KENe91 (1) - longview, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2015 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: dark amber in color off-white head. Not quite clear but maybe from chill haze. A lot of bubbles streaming from the bottom in duvel glass.
Smell: a lot of apple and pear initially. Followed by dark fruits and the Belgian yeast is obvious.
Taste: the taste follows the nose in regards to the Apple and the pear. A little bubble gum on the finish and even slight hints of oak and vanilla.
Overall: medium carbonation and chewy mouthfeel. Hop flavors are almost non-existent. Being my first Belgian style beer besides stone points unknown IPA, this beer was pleasing and was more appealing as it warmed to room temperature. I will definitely buy again, once you get past the sweetness it is a very balanced beer
Davros (2535) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows raisins, brown sugar, golden syrup and Belgian spicy notes.
Flavours include bready malt, brown sugar, golden syrup, sultanas and some very soft booze.
Brewhemia (120) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hazy deep orange color. Almost no head. Subtle aroma of caramel and I think what ratebeer suggests as earthy or basement aromas might apply here. Some wood in there as well maybe and a light fruitiness resembling black grapes. And maybe vanilla? Anyway, lots of stuff going on in the aroma, but in a subtle way. I like it! The taste is not surprisingly dominated by the sweetness, but not left unbalanced, since a light sourness and bitterness follows. The taste follows up on the looks and the aroma: caramel and vanilla is present I think, but also a taste of prunes, which I really like. The bottle I opened could have used just a tiny bit more carbonation, since it was close to still, but all in all this beer is a great sophisticated pleasure.
mysticbrew (101) - - JUN 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an amber with an creamy off-white head that has a moderate retention. The aroma is a subtle malt. This has a malty, caramel and fruity flavor that hangs to the finish with a slight bitterness. A nice chewy palette.
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phaleslu (8215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from Homer321 - thanks for opening up the rotter for me, Sean! 2009 vintage. Pours a cloudy amber with a finger of off-white head that settles into a lasting thick ring and film. Notes of caramel, sweet bread, faint spice, dried berries, cardboard, esters, raisins, gold figs, and fruitcake. Medium-bodied, with a smooth mouthfeel and low to moderate carbonation. Old, but surprisingly good for its age. I need to rate a fresher one, obviously.
cwill (45) - Coatesville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A: Lighter than expected chestnut with a big dose of floaties but a prodigious 3-4 finger light beige head with decent retention and peaks of lacing.
S: Major fruity aroma here with fig, plums, red grapes, currants, bananas, and orange marmalade all combining with some mild herbal hopping to create a huge malt blast. The entire aroma experience is accentuated by further fruity yeast esters with a mild, phenolic, clove character
T: The flavor also assaults with malt, first with dark fruits like red and purple grapes, figs, cherries, plums, and raisins, all dosed with a heavy dose of rum-infused honey. Hops provide some balancing herbal-based bitterness. Yeast esters play a big role with banana and some lightly sulfuric apricot and peach character as well. Bitterness is low -- this is a malt wallop all the way, and a good one too. Vinous without getting wondery -- a masterful beer all-around. The alcohol is tame and in the background.
M: Silky smooth with nowhere the 12% detectable anywhere. Sumptuous feel overall with moderate carbonation to keep it from feeling too thick and viscous.
O: This was indeed a good one to put away -- wow -- huge dark fruit character with drinkability.
TH28 (302) - - APR 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. 3/11/15 bottle date. Appearance: Dark golden, with a hint of orange. Slight haze and white foam cap that dissipated quickly.
Aroma: fruit forward Belgian yeast, mainly apple and pear, with some grape notes. Moderate intensity.
Taste: Really rich caramel malt and candu sugar dominate, with slight Belgian yeast fruitiness on the back end, mainly pear.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with some viscosity, and low carbonation. Alcohol warmth is present, but not harsh.
Finish: Very sweet maltiness on the finish, with alcohol warmth.
Overall: Considering this clocks in at 12%, it’s really smooth. Very rich maltiness and a nice balance against the fruitiness of the Belgian yeast.
WVHouseofBeer (964) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice vibrant amber hue. Aromas of candied fruit, sugar, spices and a touch of alcohol. Tastes more of the same with a little burn from the high ABV. This is a very sweet beer, and almost cloying, but there is just enough of a hop presence to tone down the sweetness. Good beer.
ramboraffe (1529) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750 ml bottle. Pours clear amber orange with small white head. Smell is sweet fruity, caramel malt, tropical fruit, dried fruit, raisins and spicy belgian yeast. Taste is sweet fruity with dried fruit, ripe fruit and over ripe fruit and some alcohol in the finish. Sweet with low bitterness and low carbonation.
katrinaez (944) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2015 Nice and thick beer. Fruit sweet yet sour and slight malt. Great cloudy golden color. Really enjoyed. Bottle