muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from Richmond Beverage in Richmond, VT (April 2007), served at cellar temperature from a Maudite glass. Stable lightly caramel-inflected off-white foam near-fills the glass above the tawny opaque umber body, lacing fitfully as it very slowly decays…..sweet nose, brown sugar and light figginess, trademark faint dry yeastiness is there but even more muted than usual.....on the tongue, chocolate mixes with a light sour cherry flavor, a tartness upfront that’s strange and quite interesting; at first the mouthfeel is a bit thin but it softens and deepens with a bit of warmth; alcohol is as hidden as I’ve experienced in a 10% brew, I would have guessed 7% if I didn’t know better...malts are firm and hold up the complex mix of sourness and bitter/sweet chocolates; the finish is effervescent and ephemeral. Could use a touch of bitterness perhaps, and just a bit less carbonation, but this is a fun beer and one I’ll no doubt be trying again.
wolffish (327) - Saint-Donat, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Une belle surprise que cette bouteille de 2013 qui est apparue sur les tablettes d’un de mes détaillants préférés... Les levures sont typiquement très présentes, supportées par la banane, l’alcool et un côté boisé moins dominant qu’à mon souvenir. Des notes de porto sont perceptibles en arrière-goût, de même que du tabac (une première dans une bière pour moi). Vraiment très bonne!!!
AleRider78 (146) - - APR 19, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a nice foamy brownish head with a deep brown appearance. Aroma is of darker malts, spices. The flavour is pretty mixed and varied. Very spicy feeling on the palate, roasts, caramel, yeast, darker type fruits all come together in the overall taste. Mouthfeel is extremely tingly with a tinge of alcohol aftertaste. Hard to believe this is 10%abv. Nicely hidden. Under the impression this is a yearly ritual. If so, bring on 2013 and beyond...
RhetoricalAns (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle. Fairly deep hazy chestnut brown pour. Tall foamy tan head. Lots of lacing and great retention. Aroma of toasted malt, toffee, cloves, banana, yeast. Taste is medium sweet, along same lines as aroma with a fairly spicy finish. Hints of warming alcohol throughout. Medium to full body with lively carbonation. Excellent.
mike5326 (1102) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle. Market brown color, medium white color. Sweet malt and pepper aroma. Full body with a sweet malt flavor and medium finish.
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Matt_Foran (90) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice ruby reddish brown color. A very nice aroma of dark fruit and a little from French oak barrels. Taste is mostly the same as the nose, with a nice dry malty finish. A really really solid Belgian beer!
PapaSkeetSkeet (1000) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy sewage color with 1.5-inches of caramel head, moderately fine. Aroma is grass, some raisin, light caramel and dates, dry scone, a touch of candy. Body is watery and slightly syrupy, medium weight, medium coarseness carbonation with moderate burn. Flavor is green herbal grass with minerals and hay, slightly astringent, hint of molasses a bit of pear juice. Overall: I feel like I may have kicked up some sediment in transporting this (unfortunately); nonetheless, the beer could be great but has mineral/astringent notes that make it taste slightly off, and the cloudiness is unattractive. I wish it were more to me.
Stuu666 (5832) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours deep golden amber, nose is caramel, chocolate, pine, yeasty, taste is similar.
HopsandBolts (165) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle from the LCBO.
Appearance: Pours a
dark hazy copperish brown with a couple fingers of tan head. Retention is good and a lot of lacing is left behind.
Cloves, malt, toasted caramel, cereal.
Burnt caramel, cloves, cereal, grain, moca, prunes, bit of molasses.
Smooth and on the thinner side.
Overall: This is so smooth that you’d have no idea it is 10% abv just by tasting it. Great combination of burnt caramel, cereal/grain and many other flavours. Despite so much going on, everything is in perfect balance. A really great beer overall.
GraffitiVandal (125) - 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 (696) - 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)