Alengrin (4212) - BELGIUM - APR 30, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle bought online, matured for a few years. Since this was still brewed at Gaverhopke at the time, I opened it over the sink as carefully as possible but surprisingly, it did not ’explode’, though a bit of foam did creep out of the bottle neck. Medium thick, moussy, pale greyish beige head over a misty purplish burgundy, brown but translucent beer. Aroma of overly strong liquorish and soapy coriander, caramel, star aniseed, sugared tea, banana, candied orange, dust and dry earth, baker’s yeast, maple syrup and Liège pear syrup, dried mint, varnish-like solvents, black pepper, brown rum, nutmeg, strong clove-like phenols, candied fig, cinnamon, chestnut, almond or even marzipan, kahlua. Very sweet onset, lots of residual brown candi sugar with even slightly cloying effect, raisin, candied date and banana with a soft, subtle, ’generic’ berry sourishness surrounding it, medium carbo, thick and ’fluffy’ malt sweetness, caramelly, honeyish and a tad chocolatey, phenolic spiciness on top along with banana ester but not in an exaggerated manner (rather like e.g. Rochefort 10 - fitting into the whole quite well); finish is ongoing residual sugar sweetness, very honey- and even pear syrup-like, while earthy and slightly spicy hop bitterness tries to counter it but in an insufficiently strong manner; a glow of warming, liqueurish alcohol is undeniable, but somehow manages to stay on the warming, inobtrusive side rather than becoming wry and fatiguing. But most of all, a sweet, ethereal spiciness creeps up on you, extremely liquorish-like (in the sweet candied way) and coriander-like as well, leaving behind a sticky, perfumey, soapy, sweet-and-spicy flavor. A bit messy and yeasty, too phenolic and solvent-like, sure, but given my previous experiences with White Pony beers made at Gaverhopke, I must admit I expected a lot less from this. In all quite a rich winter warmer, a Belgian quad in the warming, spicy, heavily satisfying way; I have only one problem with it, apart from its insufficiently controlled yeasty earthiness, and that is of course the problem of being ridiculously, even cloyingly sweet: this beer is teeming with unfermented syrupy sugar sweetness to the point where it becomes tiring after a few sips - and the same goes for the liquorish factor. I can appreciate sweet quads like La Trappe Quadrupel or Rochefort 10, but in comparison with those classics (especially the latter), this one is way sweeter and lacks balance and restraint, heavily impairing its drinkability more so than its impressive ABV; still, I am quite surprised that the alcohol remains quite well hidden even though this thing hits 12% ABV. Clearly needs more dryness and hop bitterness even for this style, but as said, it could have been a lot worse. In fact, pondering about its exaggerated sweetness, I have an idea: let’s give this the ’ferrer’ treatment by putting a red-hot fireplace poker in it, so that part of the sugars stick to the poker, much like Ecaussinnes’ Ultradélice (and a few of their other overly sweet beers) is intended and like the mourned De Gans pub in Zingem used to do with red Chimay: thàt could make this beer really interesting, I think...
tderoeck (7806) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
8/III/16 - 33cl bottle from De Hopduvel (Gent) @ home - BBE: 2017 (2016-260)
Note: I’ve aged most of my White Pony beers, since almost all are alcohol bombs, in the hope of acquiring some more depth and complexity.
Clear deep red to purple beer, creamy beige irregular head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving some lacing in the glass. Aroma: very oxidized, bit sourish, dried fruits, floral, bit soapy, sherry notes, alcohol, bit yeasty. MF: soft to no carbon, medium body. Taste: very sugary, sweet, some caramel, bit oxidized, some alcohol, more sugar, all sugar. Aftertaste: bit oxidized, honey, very sugary, metallic touch, green banana, bit off.
tarmok (1068) - Tartu, ESTONIA - FEB 12, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear brown liquid with white head. Aroma of bread, alcohol, red currant. Taste of maapirn, metallic, heavy sweet, light bitter, light sour. Medium body, oily feel, soft carbonisation, long finish
indrekr (340) - ESTONIA - FEB 12, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Apperarence: wheat, toffee. Apperarance: brown, clear, white foam, disappears fast. Taste: heavy cloying sweetness, lightly sour. Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation,
phfyysik (502) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JAN 29, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber and quite clear with dense long lasting head. Somehow sweet aroma - some caramel, toffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, herbs. Taste is very soft and fondle in the beginning. Balanced with sweetness and bitterness, spices come slowly out. After is vice versa - quite a lot chilli, spices, herbs, very acute. Abv is very well hidden and carbonisation ideal. Very good one!
gunnfryd (13900) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fonefan 300814. Dark amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is sugar, alcohol, herbs, malt. Flavour is sugar, alcohol, herbs, malt, alcohol, spices, dried fruits. Full body. Nice beer.
Maltomatto (10) - - FEB 2, 2015
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really really really sweet, but well made, with some bitter vegetables in the aftertaste and lot of ripe red fruits, strawberry, spices, honey malt. No more than one.
KoNrRiI (1093) - Århus, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.33 bottle. Unclear, hazy, dark crimson color and a small beige head. Sweet and sour aroma of herbs, citruses, spices, and cheese. Taste is also warm and spicy; again cheese and herbs - very interesting though not exceptionally good. Medium body, slick texture, and soft carbonation. Finish is weird and seems like a chemically synthesized version of the taste. Overall an OK beer but nothing more.
Trappistenbier (52) - BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Creamy sweet and spicy beer with a moderate carbonation. Foam is creamy, dense, and long lasting..
Very sweet and packed with flavours. Something piny spicy and sure a dash of liquorice. The dark candy sugar sweetness easily masking the prominent presence of hops.
This is a perfect winter warming beer and goes in soooo smooth !!
I can recommend highly !
Marduk (5848) - Reval, ESTONIA - NOV 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle. Dark copper color. Small size, yellow head, stays. Anise, gingerbread, sweet notes in aroma. Sweet, bready, nutty, sugar, clove in taste. Damn that’s sweet, but you got to hide alco somehow. And alcohol is hidden indeed. It is drinkable with small sips and not entirely failure.