RedSox2004 (1970) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Deep cocolate brown with a generous beige head and nice lacing. Slight dark fruits in the aroma, but mostly sweet malts, caramelized sugars, and an earthy yeastiness. Chewy sweet bready malts up front, with candy sugar, cherries and plums close behind. Very slight tartness, and a bit of warming alcohol. Medium to full body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, and a lingering maltiness in the aftertaste. There are better examples of the style, but not much. Extra points for the cool ceramic bottle. 77ships (11002) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2012
Thx. to Tim for sharing this one during the GBF 2012 // 50 cl. swingtop stone ’kruik’ type of bottle sampled // despite the Westmalle name this appears to have nothing to do with that brewery // lighter shade of dark brown with a light mocha head // smells vintage/oxidized, rather mellow nose of dried dark fruits, malts and spices, BE stuff // sweetish concoctions of well aged malts, plenty of nuts, spices, smoothed out, dried fruits, sweet herbal in the back still some hops in here, flourishes of milk chocolate, touch bread // creamy, quite good stuff, easily surpassed my low expectations superspak (5996) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2014
16 ounce ceramic bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/15/2017. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian dark ale style. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.