teorn88 (7682) - Rimini, ITALY - SEP 15, 2013
33cl bottle at Bruce’s, thanks to Paul. It pours a deep caramel colour with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet with toffee, caramel and dried fruits. Some peachy hoppiness. Taste is mostly sweet with burnt caramel, figs and plums. Some alcohol is there. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Quite good Scopey (15268) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
Bottle shared at Pre-Zwanze tasting. It pours hazy dark brown with a small beige head. The nose is wood, mellow roast, toast, brown sugar, mild oxidized notes, dried fruit and coconut. The taste is cola, raisin, date, prune, spice, toast, brown bread, caramel and light alcohol. Medium-full body and fine carbonation. Well-rounded and balanced. Nice stuff. Leighton (21841) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2013 Bottle at the Pre-Zwanze Tasting - Bruce’s in London. Thanks to Paul. Pours lightly hazy brown with a creamy head. Rich bready malt nose, some brown sugar and caramel, hints of age. Big sweet flavor with sugary bread, caramel, hints of chocolate, doughy bread. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, some aged dark malts, caramel, light alcohol, dates. Very nice. Has aged well. Interestingly, I get some quite different characteristics compared to when I tried this on draft a few months ago. (3.7)Koelschtrinker (20772) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 7, 2013
Tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013 - Day 2, Session 1. Pours clear, deep orange with a strong, creamy crown. Sugary wheat in the nose, candi sugar, lightly toasted dough. Big sweet flavor with sugary dough, further candi sugar, light alcohol, hints of herbs. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lightly warming finish with sticky sugars. The sweetness is somewhat cloying at times. (3.5)
Herb würziger, wenig süßer Antrunk. Schokoladig, mild trocken alkoholisch. Würzig, herber werdend, Kräuternoten, schokoladig. Intensiver, gut. 11/910/9/9/8/9 RABinCO (1511) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Draft. Pours hazy gold thick white head, moderate lacing. Aroma is yeast, pepper, citrus. Taste is dry with pepper, pineapple, brett, white bread. Very crisp and easy drinking. Slight pleasant booze burn.
Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Pours a dark brown color with a very creamy, tan head. Aroma has a lot of caramel, yeasty esters -cherry, apple, red wine, light phenol finish. Flavor starts off with smooth caramel, toasted malt kick with notes of wheat later on. Lot of yeasty esters come through late with raisin, cherry and red wine flavors. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Body is light, modest amount of carbonation. Overall a good brew with some unique character too it. Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2013
CBC - Red Session, Østerbro, Copenhagen, DK.
Amber with white head. Aroma of yeast. Flavor with fruit, caramel and spices TheBeerGod (6241) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle. Rusted amber with a short tan head. Nose is rather boozy and flowery with earthy notes, straw, yeast and ripe fruits. Taste is flowery up front with light herbal notes, sweet malt, toasted grains, ripe fruits, booze and yeast. Body is medium with a light, bubbly carbonation and moderate warmth. Finishes with more earthy and flowery notes, soft spice, malt, ripe fruit, yeast, straw and booze. popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Pours a reddish amber. It would be dark for Belgian golden, but it’s pretty light for a BSDA. They should just call this a Belgian ale and leave it at that. Small to medium off-white head. Fades to not much after a couple minutes. Just a bit of lacing. The aroma is raisins, pepper, caramel and some nutty, toasty malt. There’s also a light spice touch, almost like a woody cinnamon, possibly the flowers coming out in an odd way. The taste is pretty sweet with a bunch of toasty malt. It dries out some in the finish with a woody, floral aftertaste. Peppercorn spice throughout, pretty strong. Slight medicinal note - I’m not normally a fan but it works well, here. For the floral side, I wish there was a bit more rose and less jasmine, which I’m not a big fan of in beer. That said, the flowers are much more restrained than I expected. Stillwater does a very good job with not overdoing oddball ingredients in their beers. Little booze evident, just some warmth at the end. Decent bitterness towards the finish, sort of a leafy tobacco flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty light for the abv and initial sweetness. Overall, it’s a pretty good BSDA, but despite the complexity, I’m left a bit unsatisfied. The flavors just don’t quite play off each other well, for my palate anyway. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
375 ml bottle bought in DC at a fairly steep $12 price tag. Slightly hazy chesnut brown covered by a mostly lasting light beige foam. Perfumey, very floral nose which has some elegance, but the floweriness hides most of the subtleties underneath. It’s not agressive, but very forward and too strong a perfume to give sidekicks like cereals any chance. In mouth, it’s easier to graps nuances such as toffee (albeit there is not much residual sugars in here), clovey, peppery and anisey intense phenols, burnt toast and hay. Pleasant and complex enough, though fairly alcoholic in mouth, it plays in the ground of sippers, yet has fresh and bright aromas. The contrast is unusual and the perfume is focused on flowers to the point where it may very well be a love or hate situation for many. I tend to lean toward the curious category myself, appreciating the particular challenge and typicity, but not finding here something I would want to drink with any regularity even if it were not for the steep price.