Mortlach (1775) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 15, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle shared @Mad for Beer (Rome). Pours brown/reddish with a little but persistent off-white head. Aroma is rich and powerful, dried fruits, oak, cherry, light chocolate, oxidation. Flavour is complex, medium to heavy sweet with a good bitter end, alcohol. Full body, medium carbonation. Amazing.
Oakes (14668) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 26, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2011 bottle. Sarphati Oude Olie. Flat, medium brown. The aroma is oxidized toffee, choc, molasses, wood...but oxidized in a way that seems rounded. Quite sweet, with a nice sticky character. There’s a sticky molasses character, with a bit of boozy woodiness in the finish. The sweetness really mellows this out.
Ferris (10509) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Vintage 2011 - Booze, molasses and soy sauce. After some time cocoa come out. Deep brown. Soy, tootsie roll and a light booze finish. Old, but decent.
lupulist (58) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle of "Sarphati Grand Cru Oud Olie," at least 5 years old. Pours a deep brown/black colour with no head. Minimal carbonation. Bit of soy on the aroma, and toasty chocolate notes. Tastes rich but oxidized, with a slightly sweet finish. A very cool bottle, thanks fiulijn.
matbli (213) - Poznań, POLAND - FEB 19, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle, pours dark brown with fast falling beige head. Aroma of candy, caramel, dried fruits and milk chocolate. Extremly sweet taste with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Good beer but to sweet for me.
chinchill (3777) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle of "Bink’s Grand Cru" served in a Porter Bar goblet. A wire bound synthetic ’cork’ is way too hard to remove! Thankfully, the beer was well worth the effort.
Pours dark brown; opaque in the glass but dark ruby highlights at the edges. Weak head.
Aroma: a mix of dark dried fruits including cherries and some pleasant, mild alcohol esters. Hints of chocolate that are more subtle in flavor.
Feel: a soft, full body with light carbonation, some warming alcohol. A bit syrupy.
Flavor: rich and complex. Just a touch sweeter and more alcohol laden than I’d prefer. Loaded with raisins and other dark dried fruit flavors. Faint spicing. Good balance other than being slightly over sweet.
Overall: This is a fine sipping Belgian ale, best served fairly warm/ Admirably the high ABV is partially hidden.
KansaiBeerLvrs (3981) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 10, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Winterkoninkske Grand Cru 13%
750ml from Ohtsuki, shared at a work party. Dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is nutty, chocolate and fruity. Full bodied and smooth. The taste is red berries, fudge and Malts with a light warmth. Very nice stuff.
DCLawyer (2374) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Backlog. 2010 bottle ->mini snifter from Churchkey Vintage Vault event. Labeled as "Bink Grand Cru." Dark brown with bare head. Dark fruit, earth, roasted malt, hints of ash. Tasty.
Mad_Ferret (920) - SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Akkurat 15/12-15.
Big sweet and roasted mix of chocolate, dark bread, raisin and plum with warming alcohol. Smooth and fairly drinkable considering the ABV. Like a big fat belgian imperial stout. Didn’t "dissect" it too much, but it was damn tasty.
thepatrickman (530) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes (9/5/2014 at Ebenezers in Maine). Man this is a complex beer. It artfully combines flavors of plums, candy, Christmas pudding, biscuits and more from the malts with fruity and spicy esters from the yeast. It’s big but the alcohol is never overpowering or too present. Great beer to sip at the end of the night with friends, and one of the best I’ve ever had from Belgium.