solesaver (15) - chickasha, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This dark hazy brew had a nice start with a moderate head. Wasn’t quite sure where this beer will end up. Will try again.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2010 750ml bottle, courtesy redlight. A dark, hazy, chocolate brown pour is crowned with a head of khaki foam. Skinny ribbons of lacing circle the glass. The aroma is based in molasses and cola malt, with cocoa lending a bit of bittering earthiness and sweet cherries lending a fresh, fruity element. Woody oak serves up hints of vanilla that work nicely within the mix. Flavors follow suit, with caramel coming through a bit more and the cherries and other dark fruits asserting themselves beyond the grip of the underlying cocoa. Mild brett creeps in, imparting a touch of yeasty tartness that is welcomed, as the brew would otherwise be too sweet. Medium-full on the tongue, the palate sports balance but seems just a touch sticky after the finish. Unique brew, but too sweet.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown effervescent pour. Very lively. Aroma is sweet and very roasty with caramel malts and molasses. Flavor is similar with roasted coffee, some fruit, caramel, faint pepper and burnt brown sugar. Pretty good.
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour. Light brown head. Tart fruits, yeast, caramel, raisins and some chocolate. Flavor has some cherry tartness and light chocolate. Good malt backbone.
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of the guys at RedligthRedlight.
pours dark brown with thin beige head.
Aroma is yeasty with hints of sourness and dark fruits.
Flavor, dark malts, some chocolate, dark fruits; cherries, prunes, hints of candi sugar and thin spicy yeast notes in the finish along with some good sourness.
tedovertu (289) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cherries and chocolate in the aroma and taste. Really enjoyed this beer. Large light brown frothy head with excellent lacing. Hazy body with a dark brown color. Lightly acidic initial flavor with some sourness/acetic tones. Medium to full bodied with a slightly syrupy texture. Pretty lively carbonation for this style. From a beer club that someone gifted to me.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009
Date: August 01, 2009
Source: Rare Beer Club
Appearance: dark opaque brown, creamy tan head
Aroma: rich dark malt aroma, touch of ripe dates and fruity esters
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich malt flavor, light fruity character, touch of chocolate, just a hint of cherry tartness
Overall: fairly lackluster for a strong dark Belgian
Date: December 03, 2009
Source: Ale Atlanta
Aroma: picking up the ripe cherry in the aroma, chocolate, light funk
Flavor: lots of funk in the flavor, dry chocolate
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle through rare beer club. Cherry, chocolate malts, hints of a funkiness, sweet molasses aromas. Pours very dark brown with a fluffy tan head, that lasts. Chocolatey malts with slightly tart cherry, tart berries, raspberry, hints or funk, sweet but not too sweet, really a great beer! I really really enjoyed this beer!
rudolf (2345) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared w. swoopjones, frylock, ipfreely, hopsun. Thanks Mike! Very dark brown, tan head w. nice lacing. Nose is roasty malts, cherry tartness, earthy & some light milk. Flavor is tart cherry, some caramel, apple. A bit oxidized. Finish is tart cherry, light cocoa.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml from the MJBC. For some reason, I hadn’t picked up on the fact that this was a variation on a porter. Hmm. Well, in fairness it’s of a kin with the lactic, fruity, vaguely tart Belgian stout style, so why not? Huge dark brown pour, with a rocky head that lasts quite a while. Subtle cherry and chocolate notes in the nose, with a prickly yeast that’s not quite as Proef-y as I expected. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I anticipated, but still fairly pleasant. Nice base porter, to be sure, and the lingering tartness from the cherries blends nicely with the (as yet too understated) funk. A decent, dry finish. Right now, it tastes a bit unbalanced and I’m not getting enough De Proef character in its youth. Enjoyed it, but it will be interesting to see how this changes over time.