samsmith33 (449) - - MAY 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma, yeast and smoke. Dark fruits, licorice. Brown-black color. Small white head. Head lasted. Taste, sour cherry, Belgian Wang is prevalent. Lively beer, better than 2011 I think.
Boutip (4959) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a deep dark brown color ale with a medium brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet Belgian malt notes with some candi sugar notes with light spices and typical Unibroue yeast notes. Taste is a well balanced mix between some candi sugar notes with some light spices, some fruity notes and some Unibroue yeast. Body is relatively full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable but I think I preferred the two previous years vintage which were less fruity and a bit more pronounced on the spicy notes.
Slipstream (2122) - USA - APR 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An interesting item - a good abbey quad brewed by Unibroue and offered at a bargain rate by Trader Joe’s. It is hampered by an unpleasant, harsh, yeasty aroma. The flavor is very good though - a complex blend of brett, cola, and molasses, plus a dash of sea salt. It was definitely worth the purchase price.
BVery (7226) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Murky dark brown pour with a small ring head. Aroma is cinnamon, plum, and yeast. Full flavored. Yummy.
benfergy (224) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma has some well caramelized malt, plus a note of anise. I taste some alcohol as I sip the beer. The taste is well balanced. The palate is very smooth. Overall, a very good beer!
rxeight (1605) - Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
$5 750. How can you go wrong. Dark pour with a very creamy head. Very dark very Belgian. Bananas and chocolate. Still not a huge fan of the Belgian but this was alright
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a mostly clear ruby red with a moderate-large tan head that lasted until nearly mid-glass and left light lace. Very pleasant aroma of Belgian yeast with spice and plum also noted. The flavor is malt, Belgian yeast, spice, plums and raisins. Mild bitterness at the finish. Enjoyable.
jb (2346) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
one of the best deals going is the Trader Joe anniversary series. Wow, what a beer for the price. Very dark , clear, orange highlights, with a thick head, and foamy retention. Nose is very spicy in a unique way. Also some anise. Taste is similar, anise dominated. Dry, quaffable, with small bubble tingly carbonation. Not as complex as I’d hoped but still very good and very drinkable.
arnold931 (693) - Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark, dark ruby with tan bubbly head. No lacing to speak of. Nose is Belgian. Taste is sweet with clove and ginger. Lots of carbonation.
dalekliz (887) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark red-brown with a big off-white head that fades to a ring. Sweet-spicy aroma, of malt, preserved citrus, cloves, yeast. Taste is sharp and spicy, malt, sugar, cloves, cardamom, ginger. Nice carbonation. Lingering spicy sharpness that ends a bit watery. Refreshing and tasty.