Zarrach (4) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAR 31, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent brown Belgian ale. 33 cl bottle in a tulip glass, beautiful colour, smoothy foam. A lot of taste with rich flavours (figs, dried grapes, gingerbread) and a strong character, impressive for a 7% alcohol beer. A very good discovery !
erickok (3173) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAR 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Glowing brown body with stable beige head, looking certainly nice. More moderate aroma than expected, bit toasty, raw grains, dark bread. Okay taste, not very layered or complex but also not too sweet. Doesnít really need the 7% alcohol for this body, but it canít hurt either (well, not if your moderate your drinking). Itís okay. (33cl bottle from Cave Gambrinus)
allmyvinyl (2176) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 18, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Dirty brown pour with frankly huge lumps of proteinous gunk floating around. Nice off-white head though. Dark malt (almost wort-y) and dark sugar on the aroma, faint whiff of vinegar. Taste is sweet and sour. The lumps are a bit off-putting as they catch in your teeth. Finishes sweet. A bit crap.
tderoeck (4069) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
13/IX/13 - 33cl bottle from Willems (Grobbendonk) @ home - BB: VIII/13 (well, I guess two weeks ainít gonna make the difference) (2013-845)
Clear deep brown to purple beer, aery off-white to beige head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: mocha, some dried fruits, quite some orange peel, bready, bit of caramel. MF: lots of carbon, medium body. Taste: sugary start, some sort of citric sourness (been tampered with to make it a bit sour???), caramel, dried fruits and dried/candied orange peel. Aftertaste: sugar, bready yeast, lots of orange peel, slightly metallic.
Yves (2073) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brow coloured beer with large diminishing brownish head and lots of carbonation. Malty chocolate hinted aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is creamed malty dry sweet ending a bit bitter.
kraddel (2433) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle at kulminator.
pours brown , very dark with a red glow.
good white fading head
smells like a coockie at grandmaís . so old, so good...
low carbo ( age? ) is definetly a good thing !
taste is sweet, dugary , very slowly fades to vanilla, of all things . vanilla becomes very strong in the late aftertaste. that is intresting !
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle courtesy of sebletitje that pours deep copper with plugs of sediment that dropped out of the bottle right at the start (stored on its side likely) supporting a short lived tan head of foam. The modest aroma offers up a light brown sugar coated ripe red apple, some apple skin and faint muted and even musty yeastiness. The taste has brown sugar and crisp red apples as well as prunes and dates with a moderate degree of sharpness seemingly coming from the yeast and a bit of a drying tannin quality.
tommann (2487) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a small head, full of floaties. Aroma iswoody raisin malt with some caramel. Taste is a bit watery, mostly just raisin malt.
BlackHaddock (3183) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown 33cl bottle, best before March 2012, poured into a Westmalle chalice in October 2011, mid afternoon (Iím off work: sick).
Usually Iíd question anyone who said a beer doesnít look good in a Westmalle chalice, however this doesnít: huge amounts of sediment flew out the bottle with some larger bits sat in the tan coloured head, they actually look like hop leaves in the head: is this beer dry hopped I wonder? Anyway the rest of the sediment bits are floating around slowly settling as I write this. The body of the beer is dark ruby red, but not bright at the edges like most Belgian browns/dubbels.
Chocolate malts in the nose, I was expecting a vinegarous explosion in my nasal passage, thankfully it didnít smell like the impression it gave.
Strange taste, sweet and sour at the same time, wish Iíd read some other reviews before starting this one, is my bottle off? Iíve had it about two years and cooled it overnight for todays tasting. So sweet and sour dark chocolate with some liquorice giving it some bite is what I got.
The sourness faded away as the beer warmed, or I might have got used to it after 15 minutes of slowly sipping as the sediment sank down the chalice producing a deep blanket on the bottom. I even went off and made a ham sandwich hopeing the beer would settle while I was away.
I actually liked it, it grew on me as it warmed and the sediment sank. First impressions count, but to be fair it tasted fine and if I see another bottle Iíll try it again to see if my bottle really was iffy.
DutchDrebus (3487) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ruby red colour with a decent sized off-white head. Smells sweet and malty. Tastes sweet, malty and barnyard. Decent carbo, full body.