Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Been a while since I’ve entered a rating, but this is one that I wanted to rate to finish the set. ’08 Bottle. Pour is bilious brown yellow. Color of watery diarrhea. By that, I man cola brown at the bottom, with golden highlights at the top, with lots of suspended chunks. Nose is rich sweet malt and alcohol. Sharp. Taste is massive sweet sharp warming malt. Ugly and lovely. Long lingering leftovers. Probably feel this one in the morning.
andrewje41 (3476) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft pour at Brouwers, during their 12th anniversary party. Dark, cola brown pour with a disappearing head. Doughy, bready malts aroma. Some caramel, some lingering sweetness. Flavor is straight up raisin bran in a glass. Lingering bran, caramel, grain, and some raisin like fruit. A tasty beer for sure.
trevor211 (1675) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2017
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Brouwer’s for their 12th anniversary. Murky cola brown pour. Boozy brown sugar and sweet medjool dates galore. Dark fruits, candi sugar, vanilla, a bit of leather, and juuuust a hint of mild tobacco. This is *seriously* tasty stuff.
szymonskc (781) - Skórcz, POLAND - MAR 17, 2017
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rocznik 2016. Zapach intensywny, toffi, karmel, suszone owoce, rodzynki, przyprawy, cukier, lukrecja. Kolor ciemnobursztynowy, mętne. Piana beżowa, średnio obfita, drobna, średnio trwała, zdobi szkło. W smaku słodkie, pełne, suszone owoce, rodzynki, cukier, karmel, przyprawy, lukrecja, alkohol. Goryczka średnia, wysycenie niskie.
kevinator (2150) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2017
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice beer. The 2012 version. Bready aroma. Nice dark brown color and weighty feel. Carbonation held up. Bready, figs and some Belgian spice.
ipamonger (81) - New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 7, 2017
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 bottle. Pours a blackish amber, slightly hazy, with no real head to speak of. Aromas of vanilla, raisin, rum, banana, cloves, cinnamon, bit of toast and caramel. Medium body, with a really soft carbonation. A bit creamy texture, with a dryer finish. Sweet character, bit of umami, bit of sour. I’ve had better aged beers, but this is a good one. Definitely a De Struise calibre of beer.
mariuspoenari (2090) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Craft & Draft Amsterdam. Dark ruby pour, clear, with a tan head. Notes of dried cherries, cognac, spices, bell peppers, light metallic notes, dried fruit, liquor. Medium body and carbonation.
Svartvit (388) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 & 2016 sampled from draft at Craft & Draft during De Struise tap takeover. Both pour a deep dark brown amberish color with the 2016 showing a bit more of a beige head. Aroma is full of dried fruits, figs, cinnamon allspice with a clear malty bread note to it. On the 2016 it’s more boozy but also show more of a chocolate note. Taste has both pretty spice forward, malty sweetness, again dried fruits. Over medium sweet, medium bitter. Full body, close to no carbonation, very rich. 2016 is too boozy, out of balance and doesn’t really open up. 2013 is a beautifully balanced and mellowed out sipper to get you through a cold night.
androman (2094) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 19, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 & 2016. 1.5dl each on tap at Craft & Draft, Amsterdam, during De Struise Brouwers tap takeover. Nose is dried fruits.
Body is deep amber brown, 2013 head is: small, beige, creamy, average lasting, good lacing, 2016 head is very big, beige, creamy, mostly lasting, excellent lacing.
2013 Aroma is dried fruits, biscuits, cinnamon, pepernoten, pumpkin spice, milk chocolate.
2016 Aroma is mocha, dried fruits, old wood, milk chocolate.
Medium sweet, medium bitter, light fruity sour.
Finish is long lasting roasty fruity medium bittersweet.
Full body, oily texture, nearly flat carbonation.
Quite easy dessertish beer, rich flavor, great balance, very tasty, great one, 2013 edition is way better but both are good.
aleigator (912) - GERMANY - NOV 6, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a clear, dark brown color with a small, stable beige head.
Smells of toasty spices, peaty earth and dried figs, topped off by milk chocolate. Has some earthy malts and a good anount of herbal licorice to it, balancing the well pronounced sweetness.
Drinks very soft, silk, with just a very subtle carbonation, soothing the beers bigger body, which produces an immense spectrum of different flavors.
Tastes of toasted walnuts, earth and a perfectly evolving sweetness from this rustic, yet smooth foundation. Brings some dried cherries to the palate, dusty bakers chocolate, black pepper hull, anise and rock sugar to round out the balance in this. Its midpalate is increadibly creamy with a taste defining rusty maltiness, together with peppery spices. Finishes with long lasting caramel and a late, subtle dryness, ranging from herbal to earthy coffee, wrapped up by old oak and cardamom.
This is amazing, incredibly complex and well composed, a true revelation from a well regarded brewery I just coulnd’t get to love until now. Very rustic, with a well balanced sweetness, strong with a unique, malt wrapped spice profile.
neongolden (1385) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(On tap @ VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Sept 1 2016) Pours very dark brown with a small medium tan coloured head. Aroma of toffee, raisins, slight toasted cereals, a bit vinous, boozy. Flavour is moderately sweet toffee/treacle core, raisins, red sweet wine, toasted malt, lightly spiced, an undefinable tart hint. Finish is slightly drying with some toast and light bittering hops cutting through a bit of the sweetness, and alcohol heat also present. Medium body, low carbonation. A good if not mind blowing dark Belgian strong.