maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Draught. Pours a clear amber color with a small head. Nose has some dark fruit elements to it with just a hint of orange. Taste seems a little dry at first, but ends up a slightly bitter with just a hint of sweetness. NikkTwist (3225) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2013 Draft at Khyber Pass. Deep gold pour. Started with a large fluffy head that left some runny lace. Spicy caramel flavors. Black tea. Orange pith. Clear candy toys. Agave. Apricot ears. Sassafras. Bitter chardonnay. Sugarcane. Lemongrass. Peppercorns. Rich vanilla caramel. Well blended. Good mouthfeel. Vinous and juicy but very dry. Feels like a sharp spicy Trippel. boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Draft at craft ale house. Pours hazy copper with a big white head. The aroma has some spice, some funky yeast, lemon. The taste is slightly tart at first followed by some sweet fruit, sugary finish with some light smoke. italianjohn (3142) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Deep golden/amber pour thin white head ... aroma of sweet caramel malts, light fruity yeast and light orange .... taste is of grainy and caramel malts, spicy, floral and light citrusy orange hops and light candi sugar .... finishes dry malty and lightly sugar .... light bite in the finish as well .... abv hidden well Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Batch 20. I don’t have a date, but I believe the bottle is at least approaching two years old.
The beer pours a hazy brownish-red color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of brown sugar and dark fruit, as well as some caramel and toffee. There is also a little spice and some alcohol. The flavor has a ton of toffee and caramel, as well as some cherries and grapes. There is a bit of pepper, as well as some alcohol and candy sugar. The carbonation is fairly light and the beer is soft on the palate. The age has definitely not hurt the beer, although I can’t say if it improved it.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2012
Poured from a 750 mL caged and corked bottle into a snifter. Batch 119.
My pour is a dirty, hazy amber color with a bubbly off-white head that leaves a bit of lace on the glass.
The aroma has a nice spiciness to it, I imagine from the Belgian yeast strain and the combination of spices added. Nutmeg, coriander, and a bit of cinnamon are all present, working nicely with a sweet, yeasty, and bready malt character. Some candied green apples, red apples, and plums are also noticeable.
The flavor starts on a fairly sweet note, with a nice caramel malt presence. Up front I am also reminded of baked bread, with a strong spicy yeast presence. Some dark orchard fruits, mainly red apple, plum, and cherries add a subdued fruit note. Toward the end the spices come through more fully, with nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, and a bit of pepper all noticeable. As the sip finishes, it dries out a little bit, with a slightly tart green apple note.
At first the body feels full, with a bubbly carbonation and a sweet taste. As the taste progresses, however, it becomes more on the dry side, with the ghost remnants of whatever hops were here originally. The body lightens up, and the carbonation moves from bubbly (maybe overly so), to a bit more creamy.
I have been hanging onto this bottle for a while, so it is obviously lacking any hop presence whatsoever, but I found it to be rather enjoyable. I would definitely drink this again. umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Golden-amber pour with almost no head. Caramel malt and licorice aroma with some spices too. Taste is mostly sweet malt which turns into a wintertime spicy and licorice finish. Pretty good but I've never been a big fan of grand crus.
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Pours a light brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of citrus and yeast. Taste of caramel, orange peel, candy and belgian yeast. Easy drinkability and moderate body. kenjohn (88) - Texas, USA - APR 3, 2012
Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with cream color head and decent lacing. Aroam of dried fruit and yeast. Taste was sweet maltiness along with fruites and yeast. Medium bodied and easy drinkability.
omega (900) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 29, 2012
Malt and molasses dominant this beer. Balanced with a sweetness and softness that make this a pleasant beer. However not spectacular for a beer in NZ which in absurdly expensive.