superspak (5883) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2017
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours moderately hazy deep orange/amber/light copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge golden raisin, peach, plum, pear, apricot, date, red apple, orange peel, berry, red wine, sherry, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, nuts, white bread, and toasted oak; with lighter notes of pepper, clove, leather, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak earthiness. Touch of booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, wine barrels, and pale malt sweetness; with big strength. Taste of huge golden raisin, peach, plum, pear, apricot, date, red apple, orange peel, berry, red wine, sherry, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, nuts, white bread, and toasted oak; with lighter notes of pepper, clove, leather, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast and wine/oak spiciness on the finish. Slightly tart. Lingering notes of raisin, peach, plum, pear, apricot, date, red apple, orange peel, berry, red wine, sherry, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, nuts, white bread, toasted oak, pepper, clove, leather, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, wine barrels, and pale malt sweetness; with a great malt and yeast/oak spiciness balance, with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from yeast/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky/tannic, and lightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden; a light-moderate warmth, with minimal barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged Belgian strong pale ale! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, wine barrels, and pale malt sweetness; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. This has aged extremely well for the style. I usually prefer them fresher. The fruity wine and oak flavors are exceptionally well balanced, and perfectly integrated with the base beer. Tons of increasing complexity as it warms, and never overly sweet or heavy feeling for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. Wolfbass (1189) - Firenze, ITALY - MAY 23, 2017
Un ottima visione subito nel mio bicchiere, al naso è molto invadente, con note dolci e liquorose. In bocca scivola via bene, nonostante la gradazione, ed è molto pulita e rotonda. slowrunner77 (12591) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 18, 2016
orange pour. smooth for the style & strength, even with a slight astringency. odd mix of yeast, fruit (pitted lighter fruits) bread vanilla and nuts, with a slight sour twang. Good, but too expensive for the score. Emeister84 (2505) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2016
Aromas of short bread, vanilla, hints at coconut, hints of lemon. Hazy orange with a fully lasting white head. Some sweetness, white cake flavors, apple, red berry, grapey, yeasty. Medium bodied, smooth, alcohol is dangerously hidden. kraddel (8741) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 2, 2016
Bottle purchased at the releasedate ( back in the days) cellared since than, and currently my last version. Pours clear, yet dark amber. Small white head ( almost none, and gone in seconds ) Smell is earthy, and oak, somewhat metallic. Taste is bitter ( how ??? ) and has a slight madeira note, but not so much as you’d expect. it feels more like an aged beer , but a bitter one. The aftertaste contains more madeira, and all-and-all, it’s quite balanced , to my surprise. High carbo, rather thin body. OK , and could pass a tasting as an aged blonde beer, of good quality !
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2016
2014 vintage Belgian Blond Ale aged in Madeira Barrels. It’s tough to keep track of what this brewery is doing in terms of picking a listing, but it’s usually worth the mental anguish. One of 1452 bottles. Poured into a snifter.
3.25 A: Murky apple cider color. About one finger of frothy off-white head formed and fell soon after without leaving behind lacing.
4.0 S: The nose on this isn’t overpowering, but it sure has a lot of complexity. It opens with an almond nuttiness followed by a unsweetened toffee and caramel. Brown sugar and candied peaches then apple pie. Phenolic spiciness from the base beer with a light peppery edge to it. Finish it off with a vinous grape aroma. Despite the murkiness of the brew, there isn’t a lot of yeastiness. Rather, it’s quite clean with a tilt toward the sweeter side of the spectrum.
3.75 T: The barrel comes out much stronger in the taste. The madeira contributes an almond liqueur type flavor with sweet syrupy caramel. Lots of vanilla with woody undertones. NondeScript light fruits. Tart apple and sugary pie crust. Peppery spiciness from the yeast. Finishes with a lemony tanginess.
4.0 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Rich and almost syrupy on the tongue. The sweetness accumulates amylase. Light spritziness with a warming finish.
4.0 D: This delivers in mirroring the barrel it was raised in. This drinks like a dessert wine. It’s rich and robust, had great depth, and works best when sipped. It’s been years since I first stumbled upon this brewery and it’s barrel work and I’m glad to be back involved.
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DavoleBomb, Oct 16, 2015 gunnfryd (15175) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2015
KRS 180715. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is fruit, peaches, malt, vinous. Flavour is yeast, caramel, malt, spices, vanilla, sugar, oranges, apricot, peaches, vinous. Full body. Nice beer. thewolf (12747) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a large, creamy, off-white head. Aroma has sweet malts, light cellar, apple, citrus, pine. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has sweet malts, caramel, doughy, citrus, grapes, soft vinious, fairly warming. Light oaky dryness. To the sweet side. Geokkjer (7643) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours deep golden with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, yeast, caramel, some spices, fruitiness and oak. Flavor is sweet and malty with some yeast, vanilla, oak and berries. medium body, average carbonation. yngwie (17176) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle, 75cl. An unclear one, pale amber in color and with a small, dense, off-white head. The aroma is rather sweetish, quite fruity and with peaches, white sugar, some faint spiced notes and a touch of oranges and banana. Herbal notes and some resiny hints. It’s full-bodied, sweet and pleasantly carbonated. White sugar, peaches, generic fruityness, orange zest and ripe banana. Some vinous, tannin-ish hints. Lasting sweet, fruity finish with tannins and vinous notes. Too sweetish for me, but nice anyway. The wine added some goodyness. 150718