GT2 (9408) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
> A dark bread forward bitter Dubbel or almost Biere de Garde
[ Bottle ][ Texas Wine Carlsbad ][ 33cl ][ Tired Hands Stemware ][ $5 ][ 3/3/14 ]
>> Pours clear deep amber, looking deep brown in the glass. Thick tan foam. Nose is dark bread, candied fruits, figs, assertive musty yeast. Taste is not sweet- rather bitter dark bread crust, heavy minerals, bitter wheat cracker, stone milled course grain. Fairly dry and chalky palate, but nothing is really off about this beer. Could be sweeter. Abv absent.
<!> super dry, excessive dark bread and minerals/chalky
snowdog140 (58) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown/ruby colour with frothy head, not a hugely strong aroma but appealing nonetheless. The taste is a combination of earthy malt of a stout, as well as berries and something that seems suitable for the Christmas season.
CanIHave4Beers (3575) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an amber color with a big head and nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma holds some stuff, light fruitiness, pencil lead, clay, & earthy hops.
The flavor is entirely more malt forward than anything I’ve come to expect from De La Senne, not that maltiness is an issue, it’s just a surprise. It’s still got a zippy & earthy hop character. It’s got some nice bitterness. The beer has a sort of heavy fruitiness, it’s not bad, it’s just odd. The beer is also very spicy.
Leighton (14334) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2014 Bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell during the Gunnar Tasting. Thanks to Josh, I believe, for this one. Pours hazy, brown-gold with a creamy head. The nose has nips of spice and dry, toasted bread. Light-medium sweet flavor with mellow nutmeg and more dry bread. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Toasted bread mostly in the finish with accents of dry, aged spices, faint fruits. OK. (February 2014, Score: 3.4)
Bottle shared in a car with Bruce and Colin. Sourced from Dranken Geers. Vintage 2012. Pours hazy brown with a sturdy, tan foam head. The nose has toasted brown bread, hints of spice and Belgian yeast. Light to medium sweet flavor with mellow spices, some cinnamon, brown bread, light earthy and leafy bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation and creamy texture. Earthy, dirty bitter finish with toasted bread, very mild smoke and wintery spices. Nice. (March 2013, Score: 3.5)
CharlyBeer (118) - Bruxelles, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
J’ai adoré boire cette bière avec du saucisson de sanglier, enorme!
La couleur n’est pas éclatante mais son gout est unique!
downender (7040) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the Beer Emporium, Bristol. Deep, copper red, with a big and tight, off-white head. Aroma of candy sugar, leafy hops, red berries. Flavour had some solid malts, plenty more fruit, caramel a hint if spice and lingering, bitter finish. A good winter warmer.
_angst_ (3638) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bought @ Etre. Pours deep copper with a big frothy and creamy beige head that slowly dissipates while leaving some lacing and trace on the glass. Smell is slightly estery and slightly phenolic with biscuits, unripe pears, lemon zest, black pepper corns, dusty oatmeal flakes, caramelized apples, cloves, orange zest and hints of marzipan. Taste is sweet and slightly spicy with biscuits, caramelized sugar, Christmas fruitcake, red apples, baked pears, allspice, ginger, moist soil, wood and hints of alcohol. Mouthfeel is soft, round, slightly spicy astringent and medium bodied. finish is bitter and spicy with toasted malts, biscuits, apple skins, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, black pepper corns, wood, soil and orange peal. Heavily spicy with a slightly balancing mouthfeel. Quite good...
mR_fr0g (5809) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share at CBC clerkenwell at the Gunnar Tasting. Red orange coloured pour with a halo of off white head. Aroma is sweetberry , strawberry. Flavour is crisp with a touch of caramel and berry hop. Light spices, Solid bitterness and slight metalic. Tasty enough for a christmas beer.
Meilby (9728) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 330ml vintage 2012 @ My parents
Pours dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, yeast and hint of christmas spices. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long warm, caramel and yeasty finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
mike_77 (3994) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with lasting head. Aroma and flavour have bittersweet roasted malts, caramel and strong dried fruit, especially figs. Finish is pleasantly dry which balances the initial sweetness well.