glennmastrange (2881) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2016
Bottle. Moderate caramel, cereal and nuts for the malt, light herbs and citrus for the hops, light to moderate dough and broth for the yeast, with date, raisin, ripe banana, toffee and a hint of vinegar. Head is average sized, frothy, light beige, with thick but slippery lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is slightly hazy burgundy. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately sweet and acidic and lightly bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, slick with a fizzy carbonation and a tangy finish. A savory aroma, and a great mix of sweet and tangy in the flavor. A top notch Belgian Strong Ale. Ed5388 (3487) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2016
750 C&C bottle (2012) thanks to Mac Boost from the 2015 FBW adneilsen Photoshop contest! Gusher upon opening. Poured a dirty brown color with a big foamy tan head. Aroma of red wine, oak, Belgian yeast, funk, and hints of vinegar. Taste of amber malts, nut shell, oak, funk, and red grapes. King_Alex_II (1228) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 16, 2016
Clear brown color with little foam. Sour nose with light vinegar aromas. The beer tastes like dry bread dipped into delightfully sour vinegar. Calm dryish vinegar aftertaste. maekchu (3944) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 4, 2016
Bottle. Smooth nose, with lightly spiced aged fruit, and dark honey. Hazy light copper/brown color, with thick, persistent lace. Beautiful array of matured fruit, lightly tart stone fruit in mid palate, small sugary sweetness lasts and lasts. Complexity and overall balance is amazing. Full-bodied, rich, and exceptionally smooth. KyotoLefty (10311) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 3, 2016
2012 bottle, bought outside of Leuven. Fantastic nose or grape, caramel, vanilla. Not all that pretty: a kind of cloudy orange-brown color with a huge, airy head. Huge flavors: grapes, wood, figs, vanilla. Very creamy, with a lovely soft carbonations. Nice tartness in the background. Smooth and silky. A lovely beer.
Syfher (450) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2016
Bottle of 75cl, in a Trappist glass; room-temperature.
One of the great beer I’ve taste. Powerfull, with a great colour and taste. The subtle mix of beer and wine is far more than great.
Try it, you won’t regret it ! Janishaaaa (9) - LATVIA - DEC 10, 2015 does not count
Nice, long drinking beer, with lots of complicated aroma in taste: raisins, caramel, vine and yes - it is strong, but overall well balanced beer. Nice experience. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours a very cloudy, dark chestnut brown color that’s completely opaque with only the faintest of copper colored edges. Half finger off-white head that immediately disappears into a very thin ring that doesn’t last. Not much in the way of lacing.
The aroma is dominated by the vinous red wine barrel character giving off lots of toasted oak and tart dark fruit notes. The oak really stands out and is somewhat charred and ashy with a toothpick-like quality but this is countered by vinous grape, sour cherry, currant, fig and other dark berries. Along with the barrel notes there are some floral hops, peppery spice and sweeter malt notes, notably caramel and toffee. Slightly syrupy/medicinal but thankfully this is overpowered by the oak and red wine notes.
Medium bodied with a surprising amount of carbonation for the style and strength along with a really nice, dry red wine barrel flavor that’s nicely integrated into the flavors of the base beer. The oak presence is dry and toasted but isn’t as strong as the nose suggests. I was worried that there would be too much dry oak/toothpick flavor but this beer has the perfect amount, adding another layer of flavor without killing everything else off. The oak presence is complimented perfectly by the burgundy wine flavor which is dry but still packs a lot of sweet, vinous fruit. Hints of dark grape, sour cherry, currant and juicy blackberry along with other dark fruit notes lingering over the sweet malt backbone and subtle floral hops into a slightly dry finish. The barrel is countered by sweet caramel malt, dark chocolate and toffee as well as a touch of earthy hop bitterness in the finish. The high ABV is expertly masked, making this delicious, complex beer dangerously drinkable. Although there is plenty of alcohol sweetness, there isn’t any harsh heat, just some warmth in the finish. This is a truly remarkable beer that exceeded all of my expectations, and that’s saying a lot because I really enjoyed Busch Prestige. This beer is really expensive but it’s worth every cent. One of the best wine barrel aged beers I’ve ever had and I would definitely purchase it again. Highly recommended! markextrae (4424) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2015
small sample from bottle at the bottleshop. don’t know what to expect here. the normal bush is bad in every way. poured a amber colour with a few white bubbles on top. nose has still a strong malt presence. candy sugar, burned caramel, vineous notes, red fruits. spiced alcohol. grpes, wet wood, again a bad version. i have no idea why this is so high rated. it’s not that good imo Lonick (2122) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 4, 2015
Bottle @ Craig’s. Pours amber and with a haze. Sherbet, caramel, toffee salted caramel on the nose, slight carb in the mouth. Sherry desert wine taste and more of the same from the nose, really good.