BigMomma (223) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUL 1, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2010 75cl bottle courtesy of Urbain shared with Travlr, Owen, Herman and Sebastien. Vintage 2008. Goldblond with almost no head. Fruity aroma with grapes, wine, oak and a slight citrus note. Taste is sweet and fruity with wine touches and a slight alcohol precense. Fruity wine finish. Wonderfull beer!
retasting of a 33cl bottle vintage 2007, courtesy of Urbain shared with David.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Boutip - thanks, Phil! Alas, only a few ounces survived the trip (through absolutely no fault of Phil’s!) and so I decided to sample the remainder on my lonesome (was hoping to bring this one to a tasting). Cloudy deep orange pour, some lingering sediment visible, and not much carbonation at all. Strong aroma of apple and yeast, like not fully baked apple pie with some serious tartness to it. Taste is a bit boozy, again laced by the tart apples and just a hint of spice. A bit of the wood comes through towards the finish. From what I can tell, nicely done, moderately tweaked yeasty tripel. Will actively seek out again.
boFNjackson (4134) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (thanks to Tweety)... Poured hazy, golden/orange with a fluffy, white head. Nose was very wine-like, hints of sweet, spiced yeast tones, sour apples, and brown sugar. Very fruity, wonderful spiced esters. Black pepper, a little alcohol heat, grapes, apples, and some dark, malt tones. Very lovely brew.
SHIG (3587) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a coppery hazy mess with a off white lacing head. Aroma is aged fruit, woods, and spice. Sweet sticky fruit with woods and spice. Tingle on the finish!
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Frank Smith’s. Pours turbid pumpkin pie color w 1f frothy ow head. Nose is tart fruit, hops, florals, yeasty root cellary esters, coriandery spice. Tastes rock sugary malty, floral, fruity, spicy,herbal, very sticky, a bit cloying late, thick, and complex.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Cloudy, murky golden, orange, beige mixture for color. Fairly large foamy and creamy slightly off-white head. Average retention with a nice thin layer of foamy and sticky lace.
S - Wet grainy and bready malt. A touch of fruitiness (in particular apple and orange but some other golden fruit). Some woodiness and earthiness along with a good amount of spice and vanilla. Good amount of yeast and sweetness.
T - Similar to the nose. Bready pale malt and wet grainy taste. Fruity flavors present but not overly strong with apple and orange strongest but some peach, apricot, pear, etc. Some spice of clove, coriander, cinnamon and pepper along with a strong yeast flavor.
M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Fairly smooth.
D - Very drinkable beer that is quite balanced. ABV is well hidden and it goes down easy.
Notes: Best before 12/12/12. Well balanced beer with a good amount of malt, fruit, and grain taste along with hints of woodiness and earthinesss. Not really like other BSPAs and it is pretty interesting, especially with the hints of woodiness. I wasn’t fully blown away by the beer, but it was an enjoyable beer.
Beer4000 (4476) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle. Hazy, dark golden body with a big off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, yeast, fruit, spices and alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt, spices, yeast, ripe fruit and alcohol. Almost no bitterness, still complex and a long, sweet and warming finish.
Ughsmash (7136) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Keith for the 33cL bottle, BB 12/12/12. Poured hazy, deeper sienna with a tight-bubbled cap of whitish head. The aroma had significant freshly-cut oak and lighter-skinned fruit tartness throughout.. light fruit meat, vanilla, and a pinch of molasses supported.. somehow soft on the nose despite the hefty components, which is testament to a well-made brew. The flavor also found tart fruit skins and oak all the way through.. toffee, fruit, and vanilla supported.. white pepper and clovey spices joined more barrel character on the edges.. lots more fruity sugars on the finish. Medium-plus bodied with tight, rolling carbonation on the palate.. I love what the spice notes and barrel character did here, but in the end there was just a little too much sweetness. Overall a very, very good brew.
nickd717 (3491) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tsjeeses, this is a good beer - even better than Tsjeeses. Then again, does -bal aging ever fail? Rarely it seems. 33cl bottle came from De Bier Tempel Brugge in the July of 2009.
Pours a mostly clear orangish-amber color with a nicely formed off-white head and good lacing.
Aroma is really awesome with a lot going on. Caramel, toffee, sweet apple, spice, and vanilla, with no one flavor too dominant over the rest.
Flavor is also very nice and balanced. Caramel and toffee malt notes, with Belgian yeast, sweet candy apples, cinnamon and other spices, banana/fruity esters, oak, and vanilla.
Very smooth mouthfeel with medium-full bodied and an appropriate carbonation level.
Overall, this one is a real winner. Really enjoyable.
planky84 (2105) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beer Planet. Explosive cloudy dark orange pour with a fluffy beige head. Sour, woody aromas with hints of apple, cinammon, caramel and heather. Flavours of toffee, caramel, citrus, candied peel, malts. Very, full on warming alcohol. This is certainly warming the parts other beers don’t normally reach! Very nice sweet, spicy throat massage finish.