rxeight (994) - Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750. Dark brown slightly coopper pour. Slight Belgian yeasty ness. Lots if dark fruit.
tmoreau (2067) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Ellyn’s Tap & Grill in Glen Ellyn, IL., and a full pour to a sampler showing a clear & bright, brownish amber color, with frothy & persistent foam to the head, and wavy cling to the lacing. The nose was alcohol presence, spice, substantial malt, and esters as plum & cherry. The taste was sweet, with some tartness, the esters, warming alcohol, and a sherry-like nature. A little syrupy, with a medium to full body. With winter hanging on, well suited for the occasion.
tneumann (8) - Rockford, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2014 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice belgian dark, poured a nice dark red with some brown smell of fruit and some alcohol but don’t taste the alcohol while drinking. Taste of cherry, fig, dark fruits and belgian sweetness. Overall a nice beer.
BelgianBeerGal (2971) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle oddly found at Heini’s market in Sugarcreek. Fairly true to form overall for a Belgian strong ale but the alcohol seemed a bit too up front for me. Mellows a bit as it warms though with more banana like esters. Fine.
JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 3/6/14. Clear copper in color with a thick beige head. Malty and caramelly aroma with notes of toffee, berry and banana. Flavor starts with banana and caramel, moving to booziness and toffee before a chocolate finish.
krumbum (357) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy brown color. Light sour aromas. It is like a sour scotch beer, tart but full sweet body. Rinses light and fresh.
Jeffjuergens (8) - - MAR 1, 2014 does not count
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good solid Belgium, to me brings in what a Belgium should be, strong, smooth, the ABV does not come through and it full of flavor.
BigBeer45 (1200) - Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2014 Bottle bought at Champanes,
this ale poured a mostly clear dark red with darker hues of brown at the sides of the glass, there was a hint of haze (as I poured towards the bottom of the bottle the ale was hazier), and gave more than a fingers worth of light tan foamy bubbles that was lasting, the glass was filled with bubbles flowing everywhere, it left nice partial rings of lacing on the sides of the glass, the bottle had a thick ring of dark brown sediment and a thin layer of sediment on the bottom of the bottle,
it had aromas of date and light prune dark fruit, malt and dark bread, the esters were pretty big on the nose, not too big or intrusive but noticeable,
there was some spice, the gooseberry was in the background, and bread and dark fruit sweetness,
the flavors were raisin and date, some light bread and malty with dark fruit and bread sweetness,
the finish had a little pepper spice, citrus and alcohol that washed and dried the palate, I did not taste any gooseberry, probably too much alcohol,
the mouth feel was about light medium to medium and it was a little creamy, the mouth feel was on the lighter side of a dark strong ale,
the alcohol was a little bigger on the nose than I prefer and big enough on the flavor to hide the gooseberry and crowd out a bit the flavors of this ale,
this beer was ok, the alcohol was not that big but it was noticeable and did hide the flavors a bit, a ok drink.
TheEpeeist (3142) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz bottle. Deep, but clear, amber brown with a smooth beige head. Nose is brown bread, wood and berries; slightly tart. Thick and chewy with a fermented fruit tang and airy heat. Taste is yeast, burnt maple, butterscotch and gooseberry adding the perfect touch of sour to balance the yeast and sticky sweetness. A massive fireside sipper and perhaps my favorite of the series.
AndySnow (2261) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where: Tasting at Café Abseits, during the Bamberg Jolly 2014.
Appearance: Dark amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Alcohol, caramel, fruit, spices.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Sweet malt, caramel, alcohol, dark fruit.