maltandhops (59) - Paris, FRANCE - JUL 11, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed 3/4/13. Bottle says 9%. 11.6 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a very dark burnt sienna color. The head is a rather attractive two finger cream color. It features a soft, creamy layer over top some rather thick-looking bubbles. Retention is excellent - even after a couple of minutes the head is one finger high - and a good layer of lacing is left on the glass.
S: Okay, this is interesting...not only are the usual BSDA suspects quite evident (dark fruits, chocolate, pears), a sour undercurrent rests wonderfully below that. I really enjoy the tart cherries, sour apple esters, and general acetic quality as well. The complexity of the aroma isn’t overbearing, either.
T: Compared with the first inhalation, the sour quality is far more restrained here, taking on more of a lactic tone. Sadly, the coinciding cherry esters are also downplayed. For a brief glorious moment, sour cherries initiate the profile, before giving way to a chocolaty yet dry midtaste. And now a THIRD element comes along that I didn’t foresee - hoppiness. The finish is full of grassy, earthy hops, with touches of leather as well. Certainly, it’s complex; but at the same time, the complexity is cohesive rather than messy - I’m impressed how well balanced the seemingly clashing elements work together. Even if the lack of acetic sourness is a letdown for me, the only thing really wrong here is the slight paper quality in the aftertaste.
M: This one is dry, more so than many others in the style. Given the sour/hop bend of this, it isn’t surprising. Lush, creamy, and silky aren’t terms I’d use to describe the texture - more like papery, coarse, and rough - but the firmness also helps make the carbonation seem a little lighter than what it is. I find its semi-abrasive feel endearing, to be frank.
O: A BSDA that’s sour and hoppy? Interesting. A BSDA that’s sour, hoppy, and isn’t a clusterfuck? Now you have my attention. Okay, it doesn’t work perfectly and isn’t the most chuggable offering...but damn, it’s just so much fun to sip and contemplate over.
Dark red with big white head and strong carbonated look. Smells a bit of a cellar with lots of red fruits and apples slowly fermenting.. taste divine with dark fruits, warming spices and a slightly acidic finish. A beauty! tfredvik (1941) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 25, 2017
A very light gusher. Pours a very deep brown body with a super huge, very long-lived, beige head that ends up as a fully lasting layer. Strong aroma of sweet caramel, dark dried fruits, spices, Belgian yeast and brown sugar. Fairly strong flavour (but I had hoped for even more intensity) of dark dried fruits, Belgian yeast and caramel, with lightly roasted malt and spices in the back. Moderate sweet taste with a light bitter finish. Full body with a too lively carbonation that makes the mouthfeel somewhat foamy. A very nice beer that probably is superb when not over-carbonated. nathanvc (493) - Brugge, BELGIUM - JUN 18, 2017
[33 cl bottle, from Vinmonopolet Aker Brygge, Oslo]
At Cambrinus, Bruges. Pours cloudy brown with a lasting, foamy, off-white head. The aroma contains sugar, caramel, hops, spices, raisin, dried fruit and yeast. It tastes medium sugary sweet at first, then light hoppy bitter, finishing with a winey, acidic note. Oily texture, medium body, fizzy carbonation, light alcoholic. Very complex, balancing between sweet and sour, a real tasting beer. elbernays (1507) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 17, 2017
Bottle from Saveur biere. Pours brown with ruby red hints. Lots of dark fruit, raisin, tannic notes. Flavour is raisin sweet with a sour dry finish. Quite unusual. Lots of carbonation. Not the easiest drinking beer Jimbo2 (475) - DENMARK - MAY 27, 2017
Decent, but don’t understand the hype. Some slightly, slightly acidic notes, a little dried fruit and some lingering bitterness.
dnicolaescu (2566) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - MAY 14, 2017
BOTTLE 33 CL. Almost clear, rally dark ruby, gigantic beige head. Rich malty aroma, dark sugars, dried fruit, a little bit of cheesy acidity. The taste is just as rich, malty and fruity, with enough spicy bittering hops to balance, and high massging carbonation for an easy drinking mouthfeel. Background warming alcohol. Very good. ArtificialCyst (1192) - Szczecin, POLAND - MAY 7, 2017
A shared bottle. Aroma: Lots of wine and dried fruit. Appearance: Huge head, dark ruby body. Taste: Very winey, fruity, phenolic, a bit tannic, lightly alcoholic. Palate: Medium-high body, high carbonation, sweet finish. gr_pa (702) - siemianowice, POLAND - MAY 2, 2017
Reddish brown, high carbonation and large head. Aroma:wet hay, cherries, apples, bit of chocolate. Light body, medium sweetness, medium bitterness. Flavour; malty, dry fruits, red fruits, herbal finish. Decent hidden alcohol. janubio (852) - SPAIN - APR 16, 2017
Dark brown colour, with a hugeoff white head that lasts all the time. Great lace. Aroma of dark fruits, plums, raisins. chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, rum. Medium to full body, creamy, dense palate. Great carbonation. Taste of chocolate, dried fruits, plums, raisins, vanilla, apples, liquor (rum). And here’s another great one from the brothers. I have to find yet one that is not exceptional. beerplace (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2017
On tap at Elizabeth Station. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is sour, fruity, some barrel notes. Taste is very fruity, caramel forward, slightly sour. Very nice.