hopdog (9588) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a brownish color with an off white head. Dark fruits, caramel, bananas, and toffee. Alcohol content well hidden.
tectactoe (3075) - Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2014
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle: Thanks, Hayden. Murky brown, off-copper color with a few lazy bubbles that rise to the top; appears to have lost most of its carbonation... Also appears fairly thin. Aroma has perfumey plums, caramel covered dates, black cherries, sweet toffee glaze, & a mild inclusion of warming alcohol & yeast in the back-end. Tastes of super-sweet caramel, date, nuts, prunes, spicy Belgian yeast, mildly vinous grapes, toffee, plums, apples... Lots going on, just like Westy 12. Unfortunately this is nowhere near as coherent, & instead of coming off as "complex" it just seems overbearing & muddled. First sip isn’t too bad but it grows cumbersome quickly & gets cloyingly sweet with warmth. Syrupy, sticky mouth feel. Not completely horrible, but not even in the same galaxy as Westvleteren XII (not as if I expected it to be, though).
Steve_0 (3266) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home with friends. Pour is murky brown with no head - completely still. Big figgy, raisins, prunes, brown sugar, caramel, candi sugar, earthy, bready, doughy, and light leather in the aroma. Taste is sweet caramel, light bourbon, raisins, dates, prunes, somewhat nutty, light cocoa, plums, and red grapes. Slick mouthfeel with no carbonation - though not off-putting. Pretty cool try.
Experiment_Ale (1083) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At Stephens house with Dave and Stephen. Pours murky brown. Aroma is huge fig and raison, caramel, malt, some cardboard but in a good way. Taste is huge awesome figs and raisins, fuck yeah. Finish is savory and sweet. Love it.
Beerman6686 (5158) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one poured a dark red color with a small beige head. Aroma was of dark fruits, prunes and grapes, light spices, caramel, toffee, and yeast. Flavor was lightly sweeter, darker candy sugar, figs, caramel, and toffee. A pretty great replication in my opinion
Art (2121) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared thanks to charule. Pours a golden orange red color. Minimal head. Aroma of caramel and dark fruits. Tastes sweet and syrupy.
charule (1520) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from release shared with buds. Poured hazy dark red brown with zero head. Aroma of boozy dark fruit. Very smooth no carb med bod. Sweet dark fruit taste.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared graciously by Bruce. Aroma is sweet brown sugar, figs, dates, and more sugar. Pours lighter brown than I was hoping with little head. Taste is super sweet with mince meat, brown sugar, and more brown sugar. Some of the complexity I was hoping for is there but it is drowned out by the 13% and sugar. Enjoyable to be sure, but I’d take Bernardus 12 over this any day.
PhillyCraft (3782) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle compliments of Jean with Brian at the brewpub. Poured slightly hazy amber with minimal lace and head. Lots of dark fruit, toffee, raisin, and vintage wood in the scent and flavor. Tastes like a 5 year old very complex barleywine. Lighter to medium body. So smooth and rich for the 13%. Excellent.
orangesol (960) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Review from notes.
A - Pours copper orange with a small half finger head leaving small trails of lace.
S - Sweet nose with some raisins, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla and dulled fruit rind.
T - Taste is similar to the nose in that the sweetness and saison body are the strongest flavors. A bit of fruit comes out as it warms up. Sweet, dry finish.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, sweet feel with a bit of booze coming thru as it warms up.
O - Tastes just like a quad with a saison core helping to bring it all together. A very interesting beer. The booze is a little stronger than I would like but it is still a solid beer.