vdgert (18) - BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fles van 2011. sterke wite schuimkraag, gouden kleur. Aroma geeft citrus en kruiden. Bitterheid is verdwenen. Blij dat ik hem enige tijd heb bewaard. Zeer lekker.
Habanero (2008) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours hazy orange with an smal, short lasting, off-white head. Aroma of yeast, apple, pear, caramel and bourbon notes. Sweet flavor that ends up light acidic with alcohol notes Full bodied, creamy to oily texture and soft carb. Excellent.
Earlier Rating: 11/12/2011 Total Score: 3.8
Bottled. Pours hazy orange with an smal, short lasting, off-white head. Malty nose with yeast and notes of abricot, apple, pear and caramel. Medium sweet flavor of fruits and yeast. Full bodied, creamy to oily texture and moderate sweetness, light acidic and slightly bitter finish. ★★★★
sdmmb (420) - USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drunk from 33cl bottle bought at Malting Pot, Brussels. Lovely spicy winter ale aged in bourbon barrels.
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olr1984 (844) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Jeff. Pours a hazy orange with an off white head. Caramel toffee aroma. Apple caramel Belgian yeast taste.
Earlier Rating: 5/12/2013 Total Score: 4.1
12oz bottle pours a hazy amber with small white head. Sweet bourbon and caramel aroma. Vanilla Belgian yeast and boozy taste.
bjerkeaa (132) - NORWAY - DEC 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy dark amber pour, white head. Some lacing. Sweet cake/cookie aroma. Taste of sweet fruits, slight bitterness.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Alcohol warmth and cake-y spices merge upon this brewís vanilla and muddled fruitiness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the cloudy amber.
-Nothing stands out in the flavor profile; there isnít a dominating character one can fall back on.
-Carbonation is effervescent yet soft.
-The bourbon-aged version was more expressive than the port-aged at this point in their evolution.
-Donít know if this one is already past its prime, but its flavor clarity is clearly not optimal.
2011 bottle; thanks Ian!
Earlier Rating: 3/2/2009 Total Score: 3.6
My Bottom Line:
Distinctive apple-like fruitiness and oak create Calvados allusions, as doughy yeast and lightly caramelized malts whip up a highly personable and expressive Belgian Strong Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the cloudy orangey amber.
-Alcohol is felt throughout, but does not bother the flavor profile much.
-A peppery spiciness is found in the last half.
-The body is well rounded and the carbonation very active, making for a soothing sipping experience.
-For now, I feel like there is so much going on in here that some flavors havenít had the time to blend in with their companions. Maybe time will yield a more united flavor profile (to my tastebuds).
Bottle at Ebenezerís. Many thanks Chris!
b3shine (4215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.2 oz bottle to snifter (shared by Ray). Looks alright; a cloudy deep orange with thin off-white lacing and some brown sediment. Smells of Belgian yeast, dark fruit, and a bit of apple. Tastes like it smells with an average, somewhat thin mouthfeel. An underwhelming example of the style.
JStax (2567) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pour. Hazy copper with a beige head. The aroma has notes of spices, toffee, caramel, and some oak. Tastes mostly of spice and peppercorns. Big bodied lower carbonation. This style just isnt really my thing.
estover (46) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tripple-ish with some odd herb and coriander. Mouth feel is much lighter than the taste would have you believe, perhaps its the dryness. The hop note comes through nicely in the finish and is balanced by a great lingering malty earthy herb.
Bacterial (1060) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 Riserva on draft at ChurchKey in DC. Hazy amber pour with a massive white head on it. Low carbonation. Many of the flavors of the non-Riserva preserved here, but with a bit of tannins from the oak. More bitter and tannic in the finish.