Icedwarf (1913) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 21, 2018
Oranjerood bier met schuim. Smaak is bitter hoppig en fruitig, licht zoet met iets iets van abrikoos en ananas. jelledebont (163) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2018 Is een beetje als een IPA, lekker fruitig. Al is de afdronk een stuk aangenamer: minder scherp, minder bitter, wat warmer, zachter. Meer geschikt voor in de winter. Alengrin (6017) - BELGIUM - OCT 29, 2017
Strong spiced Belgian ale, 75 cl bottle from Beergium. Medium thick, creamy, lightly lacing, stable head opening in the middle, over a lightly hazy, warm deep orange-amberish beer, misty with sediment, and in the end a tad darker bronze-ish too. Aroma of marmelade, star aniseed, apple peel, caramel sauce, honey, amaretto, mandarin peel, 'drop', chewing gum, dried apricots, soggy bread, peanuts, cinnamon, brandy, pear syrup, vanilla beans, some wet dog with the yeast 'depot' added. Sweet candied onset, marmelade-like, ripe banana, canned peaches, sharper apple-ish accent, vague sourish touch underneath but the almost syrupy sweetness prevails; softish carbonation, thick and rather viscous, very full mouthfeel, very caramelly malt sweet with unexpectedly metallic edges; lots of honeyish effects, connecting with a very pronounced, ethereal, sweet-perfumey spiciness in the finish, lots of star aniseed, liquorice, coriander soapiness, maybe other spices as well. Peppery hop note and warming brandy-like alcohol in the finish, but the sweet impression of honey (or almost honey liqueur) and the spiciness linger. I can see how opinions are apparently sharply divided here and I do not normally like spiced Belgian ales myself (just had one too many of them I guess), but this is different: very clean, technically of very high level (like most of their other beers, especially the higher ABV ones), rich, classy and generous. Not the slightest flaw here, no overt yeast effects, alcohol pretty well hidden: like this beer or not for its strong spiciness, but there is no denying that this is very well executed, with more body - almost to an English barleywine-like extent - than average for a Belgian of this strength. I'd happily revisit this if given the chance - also because this is not the first time this brewery pleasantly surprises me with their technical skills. Bastogne, traditional as it may be in terms of styles, needs more exposure, this is a very, very good brewery if you ask me. Beerhunter111 (23785) - Beerland, GERMANY - OCT 21, 2017
Sampled @ Brassigaume 2017. A hazy orange golden beer with a mid-sized good lasting off-white head. Aroma of toasted malt, reddish malt, caramel, biscuit. Taste of biscuit, red malt, red fruits, okay. bdls17 (11) - Jemeppe-sur-Sambre, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2017
Getting better every year. Will probably turn into a classic in a short time.
Benzai (17000) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2017
Sampled @ KBF Essen 2016. Clear fluorescent orange color, small off-white head. Smell and taste lightly malts, sugar water, weirdness. Don’t like it. Renobob (2063) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 31, 2016
Earlier Rating: 12/21/2015 Total Score: 1.6
Sampled @ Kerstbierfestival Essen 2015. Hazy brown color, average sized beige head. Smell and taste malts, herbs and spices, herbs and spices and herbs and spices. God why? Horrible spice - water.
Earlier Rating: 7/6/2011 Total Score: 2.8
Decent color, decent smell. Pretty decent body and carbonation as well, but the smell puts me off. Smells a little like laurel. Don’t like it.
Bue à la pression. Blonde légèrement trouble. Bien faite, fruitée, sucre candi, amertume présente mais discrète. freretoc (1935) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 30, 2016
Bue à la pression en 25cl au El Napo à Liège
Couleur blonde ambrée, mousse et effervescence présente
Nez sur le houblon belge
Attaque sucrée et houblonnée, assez ronde pointe épice. kraddel (9441) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2017 At Kerstbierfestival 2016 , thnx for sharing everyone ! Pours rather clear orange/blonde. OK white, creamy head. Smell is sharp, grainy, dry, almost like saison yeast. Taste is saison-like yeastyness. Tad sweet, bit bitter. Rather dry hay. not bad ! Rubin77 (2876) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 21, 2016
Earlier Rating: 12/21/2015 Total Score: 3.3
At Kerstbierfestival 2015. Pours black, small white head. Smell is spiced, dry, biyt sweet. Taste is sharp, bit bitter, somewhat sweet, spice powders that did not quite disolve and blend in with the taste. Lemon grass in specific.
F: thin, off-white, quick disappear.
C: coppery, light hazy.
A: malt, caramel, different tropical fruits, passion fruit, tangerine, grapefruit.
T: malt, earthy, passion and tropical fruits, caramel, hint of biscuit, medium body, medium carbonation, good balanced, sample from vat @ Kerstbierfestival Essen 2016.