teromous (115) - - JAN 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: It is a hazy murky iced tea brown color with a thin dirty-white head that fades instantly. As usual head retention is not something to hold against a beer that is 12%.
Aroma: There is a strong caramel scent along with dates. It has a very rich aroma to it, that completely consumes all olfactory senses. If aroma had a "mouthfeel" it would be syrupy.
Taste: It has quite a lot of flavor. At first there is this rich candy caramel flavor, then it is followed by this nutty pecan flavor, which has a biscuit aftertaste, and a popcorn-like ending. I like it.
Mouthfeel: Despite the collection of flavors and ABV of the beer, it comes across as a fairly medium bodied beer, and a lighter shade of medium to boot. It has a touch of effervescence which seems to further the lightness of the body. I would like to see a larger beer like this have more of a coating quality.
Overall: I didn’t pick up any coriander or grains of paradise, but the flavor qualities were still there to make this an interesting beer. It didn’t blow me away but it was a good beer. Try it if you like large Belgian beers, but you’re not missing anything if you can’t get it.
Bill Becker (464) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JAN 3, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It pours a very hazy/cloudy dark honey colour, 1 finger head of foam with the usual Belgian quality re retention and lacing.
The smell is of dark fruits, black cherries amongst them?, yeasty, some light spiciness.
The taste is stronger than the nose but not as impressive to me. Dark pitted fruits, yeasty, orange peel bitterness, has some woody notes and light Port(more of that please), vanilla,..to me, a tad over complex and not everything comes together in total harmony.
Top end of medium bodied, medium carbo, very good mouthfeel.
So, in the end analysis, I reckon, despite what I said about the complexity above, this IS a very good brew.
Japalo (1328) - DENMARK - DEC 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle@home with Erik. No head. Muddied. Very low carbonation. Dry fruity figs dates prune. Rather prominent heavy sweetness. The spices drown in the sweet flavours.
Lukaduke (2486) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dull mahogany color with two fingers of aggressive white foam. Aromas of sweet date, burnt sugar, peppered yeast, clove and walnut. Palate follows with nice balance between sweet burnt sugar and date flavors with spiced bitter walnut and some lingering yeast esters.
Alengrin (2813) - BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Christmas beer from the former Regenboog brewery, a spiced barley wine mostly intended for export to the American market. Bronze coloured ale with a sweet main profile, honeyish, orange, liqueur, coriander, caramel, cookies, candied fruit, yeasty with a long dryish, warming alcohol finish in which the candied sweetness keeps cloying a bit as well. Nice sipper.
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
t Smisje Kerst pours a dark iced tea color with a thick white head that fades off quickly. It does leave some lace on the glass even without much of a head. The aroma has sweet ripe fruit notes with bready malts and earthy yeast. The medium body is full of malts, yeast and coriander. Sweet and sour fruit notes pop out then fade off into a light bitter hops finish. Over all it’s a very good, but average, Belgian ale.
Mad_Ferret (706) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pressklubben 19/12-13, 33cl flaska, vintage 2013.
U: disig kola bärnstenbrun kort beige tjock skum.
D: romrussin fikon träiga kryddor tobak/läder, lite hård.
S: sötsyrlig med farin, alkohol, russin, fikon, apelsinskal, lite läder och tobak.
M: stor lite spritig kropp med något moussig kolsyra het lite oljig.
T: lite ung och het.
ShivanDragon (1961) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
rood met bruine toets, troebel met minimale witte kraag (ziet er niet erg mooi uit), aroma is mout, zoet, licht zuurtje, laurier en rozijn.
de smaken zijn redelijk zoet (kandijsuiker), matig bitter, zeer sterk (alcoholisch) in de mond, zacht, matig fruitig (donker fruit), sterk gemout (caramouten), redelijk kruidig (peper, zoethout, kardemom, iets lichts van sinaasappelschil), medium body, glad van textuur, afdonk zoetig en redelijk alcoholisch
Scrapersnbeer (1500) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yeast laden aroma of candied dark fruits and brown sugar. Murky tan color. Very sweet taste, not really getting the spice here. Tart almost, but not quite there. Prickly like cola while cloying like a malt heavy strong beer should be. Feels about 9%, so it’s cooled down relatively speaking. I’m guessing two or three years on the bottle. Another powerful Belgian, not quite brune but not blonde either.
radagast83 (5318) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Alexandria Rustico location. Poured a slightly hazy amber-orange color with a small off-white head. Aroma was lots of sweet malt notes, toffee, caramel notes. Flavor was nice hops, light fruits, alcohol is there, but subdued for 11%. A touch of something that tasted a bit tart, sweet malts. Enjoyable.