JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 25, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
750 mL bottle tasted on christmas day 2011 - Pours a completely opaque black color with fairly large dark tan head. Aroma starts off with a huge aspect of burnt styrofome when it is fairly cool that dissipates (thankfully) as it warms. Also has notes of rum, dark brown sugar, treacle, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla bean. Flavor is very sweet malty - lots of dark sugars, touch of raisens and oak, but just very sweet overall. This is really a very poorly made beer, in my opinion. The off notes in the aroma clearly seem to be fermentation issues. The flavor is very cloyingly sweet, and overall this seems underattenuated, especially for a beer advertised as "belgain" although I really don’t get that anywhere in this beer. I’ve only had a few things from The Bruery, but everything has been fairly lackluster. Although this isn’t terrible, it is far from good. I would be embarrassed to enter this in a homebrew competition, little alone sell this as a commercial beer. If you can’t have a consistently well controlled and quality fermentation, you shouldn’t be brewing beer, regardless of what your last name is.
ej (845) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with BBGTC. Pours a brown body producing a small tan head. Spicy aroma with hints of dried fruits. Taste is sweet at first but with spice and also a light sour touch. Noble oxidized notes becomes this ale very well. Body is full, oily texture and softly carbonated.
ClubGonzo (4360) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Deep brown, near-black body with a light beige head. Aroma is licorice, nuts, oats, grains, nougat, honey, toffee and hints of cinnamon, pumpkin and mild clove. Taste is licorice, nuts, nougat, biscuits, grains, brown sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon and hints of clove, raisins, wood and red berries. Full body, medium carbonation. Sweet, yet a bit sour somehow and with loads of complexity and a fair deal of oxidizing caused by cellaring (3 years), Pleasant and smooth, and interesting. Nice one.
piscator34 (2015) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via and shared with oakbluff. Muddy brown in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas area of heavy malt, red berry, vanilla, an peppery spice. Loads of malt and black licorice flavor, along with some baking spices and vanilla. Heavy and a bit boozy. Ok.
SHIG (3750) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Anchorage Sept ’14 Tasting: Poured a dark brown with red edges, head was light brown. Aroma was strong vanilla and spice. Taste mixed well with nice malts, tobacco and chocolate.
boxofrane (2290) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at craft ale house. Pours clear reddish amber with minimal head. The aroma has brown sugar notes, caramel, some spices. The taste has a sweet anise, caramel, light soy.
OldMrCrow (2032) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle for Thanksgiving 2014.
Dark pour, decent head. Hugely spicy nose. Flavor is...sweet, sticky, and so.much.spice. This is absolutely undrinkable. Dafuq! On the heels of a Cuvee van de Kaiser Blauw ’08, this is a travesty. Total drain pour. My dad is drinking it anyway; I feel terrible as a host. Now what do I do with my five golden rings and six geese a laying?
slowrunner77 (6278) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Rich, dark brown with quickly dissipating head. Nice aroma of gingerbread, belgian yeast, and sweet malts. no hint of 11% til it gets closer to room temp. nice holiday ale. best aroma of the 3 i’ve had, nice smooth relatively thick bodied. flavor similar to the aroma...spice dominant and tasty."
Cunningham (5074) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark brownish color with a tan head. Brown sugar, fruity, oak, spicy and vanilla aroma. Powerful little horny devil. Full body. A bit sweet and a moderate bitterness. Sugary and a bit sweet flavor. Oak, spicy, vanilla and chocolate flavor. Lovely tasty ale.
[Bottle at rlgk plaza]
Yoachim (46) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska på provningen USA comes to Göteborg 2014.
Luktar marshmallow, surt, choklad, vin, äpple, krydda.
Smakar frukt, choklad, godis, surt, alkohol, krydda.
tkrjukoff (4128) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at rlgk. Pours clear darker mahogany with a minimum of head. Aroma is sweet chocolate malty some raisins. Flavor as aroma.