Swaroga (1314) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2013 33cl bottle. Hazy brown with thick, ivory head.
NOSE : dough and citrus notes as the first layer, then burned malts with fresh coffee like aromas. Dried dark fruits and toffee. Wet stone, vanilla and spices.
SIP : medium to thick body with oily texture. Decent carbonation. The beer is sweet and malty. It gets covered more and more by hoppy citrus and pine aromas. The sweet gets more toffee like and the hops are getting bitter. On the finish malt sweetness is still there in the background with toffee notes. It warms. The burned malts notes become bitter like black chocolate or coffee. Hops add freshness of zest, more like orange peel. Dry black chocolate with orange peel would be best to compare to. Finish reveal some spices and dry, earth residue on the tongue.
OVERALL : it has a perfect balance. It’s malty but well hopped and bitter. Dry but with sweet flavors. It hides well the booze but it still warms. How about that. Really good beer.
superspak (2556) - Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly cloudy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of raisin, apple, pear, citrus peel, clove, pepper, coriander, floral, grass, caramel, honey, toast, candi sugar, bread, and earthy yeast spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast esters. Taste of pear, raisin, apple, orange peel, clove, pepper, coriander, candi sugar, caramel, honey, toast, molasses, floral, grass, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, clove, pepper, cinnamon, candi sugar, honey, toast, floral, molasses, and earthy yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of malt and fruity/peppery esters; with a very nice balance of peppery spice and malt sweetness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian pale ale style. Very nice balance and complexity of malt with fruity/spicy ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.
lusikka (6206) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle. 2012 version. Rated on 2.3.2013.
Pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. Aroma of toasted malts, spices and bread. Flavour of sweet, nutty, toasted malts, bread, spices and nutmeg. Some bitterness as well. Medium bodied and a warming, nutty, bitter finish. A rather spicy and nutty belgian ale.
COUGNOUX (32) - arlon, BELGIUM - FEB 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bière flatteuse à boire durant les fêtes de fin d’année .. douce carbonation, agréablement caramélisée, lègèment malt torréfié..
karlsnes (47) - NORWAY - JAN 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Uts: mørk, mørk bronse, masse beige skum, rikelig kullsyre.
Duft: fyldig, tydelig humle og tørket frukt, sødme.
Smak: middels fyldig, malt og humle, lite smak, men varig ettersmak.
Bontus (630) - Flanders, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2013 33cl bottle, Geers. Pours dark ruby / mahogany. Beige head, dense & creamy. Spicy nose, biscuit malts. spicy sour aroma, something weird. Lacks harmony, harsh palate.
Rerate: not as harsh as the previous rate. +0.2
Borresteijn (4634) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl Bottle from De Bierkoning. Dark brown to black colour, dense light-beige head. Aroma of caramel, dusty malts, light toast, light fruity, hint of spices. Flavour is medium sweet, toast, earth, light roasted malts, caramel, light floral, light spicy, light bitter finish. Medium-bodied.
daniele (5343) - ITALY - JAN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Scura buona schiuma piuttosto persistente nocciola buona secchezza lieve speziatura discreto amaro leggere note tostate arancia
sic1314 (3217) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a murky deep brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma of soft caramel malt and spices. Medium body, smooth oily mouthfeel. Flavour of bitter roast caramel malt and some spice with a slow, lingering spicey aftertaste.
hazewee (40) - Andenne, BELGIUM - DEC 28, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Belle mousse crémeuse et dense. Nez frais et floral, n’annonçant pas un monstre de puissance. Bouche solide, très riche (céréales), sur des notes très torréfiées en première approche et franchement fumées en finale. Impression générale d’une Guiness made in Belgium.