JohnAlpha (8) - - AUG 20, 2017 does not count KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The pour was a sparkling clear light to medium brown with a large (3-4 finger) off white frothy head that was mostly diminishing and produced poor lacing.
The aroma was very sweet and hoppy with a sweet bread malt, a nice floral hop and a sweet earthy yeast and had notes of caramel, dried dark fruit (raisons and plums) and a strong alcohol presence.
The taste was right off the bat, sweet, malty and a tad acidic with a strong caramel note. The flavor then progressed to be a little acetic with a nice dose of dried fruit with the end having a rather strong alcohol flavor that was left lingering for a nice duration after the swallow.
Mouthfeel was somewhere between light and medium in body with a dice dry texture and a prickly carbonation.
Overall a nice bold tasting Ale with some really nice malt characteristics that you can only get from a really decent Belgian brew.
Quite honestly; a perfected balance of malt and sweetness. Strong ABV, married to a full-bodied mouthfeel with a brief flavour...but lingering bitterness. So many English ales are mostly "generic malt" married to less than 10% specialist malts, which result in a very bland and forgettable experience. This Belgian masterpiece has the best with none of the worst! The fact that this recipe has been unaltered since 1791 (apparently! ;) says all you need to know. Beer aficionados: I urge you...if you have not already sought this variety out, then do so with urgency...I implore thee! AntonyWilson (392) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - AUG 16, 2017
330ml Bottle: Pours a clear amber with off-white head that does not retain well. Aroma of raisins, stone fruit, molasses and even a slight alcohol sting. Caramel flavours mixed with dark fruits and some slight bubblegum notes as well. A definitive alcohol warmth in the mouth. Full bodied, low carbonation, with low bitterness. Overall this beer is fantastic, i love the complexity of the flavours and aromas. A defintive must if you enjoy the style. rumore (579) - Rimini, ITALY - AUG 15, 2017
From the tap at FOB, Rimini, Italy. Pours a brilliant reddish amber with medium grained white foam, persistent. Aroma is caramel, toffee candy, malty. Body is rather dense, with an alcoholic feeling filling the mouth. Taste is definitely sweet, balanced by some bitterness that is especially evident in the finish. I’d say the excessive alcoholic feeling is the part that is a little detrimental to this beer. geolgau (297) - Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA - AUG 12, 2017
Aroma is rich on malts, with some caramel, dark fruit jam, and some nice fruity hops. Taste is nice, not too sweet. Malty and lightly spiced, there’s a touch of alcohol, jam, and nuts. Not very complex, but ok. Benters (14) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2017
Pours a hazy, amber with average carbonation. Aroma is rich, alcoholic, fruity, caramel and some banana. Taste follows the nose - rich, fruity, sweet, strong alcoholic. Sweet but not cloying, hops provide just the right amount of balance to make this a very drinkable beer. Medium bodied. Sweet finish. Great beer.
blackbock (134) - Shoalhaven NSW, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2017
(Bottle) Gorgeous sweet caramel and plum aroma. Poured a light brown/amber with some haze. Sweet but not cloying, bitterness is present but only sufficient to balance sweetness. Fine beadng head, not particularly persistent. Surprisingly easy to drink for such a sweet and strong ale. Mouthfeel is just right, leaves a slight tongue-coating bitterness and evaporating alcohol coolness. Actually a good Belgian, if slightly bland.
Trolle (48) - - AUG 6, 2017
Øl serveret i et fantastisk glas (reagensglas look a like). Fyldig belgisk øl smag med den klassiske belgiske smag.
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Jasne owoce, słodka słodowość, miód, nieco alkoholu. Słodkie, z cierpkim, wytrawniejszym finiszem. Średnie ciało, niska goryczka, wysokie wysycenie. Ładnie ukryty alkohol. djcampbell (260) - Moravany, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 4, 2017
Hodně dobré pivo se zajímavou chutí, měli jsme ho ve velké sedmičce. Silnější říz a sladké aroma. zidansken (2) - Kongens Lyngby, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2017 does not count
Flaske, ravgylden, klar, let karbonering, lidt skum, duft af diacetyl, sherry, malt, vinøs, smag af malt, figner, alcohol varmer, tør finish, fin belgier