superspak (3215) - Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, M4TRP bottle code. Pours hazy very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, toast, coffee, brown bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, fig, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, earthy hop, and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, chocolate, toast, coffee, brown bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, coffee, brown bread, brown sugar, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly crisp/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian dark ale. Good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Veeks (62) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark and mysterious with great malt - chocolate or burnt oats make a great beer
blackisle (1084) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 33cl. Opaque dark brown, one finger foamy tan head, recedes quickly to a thin layer with good lacing; aroma roasted malts, caramel, coffee, mocca, bitter chocolate, cloves, herbal hops; taste medium sweetbitter, roasted malts, light coffee; full body, creamy texture; bitter roasted finish, bit spicy. Reminds me of a strong porter.
seynie (224) - Tienen, BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with medium head. Creamy but lacking in substance. Short finish. Pleasant but not special
solidfunk (4979) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Some light raisin and prune. Light florals with some light raisin and fruit. Pours dark brown with ok head and lacing. Bottle from Foodery.
miquelcrush (1703) - Granollers, SPAIN - MAY 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cervesa amb tons molt torrats, a xocolata i cafè, també és dolça.
Cerveza con toques tostados, a chocolate y café, también es dulce.
HVH (32) - BELGIUM - MAY 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Donkerbruin bier met donker romig schuim. Zachte volle romige smaak met zachte bitter in afdronk. Lekker
bartlebier (2479) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAY 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle, last year’s Geers stashed at home, bb10/2015. Pours mahogani with beige head. Aromas of indeed roasted bread crust, yeast and caramel, - an open invitation to the bakery. Taste develops from Dunkel to porter through a range of bread crust, chestnut spread, maramite, liquorice and milk chocolate. Roasted caramel sweetness without sticking and an undefined hop spice linger. Definitely well-made, dense yet balanced, clocking in at under 7% - wonder what this could have been without added sugar. Tasty but tame considering its infernal provenance.
sfuen03 (357) - Barcelona, SPAIN - APR 18, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Good brown, creamy, long lasting head, with excellent lacing. Herbs, clove, plum in aroma. Medium body, average Co2, balanced finish. Fruity roasted taste. A little dissapointing after having the Triporteur from Heaven which was excellent.
degbert (1315) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy brown-black with a high, pillowy, light tan head that leaves sticky lace. Nose is chocolate, maple, molasses, and a savory Worcestershire sauce edge. Smoky and dry on the tongue, with a savory richness; there’s a slight sweetness on the back of the tongue, but it neatly avoids the cloying syrupiness that plagues some Belgian ales. Finish is long and almost peaty in its smokiness. I really like this.