nealgersh (19) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2011
Golden, slightly cloudy appearance. Aroma of orange and malt, with the alcohol content popping through too. Wheaty orange, sweet malt flavours. Quite a subtle beer for its strength. Dry finish. I like it a lot. It’ makes a nice contrast or altenative to continental abbey tripels. OwainTurner (425) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2015
What a brew! Really nice, great marzipan flavour, really nice. But the alcohol is right there in your face, taste a lot highr than 9%... Looks gorgeous BazScott (69) - - JAN 30, 2016
Hazy amber appearance. Small head, which quickly disappears. Tingling effervescence on the palate. Sharp, slightly bitter taste. With a bitter grapefruit like aftertaste. This is a really good 9% beer. Sigmund (7390) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2008
Cask at the GBBF 2008. Deep golden colour, low head. Lovely aroma of oak, rhum-drenched raisins and fortified wine. Warming mouthfeel. The flavour is again full of oak and raisins, also notes of bitter oranges and toffee, with a hoppy bitterness in the finish. Excellent beer. Fin (10470) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2008
BCA picked up at Goring-On-Thames Londis 14-01-08 and had this at home 20-01-08 Where do I start, what a great drop this was! Poured a classic amber colour with a nice white bubbly head that quickly legged it when it saw me sticking me conk in there. I agree with both Mes and Hughie very Tripel like in many ways, if this was Belgian I reckon most of it would be shipped across the pond so thank heavens it’s one of our’s and probably not quite as desirable to some seeking the latest Belgian wonder. There was a soft cooked bananeyness (if there is such a word) sort of like when you stick a banana in foil and lob it on the barbie with a small slug of I don’t know Brandy or summat and a bit of unrefined dark sugar atop, that’s what I got anyway. Then a lovely spicy, yeasty quality comes gushing through, the aroma was floral and honey like quite delicate considering the beer. I loved this and hat’s off to Durham for another one out of the top draw.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 20, 2008
Bottle (in NZ, and a pricey $19!), pours with a slight haze to the bright copper colour, with a large creamy white head. A yeastie ull of flowery yeast flavours. Pricey, but worth it (though a tough drink for one, with 500ml at 9%(. pickled (47) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 7, 2008
500ml bottle from Rumbles ($13 Ow!) According to the Durham Brewery website this is a baley wine but it’s not like any other I’ve had. Fluffy white head and straw/golden in clour. Powerful fruity hops came through very well and it reminded me of extra srtong pale ale but much more subtle. Alcohol was well hidden for such a strong beer. Full mouthfeel and a clean bitter finish. Expensive but still ok value for money and a good way to get the rosy cheek look. wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2008
Bottle, Beer Ritz, Leeds. Attractive rich golden amber colour with a a smallish but lingering white head. Fragrant aroma of orange, spice and grassy hop. Full bodied. Softly sweet caramel/toffee with lovely fruit and spice mingling wonderfully in the flavour. Cracking balance. Straight outta the top drawer. bacchanalia (146) - milton, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2009
From the bottle, a glorius golden brown colour. Nice malt & floral hop nose. The palate is full & the beer has quite some power as you would expect from a beer of this strength but still retains a nice bitterness. Tremendously complex flavours, slight sweetness, honeysuckle & fruit in the mid palate then loads of floral dry hops on the finish. The top belgian breweries would be proud of this, even my wife liked it. planky84 (3214) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2009
Bottle from Mr Lawrence’s Wine Merchants, Brockley. Pours a cloudy orange colour with a white long lasting head. Floral aromas as well as citrus, herbs, heather. Rich citrus flavours with caramel, toffee, barley sugars, sweet spices. Good bitter-sweet warming finish.