Mad Dog Martin (142) - - JAN 12, 2018 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 vintage. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a cloudy orange color. The eggshell-colored head is fluffy and bubbly, about two fingers high. Lacing is splotchy and inconsistent, but definitely exists.
S: This is funky, but not overly so. Notes of earth and...um...funk help balance out its notes of bread, apple, and pear. There’s some spicing which is very subtle, too. While it’s not the most complex, the notes it uses are very well done and very enjoyable.
T: The first flavors are quite fruity, bright, and somewhat sugary. Not only does this bring the typical apple and pear notes, but strong citrusy qualities are also existent. The funk is very subtle, creating a balancing note with its sweeter flavors. The finish is also lightly biscuity. Much like Duvel, it isn’t super complex, it just uses it’s handful of notes brilliantly to deliver a killer drinking experience.
M: As expected, it’s fizzy and light, with no hints of alcohol anywhere. The finish is damn-near bone dry. It’s light enough where it’s pretty damn drinkable.
O: This one is pretty close to Duvel in terms of quality, but perhaps not quite there. Who cares?! It’s still freaking excellent. I’d really be intrigued in aging this one even further, too.
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2018 Bottle from Beer Hawk advent calendar. Pours a rich auburn with an off white head. Yeasty, sweet, citrus and floral with spice, ginger perhaps. BlackHaddock (7956) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2018
12 oz bottle on 5th Jan 2018, poured into a La Chouffe stemmed tulip glass to make it feel at home (drank in California though). No sediment left the bottle, so I got a lovely clear amber bodied beer, thin white affair on top. Fairly sweet throughout with an aroma that suggests maltiness more than Belgian-ness. Taste also sweet and malty, malty molasses in fact rule the flavours. It's OK, but how it is currently a Top 50 Belgian Ale on RateBeer is beyond me; maybe some of the RateBeer guys need to actually visit Belgium before scoring this so highly; this wouldn't be in my top 100 Belgian Ales. Ronaldodv (15) - Santo Domingo, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - DEC 26, 2017
Bottle conditioned. Ingredients: Water, Styrian and Saaz Hops, 2-Row Barley and Caramel Malt, Yeast and Granulated Beet Sugar. Matilda is made with a rare yeast that suggests a fruity and spicy flavor. There is complex maltiness balanced with a profuse amount of hops.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ferjho224 (41) - MEXICO - DEC 24, 2017
2 years old bottle, pours amber and cloudy with some sediments, medium head with good retention, frutal aroma, sweet flavour, full body. Cimbasso (1056) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2017
Sampled from a bottle at Symphony Centre, Chicago. Darkish amber colour with a big white head.Malty aroma. The taste is sweet, dominated by caramel malts and sugar, but with notes of cloves and other spices. Quite yeasty and a lot of alcohol in the taste. Mouthfeel is good. Not bad bad, but just a little too sweet and slightly undercharacterised for me.
Benters (137) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2017
Pours a very hazy dark golden colour with light carbonation and a thin white head which lasts well. Aromas are complex; bananas, cloves and other spices, slightly funky, some caramel. Taste is equally complex; malt fruity sweetness dominates at first alongside spicy notes. There's a slight sourness too. Sweetness well balanced by hops. Interesting, different beer. Davros IX (577) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2017
Bottle at home in Beer Hawk advent calendar. This was a revelation. A lovely yeasty aroma to the beer and a gorgeously layered flavour that included gently sour yeast and balanced hops. This was my type of sour; one that is integrated into the beer and resulted in a delicious and complex flavour. The taste changed as the beer warmed in the glass and meant that I got something new with each sip. The alcohol was well hidden and it is certain that this beer will only improve with age. A majestic beer. lokis333 (619) - Biržai, LITHUANIA - DEC 16, 2017
Hazy deep amber colour with small off-white foam. Aromas of blue cheese, peppers and spice like clove with sweet hints of banana. Palate, medium to light body with a thin body and high carbonation leaving boozy finish. Taste, slightly boozy with notes of peppers and banana peel. Overall, okay, alcohol not well concealed and lacks the body, rest is fine. hauxe (1017) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - DEC 3, 2017
From the bottle. Orange, hazy, with a white frothy crown. Aroma is yeasty and full of tangerine, spices. Taste is malty sweet, lots of caramel, turning dryer on the finish. Body is medium, sticky, carbonation is mild to moderate. Overall, very good. Usually I do not regret sharing the bottle but this one I wanted all for myself. oldthumper (13) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2017
2016 bottle from Total Wine. Pours and looks like a proper bottle conditioned Belgian. Yeast and spice aroma. Malty yeasty taste with tart stone fruits, hints of wood and nice dry peppery finish. Brett just beginning to show. Reminds me of Orval. A very good effort at a Belgian strong ale.