beerplace (613) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2016 Pours a dark brown, almost black with a weak beige tan. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruits, cocoa, some berries and diacetyl. Taste is slightly sour, roasted malt, caramel, berry notes. Bready, roasted malt aftertaste.
Lilja (2611) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flaska från Saveur Biere. Smak och doft av choklad, kaffe, blåbär, blå plommon, bröd, rostad malt, nötter, karamell med toner av lakrits, vanilj och pepparkorn. Tunn kropp, fin sötma, krämig, rund och len. Svaga smaker men i en mycket bra sammansmältning.
Camons (9827) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ DØE meeting. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma of roast malt, chocolate, light wood, spice, light tartness, berries. Flavor is light sweet, malt, chocolate, sweet berries, light tart. Medium body, soft carbonation. 260316
Rasmus40 (17052) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ DØE meeting. Clear dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, roasted malt and spicy. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. 160316
DwarfeD (2563) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2015
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
33cl bottle at home. Dark brown with a small tan head. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Herbal sweetness with some bitterness. Floral tones, herbs, caramel, malts, brown sugar and raisins. The combination of herbs/flowers and roasted malts was quite bad, this was my second brew from Thiriez and after the Dalva Millesime Trois ans au fût I had high expectations. But they weren’t met with this brew, half the bottle went down the drain.
SVD (1320) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, black beer, small head, aroma is malt, chocolate and coffee, taste is watery, coffee, chocolate. hmm average.
bhensonb (13856) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Cave a Bulles. Pours dark brown with a slight tan head. Aroma of smooth dark malt with a chocolate note. Near medium body with pretty strong carbonation. Flavor is chocolate, dark malt, and I think a coffee note. Decent porter.
bartlebier (3306) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - SEP 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2015 33cl bb12/2015, TDrinks Tilburg clearance. Nice opaque noir foincé pour with beige, organic crema. Smells like a pumpernickel/Schwarzbrot inflected Schwarzbier more than a porter: earthy nuts, char, black pepper, burnt breadcrust, some vanilla, bayleaf and berries. About the same in taste on just the right creamy-sessionable body, satisfying coffee-sour, woody roast with a hint of chocolate, hedgerow berry hops. Could as well be a an Alsatian "Schworz" (cf. Matten), as a more exotic "French-Flemish porter/des Flandres".
Douberd (4638) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Thiriez La Maline) Bottle 330 ml at home, served into an english pint glass, ABV 5.8%
Dark brown colour on the body, almost totally black. Small beige head sitting on top, good density, average foam retention.
Aroma has light chocolate, red stewed fruits, light vanilla, prunes.
Taste is not as exciting, little chocolate and light roasted malts, mildly sweet, some prunes.
Medium thin body, biting carbonation.
Decent porter, pleasant to drink.
Alengrin (4344) - BELGIUM - AUG 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Bière noire des Flandres" from one of the more progressive French brewers, indeed a porter, which is of course everything but Flemish in style. Dense and moussy, lacing, thick, pale beige head, colour hazy dark burgundy (not black but transparent). Nice aroma of cocoa powder, burnt brown bread, blue plums, hazelnut paste, black peppercorns, bayleaf, hint of liquorice candy and coffee grounds, some dried banana, lots of caramel, clear red port wine accent. Quite spritzy for the style, perhaps a tad overcarbonated, but nicely flavoured, with a subtle raisiny sweetishness at first, a touch of dried banana and blue grape peel, developing into a fairly full, caramelly and nutty maltiness, smooth and somewhat creamy, turning lightly chocolatey in the end but not quite, aided by peppery and earthy hop bitterishness and therefore drying in the finish, but a bittersweet, resiny liquorice-like ’stickiness’ still remains, though not unpleasantly so. Nothing overly complex, but a well-rounded, well-crafted example of the style which is neither Flemish nor French.