Bill Becker (2010) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JAN 20, 2018 SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
75cl bottle. Lots of chocolate malt flavors and subtle spicing wrapped up in a healthy oak flavor and funky acidity. Nice deep brown color with a lasting tan head. Ample carbonation and not too heavy in the mouth. Interesting, but lots of funky, sour wood flavor that doesn’t really blend with the malt flavors as well as I would like. Maybe this style just doesn’t stand up as well to the JP makeover.
Bottled September 25th, 2015, bought at Liquor Shed.
I popped the cap and saw a slow rise of foam that had to be stopped. I poured some into my glass but the slow rising continued. I spent the next few minutes sucking on the bottle to lower the foam. It finally stopped.
It looks dark brown, semi clear, impressive head of off white foam.
The smell is of dark fruits, tartness in a tannins like/venous way. I get some woody notes from the oak.
The taste matches the smell with an additional vanilla flavour that seems to come and go. I reckon that there are some spices in the taste but they're rather subdued.
Medium body, with the carbonation surprisingly moderate considering what I had to go through.
With the alcohol being hidden well, I will enjoy sipping this for quite the while. Good stuff.
ketchepillar (1208) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 6, 2018
750mL 2014 single barrel version. Aroma is a little borderline acetone, nail polish. Not too harsh though. Doesn’t come through much in the flavor. dlovell2 (2381) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2017
Pours brown with s tan head. Dark fruit aroma with tart and funk. Flavor is toasted malt with dark fruit and tart with oak. fellebag (1571) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2017 Bottle 9,4 fl.Oz. Small off white layer. Brown red color, quite cloudy. Aroma is pumping, berries, meat, candy, leather. Taste is quite sour. hman43 (1898) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2017
It pours brown with a tan head. Head retention is moderately high. The aroma is initially strong with raisins, wine like elements, and a bit of tartness. There are background notes of chocolate, toast, and spice. The flavors are highlighted with moderate sourness. There is an oak character mixed in with raisin, vinous elements, and spices. There are background notes of toast. It has a moderately full body. The finish is tart and dry. Overall, this has a complex blend of various flavor elements, but it's tartness makes it finish more like a sour than a Belgian Strong.
mhuntsman (21) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2017 On tap at Craft Beer Cellar.
Aroma 8/10: Slight alcohol with some yeast funk to it. Also smell some cherry.
Appearance 3/5: Very dark with an off white head.
Palate 4/5: Well carbonated and medium bodied. Very well done for the style.
Taste 9/10: Cherry, funk, yeast, slightly boozy. This is pretty complex and hard for me to describe, but I definitely enjoy it. Relative tart on the finish.
Overall 18/20: I enjoy this a lot. It's not the prettiest beer, but my taste buds really enjoy it.
4.2 Clareeses (191) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2017 On draft at craft beer cellar Clayton.
Aroma 9/10: prominent winter spices - clove, cinnamon, along with some wild yeast
Appearance 3 /5: dark amber brown with small bubbly head, good lacing on the glass
Palate 5/5: moderate to heavy carbonation, perfect to balance the slightly funky and tart mouthfeel
Taste 9/10: drinks like the Oro De Calabaza - a classic Saison with the yeast and funk, but with a really lovely winter and barrel aged twist. Hints of overripe plum and fig round this beer out.
Overall 19/20: close to a a perfect winter Saison. I think it's hard to get a Saison right for winter; this one has all the aged spicy notes without selling out on those classic pumpkin spice flavors.
Final: 4.5 Learninbeer (672) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2017
Blend 001; Bottled 9/24/15. The aroma is figs, raisins. Pours dark amber brown with off white head slightly lasting and excellent lacing. The taste is light/medium sour. The body is medium, the texture thin, the carbonation fizzy and the finish long. Seems more like a sour than a Belgian Strong Ale. Finn (8305) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2017
Flaske 750ml fra Vinmonopolet Tromsø Langnes. Delt med flere under juleølsmaking på Gleipne 17 Nov 17. Mørkerød. Middels høyt skum. Teppelacing. Aroma av kirsebær. Smaken tørket frukt. Syrlig. 0 julestemning. Rune (13764) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2017
750ml bottle shared with Egil Børge, Leif, Odd and Finn. Clingy lacing from an off-white head. Dark red-brown body, hazy. Subdued tart and dry aroma of cherry and oak. Sweet and tart taste profile with impact of oak, cheese, dough and cherry skins. Prolonged ending, tart, dry and sweet. Okay, not my kind of Yuletide beer though. (Tasting session of Christmas beers, Tromsø 17.11.2017).