keepersj12 (2790) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber with red highlights, small head. The aroma is fruity with a bit of sourness. The flavor has the dark fruits along with some Belgian spice and sweetness with a bit of citrus. Very warm on the throat.
baraciisch (2066) - California, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy reddish brown in color... Aroma of light spices, berries, malts... Flavor is Belgian candi sugar, light alcohol notes, berries throughout... Malty berry and slice finish... Solid, nothing that impressive
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Hair6a11 (1392) - Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; Pour is cloudy garnet with a fine bubbled khaki head into this glass. It retains on the average side, with some sticky lacing present here. The nose is heavy on the ripened , dark fruit. Cherry pits, the goose berry is dominant, with sweet bread and light floral. Brown sugar, caramel, light spicing, with a hint of booze present. Initial, the flavor profile is light bittering, and I can sense the citrus that the tasting notes allude to. It gets overpowered by the berries here ; I find that this brew lacks balance and moves towards fruit more than expected or wanted, I suppose. Sugar plum, beets, black cherry moves to caramel, belgian sugars, and bready malts, but the booze comes through near the finish ; some age could help this one out a bit.
phaleslu (6951) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Thanks, Tom! Pours a murky, dull gold color with a small off-white head. Aroma of sugar, dough, vanilla, golden raisins, and figs. Flavor of the same sweet (sugary dough, vanilla) and fruity (raisins, figs) notes, along with more fruit (berries) and a boozy note. Medium-bodied, with a muddled, sweet mouthfeel that dries on the finish and has moderate carbonation. I’m hoping this ages into something better than it is now.
MIBRomeo (2567) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2013
1.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 1/20
Light brown with hints of red huge off white dense head with nice lacing. Sweet aroma clear grains some alcohols thick creamy palate. Flavor is very sweet syrups a touch boozy
alexsdad06 (6105) - Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a hazy amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have Belgian yeast, caramel malt, spices, dark fruit and berries, a light tart character. The alcohol remains well hidden.
b3shine (5996) - Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared by Tmoney99). Looks good for the style; a cloudy brown with light beige lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast and dark fruit. Tastes like it smells, only more robust, with a somewhat tart mouthfeel. Solid beer.
ajnepple (2724) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Black Bottle Brewery. Dark brown with a tan head and lacing. Malty aroma with bread, nuts, caramel/toffee and a light roast. Similar flavor, adding dark fruits. Medium sweetness and minimal bitterness. Nice soft, creamy mouth feel with a medium body. The alcohol is hidden well.
markducommun (249) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sour berry nose, some darker citrus notes, allspice. Cloudy red-brown. Sweet up front, transitioning quickly into a spicy bitterness, that again levels off into syrupy sweetness. Alcohol is very immediately present, but balanced by the acidity and sweetness. Nice.
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drpimento (2298) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty good stuff, tho my bottle seemed a tad under carbonated. Poured it on the cold side with a smallish tan head that soon settled and no lace. Color is a somewhat hazy brown amber. Aroma is malt, fruit, citrus, orange pith. Flavor’s like nose,while not much carbonic tang, the gooseberries’ acid helps mitigate the heavy sweetness. Also present are malt, caramel. Body would’ve been great if better co2. Finish is like flavor, of average length, with strong alcohol warmth.