shrubber85 (10587) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (courtesy of Phaleslu). Candi sugar, light gooseberry, toffee malt, and straw aroma. Copper with small head. Very sweet brown sugar, gooseberry/plum, toffee malt, and mildly bitter herbal hay flavor. Good body. Light alcohol finish but much less than expected. Pretty good - guess I expected more though.
rodenbach99 (4174) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bouteille de 750ml capsule métallique. Semble être 11/12/13 étampé sur la bouteille. Bière ambrée-caramel avec une mousse beige à fort pétillement. Un nez de caramel vineux, de fruits fermentés., une touche d’iode, un peu de Norvège. Une bouche piquante, légèrement acide, mélasse, fruits fermentés. Une finale acide sur l’alcool. Pas ma meilleure.
jgb9348 (5612) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thinnish, fast-dying tan head that leaves a decent lace. Aroma of roasted malt, lactose, cherries, figs, earth and a touch of nuts, but this is all about the deep sugars. Medium-bodied; Assertive sweetness from the pitted fruits along with some caramelised sugar notes, a bit of malt and earth and some subdued spice complexities on the finish. Aftertaste shows a nice yeast strain flavour, a little breadiness, some dryness, but a lot of sugars, some malt and the fruitiness that shows well. Overall, a very nice beer that is structured well and has a solid complexity throughout. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 19-June-2015 for US$15,95 sampled at home in Washington on Christmas Eve, 24-December-2015 with my family.
Vignale (3271) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska från Brill som stått i källaren ett par år. Ändå känns den fortfarande lite rå och kantig. Visst finns choklad och torkad frukt men mest maltiga lite råa smaker som nog kommer att mogna fram fint efter ett par år till för här finns kvalitéer från en stor kropp. Inte en tillstymelse av spritighet eller trötthet. Gott men kan nog blir ändå bättre.
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle..pour is golden with a light head...Nose is spice, caramel, sweetness, stale...Taste is stale, roast, berries, spice, sweetness, belgian..
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden mahogany with fizzy head. Aromas of sweet malts, dark fruit, and some chocolate. Flavors of dark fruits, tobacco, and some sweetness.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark golden copper color with ruby red/purplish-plum hues and a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind. Nice color but not much head retention/lacing.
Slightly tart, vinous dark fruit aroma with subtle peppery spice, silky chocolate malt and boozy sweetness. Hints of pepper, clove and candi sugar along with tart fruit, plum, raisin and fig. I’m not really familiar with gooseberries but I’m assuming they are giving off the tart sweetness that compliments the other ester-y dark berry notes. The fruit and spice aromas are followed by silky chocolate malt sweetness and subtle roast. I’m picking up some cocoa, caramel, toast and cola. Nothing too out of the ordinary but the aroma is decent with a nice touch of tart fruit incorporated into the classic elements of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.
On the lighter end of medium body with tight carbonation and a blast of sweet boozy heat that overpowers the others flavors with somewhat overwhelming fuesel alcohol. Some peppery spice and slightly tart fruit integrated into light malt sweetness and vinous dark fruit flavors. Some pepper, clove and ginger followed by strong alcohol heat, tart berries, plum, raisin and currant. Finishes with light malt sweetness giving off hints of caramel, milk chocolate, lactose, burnt toast and ash. The tart fruit presence isn’t as strong as in the nose and the spice and alcohol flavors are too prominent for my preference. After a while my palate adjusts to the alcohol and heavy spices, letting some Belgian candi sugar and vinous fruit sweetness come through. The high ABV is not well masked at all but the tart fruit, sweet ester notes and chocolate maltiness make this beer easy to drink than I expected. Not terrible like some of the other beers in this series but the carbonation is off, the spices are too strong and there is overwhelming boozy heat.
Leighton (18222) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the Cafe Abseits tasting during the Bamberg Excursion. Many thanks to Kenny! Pours lightly hazy gold with a creamy capping. Very sweet, heavy, lots of sugary fruits, bread and toffee. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, warming, with more toffee, toasty sugars, ripe fruits. Not bad overall, but certainly quite rich.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a goblet.
3.25 A: Lightly hazed deep amber color. One and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is lacking, but it’s to be expected from such a big beer. No lacing either.
3.5 S: This is full of plum and figs foremost. Toasty malts with strong caramel components and notes of gingerbread. Something strange to me which must be the gooseberries. Peppery spiciness with hints of clove. A bit of booze, which is well hidden overall.
3.75 T: Taste is like the nose, except that the gooseberry portion is more prominent. Plum, figs, and grape finish up the fruits. Toasty, caramel, and bready malts. Peppery spice. Molasses and deep neutral maltiness.
3.75 M: Big, heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth. Well done here.
3.75 D: It’s a pretty good beer, but it’s a little more standard than the usual Bruery beer. Definitely worth a try
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Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Boca a few years back. Cellared bottle. Pours a very hazy stained oak with a one fingered head and some spotty lacing. Aroma is big dark fruits like plums, dark cherries, raisins, Belgian yeasts, and sweet breads. Taste is big dark fruits puree, sweet over ripe fruits, Belgian Yeasts, chewy caramel, toffee, and dark bread. Thick and chewy. Big car and flavors all around. A little too sweet for my taste though.