Guruhso (1101) - Grindsted, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2017
Bottle, Cuvée speciale 2015. Reddish brown with white frothy head. Aroma of brown sugar, fruity Yeasty esters, darkfruit, herbal hops, red wine, oak tannins. Moderate Sweet, light sour and light bitter. Some alcoholic warmth. A nice one... superspak (6352) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2017
750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2014 vintage bottling, best before 3/11/2017. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep reddish orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, currant, raspberry, blackberry, apricot, red apple, red grape, peppercorn, red/white wine, cinnamon, clove, nuttiness, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, brown bread, and biscuit; with lighter notes of oaken vanilla, licorice, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and dark/bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, currant, raspberry, blackberry, apricot, red apple, red grape, peppercorn, red/white wine, cinnamon, clove, nuttiness, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, brown bread, and biscuit; with lighter notes of oaken vanilla, licorice, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast/oak spiciness and light wine tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruits, currant, cherry, berry, apricot, red apple, red grape, peppercorn, red/white wine, cinnamon, clove, nuttiness, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, brown bread, biscuit, vanilla, licorice, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and dark/bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/spiciness and wine tang/tartness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from yeast/oak spiciness, wine tang/tartness, and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/sticky/tannic, and lightly slick/syrupy/acidic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden; a lightly increasing warmth of 13%, with minimal booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged Belgian strong dark ale! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Perfect balance of yeast, malt, and Bourgogne barrel complexity. Never overly sweet/heavy feeling for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example. Definitely worth the price to try once. gyhallmanti (831) - Groningen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2017
75cl bottle split with SimonBlok. Cuvée spéciale 2014. Pours a dark brown yet reddish colour with a small off white head and visible carbonation. Aroma of wine, red fruit, caramel, grapes, lime, raspberries, slight funk, slight vanilla. Taste is moderate sweet, light bitter with a medium dry finish and a vinous sourness. Notes of grapes, lime, funk, wine, slight salty liquorice sweet, malt, red fruit, red berries. Texture is sticky, full bodied with moderare carbonation SimonBlok (912) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2017
3 year old 75cl bottle, courtesy of Gyhallmanti. Bottle says Cuvee Spéciale 2014. Appearance: reddish brown with a small off-white head and some tiny colloidal particles floating inside and even some visible. Aroma: pretty funky and bretty, red wine, brown sugar, lemon, some tannins. Taste: pretty high sweetness, medium bitterness and subtle sourness. Notes of red wine, brown sugar, some bretty character that could originate from the wine barrel, sour cherries, some red fruits and citrus. Palate: medium bodied, oily texture and medium carbonation. Complex and balanced 17wojownik (667) - Krakow, POLAND - NOV 28, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2017 Butelka 750 ml, z korkiem. Hardkorowo mocne (alkohol ostro grzeje przełyk, ale nie razi), leżakowane w beczkach po winie - i takie to trochę jest, mocno idzie w stronę wina. Refermentowane -> wysycenie bardzo duże. Barwa ciemna, brunatna wręcz, raczej nieklarowne. Pianka na pewno ekstra, jak ubity drobnopęcherczykowy gaz z piwa. Aromaty winno-wytrawne, mocno wysuwa się na pierwszy plan też aromat drożdży (refermentacja). W smaku mocno wysycony Belg.
RW80 (2930) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 19, 2017
0,7l bottle (2012)
Apperance: A unclear amber with a small beige head. That quickly dissapears.
Aroma: malts, alcohol, red fruit, wood.
Taste:vininousl, wood, red fruit(Cherries), grapes, leather, malts, a hint of caramel, light sour,sweet, and then it becomes thin before the alcohol kicks sharp in. Thin to Medium body, a bit. fizzyish carbonation,
It's a bit rough in certain places for instance how sharp the alcohol comes in in the finnish and the thinness taste before the finish. Which is really odd for a 13% ABV beer. Overall more then ok, but I think this could have been done better and some things just did not work out for me. OminouSC2 (998) - Mora, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2017
Bottled 2010. Brown color, medium sized, quickly diminishing beige head. Some lees. Slight tart and vinous aromas with cherries, grapes, toffee, ripe fruits and dried figs. Vinous taste with alcohol, wood, dried figs, grapes, leather and gooseberries. A bit thin during the finish. Might be due to the old age. Jashiu (1404) - Gdañsk, POLAND - JUL 20, 2017
Lovely fruity smell with dried fruit dominance. Very nicely Belgian. Taste is very boozy and tart. Olo13 (304) - POLAND - JUL 5, 2017
Dobre piwo, fajny Belg, ale nie było jakiegoś szału. Takie do spróbowania kiedyś po prostu SvanteL (651) - SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2017
Mörkt bärnstensfärgad, grumlig. I doften finns torkad frukt, massor av russin, liten kryddighet och syrlighet, rödvin. Smaken är fruktig och söt, men även syrlighet av rött vin, vinös (fattas bara med 13%). En helt underbar öl med fin balans mellan sötma och syrlighet och spännande med rödvinstonerna. Flaskan var en 2009:a, drucken på ölprovning 2011-12-13 på De Klomp.