stevoj (4698) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2017
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at BitterCreek. Dark golden with ring of head. Barrel aging obscures the normal Bock sweetness, but can also attribute this to the Dinkel grain. Interesting, slightly sour rye characteristics. Reinheitsgebot for sure, but pushing the envelope.
Jabic (500) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - APR 15, 2017
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ar: Faint melanoidin-rich malts; hint of pear and toast. Ap: Orange-amber and hazy; giant off-white head with phenomenal retention, leaves a giant cap of thick, solid foam. T: Some pear up front; nail-polish remover and metallic notes; toasted malt, low sweetness; bitterness is medium-low, with a slight herbal character. P: Medium body with high carbonation; finish is dry. O: With the notes of nail-polish remover and metal, the beer just falls apart--difficult to really get to the underlying flavors with those distractions.
GoufCustom (1914) - HONG KONG - MAR 24, 2017
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
500 ml bottle via trade with Koelschtrinker. Thank you!
Looks: Cloudy hazy straw golden honey colour with a ring of dirt-like yeast sediments; Explosive five finger head with lasting, crumpety off-white foam; Excellent sticky lacing with quite fizzy carbonation.
Aroma: Fragrant and sweet malt, with strong banana, vanilla, red bean paste, caramel, strong toffee, light floral, sugar, light cloves, strong Bel-yeast, lemon and strong sharp grass. Very Belgian!
Taste: Close to strong sweet malt, with fair amber Bock-ishness, strong spelt, sandpaper, dark fruits, light floral, strong sugar, spices, dry bread, strong yeast, strong lemon, strong bitter hops and sharp grass.
Body: Mid to full body. Quite dry and sweet palate.
Mouth Feel: Good Amber maltyness in a thick and gooey background. Overwhelming coarseness of spelt as if I am licking a piece of rough sandpaper. Some nice dark fruit aside, it’s cloying syrupy sweetness at war with very strong hop bitterness. Bel-yeasty with strong lemon to round. Just not pleasant!
Hoppiness: Light floral, lemon and strong sharp grass in nose and taste; Bitterness is strong for a lasting, high astringent sweet-bitter spelt malty finish.
After Taste: Dry. Rough, sweet and strong bitter to mouth.
Comments: I was crossing my finger that this one maybe, just maybe, as remotely pleasant as Belgoo’s spelt-infused Belgian Ales, you know, all the smooth fruity estery goodness without much spelts. Fat chance! It’s a Spelt Bock alright, with dinkelness so strong its really rough to taste buds, but the worst offender being cloying and bitter without a clue. All the nice Belgian fruityness, yeasty red beans and delicate phenolics were ruined. I have to concede that spelt is an acquired taste and, as strong and rough as this one, this is too much for me. A no-no!
Malty_MacHops (688) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Notes of toast and bread. Hazy brown with a strong white foam. Sweet malt finished by Mildly herbal hops. Medium bodied with decent carbonation.
TaxiDriver (1775) - Stadland, GERMANY - JAN 5, 2016
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A fruity smell, light sour, some bread. The beer has no head, the body is cloudy and dark orange. A light fruity taste, light sour and malty. The body is light, lively with a lot of carbonation.
kevnic2008 (11837) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - DEC 5, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Many thanks for this beer to Erzengel. Pours a dark orange color. Aorma ist grain, light malty & fruit.
Koelschtrinker (19428) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - NOV 19, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Weich getreidiger, fast süßlicher Antrunk. Auch der Hopfen, der durch die Dinkelnote stärker wirkt überrascht, süffig, etwas hefig. Mittellanger runder Nachhall, Dinkel, kein Alkohol, erneut Hefe. 7/9/10/9/9/9
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a very cloudy and very dark golden orange color with golden straw/banana yellow edges and a three finger, frothy white head that very slowly settles into a lasting cap. Retention is crazy, almost too good, taking forever to settle. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Spicy, slightly grainy aroma with peppery clove and earthy hops along with a weird spelt charater and some sweet malt. Pepper, cinnamon and clove along with hints of apricot, orange and tangerine. Carmel malt sweetness with toffee and biscuit. Really odd combination of aromas. Slightly herbal and medicinal with a metallic cough syrup presence. Really hard to put my finger on what’s going on in the nose.
On the fuller end of medium body with tight carbonation and a slight creamy texture. Surprisingly hop forward with a dry, resinous bitterness that compliments the spice and lingers throughout. Peppery spice flavors, especially cinnamon and clove followed by bready yeast, citrus peel, banana, sweet malt and light fruit. Some tangerine and orange peel along with hints of apricot and apple. Caramel malt backbone with some toffee and bread in there as well. Just a bit too much going on wih all kinds of different style influences and different flavors competing with each other. Also, the astringent, medicinal qulaity is a bit too strong overpowering the other flavors. In addition, the hop profile is a bit strong for this style of beer and the malts become muted after a while.
Beerhunter111 (19186) - P´Castle, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle. Pours slightly hazy dark golden colour with a huge good lasting beige head. Aroma of yeast, mild banana, mango, grain. Taste is grainy, yeasty, toasted malt, bubblegum.
jonas (7358) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Murky orange-brown, flocculating yeast, off-white creamy head. Spicy, light minerally aromatics, lemon rind, coriander, banana. Light-footed, foamy mouthfeel, medium light body. Fruity finish, easy drinkable.