tommann (2294) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Pours dark brown with no head and the fizz shook all the bits up. Aroma is caramel, toffee and raisin. Taste is sweet with toffee and caramel. Raisin finish with a toffee aftertaste. Drinks below the strength.
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Torrified? Really. Ok then. Err, smells of toast, I’ve finally had a beer that I can say smells of toast. SNOWDAY! WOOP!!!
Kristall-König (2007) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - JAN 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malziger, weinartiger Geruch, Trauben. Süßer Start ins Geschehen. Süßmalzige Mitte, Schokolade, weinartig, kaum Alkohol. Abgang dichtmalzig, schwer und süß. Überraschend liquide, könnte aber noch komplexer sein. Ansonsten recht gut.
pivnizub (8367) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - DEC 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Cloudy, amber coloured, small off-white foamy layer, robust sweet-malty to toasty nose, caramelly and nutty aromas included, fruits and alcohol underneath; solid sweet flavour, some yeasty bitterness detectable, full bodied and a bit fizzy; lingering yeasty bitter and sweet malty finish, some warming alcohol in the aftertaste. Surely good, but not exciting…
sirowell (9) - SPAIN - OCT 21, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark amber color, clear with just the minimal head on top after a little bit. Some alcoholic aroma, kind of expected from a 10º belgian strong ale, remembering distilled spirits, maybe herbs and grass too. Light sweet and bitterness, mixed perfectly. Soft carbonation but at the first impression looks more than it really is, medium to full body with a clear bitter finish. Overall an excellent beer, really well balanced and enjoyable at any time.
DJoer (382) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber brown colour, medium foamy slightly mokka coloured head, yeasty slightly sweet bitter smell, bitter cacoa like taste flowery sweet fruity a bit sour but a pretty dry aftertaste with just a bit cacao and bitterness lasting.
laiti (4546) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2013 75 cl bottle @ home, BBE 24.02.2012
Aroma is sweetish with orange peel. some toffee typical to aged belgian ales and brown sugar. Flavour has raisins, some orange peel and brown sugar. Finishes with distant vinegar, cardboard and moldy cellar notes. Also some warming alcohol in the aftertaste. The BBE date is quite exact; I have a feeling that this wouldn’t have improved with any more aging.
75 cl bottle vintage 2007? @ Timo A
Still sweet and lots of raisins. Well, it seems that I was wrong with the aging – if you do it in the right conditions. Harsh score estimate: 3.7.
NickVerstijlen (1) - - SEP 29, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
medium sweetness, lightly bitter, caramel, coffee, black, clear, tan foam, long finish, lively, light body, slick feel,
Noctilucus (98) - All over Belgium, BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark unclear burgundy, more brown high up in the glass, thick beige head.
The nose is mostly sweet and roasted (almost to the point of being smoky), red fruits and some alcohol.
The taste very much delivers on the nose’s promise, it’s a pleasant full and roasted taste with a solid dose of sugars but never cloying; the alcohol is well hidden yet there is a warming glow (after all this is 10%), raisins, dark chocolate. All of this is balanced by an almost scotch ale like touch, slightly bitter.
The aftertaste is rather smooth, subtly roasted, still quite sweet, no lingering alcohol, again a little vegetable bitterness reminding me of a scotch.
Overall a quite complex and evolving taste; Ecaussines’ strongest is by far its most convicing brew and much, much more interesting than the ultrablonde or ultra ambrée.
Borup (4397) - Albertslund, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at DØE. Brown colour with a nice beige head. Aroma and flavour of caramel, yeast, dried fruit, malt and alcohol.