthy notes that are abundant, fresh, and inviting. Herbal, citrus, earthy, and yeasty flavors that are juicy and delicious. Finishes dry with more of those herbal hops. Wow, this is tough to believe itís 12% when it drinks like half that. I could easily drink a few of these. The dry bitterness of the hops balance the malt sweetness so well. Really tasty beer.
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - APR 12, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hazy brown color, good beige foam, rich malty aroma, full boddied in taste great hoppy finisch. Waregem beer festival.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330cl bottle. again thanks to devon, bj, and gerritt for sharing these!... dark apricot brown pour with a hefty soapy white head... nice floral and juicy citrus hop nose....lively and dry juicy citrus hop profile and adequate bitterness that had an equally nice and creamy mouthfeel. this goes down so easy. is this really 12%? very nice!
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl, new exclusive brew Anno 2008, from Den Bierzolder Heule, complex bitter brew, not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, rocky head, very good brew
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. í09 vintage. pours hazy gold with white head. nose is grainy, herbal, juicy and floral hops. flavors are very juicy, mango, grapefruit with spicy hop notes. mouth feel is full with a very dry finish. this is very easy drinking. awesome brew!
JoeinDahlem (1377) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - APR 1, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Pre-ZBF. Golden color, faintly buttery-sour nose doesnít sit quite right with dank, grassy hops. Light sweetness and rather extreme, dank, sticky bitterness. Interesting but not my speed.
bierkoning (11147) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ home. Amber color, hazy. Citric but also yeasty aroma with vegetable notes. Biscuity malty sweetish, citric, yeasty alcoholic flavor, with notes of nutmeg. Walnut bitter aftertaste. I couldnít get through the yeast, therefore disappointing.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at alvinne, struise farm and at home and iv still got two somewhere. Alround rating: Biscuity grainy yet sweet malts, quite dry due to the alcohol, yeastyness is unusal and i cant figure out if its the yeast or something else that gives it the bitter orange peel taste. Im still completly undecided on this beer after about 9 samples, so will need to rerate it at some point.
harrisoni (15068) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2009
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle opened by Urbain at the Alvinne pre Zythos event 09. English yeast on aroma, biscuiy malt, stinging lasting hop on finish. Itís just the most stunning beer of the weekend. The English yeast from the Nottingham brewery, great biscuity malt, like Mcvities Digestive Biscuits, then a Cascade/Fuggles finish. This is just so awesome, Iím speechless. Glorious English style pale ale. Phenomenal. Ber beer Iíve had in so long. It was just that it tasted just like an English bitter, with that wide mouthfeel you would get fron a cask conditioned beer, but from a bottle, in Belgium and at 12% ABV. I was so blown away. I didnít think Struise could get any better, but then they just go and do. Oh and it was brewed by those nice guys at Pipeworks. Hats off to all involved. It you wanted to make my definitive beer, this was it. Will age my bottles to let the faint diacetyl to go away and will then re-rate and possibly up the rating to a 5/5. So good I had 3 glasses of it on the go at the same time. The look on Mes from Mesandsimís face must have mirrored mine. Sheer shock and awe.