shigadeyo (3797) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2017
11/19/2017 (12 fl oz can): Platform Esther... Aroma isn't super obvious, but interesting... has hints of chocolate malt, roasted malt/char, fruity and slightly spicy; ruby-brown color, thin beige; Belgian fruit and spice, raisin, dates, dried fruits, caramel, dark honey, general spiciness (kind of like clove and light nutmeg), esters, somewhat sweet, sharp finish, alcohol is completely hidden; medium body, smooth, very low carbonation which makes it a bit syrupy; Beerdedone (3460) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2017
Can. Pours reddish brown with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, cloves, raisins and subtle cherries. Flavor of sweet malts, cherries, brown sugar, dark fruit, raisins and cloves. kathouse (1941) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - MAY 25, 2017
This mahogany ale has a light tan foam. Fruit forward aroma. Sweet malt, chocolate, dark fruits. A little cloying. Panzuriel (2389) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Appearance: Rich chestnut red brown. Thin ring of tan bubbles. superspak (6102) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2017
Nose: medium to darker roasted malt with aspects of brown sugar, stone fruit, cloves and hints of banana to a lesser degree
Taste: a blend of darker fruit and caramelized sugar flavors including brown sugar, rum, raisin, plum, and molasses. Sweet malt, clove, banana, cinnamon and floral hops
Body: thinner with good carbonation.
Parting thoughts: I’ve never had a Belgian strong Christmas ale before. It’s pretty awesome.
12 ounce can into tulip glass; no can dating, but is a recent seasonal release. Pours lightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, apple, peppercorn, clove, caramel, honey, brown sugar, and toasted brown bread; with lighter notes of banana, toffee, chocolate, cocoa, nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, honey/candi sugar, and dark/bready/light roast malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, apple, peppercorn, clove, caramel, honey, brown sugar, and toasted brown bread; with lighter notes of banana, toffee, chocolate, cocoa, nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate yeast spiciness and light herbal hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, cherry, apple, pepper, clove, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, light cocoa/nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, honey/candi sugar, and dark/bready/light roast malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from yeast spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden, minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong dark ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, honey/candi sugar, and dark/bready/light roast malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the ABV. Very impressive complexity, with great balance of yeast/malt flavors; never overly sweet or heavy feeling. A really enjoyable offering.
Dogbrick (14009) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2016
Sample at Kraft House No. 5 during the "MadTree Brewing Tap Takeover" on 12/01/2016. The beer is a clear mahogany color with a medium off-white head that recedes gradually to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of tart fruit, yeast and malt. Medium body with flavors of roast malt, cherry, yeast and slight hops. The finish is fruity with a Belgian yeast aftertaste. Above average overall. JStax (7228) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2016
12 ounce can shared. The beer is a hazy yellow with a white head of foam. Good head retention. The aroma has lots of spice and pine. Kind of tastes like a Christmas sweater. Some odd yarn notes are in this beer. Big bodied and high carbonation. MrBunn (2849) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Can. Pour looks like sofa. Same color same carbonation. No head and aromas of cola, abbot of brown sugar, a little dark fruit and earthy notes. Flavor is the same. Kinda washed out and earthy but not very compelling. mambossa (338) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2016
Can. Extremely dark mahogany-cherry pour with softly off-white head. This year’s batch may take a few to grow on you. Cherry and date nose doused in brown sugar, ripe banana, crisp red apple, taffy candy, roasted malt, nearly chocolatey. Flavor, despite the nose, is clove-heavy. Smooth, roasted malt and banana taffy ride first, leading to a slightly juicy red apple and dried cherry note, a slightly sticky linger. Medium-plus body, not overbearing but substantial. Bit of an oily texture for the style, a textural heaviness, but finishes somewhat dry. Very complex, as a dark Belgian should be, but not as balanced as it could be. Clove is strong on the flavor, texture can be slick and inconsistent between cans/batches, but the nose is on point for the most part. Cheers. GenDV138 (7764) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2016 12 oz can shared by lylertarson, thanks Tyler! My 1000th brewery! Dark brownish with beige head. Aromas of roast, caramel, spice. Tastes of malt, caramel, milk chocolate, light spice. Medium body with a dry finish.