HopsandBolts (258) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2014
Appearance: Pours coppery brown colour with about a finger of white head.
Aroma: Hops, caramel
Flavours: Hops, biscuit, cloves and baking spices, caramel
Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated
Overall: A nice beer but not as balanced as in previous years. This year’s version trends towards the hoppy side of things, not that there is anything wrong with that. I just remember previous versions having a really nice malty component that seems lacking from this version. TheJvd (1283) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2014
Small sample from bottle at Camping Ratebeer ’14. Pours hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is a bit herbal with some caramel, malts and some toffee. Taste is also a bit herbal with caramel, maltiness and a medium bitter finish. Medium body and carbo. jdobbs (411) - New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 17, 2014
2014 vintage, Appearance is great, deep amber-brown colour and a well-formed rocky, lacy head. Feel is kind of oily or creamy at first, but not really big through the middle. The finish is very nice with a burst of bitter dryness at the end. Taste is bitter throughout, but tempered by an initial sweetness and that nice creamy feel. Really quite a good beer. terrybail (704) - London, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
750 ml bottle from the lcbo
clear copper pour big frothy head smells lovely
Taste does not live up to the aroma but still nice UXO (1896) - CANADA - SEP 10, 2014
(2013 Vintage Re-reviewed after one year cellaring) Pours a clear medium to deep amber with two fingers of fine tan head diminishing gradually to a thin cap and moderate patchy lacing. Nose is caramel malt, grassy and earthy hops, slight pine. Taste leads out sweet, giving way to herbal and piney hop bitterness. Medium body, medium to light carbonation, and a sticky, bitter finish.
Interesting - I was a bit worried that I had killed this by cellaring it, particularly since there was some fluffy mould on the outside of the cork, but it’s still very drinkable. (I cleaned the mould with vinegar before opening the cork, and cleaned the neck before pouring.) There’s still quite a bit of hop character in the nose and on the tongue, and the aging may have mellowed the pine bitterness somewhat, but all in all, this might be something that one could age for a couple of years, just for fun. Might have to do that with the new vintage. (And yes, the new score is lower than the original - that’s a reflection of my own scoring recalibration, and not of this beer having gone downhill with time.)
SVD (1955) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2014
@ Camping Ratebeer, Orange beer, aroma is corn or something like that, very harvest time-ish, taste was citrus, Bosbouw (2899) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2014
Caramelkleur met een lichtbruine kraag. Ruikt honing, kruiden, caramel. Smaakt honing zoetig en hop. caesar (7101) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2014
Bottled @ Camping Ratebeers 2014, small sample. Slight hazy golden to orange color, short head. Aroma of hay, grassy, slight citrussy hop, biscuit. Soft bitterness, slight caramelly, bit grainy. Ok stuff. Benzai (15486) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle shared @ Camping Ratebeer. Hazy dark orange to reddish color, small off-white to beige head. Taste malts, some hops, nicely bitter. Medium body and carbonation. Decent. ansjelaah (1748) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2014
@campingratebeers’14. Hazy amber color with a small head. Smells corn, malty, grassy. Tastes the same with caramel.