Gangstergafje (1034) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2017
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had the beer as part of the Saveur Bière easter set. The looks of the beer are nice. The color of the beer is a nice dark amber. The beer is crystal clear. On top of the beer there is a nice layer of slightly offwhite foam. The majority of the foam collapses, leaving a thin drape. Not bad.
The smell is a big surprise for me. I didn’t quite new what to expect from a maple beer, but this exceeds my wildest expectations. The smell is truly that of maple syrup. Not something that looks like it, but just the real deal. This gives the beer a lovely sweet and slightly nutty smell. Besides this lovely warming sugar syrup inferno there is a nice malty base, giving both ordinary malt aroma’s and more bisquity aroma’s, which blend together with the maple perfectly. There is also a nice hoppy bitter touch to the beer. Lovely to see all the individual ingredients and aromas come together in a perfect aromatic blend. Better than expected.
The taste is the same. It is filled with sweet and slightly nutty maple syrup flavours at first, followed by nice malts and finished with a slight herbal hoppy bitterness. The beer is mainly sweet, but the bitter hops bring the taste in balance. Lovely, and unique. I’ve never had anything like this. Wow. Especially the combination with the chocolate provided by Neuhaus is perfect. The more bitter dark flavours of the chocolate match perfectly with the lighter and sweet maple flavours. Lovely.
The palate is not that great, unfortunately. Not bad, but could be a lot better. The body is very light and the texture thin and watery. The carbonation is nice and strong. The watery texture is a pity, because it is a bit weak compared to the strong smell and taste. If this was improved, the beer would be even better. But it already is amazing as is.
FinnIckler (391) - GERMANY - FEB 12, 2017
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from saveure-biere. Pours light brown. Nose is heavy maple, not much more. Palate is really overpowered by the sweet maple syrup, just some bitterness with citrus. It’s really strange, especially if you aren’t a Maple syrup fan. Probably would not finish a bottle, but a glass is nice with some cookies or other sugary snacks.
rosenbergh (11435) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 11, 2017
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
341 ml bottle. BB 17/Se/30. Merci Timo A!
Clear deep amber color with a tiny light tan head.
Sweet syrupy aroma with some malty dryness and more maple syrup sweetness.
The flavor is dry malt, sweet maple syrup and some cardboard.
olio (9999) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 10, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
341 ml bottle @ Timo A.
Pours clear amber color with a small head. Aroma is sweet syrupy, malty, some ripe fruit notes, sugary. Flavor is also sweet malty, syrupy, ripe fruity with some bitterness. Decent but a bit sweet.
daenelyn (73) - - FEB 4, 2017
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Robe ambrée peu de mousse. Nez sirop d’érable, sucrée. Bouche sirop d’érable, caramel. Correct.
AleRider78 (1000) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2017
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a thick huge frothy head that sticks around for a bit. Leaves some pretty dirty lacing. Has a coppery appearance with red hues. Aromas are mainly maple, it’s at the forefront for sure as well as some hints of caramel and pine scents. Flavours are strongly maple influenced, obviously. Finds a pretty good balance between their crystal malts and hops. Notes of barley in the mix as well as sweets and some spices, but fairly faint. Also just a bit of toffee, but just barely. Has a prickly bitter mouthfeel and becomes sweeter in the finish. Great tasting and well balanced.
Villyzzz (370) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 20, 2017
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark amber with medium sized beige head. Aroma is sweet maple syrup with caramel and nuts. Taste has maple, cream, caramel and nuts. Weird but nice.
humbaba (3) - FRANCE - JAN 19, 2017 does not count
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Belle robe caramel, mousse blanc cassé, peu de bulles. Au nez, assez sucré, arômes de caramel. A la dégustation, bière très légère, peu de bulles, non sucrée, l’arôme érable/caramel est là, avec du malt sur la fin.
Bière facile à boire, accessible, qu’on aurait pu penser écoeurante, mais non.
Manque global de caractères
panzerwolf (353) - FINLAND - JAN 18, 2017
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A somewhat sweet and malty beer, with the definite taste of syrup. Herbs and some carbonation, a fairly easy beer to drink, but it doesn’t have that much character outside the easy drinking.
Sircatis (253) - FRANCE - JAN 17, 2017
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Découverte dans la Saveur Box. Bière brune très sucrée au nez. Au goût l’érable est la principale saveur. Goût sirop pour la toux... mais se boit très bien.