Benzai (16235) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 21, 2017
Bottle shared with SinH4 @ hotelroom. Clear somewhat orange golden color, average sized off-white head. Smoky aroma with herbal notes. Taste malts, smoky, juniper I guess (?), somewhat herbal again and fairly bitter in the finish, though with a red-fruit-smoky hint. Is that maybe some of the red wine influence? A distant hint of hop in the finish, retronasal especially and even more when it warms up a bit. Very interesting stuff. There's more there after a while, so it's definitely worth tasting this slowly, or at least not based on a small pour. It has so many layers, it's worth peeling them off. Even though I have a hard time describing all the flavors that pass through my mouth when drinking this beer. Incredibly balanced overall flavor but so much going on there. This is really interesting and really good. Take your time and enjoy this, it's absolutely worth it. SinH4 (5737) - Garching b. Mï¿½nchen, GERMANY - SEP 21, 2017
Bottle, many thanks Benzai! Clear orange color with white head. Aroma is smoked malts, wood, juniper, light caramel, herbal - not exactly sausage or ham smoke, it's a bit different. Everything is restrained enough to not overpower the other aromas and it comes together very well. I could smell this all day. Taste is caramel, light vineous, some wood sugar, again red fruit, some jammy berries, and a bit tannic, also a touch of herbal hops, but not sure about that. Warming finish with lightly smoky aftertaste. Medium carbonation, oily mouthfeel, full-bodied. Super-balanced for 10%, and hugely complex. Wonderful, this is exactly the beer for me. EvNa (407) - Ede, NETHERLANDS - SEP 16, 2017
Bottle. Color: Orange golden, thin and fast disappearing white head. Taste: Smoke, with clear notes of juniper berries, pine and hints of red fruit. Also notes of bacon. Medium sweet with some lightly sour hints. Dry and smoky mouthfeel and finish. Very unusual taste, interesting, complex. Full body, below medium carbonation. Successful experiment. mike_77 (6872) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2017
Hazy dark blond colour with thin soapy head. Aroma starts smokey but there's some red fruits underneath. Tastes a bit herbal and smokey. Dry, ash. Light sweetness but it would benefit from a bit more. RW80 (2659) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2017
33cl. Appearance: A bit unclear orange body, with an average sized white to off-white head. Aroma: light malts, rye, junipers, smoke, fruity grapes and wood. Taste: moderate sweet with a nice pallet of smoke tones, juniperberries, rye and grapes, wood Gentle bitter finish, with only some warmth (only a trace of alcohol) medium body,slightly below average carbonation.
Barrel slightly underused. it seems, but still a nice beer.
ShivanDragon (4302) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2017
helder gouden met witte kraag. aroma van graan, alcohol, zoet, rood fruitig, fruitsnoepjes, rookmout. Smaken zijn behoorlijk zoet, rookmout, ham/bacon, redelijk alcoholisch, wat hout, zacht, glad, rood fruit, wijn is wel erg beperkt of het wordt volledig overruled door de andere smaken, redelijke body, lange zoetige alcoholische afdronk. Stuu666 (14205) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 25, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours clear orange, nose is smoky, caramel, berry, oak, taste is sweet, bretty, smoky sausage, dry, fruity. oberschlesier (100) - Kattowitz, UPPER SILESIA, - AUG 22, 2017
Mainly notes of smoke. If I did not read about red wine in which this beer was aged, I would not know about this fact. Rather sweet, heavy, but generally pleasant. tricksta_p (4906) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2017
Bottle from Speciaalbierpakket. Aroma is smoked rye malt, herbal juniper, wood, vinous notes of red wine, grain, ripe fruits, more wood and some alcohol. Flavour is sweet and moderate bitter. Body is medium to full. Fairly complex with plenty of barrel notes, though I’m gonna give the edge to the base beer. Bijl (750) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 22, 2017
Oranjegeel, iets koolzuur, troebel, snel zakkende witte schuimkraag.
Aroma: Gerookte mout, bacon, kruidig, zoete mout, spicy rogge, karamel.
Smaak: Verrassend minder rokerig... uiteraard merkbaar maar fruitigheid met een zuurtje haalt de focus op het rokerige weg. Het rode wijnvat geeft mooi fruitig zuurtje.... iets droog. Kruidig/spicy rogge, jeneverbes. Redelijk gehopt... lichte bitter... de prikkeling komt meer van kruidigheid. Overal tussen door zit toch ook wel een zoete hint... maar in de nasmaak overheerst het zuurtje en komt het rokerige terug. Mooi in balans en alcohol niet erg merkbaar.
Medium body, romig en zacht, weinig koolzuur, afdronk is kruidig, gerookt en droog.