dannyhill (959) - SLOVAKIA - JUL 13, 2020
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2020 C: rich amber
N: honey, dried dates, figs, raisins
P: yeast, honey, sugary, malty, raisins BarrelMonger107 (202) - GREECE - FEB 24, 2020
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2020 Really amazing beer and one of my very favorite for the style.
First of all the beer is very fruity and has decent aroma. The mouthfeel is amazing and the taste is sweet with a lot of lemon, orange, grapefruit notes. The carboration is medium and the finish soft with short direction. Also the 12% ABV is not noticeable at all.
Overall one very awesome fruity, sweet beer to drink. BBHansen (1989) - Køge, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2020
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2020 Bottle @ Friends/Dr. yeast. Appearance: pours hazy amber with ok off-white soapy head and lacing. aroma/taste: barley, sugar, bread, honey, alcohol, dried fruit, light caramel, orange peel, oranges, jam and light spicy notes. palette: strong malty and light spicy aroma, sparkling carbonation, full body, notable sweetness, balanced by a medium to notable bitterness, long duration and an oily texture. Overall: well balanced strong Belgian Gangstergafje (2348) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2020
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2020 13-02-2020; bottle; at home (bought Bier&Zo, Rotterdam, The Netherlands).
The looks of the beer re nice. It is golden yellow. It is slightly darker than most Belgian Ales of this type. The beer is quite cloudy. On top only a small layer of white foam is formed. Foam retention is low. Not even a drape is left.
The aroma of the beer is nice. The malts are clearly present, with some bready notes. There are also some floral notes and some hints of raisin. All in all, it is quite nice. I like it. The hops are slightly herbal. The yeast gives a minimal touch of barnyard. Mainly they give aromas of banana and some spicy notes: typical Belgian Ale yeast aromas. All in all, nice.
The taste of the beer is nice too. It is intense. The sweetness is massive. Sweet malts with on top of that loads of sweet candy sugar. But, however, it is not unbalanced. The massive sweetness is balanced nicely by the bitterness of the hops and the tart touch of that barnyard note that is in there. The result is a pretty well balanced beer. Very sweet, but not unpleasantly sweet.
The palate of the beer is nice. It is a full bodied beer. The sweetness really gives the beer some body. The texture is smooth. It is quite soft. Carbonation is medium. The finish is nice. It has lovely alcohol warmth and sweet malts with that lovely touch of barnyard. All in all, it is a very nice beer. The firs sip is intense, but after you're used to it it is very nice. I like it a lot. And I can imagine it ages pretty good. Maybe I'll try that one day. Helsdon (608) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2020
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2020 Bottle from Premiere Gourmet in Buffalo. Pours a rich copper gold that is slightly opaque, half a finger of off white head that flattens out fairly quickly. Rich, rich bready maltiness, with a syrupy sweetness that's not overwhelming, but certainly lingers. It's booziness lurks at the back of the sweetness, and I suspect will sneak up on you, with a touch of nondescript bitterness. I appreciate a different approach to a beer. Thanks this was good.
sakimori (70) - - FEB 7, 2020
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2020 Stille Nacht Ottobre 2019. Ambrata carica, schiuma compattissima e pannosa. Aromi intensi di luppolo in fiore e zucchero candito. Al palato risulta strutturata in modo equilibratissimo : inizio caloroso e riscaldante dovuto all'alcol, che poi sfuma in dolci note speziate di caramello, luppolo, frutta matura, tutto fuso assieme e incredibilmente omogeneo. Finale morbido, rotondo, con un leggero retrogusto acidulo, mascherando la gradazione alcolica. Garrold (8441) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2020 Less than 16 week old bottle, from Bier Huis, Ossett. Hazed, medium gold. Some fine floaters. Fine ring of white head. Wasn’t having a beer for a week, supposedly, but got a flyer from work, and did this with some crumpets and Alpha Toma cheese. I don’t know sometimes, but words can’t do justice. This is a beer I haven’t had since pre RB days, and I remember it standing out back then as something unique and exciting. It’s just a warming, ridiculously smooth and tasty, bittersweet glass of gorgeousness. DraftDodger (4142) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2020 Copenhagen 27/12 2018. 33 cl bottle from Høkeren, Kbh N. Drawing of little snowman with a star in one hand and a glass of beer in the other. Long golden scarf with a Christmas greeting hanging around his head.
Pours hazy orange with medium-sized white head. Settles as thin layer of foam just managing to cover the surface of the beer. Crawling up the sides of the glass. Moderate lacing.
Aroma is has a sweet and sugary quality. Bubblegum, fruity banana and hard candy. Underneath it I can smell a solid malt-base and some humid Belgian basement.
Light carbonation. Slightly thick, oily texture. Sticky.
Flavor is heavy sweet followed by medium strong bitterness. Aftertaste is sweetish with a lighter spicy bitterness. Lingering.
Sugary sweet without being nauseating due to a notable bitterness giving a little balance. Solid, sweet Belgian. imho (36) - SLOVENIA - JAN 1, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2020 amazing Christmas tradition
first impact sweet and fruity, pear candied fruit but immediately balanced with a sour green apple note
closes by heating and also a hint of bitterness
all perfect simontomlinson (2916) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2019 Brilliant white tight creamy head stayed all the way on a murky marmalade coloured still body.
Pomegranate, yeast & orange aroma.
Full bodied, thick, greasy & oily with a sticky back.
Sweet orange, heavy yeast, pomegranate, sugar, chalk & spice tastes.