wekker84 (1218) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JUN 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle a brown colored beer with a white head aroma dry fruits spicy oak caramel and some hops flavor malts dry fruits spicy caramel oak and hops
thirdeye11 (5001) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(330ml bottle) cloudy rich copper, thick soapy offwhite head. Nose of honey, dates, raisins, mild but welcome oxidation, baklava, sweet and delicious. Smells great. Mild alcohol taste, a bit papery, caramel, toasty, sweet grain, spicy to a degree. Medium carbonation, sweet linger in a good way. An odd burnt popcorn finish too. Pretty nice Belgian beer.
GJF (1078) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím not sure where I had this. Just found this rating and these notes to this beer, so here goes: spicy, honey-like sweetness, rich, yummy.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - SEP 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pors a rich cloudy mahogany hue. Big carbonation bubbles like a glass of Coca-Cola. Aroma is extremely malty rich, brown-sugary, a little molasses-y, with undertones of grassy herbal hops and a dash of tart yeast. Flavor is similarly rich, malty, sugary, molasses, dark bread, some tart fruit notes, and grassy meadow-y hops that barely rein in all the malt shenanigans. Hops grow a little spicy/peppery as the beer warms -- nice touch. Palate is thick, cloying, and disappointingly flat considering how effervescent the carbonation was when the beer was first poured. Not a particularly balanced beer when it comes down to it, but itís sufficiently complex and I rather like these big sugary grassy-hopped Belgian ales.
oteyj (2114) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A brownish orange body with a massive white head. The aroma is vinous dark fruit, candi sugar, spice, and some vegetables. Lots of sugary roast in the flavor with tons of ethanol. The palate is hot and thin. Ugh.
drpimento (1936) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I thought this was going to be better. Poured a small, light tan, fizzy head that quickly faded and no lace. Aroma was malt, toffee, ripe dark fruits, caramel, and wet cardboard. Color was a slightly hazy brown with amber highlights. Flavor was like aroma. Didnít really taste the alcohol as much as feel the effect. Finish is fairly short and like flavor. Wholesale price for this is way too high.
beersearcher (1956) - Glendale, California, USA - MAY 29, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
at first, got a little bit of hops but that faded into a malty sweet syrup that really didnít mix well. one note and boring.
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 Bottle Sampled Tonight
Appearance: Murky brown with a caramel head that fades quicly. Little lacing to be found but as you drink you see foam on the opposite side of the glass with extremely small bubbles in it.
Smell: Vinous qualities mixed with leather, tobacco, and fig. I wish I had a fresh bottle to compare it to.
Taste: Considering that the brewer ages this extensively before bottling and it was bottled 3 years ago, this one has held up to be an interesting meld of daring notes. Leather, Wine, Tobacco, Fig, Blackberries, Raisins, etc. The alcohol is non-existent which is amazing considering this one is 12% ABV.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly, this 2005 bottle had a nice carbonation release when I opened the bottle. Medium to borderline thin mouthfeel but Iím sure the age of this bottle factored in to it. I really wish I had a newer bottle to compare it to. I only see the mouthfeel getting progressively worse in time.
Drinkability: This is a sipper all the way. The flavors arenít the most approachable for me so Iím not sure if I will come back to this in the future. But Iím still amazed that this brew is 12% ABV because its very soft and gentle.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-13-2008
17thfloor (2403) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. I have one like the one in the picture and then another that is stumpy with a pink label, I donít remember which one is older. I think this is the newer of the two, the stumpy one. Aroma of straight sweet apple juice, feel like Iím back in kindergarden, sweet, some well aged boozy maltiness, hint of barrel, spicy cider. Pours a clear glowing bright blood red with a small very small frothy off-white head. Flavor follows, apple cider, cotton candy, lightly doughy, toasty malty, grains of paradise and with lesser coriander in the finish and long aftertaste, I know there is no port in this but I definitely get some port-like flavors in there, i.e. sweet, aged and vinous, itís amazing how much apple taste is in this! Booo-ooo-ooo-zy. Medium body, smooth, watery but viscous, faint sizzling carbonation. [my 100th BSA even though Iím pretty sure this was a BW a few weeks ago...] I like it a lot more the more I drink... the drunk rating effect ;)
thewolf (9888) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. [thanks, after4ever]
Pours deep redish brown with tiny floaties. Small creamy, beige head that soone becomes a thin film. Aroma is lightly sweet, fruity, yeast, plums, oak, light vinious, some maple syrup, grapes. Low, but prickly carbonation, oily but also rather dry palate. Lovely vinous flavour, plums, oaky, rather sweet, red apples, light raisins. Low, elegant tartness. Rather dry apple-wood finish. Nice.