Bulk_Carrier (2248) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was poured into a sniffer.
The appearance is a hazy semi-dark brown color with a nice somewhat fluffy white foamy head that ends up lightly concaving in its lacing against the glass. There’s some nice adequate foamy lacing trying to stick but sliding for the most part.
The smell has a nice chocolate malt up front that once it warms there’s a nice light spice gently coming through - mainly some ginger and allspice, but I do get some light clove.
The taste was sweet and spicy and the chocolate really takes over for the most part and actually tastes more like cocoa nibs than just plain chocolate.
There’s a quick dry spicy and slightly cocoa finish.
On the palate, this one sits right on the medium bodied. It wants to show some sort of sessionable aspect but shows a nice sipping quality about it.
Overall, this one is a very nice Belgian Strong Ale worthy to have around the holidays. I hope to see this again this winter as I can only imagine what its like fresh.
miquelcrush (1495) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bona cervesa, aromŕtica i molt gustosa, molt acaramelada.
Buena cerveza, aromática y muy sabrosa, muy acaramelada.
simont1 (285) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
muscadet, banana, plum, caramel and candy sugar. Very yeast dominant, and very different yeast esters, I feel like I get muscadet and plum from the yeast, and a candy sugar plus almondy like bready malt backbone, different and quite good.
hopwine (383) - Bend, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 Murky orange amber, initially large, dense head shrinks quickly. Nose is honey, muscat, pear, floral. Flavor is same plus sherry, nutmeg, cinnamon, green raisin, unripe banana, light caramel. Near perfection in my book.
Franksv6 (267) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
30 cl Bottle, bottled in 2010 . Brown beer with a small head.
Taste : little sweet, light bitterness, caramel, small bitterness.
fugitive (1392) - Athens, GREECE - JUN 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Color hazy dark orange with a small creamy white and lasting head. Aroma, fruits, yeast, alcohol. Flavor fruits and spices with a nice hop bitterness, alcohol.
cjldm (41) - - JUN 4, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 vintage and a Melbourne winter's night. AU$14.
Lovely orange amber colour with a large, loose head.
Smells very Belgian Candi Sugar. Tart, funky sour apples, toasted spice, red wine barrel, sharp molasses. Very complex.
The taste follows through, with a lot of Orval apple, orange peel, bitter hop, biscuit and spice. Sharp and sweet. A pleasant hint of alcohol warmth.
A touch more viscous than similar Belgians of the style. A touch of bread and a drying, bitter-sweet apple/summer-grass finish.
As expected, as good as they come. It would be the equivalent of Bosteels and Orval making a Brooklyn Local 1 and turning it up to 11, with heaps of spice and yeasty Belgian apple, yet perfectly balanced. Thoroughly enjoyable.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
supermeniscus (64) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 Bottle bought in Bierkoning, Amsterdam and consumed some time during 2013. Pours a dark brown with lots of sediment in the bottom. Turns dark amber up to the light. I love the appearance of this! Rich, sweet aroma with a similar very sweet taste. Complex! I drank this one very slowly and enjoyed every drop. Can’t wait to get my hands on another.
MonsterMagnet (326) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, bb 12-12-2012. Pours murky orange/ brown with a small yellowish head. Aroma: figs, raisins, nuts, nutmeg, cherries. Taste: raisins, grapes, figs, plums, wood, cherries, rum, apples, cane sugar. Medium body, smooth/silky, lively carbonation. Sweet and warming with a somewhat tart finish.
PapaSkeetSkeet (856) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep gold with healthy head. Foam oozed from the bottle upon opening. Aroma/flavor is spicy, sweet grain, yummy yeast. Flavor has a surge of caramel that isn’t present in the aroma. Balanced, not boozy. Had a Pannepot next to it (2012, maybe not stored properly, no carbonation) and this had a much better flavor in my opinion. Body is medium, but huge carbonation brings the feel where it needs to be for drinkability.