thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The bouquet was full of apricot, fig and molasses. The flavor mirrored that, full of middle eastern spices, honey and pistachio. The palate a little chewy up front and then watery in the finish. I thought this was really awesome!
seymour (1659) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - APR 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted from classic small Belgian bottle into tulip glass. For the record, this super-high rating benefited from lengthy aging. I found it in the clearance bin last weekend. The cap stated, "Best Before 22/03/2010" so I thought "SCORE!" I don’t know exactly how old it was, but at least three years, and the cap was rusted onto the bottle. Poured a deep amber color with creamy off-white foam, long-lasting with loads of Belgian lace, yeast haze and chill haze. Extremely rich and complex malt aromas, caramelized brown sugar, toffee, plum syrup, fruity yeast esters, faint noble hops, slight booziness, earthy and woody, barley-wine-ish and sherry undertones. Extreme malty-sweet flavor as well, hints of sweet bread, fruitcake, biscuits and honey, apricots, raisins but with a hefty hops tang to balance (amazing considering the age.) Medium-heavy body, chewy mouthfeel, highly effervescent carbonation, lingering caramelly, fruity aftertaste. A true treat, better than any dessert wine in the world. I don’t know what a fresh one tastes like, but this bottle was a masterpiece.
fiulijn (16426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful amber color; giant creamy head; fine perlage, plentiful; beautiful lace.
Nice malt aroma, slightly fruity, honey.
Good body strngth, malty, well balanced, with a nice aromatic final. Just a light note of medicine, quickly disappearing; spicy.
Not original, but really a solid one.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Not as dark amber as I expected and has a good large white head. The aroma is peppery, spicy and there are citric lemon notes. The taste is beautifully sweet with orange and lemon notes and also some candy sugar. A very tasty beer from a brewery which always delivers for me.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the 330 mL bottle from Beertopia. pours dark amber with a concrete off-white head. the flavor is of strong gooseberries. has a thick palate. a residual mild bitterness that numbs the mouth with a medicinal aftertaste. very smooth and easy to drink. surprisingly good for a 7% alcohol beer. the longer you drink it the more drying your mouth and tongue get. only a mild aroma of cookie dough. a quick up-front tea-like astringency that smooths out to the berry taste. coriander emerges with orangey flavors at the midway point.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear amber orange with a dingey white head. Aromas of cookies, lemon curd, orange peel. Muted candy sweetness with some good baked good character again. Velvety palate. Very very easy to drink. A pleasant surprise for sure.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz bottle poured into my Piraat tulip glass. Best before 4/10/2008.
A-Translucent sunny orange body that pours with 2 finger creamy white head. Head slowly fades to 1 finger and has excellent retention. Body is extremely cloudy and filled with large white yeast particles and some black yeast sediment. Tiny bubbles can be seen constantly rising to the top.
S- Nose is somewhat mild but distinctively dominated by citrus such as orange and grapefruit. Soft spices such as cinnamon can also be detected.
T-Lots of orange upfront with other tropical fruits also present. A mild spiciness accents a solid yeast backbone in the background. Medium hops bitterness and flavor appear for the finish and compliment the already present flavors. Soft hop bitterness, subtle fruitiness, yeast, and hints of alcohol linger.
P- Low to medium carbonation and body is full of soft, smooth, and creamy yeast.
O- This is my favorite of the three commonly available offerings from this brewery. This is a nice soft brew that I found to be quite enjoyable. I will probably purchase this one again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-21-2007 21:29:00
Jayb0 (1088) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid belgian strong. Deep orange with hints of tropical fruit and malt in the nose, but enhanced by a fresh herb or spruce presence. Spicy and yeasty with a solid malt backbone. Lingering head with good lacing. Enjoyable.
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber as in orange to copper in color. Decent head retention. Nice rich specialty grain flavor, roasty and caramel malts, perhaps even a touch of special B? Clean finish with a moderate mouthfell.
haukur (1430) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - AUG 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
labelled Ultra Amber ... quite delicious, nice fruity aroma. Taste is nicely balanced with some spices and yeast, with some citrus and fruit tones. Quite good, and very refreshing for that abv ...