brokensail (11821) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is an orange-amber color with a thin layer of off-white foam.
S: Definitely a lot of oxidation happening here. Stale sugar, particularly brown sugar, with some cardboard. A fairly potent orange peel note, which is actually nice.
T: This is intensely sweet, but I suppose it works out alright. Lots of fruit character such as oranges, pears, apples, maybe strawberries. Some caramel, too, just for good measure. It’s still quite oxidized, despite what good flavors that are there.
M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation.
D: Despite the flaws, this one wasn’t horrendous. Some decent points to it, which was pleasant in what was a lackluster lineup overall.
Pinball (10963) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear brown small smooth offwhite head.
aroma : dry like dusty, sweet dark fruits like figs, caramel, malts. not really sweet as you might think from my description. faint alc. fant flowery note. Aroma reveals a strong beer but not much of a hint as to how it tastes. Let’s find out.
flavor is strong sweet dark fruits (like raisins, figs) syupy note, strong note of alc. I think the alc. is too easily detectable and it sort of makes the beer a little more cloying than what would be perfect. not much hops in this brew. the overall impression is syrup, dark fruits and alc.
Mora2000 (5856) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer pours a hazy brown-orange color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the caramel malt and green apples. I also get a little bit of yeast mixed in.
The flavor is a mix of toffee, green apples, candy and brown sugar, alcohol and yeast. The flavor is very nice and is well balanced between the malt and fruit flavors.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
nickd717 (3587) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Pours a mostly clear medium amber color with a large yellowish head that leaves film on the beer. Great aroma, caramel apple like the 15 but less oxidation present. Spicy and Belgian. Sweet caramel apple on the flavor as well. Belgian yeast is huge. Medium-full bodied but not syrupy, with lively carbonation. Great beer overall. These guys do Belgiums well.
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.75L corked bottle brought home from ØlKonsortiet, Aalborg. A dense fingerthickblond head atop of a dark copper colored body. Aroma is sweet, soft and vinous. Rounded malts, caramel and tinned, juicy fruits. Taste is invitingly sweet. Caramelly malts with honey notes. Fruit-cake fruitiness. Mild spices and mild bitterness underneath. Soft and vinous in the mouth. Almost full-bodied. Complex, mouth-warming end. Elegant!
larsga (6335) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big deep offwhite head. Hazy amber body with light carbonation. Musty fruity papery aroma with buttery caramel notes. Dry-sweetish earthy fruity honey taste with resiny notes. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Lightish body. Dry spicy gingery honey aftertaste with earthy musty notes. Really nice and subtle. (0.75l bottle, shared by Ole_R.)
espenra (893) - Kurland, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cl bottle. Best before 2010-12-31. Golden orange colour with a huge white creamy head. Aroma is very fruity. Heavy notes og apples, yeast, caramel, nuts. Some sugar. Starting to oxidize. Flavour is well rounded. Notes of malts, yeast, apples, sugar and hops. Medium long aftertaste.
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by OleR. Thanks! Pours a sparkly, hazy, golden yellow with a creamy white head. Tons of butterscotch in the aroma, definitely oxidized this one. It really works though. Some alcohol, some vanilla, light fruit notes. A lot of sweetness on the flavour side of things, with a certain sharpness from the alcohol. There is a bitterness in there, but it’s mellow. Cleans things up a bit in the finish, though. Medium to light bodied, with lively carbonation. I really liked it. Drinkable, but at the same time hearty and strong.
basspro76 (423) - New York, USA - SEP 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a muddy clay red with a barely noticeable amount of carbonation. The nose is not as in depth as the Unibroue 17; picking up alcohol, fruits and sugars. Taste is incredible smooth, caramel, fruit, raisins and dates, a little spice, a little burn from the alcohol on the way down. Wonderful!
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml. Pours a hazy dark honey amber with a three finger fizzy head that faded into a thin topper fairly quickly. The nose is caramel, light tobacco and fruit. The taste is dates, spicy yeast, fruits, toffee, maple syrup and more tobacco-esque flavors in the finish. Medium semi-prickly mouthfeel. A little alcohol burn on the very end and pretty warming. Decent. I’m glad I let it age as I can image this was much sweeter when young.