jjgmd (1608) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Father’s Day 14, with Zach, after the French World Cup win over Honduras, pours a dark mahogany brown with a java head. Nose is sweet, malty, with big toffee. Taste is very sweet, with a big caramel and toffee taste. Finishes on the same sweet tasting notes. Quaff Score 7 / 10
zgaier (1537) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a muddy amber brown with a tan head and spicy, fruity, toffee aroma. Taste is boozy, with toffee, spices, dark fruits, bread and carmael leading to a warming finish
merc7186 (2372) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Berry, Vanilla, Cinnamon
Appearance: Brownish Hue, Passes Mild Light, Thin White Head Ring, Mild Lacing
Taste: Sweet Bread, Vanilla, Mild Cinnamon, Mild Plum
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark caramel brown pour with little head. Nose is dark fruits, plum, cinnamon, some Belgian esters. Flavor is a bit sweet, a lot of fruit, plums, dark cherries, bubble gum. Finish is a bit hot, fairly dry. Light carb.
chucklemation (649) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brownish color with a white foam head. Has a pleasantly sweet fruit aroma. Flavor is a combination of tart fruit and sweet Belgian yeast. Very enjoyable and very strong.
Beerhunter111 (9292) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JUN 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Trübes kupferfarbenes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch fruchtig, trocken, malzig. Geschmack süß malzig, kräftig, freife Früchte, alkoholisch.
mR_fr0g (4524) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bamberg jolly day 2 25/01/2014. Bottle shared at Cafe Abseits grand tasting. Thanks to Ken. Clouded orange coloured pour with a loose white head. Aroma is sharp apple skin and hot fuessel alcohols. Flavour is tart apple, granny smith, nutmeg, solvent. Dryish palate. Spicy hop in the finish Disappointing.
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange-brown with particles. Small tan head. Aroma sweet malt, booze, fruity. Full body. Some alcohol burn but not unpleasant. Flavor is rather sweet. Caramel, molasses. Some red fruit in the background. A bit of tartness. Big and sweet, mildly complex, I think I like it but it’s a little hard to say.
fiulijn (15780) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Danish tasting session
Hazy dark amber color with small sized compact head. Aroma of fruits, some smell of puke and stale water; light talc. Sweetish flavor, some fruit (fruit jam), malt, not much of the promised Belgian character (self defined Belgian style); ordinary bitterness with some wood in the end and fairly strong alcohol impression.
Confused and not much interesting concoction.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two finger thick, light tan colored head that is tightly beaded and leaves a fair amount of lacing stuck to the sides of the glass. the beer is a dark, concentrated amber / plum color that shows an almost clear, amber / golden hue when held up to the light. The nose smells sweet, richly caramelized, of brown sugar soaked fresh baked dough (sort of like a sticky bun), a touch of toasted nutty character, as well as a rich, dark fruit character that leans towards dates, raisins, and some fig notes. As the beer warms up it picks up a bit of peppery, alcohol warming character to it.
The beer is quite sweet up front, this is slightly cut towards the finish by a light tartness, an almost roasted nutty note, and a lingering, though light, bitter note; this last I can’t quite pin down the origin of. There is a solid fruitiness to this beer, vaguely citrus like, definitely berry leaning, with a touch of apple butter, some fig and date like notes, all of which are accentuated by the touch of tartness. As the beer warms up more of a rich maltiness starts to come out with more rounded nutty notes, a bit of toasted, whole grain malt, and a sweet, concentrated, caramelized malt character. The beer is not quite as dense and heavy as one might expect from a beer of this strength, though it is most definitely a sipping beer. Some hot alcohol becomes more noticeable as the beer warms up and adds a bite to the finish.
This is not the most complex beer in the world, and it can be quite sweet, though the light tartness from the berries is certainly a nice addition. I wonder if some age will do this some good.