madmitch76 (24293) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12th January 2013
Murky brown - purple beer, small cream coloured head. Smooth palate with mild carbonation. Fairly malty with a trace of marmite. Mild tangy grape juice. Fairly neutral finish. Quite drinkable but pretty simplistic. Overall a bit malty.
mcberko (16920) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle, pours dark reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of grapes, caramel malts, dates, figs, some brown sugar and molasses. Flavour is a hybrid of a grapes / Doppelbock / Abbey Dubbel, with the grapes on the initial flavour, with the darker fruits, molasses and burnt caramel filling out the middle and finish. Quite nice, though the 2009 special was superior.
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is a dark amber color, maybe burnt orange, with a fluffy off-white head that settles down to a thin layer.
S: Sweet fruits on the nose, which does have some grape character, but not overly vinous. A definite malt and caramel note as well.
T: Semi-sweet and malty on the tongue without too much in terms of grape flavor. There is a bit of a fruit sweetness, but I can’t tell if that’s from the base beers (apparently a blend of doppelbock and dubbel). Overall, the flavor is on the bland side.
M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. There’s a bit of a flat feel overall to the beer, though.
D: Really underwhelming. I’ve enjoyed several of the He’Brew beers, but I can’t say this is one of them. Just not much going on in terms of flavors.
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Rattle N Hum. Murkey red/brown - white edges. Sweetness. Red berries. Nutty. Grapes. Red grapes. Fruity. Light yeasty. Light flowery. Roasted. Bread notes. High malty. Wierd.
bhensonb (14964) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from I forgot where. Pours a dark ruddy amber with a low foamy beige/tan head. Aroma seems grapey with a malt background. Medium plus body with foamy carbonation. Flavor is roasted malt with some yeast/spice and either fruit or herb. I can’t yet get concord grape, so I must have gotten the aroma wrong. This thing is definitely Belgian. The doppelback apparently just makes it a sweetish Belgian. It finishes pretty balanced, and more fruity than it started. My tongue is getting coated with something that might come from concord grape skins, but it’s hard to say. Definitely a different brew.
Ratman197 (14508) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of concord grapes, carmel, brown sugar and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, concord grapes, earthiness,toffee and light spice with a crisp carmely grape finish.
Tmoney99 (14276) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured hazy reddish brown with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate tart grape and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet & sour fruit flavor and a medium sweet & sour finish of moderate duration. Good young that should be better with some age.
argo0 (14106) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 24, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Medium beige head atop clear dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grape, some alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, grape, some alcohol, caramel/raisin. Smooth medium body.
Drake (13489) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear ruby red color with a large tan creamy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of grapes, brown sugar, dark malts, toffee and an earthy finish. The taste is fairly bitter with notes of toffee, apple and raisins. Medium bodied. Decent.
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(22oz bottle, courtesy of JJFoodie) Pours a clear amber body with a white head. Aroma of grape juice, caramel, and earth. Flavor of raisins, caramel, grapes, and herbs.