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White Pony Dark Signs

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White Pony Microbirrificio
Brewed at ’t Gaverhopke

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Piove di Sacco (PD), Italy

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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 393   ABV: 13.1%
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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MonsterMagnet (378) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle, pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma: muted, malty, boozy. Taste: chocolate, dark fruit, cane sugar, alcohol. Sweet, light- medium bitterness, creamy mouthfeel, full body. Nice, but too boozy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (11581) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 11, 2015
Fonefan 300814. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, malt, caramel, dried fruits. Flavour is alcohol, malt, caramel, dried fruits, hop. Full body. Nice beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (5951) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2015
Draft at BBF ’15. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of raisin, overripe dark fruit, alcohol, malt, toffee and chocolate. Flavor is heavy sweet and over moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Not bad but too much alcohol noticeable.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
rikstar (1062) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2015
Gedronken op bierfestival brugge. Zwart met creme kraag. Smaak en geur hebben weinig karakter, vooral zoet met caramel wat thee en tabak. Weinig bijzonders. Vooral alcoholisch.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (2935) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2015
Bottle @ BBF 15. Pours a very dark brown beer with a medium sized beige head on top. Aroma is nutty, slight boozy, slight touches of vanilla in there. Flavor is sweet, caramel, malts, slight boozy. There is a lot of booze in there and the sweetness is quite overpowering as well. Still a fun drink, but a bit unbalanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (2105) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2015 Pours a dark reddish brown with moderate tan head. Aromas of malt extract, and light chocolate with hints of dark fruit. Flavors of sweet malts, dark caramel, and dark fruit. Really nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (2732) - BELGIUM - JAN 31, 2015
Italian but Belgian-inspired ’massieve ale’ apparently brewed at Gaverhopke. Stubby bottle on which even the ominous front label spells certain doom: darkness all around. Hazy, deep bronze colour under a thin, quickly dissipating, off-white, milky head retaining only around the edges of the glass - which, considering the above average ABV (even for this style) and its relatively old age, should not come as a surprise. Rich, powerful and stunning aroma of cognac, plum brandy, varnish, pear syrup, cinnamon, fermenting apple juice, shoe polish, sweet sherry, banana, cloves, vanilla, caramel, wet leather, brambleberries, liquorice, candi syrup, medlar, cocoa. Beguiling taste: silky, smooth, fluffy mouthfeel, candi syrup sweetness supporting a wild array of overripe and candied fruits, refined spiciness (cloves, mint, liquorice?) adding complexity, yeasty, thick and fluffy, ’baroque’ maltiness, caramelly, nutty and a bit chocolatey, leading to a big finale of continuing, thick malt sweetness, complex yeastiness, herbal hop bitterishness and a great deal of cloying candi sugar sweetness as well as warming, liqueur-like alcohol which was already present in the beginning (yet in a beer of this size, I cannot be bothered by it). Wow, this is one big beer indeed... Clearly inspired by the great trappist ales of Westvleteren and Rochefort, which we all adore and respect, and in fact these people didn’t even do a bad job at that. I am left in awe. Perhaps, if the alcohol and cloying brown sugar sweetness could be restrained a bit, this will one day become as great as Westvleteren 12 (with which it does share a strikingly big deal of its aroma - a real surprise!) or the dreaded Rochefort 10. Chauvinistically speaking, I can’t help feeling a bit proud that these trappist ales have inspired foreign breweries to come up with similar brews. I can’t help feeling the intention was to top Westvleteren 12, in alcohol, but also in aroma and taste.. Keep up the good work, White Pony!

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcogrind (70) - Milano, ITALY - JAN 16, 2015
Deep reddish brown, tight foam. Sticky texture, taste of sweet caramel, ripe dark fruits, dried fruits, alchool e vanilla. Some roasted malts in the end. A sweet imperial stout.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (36929) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2014

Bottle 330ml. @ The Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2014, TSODRBSG14.

[ As White Pony Dark Signs ].
Clear medium to dark brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dark malt, tobacco, wood, moderate bread - brown sugar, funky notes. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet with a long duration, candy sweet, yeasty, caramel, caramelized malt - brown sugar. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20140830]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike_77 (3560) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle from tderoeck. Thanks Tim. Very dark brown. Sweet aroma with raisins and dates and molasses. Flavour is similarly sweet. Quite rich and complex. Also warming with a slight alcohol burn.


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