BlackHaddock (7674) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2012
22 Oct 2012 saw me, my wife and 26 other members of the CAMRA Investors club have a wonderful afternoon as guests of the brewery: after a film show and giuded tour of the brewery we adjourned to the tasting celler bar where we were given seven different brews to taste: I had plenty of each, this one being my favourite beer of the day.
I like sweeter brews and this fitted my needs nicely: top fermented (unusual for Heineken) and out for Christmas each year. Rich amber body with a full head of tan coloured bubbles, it looks fine.
The smell is caramel first and foremost with wild fruits of the forest adding to the fairly sweet nose.
The taste is also semi-sweet with those caramel notes again being at the front: maybe a bit ’one dimensional’ in flavour, but I really liked it and made sure I had more than my fair share of this highly enjoyable winter brew before we had to leave. ralphdot (1102) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2012
7.5% deep amber colour with a very thin head, fruity malt aroma, warming dry fruity caramel taste. kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 5, 2012
The head is unstable, the body red. It smells sweet alcoholic. The taste is malty and alcoholic, intensive wine. In the aftertaste malty, stronger alcoholic. Ok 9/10/10/11/10/10 Mariusz (12080) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - MAY 1, 2012
Pours a pale amber. Dry, medium bodied, medium bitterness. Hoppy, spicy taste, quite fruity, caramel, apricots. mutz (1113) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2012
Roodbruin van kleur, een snel verdwijnende kraag. Zurig moutig aroma. Idem smaak met wat zoet. Goed te drinken.
Russo (2011) - Hemhofen, GERMANY - JAN 29, 2012
Bottled in Utrecht. Clear amber with a tan head that gone quickly, Aroma is sweet caramel, malt and hints of alcohol. Flavor is pretty much the same with some spice notes. Mouth feel is a balanced sweetness and bitterness.
Good one.... jess_scott15 (45) - - JAN 24, 2012
Reddish brown pour with a small head. It is sweet and yeasty. Nothing special. ads135 (5031) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Not a strong showing for Brand, but in keeping with expectations. For the price, a decent beer. Reddish brown appearance, average head, with the flavor of bread and a bit of fruit. ElDesmadre (3630) - Mikołów, POLAND - JAN 9, 2012
Bottle, thanks to Bierkoning. Red-brown with a small head that is quickly gone. Aroma is mainly caramelly, bready malty and hoppy, the spiciness and fruitiness (apples and redcurrant) seem to be relegated into the background. Light to light-moderate body, quite sweet, caramelly, malty taste with some little fruit and spices, finished by a moderate hop bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden, besides its warming effect. Easy drink and quaffable on one hand, not too complex on the other, without any sharp edges. Sort of like a Belgian strong ale for the masses. MADpalace (219) - Budel, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2011
Rose red collor, semi-transparant. Not a particular smell with light sweetness. Strong bitter sweetness with mild acid after-taste.