heavy (2151) - Split, CROATIA - JAN 20, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks Matea for bringing this from Belgrade! Deep hazy golden body with medium sized head. Weak citrus aroma, no cloves or Belgian yeastness. Flavor was slightly sweet, some yeast, apple notes, lightly acidic. Thin to medium bodied with shorter acidic finish. Nothing much here, nor particularly interesting. A bit off, since bought more than 10 days ago, but still wouldn’t be much better the day it went out of tap.
greenclansman (849) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - JAN 24, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the black turtle bar.
Orange gold colour.
Realy week on nose.
Buttery and spiced taste, but nothing belgian in it.
Interesting beer, but for sure not what u expect by a belgian xmass edition.
luttonm (2340) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
.5l Draft at the Black Turtle Pub IV on Decanska. Slow pour, slightly hazy gold, darker than expected. Bubbly finger head. Sweet soapy nose, not really much there. Tart, fruity bite in smooth body, nothing really belgian going on. some hops. crisp, bit mellow-bitter finishing. Taste like a black turtle beer for sure, fresh enough. interesting, tasty, but not great in any way. Second pint drinks real heavy, lots of flavor and yeast, cidery. but not refreshing.
Marko (4030) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Whee, ran into another Turtle seasonal while in Belgrade for a "new year seminar". This time they tried to emulate a Belgian style of sorts, which, it seems, means "dump spices and fruit in your lager" around these parts. It poured a deeper golden body (or so it seemed in the dim cellar of the Gospodar Jovanova location), with a white head. Sweaty nose, almost a trademark of sorts, carrying notes of rotten agrumes. Oh joy. The sweatiness, unsurprisingly, permeates the generally soft taste which carries a nice lemony note from the spices, maybe vaguely soapy. There’s even a light herbal, almost grapeseed-like bitterness building up in the aftertaste. After the initial disappointment, it kinda grew on me, more likable than the rest of their lineup available at the time (the pale and the battered ruin of what used to be a passable rauchbier). I love that they experiment, I just wish they’d nail it more often.