Helibrewer (18) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 6, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love this beer. Pours a cloudy brown with high carbonation and thick cream colored head. Dark fruit and fall spices prevail. A slight whiskey taste that works perfectly.. A slight sour character that really works well. One of my favorite dark Belgian styles.
GraffitiVandal (52) - Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
ENG: 750ml bottle from Liquor Mart, Winnipeg. Dated 2014, No. 2013-38240. Poured into the tulip, gives very hazy / opalescent dark brown color, like a earl grey tea but mixed with honey or something hazy. Thick, creamy tan head and some lacing. In aromas there are cloves, bananas, champagne, caramel and notes of herbal hops. Tastes sweet champagne with banana flavor, a bit smoky, caramel and malty. Heavy sour then woody to bitter aftertaste. A lot of booze feeling, high carbonation, medium to high body. Wheat beers are not in my style very much, so I might give wrong opinion on this one, but I think it’s a bit too soury, although overall the palate is quite complex and interesting.
PL: Butelka 750ml kupiona w Liquor Mart Winnipeg. Datowana 2014, nr partii 2013-38240. Przelana do kieliszka, daje dość mocno mętną / opalizującą, ciemno-brązową barwę, trochę jak earl grey zmieszany z miodem, lub innym, gęstym dodatkiem. Piana gęsta, kremowa i nieco lejsingu. W aromatach zdecydowanie goździki, banany, szampan, karmel i nuty ziołowych chmieli. W smaku słodki szampan z posmakami banana, nieco wędzone, karmel i słody. Mocny kwaśnawy, potem drzewny, gorzki posmak. Dużo booze’u, wysokie nasycenie, średnie do wysokiego odczucie w ustach. Piwa pszeniczne to nie do końca moja bajka, także moja opinia może być niezbyt miarodajna, ale osobiście uważam, że kwaśność w tym piwie jest zbyt duża. Jednak podsumowując, paleta smaków jest tu dość rozbudowana i interesująca.
UXO (515) - CANADA - FEB 19, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear deep amber with one finger of frothy light beige head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, moderate lacing. (4/5) Nose is caramel malt, Belgian yeast banana and cloves, dark fruits, oak and leather, tobacco. (8/10) Taste is moderate sweet, mild bitter. (9/10) Medium body, lively carbonation, lingering spicy finish with a moderate alcohol warming. (5/5)
I sound like a broken record when talking about Unibroue, but they really do a very impressive job of the Belgian styles. This thing is complex and has benefited from nearly a year in my cellar (and nearly two in the bottle), mellowing the ABV and tempering the woody and vinous notes. Lots of dark rich fruit, and an almost nutty finish. I could have thrown a lot more aroma comparisons in there: bubblegum, cinnamon, citrus peel, raisins, bread dough - basically, if you can think it, you can find it in there, especially as it warms and opens up. Yet, for all the complexity of flavour, it’s not heavy or syrupy. Extremely well done. (18/20)
Fritz123 (1182) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 bottle. Pours a rich, deep brown with a moderate head in a snifter. Aroma is accents of caramel, nuts, Belgian Yeasts, figs, raisins, some floral notes. The taste are bold malts, caramel, Belgian Yeasts, clover, slight anise, figs, raisins, and leather. Great carb, sprite mouth. Not boozy at all. Very tasty and balanced.
deepeary (226) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle dated 2014. Pours a hazy caramel brown with formidable head. Nose is amazing layers of fruit, melon, citrus, banana, papaya, Not sure if it’s the hops or the malt. Similarly complex fruit in abundance on the flavour. At the same time very Belgian tasting, malty and bready. Starts really fizzy, gets really creamy as it warms and carbonation is released. Fantastic.
Lagerboy (1411) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle, No. 2013 - 182167. Quite the gusher! Hueless chunky opaque murky brown, fine creamy tan foam settles and lasts. Aroma is malty, caramel, yeasty, spicy. Taste is rich and spicy yeasty, caramel malts, dark fruitiness, vinous, almost port-ish, oaky vanilla. Livlier carbonation, medium bodied, lightly hopped. DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)
CacheManyHose (287) - HONG KONG - JAN 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank at Alex and Heidi's house in Toronto. Warm red-brown with creamy off-white head. Very malty and boozy, like a strong Belgian dark ale. Some nut and spice. Body is fizzy but very smooth.
HKdIPA (345) - HONG KONG - JAN 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Alex's in Toronto. Very hazy creamy brown pour with thick head. Aroma is cinnamon, spice, citrus peel, Belgian-y. Taste is similar. Quite rich but mostly Belgian flavors. Good but not my type.
tmoreau (2682) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 Grande Reserve 17-750 ml. bottle shared to snifters, displaying a murky, brown tone, with a presentable layer of brownish tan head foam, and spots & strands of lacing. The nose was malty, with caramel & toffee, light spice, and a touch of dark fruit. Mimicking the aroma notes, the taste included moderate hop bitterness, a touch of esters & oak tartness, with average carbonation, in a medium body. Alcohol lent some warmth, but was well incorporated into the presentation. With some malt sweetness & dryness to the finish, the texture tended to be less thick & syrupy as many Dark Strong Ales. Well balanced, flavorful, and rather spot-on Trappist version.
dslam (81) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Hazy and murky brown with good amount of white head. Sweet Aromas of raisins and something I can’t put my finger on.
Has a good balance of sweet and bitter. It’s hard to tell that it is a 10% beer. It has a lot of carbonation which keeps the taste alive. Covers the mouth with a nice taste.
RCx240 (99) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy amber, creamy tan head. Aroma is faint raisins, dates, a touch of yeasty clove. Taste is sweet, hints of raisins, finishes with a clove spiciness. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Fantastic.