spkevin (435) - Doetinchem, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2016 thorine (37) - Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Holy Grale. Aroma of some spice, not heavy, but also with a background of what you’d expect from a bruin (but more subtle). Taste starts slightly estery-sweet, followed by the winter spices which persist through the aftertaste but never overwhelm. The underlying body of this beer could be more assertive. The taste ends with little to moderate cloying, a mix of bitterness, malt, and the spice. This beer definitely improves with a little warming. Do not serve too cold.
Bottle. Sweet notes. A lot of sweet notes. Some light alcohol hints. Good finish. Okay/ Inoven (766) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2016
Glas gedronken met de familie. Aroma is fruitig. Amber kleurig bier met redelijk stevige schuimkraag. Fruitige smaak. Licht bitter. Blijft lekker hangen. mutz (1082) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2015
Tap@ Beerpreuvenement Horst. 9 % versie? Roodbruin. Zurig, moutig aroma, smaak is vlak zoetzuur. markextrae (4424) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2015
sample from bottle, deep amber colour with a off head. nose of winter herbs. ginger, caramel malts, sweet toffee, plums, earth. raisin, not that good to be honost
slowrunner77 (12139) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 22, 2015
Meh. Not bad, but muddled sweet fruit, caramel and yeast is about all that’s going on. Pleasant enough but pretty average for a higher price.
pivnizub (10662) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle(.75l):Deep ruby-amber coloured, visible carbonation, stable mid-sized off-white head; sweet caramelly-fruity (cherries) nose with a mild cellary(bretty?) background; moderate drier bitter-sweet flavour, medium bodied; slightly lingering fruity(cherries, berries) and caramelly finish with a mild bitterness in the aftertaste. O.K. … alexsdad06 (10471) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle at home from notes. Pours a reddish amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma is pretty sweet, Belgian candy sugar, fruity, plums, some berries, caramel, mild spice. The flavor have more sweetness, plums, caramel, brown sugar, mild spices, hints of berries, light yeast. Finishes soft, thin body and really falls off to the finish. kaser (6314) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Gingerbread and candy aroma. Off white head. Poured from a bottle at Delilahs Christmas tasting. Very sweet cookie and gingerbread vanilla notes. Very good. deanso (10150) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - NOV 20, 2014
Off white head. Deep amber pour. A bit unbalanced but not a bad brew. superspak (5675) - Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2014
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/21/2012. Pours hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of golden raisin, plum, lemon, pear, apple, white grape, white pepper, clove, candi sugar, light caramel, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of golden raisin, plum, lemon, pear, apple, white grape, white pepper, clove, candi sugar, light caramel, bread, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of golden raisin, plum, lemon, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, light caramel, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish. Nice complexity and solid robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a nice malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Belgian dark ale. All around good complexity, balance, and solid robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.