zgaier (1369) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an amber orange with a white head and sweet fruity, yeasty aroma. Taste is sweet and tart, of fruits, wine, caramel, yeast, spices, and lemon with a sweet fruity finish. Nice brew
Hansen (6577) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample, Voldby. Dark golden coloured and hazy. Has a white head, medium duration. Sweet aroma, some fruity notes, faint fatty too. Flavor starts sweet, light bitter finish. Sparkling.
Toomio (193) - Joensuu, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2013
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pienoinen yllätys. Vappuolut isolla Vapulla. Oikein mainio hapokkuus ja sitruunainen meno. Tapaninpäivän klubilahja.
harrymel (1499) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
New Year’s 2011 beer, and the New Year started off pretty rough...
$20 for 750ml @ JB’s in Spokane, WA
Poured to champagne flute.
A: Honey ale with just a hair of cloudiness. Two finger white head loosely dissipates to single finger, which remains during the duration. Small fine champagne bubbling reiterates the head.
S: Wow, butterscotch! Like a bomb of diacetyl was ignited in the bottle. Once I am able to dive down below the scotcheroo, I find apple skins, nougat, and hints of vanilla and oak.
T: Sweet, sweet. Some grain, bavarian yeast flavor, some florals. Some dried apricots. And something that took me awhile to place: raw almonds.
M: This beer is a paradox in the mouth, one of it’s saving graces. Difficult to describe: heavy, light, bubbly, smooth.
D: For over 100 years of quality brewing experience, this couldn’t be the best beer they could come up with. I appreciate their attempt at exploring a new style, but when it comes across as a poorly crafted Faro beer, I have to feel let down. Proclaiming this to be a beer drinkers alternative to champagne or sparkling wine, is a fail. Too sweet for most drinkers I know. This is a great alternative to champagne for a Riesling or Gewurtstraminer wine drinker.
Serving type: bottle
freretoc (634) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bu en bouteille de 75cl (magnifique soit dit en passant) couleur ambrée et petite mousse, l’intérêt dans cette bière et de goûter quelque chose que les allemands n’ont pas l’habitude de faire, ça fait plaisir de voir qu’ils s’ouvrent : Au nez rien de particuliers en revanche une exellente douceur en bouche, on ressent peu l’alcool, ce qui est intéressant c’est sa puissance du fruit confit qu’on a en bouche. Intéressant mais beaucoup trop cher pour ce que c’est !
kapusil (592) - HUNGARY - DEC 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.75l bottle. Amber body, huge head like a sparkling wine. Aroma and taste of caramel, yeast, floral hops and orange. A bit weaker bodied than what I expected from a belgian dark beer, but it’s still very nice.
jandd1983 (2540) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
It poured a cloudy light orange color with a white head. The aroma was of grain, yeast and a hint of caramel. The taste was similar with fruits, malts and a hint of caramel. It had a bubbly finish. Good stuff.
Cristobal37 (263) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Lajos, via Munich. A real nice Belgian Strong Ale. If you didn’t know about this beer’s story, you would assume it is a simply another Belgian Strong Ale. The brewers did little to assert their own style and just went with a classic recipe. I love Belgian strong ales and this is another good example, but it was also rather mellow, I guess I just expected something a bit more unique tasting due to the exciting paring of Weihen & Sam. Worth a try, but don’t go out of your way.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a three finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a bright red/copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, almost metallic, copper-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma is lightly herbal, has some soft lemon like notes to it, but has an underlying hay like and almost earthy malt character to it, as well as a touch of funky cheesy character.
Dry, somehow a bit tart tasting as well, the beer has a fullness to the body that I wasn’t quite expecting, but is still quite light for a beer of this strength. The beer hides its alcohol quite well. Soft hay like grain, chewy cracker like malt notes, and there is just a touch of bitterness here, but really the balance is achieved by the tartness, that really adds another dimension to this beer. There is a touch of soft lemon like character in the finish and maybe a kiss of herbal notes.
This is completely different, it is surprisingly funky, could it possibly be slightly infected, or was all of this intended; the beer has certainly aged for quite some time in my fridge. This is actually quite a bit more interesting than I was expecting.
Beerman6686 (4302) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a bottle from 2 years ago mind ou. Poured a semi hazy dark yellow with a white head. Aroam was of yeast, orange peel, lemon, grain and grass. Flavor was midly tart cracked wheat and lemon, with a blend of belgina spice in the back. Interesting and much better than I was expecting.