Trappist1 (274) - Diest, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with beige off-white head. nose: yeast, citrus, spices, unfresh malts. Taste: caramel, moccha. carbonated, good MF, easy going, alcohol is well hidden. some coffee bitter in the finish but overall sweet. an average abbey beer, ok brew.
Countbeer (3878) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Funny, have had this many times in the past but that was before I made any notes and never bothered to make any ratings afterwards even when I was making notes. Now Secret Sinterklaas send me a bottle, so I should rate it. Also funny to see how my palate might have changed/evoluated...
Bottle: Thanks Secret Sinterklaas: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Medium to bigger sized, airy, ashy beige to off white foamy head on top of a deep dark hazy red ish brown colored beer.
Aromas of autumnal herbs, dried leaves, caramel, raisin, barley malt toast, spices: mint and cloves, some toffee, a light vinous tone and a hint of liquorice wood.
Flavours of toast, bitters, autumnal herbs, malt toast, malt bitters, hint of wood toast, caramel, some light liquorice and cough syrup tones, herbal toast and herbal bitter, some sweet wood tones with spices, light alcohol touch and a sprinkle of warmth.
Aftertaste is a warm mix of bitters, toast, dried leaves and autumnal herbs, some liquorice wood and caramel/toffee tones.
Low carbo, creamy spicy mouthfeel, good medium to lightly fuller bodied and a creamy texture.
After all those beers, I still like this beer. Balanced and easy drinkable, yet towards a certain complexity and full of flavours.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a medium off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with a touch of dark fruit. Sweet almost brown sugar flavor with a touch of dark fruit and yeastiness.
Swaroga (1075) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle. Dark brown with medium ivory head.
NOSE : milk chocolate with dried raisins and figs. Some smoked plums in the background. Licorice and clove when shaken. Also some other fruits like apples and cherries.
SIP : oily texture with a medium thick body. It has moderate carbonation. Sweet beer but not cloying sweet. It gets more acidic with yeast and hops and in the end it is a bit dry and earthy. Sweetness is prevailing until the finish and mingle with the notes of chocolate tart and dried figs. The acidity is reminding me the aftertaste we get from dried raisins. It evolves with notes of licorice and clove and become more and more dry. Still well contained and overpowered by huge malt presence. The aftertaste is earth like.
OVERALL : it is one of the dubbels I will not forget and would surely recommend as an example for this style. Well balanced and not off putting. Easy to drink with a great deal of booze that e just don’t feel on the beginning. Nice one.
Xstream (154) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Donkerbruin. Enorme lading beige schuim. Moutig. Zoetig, zuurtje, fruit en caramel. Wel ok maar niet echt bijzonder.
blackisle (423) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy dark chestnut, creamy tan head, dissipates slowly, good layer remains, nice lacing; roasted malt nose with fruity tones, dark fruit, bread, caramel, brown sugar, almonds; mild medium sweet, roasty, coffee, slightly bitter, fruity tones (raisins, figs); medium to heavy body, bit sticky texture, average carbo; smooth sweetbitter finish, light spicy and fruity undertones
Mothroy (42) - - NOV 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A robust brune. Lots of rich roasted grain in the nose and flavour which is balanced by a slight sweetness and fruit overtones. Bottled conditioned. The overall character leans toward a stout rather than the more traditional sweet, malty brunes.
Bosbouw (746) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - NOV 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Heldere donkere bruinrode kleur met een volle kraag. Zoetige typisch Belgische geur. Iets caramel en kers. Smaakt te zoet, iets caramel en boterig. Iets stroperig.
77ships (3259) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2001 Vintage (presumably, bottle was BBF 2003). 33 cl. bottle sampled @ Kulminator. Dark brown, blackish, tanned head. Pretty odd taste dark malt, dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar finish is odd mix coffee filter, some grounds, sourness, some syrup, roast some grounds,… Pretty odd, doing a full bottle of this would be pretty hard I figure. I assume that aging is responsible for the odd flavours, I see them coming back in reviews of fresh bottles. Surprisingly no sign of oxidation, thinning, lighter body,…Very strange brew, not bad but bit too much as well. Surprised by the lack of off-notes.
Frothmeister (511) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown with a foamy off white head. The nose is a very bready almost Wasa like smell, with light caramel, raisin, honestly, a note that makes me think beef stew, but mostly it’s all from the dark bread family. Lightly sweet with brown sugar, bready notes, alcohol, light Concorde grape, and raisins with more bready notes in the finish. I like it. Tasty.