BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A well aged 2007 bottle and served in my NB worthy glass: Deep bronze hue with a HUGE frothy head and excellent lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of grassy and herbal hops, earthy yeast, belgium candi sugar, apricot and pear esters, ginger and corriander, dry chocolate milk powder, and some mineral water. The taste is not nearly as complex, straight forward malty and sugary sweetness,over-ripened twangy (abit sour actually)fruits, and grainy background wrap up by a spent yeast overtone. Light handed bitterness upon the finish. The mouth feel is sprite and a tad medium-bodied. An okay brew but nothing to seek out.
finol (3250) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Systembolaget (temporary)
A light head. Fruity aroma. The taste is fruity and contains some liquorice
daknole (10925) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewtopia sample...and I think I am finally done filling in all my ratings from one helluva festival! Cloudy amber pour. Whitish head. Nose is full of yeast, spices, caramel, cookie dough and syrup can be detected as well. Flavor is yeasty as hell, some spices are present and has some chocolate covered raisin flavor to be found. Pretty nice
Oakes (16513) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber, hazy, vibrant. Herbal, yeasty, caramelly nose. Light chocolate notes through the yeasty body. Full body. Good balance - a pleasant beer.
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours deep reddish amber to mahogany brown with a stable off-white head. The aroma is of doughy, spicy and nutty yeast resting on a solid malt base of bread, buttery cookies and caramel alongside a not too sweet sugar backup of candi sugar. There is also clear tones of spices like cinnamon, mild ginger, mild black pepper and coriander, floral and fresh herbal-like hops, brown sugar cherries, green apples, dirt/earth, cigar, dark fruits like raisins/plums, kiwi peels and just a whisper of clove and band aid-like phenols. Light roasted with hints of dry chocolate. Bit vinous - almost like mature red wine. Also tiny acidic in the nose with a touch of citrusy hints. The flavour is solid malty with some noble hops backing it up. Light to medium sweet and near medium bitter. A light, white wine-like acidic note balancing the malt and hops perfect. Tones of spices, oranges, apples, candi sugar, caramel, new cut grass, numbing herbs, earth, dirt, light sweet caramel, plums and phenols. The mouthfeel is velvety and round with a soft and creamy carbonation. Medium to full bodied. A well made beer with a surprisingly balanced profile.
hirigalzkar (3036) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Orange-brown. Big white head. Fruity aroma with hints of belgian yeast. Complex flavor. Chocolate, fruit and small sourness. The yeast makes a strange aftertaste. Feels like a dark saison...
nearbeer (5144) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml. Opaque, darkish copper-brown with a creamy quarter inch of head that ices the glass. Aroma of toffee, raisin bread, musty dark fruit, and hints of tart cherry. Flavor is musty dark fruit, chocolate, toffee and toasted nut; all balanced well against a complex finish of more roast malt flavors, oak, some tart berry, funky leather and slight citrus. Medium-heavy body is mostly smooth and finishes surprisingly dry.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - AUG 27, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml paper wrapped bottle from The Keg, in Clarksville, Indiana. Pours a mostly clear ruby body topped by an immense creamy ecru hued head even with a careful pour. Lavish sheets of lace drape the Duvel chalice. Aroma opens with fruity kiwi and strawberry, followed quickly by perfumey and floral hops. Spicy belgian yeastiness is also prominent, adding freshly cracked white peppercorns and dried coriander. Airy medium body seems lighter than it really is. Silky carbonation is almost utopian. Taste begins fruity with prominent melon and strawberry notes. Yeasty spiciness is unashamed, and grows bolder as this warms. White pepper and coriander... Floral hop bitterness is quite playful with the senses. Honey and caramel from the malt backbone add a pleasant balance. Finishes with a pastoral dry bitterness, much like a world class saison. Exceptional Belgian ale here, that seems to marry the better traits of several Belgian styles into an ideal whole. One of the better beverages I’ve enjoyed in recent memory.
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl, from Geers Oostakker, complex brew, balanced, cloudy, good head, good brew
dunkpigen (379) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with a bighead. Aroma is hoppy, but also a bit soapy. Flavour i also hoppy, but tastes a bit like dishwashing soap, and it is thin.