blankboy (7865) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2013
Bottle [330ml] shared with and c/o HogTownHarry. 2011 vintage. Pours a murky orange-amber with an average size lasting frothy off-white head. Slightly mild aroma is sweet, sugary and yeasty along with dark fruit, caramel malt and a bit of alcohol. Flavour of caramel malt, dark fruit, yeast, sugar and a slightly harsh finish. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Average bodied. I didn’t really get much of the "barrel-aged" qualities but I didn’t mind, I didn’t love it either, I found it just ’good’. Dpaquet (422) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2013
Pours a hazy orange with little white head and almost no lacing. Aroma of spices, fruits like pears and maybe some peaches, a bit of oak, light vanilla. Taste is fruity just like the nose, with more spices, some oak, light vanilla, peppery. Medium to full body and medium carbonation. The barrel aging is a bit more present than the port version. IrishBoy (4252) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
330 ml bottle from Bhensonb. Nose is nutmeg, cardamom, oak, sweet fruit, and yeast. Murky copper with a small beige head. Flavor is slightly sweet with toffee and a slight bitter note. jfb (6984) - GERMANY - MAY 16, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2014 (bottle, rating #2500) pours a clear ruby-amber colour with a frothy light beige head. aroma of bread dough, cherries, gooseberries and peppermint, with a hint of herbal hops, pepper, cashew nuts, some alcohol and lightly roasted wheat. flavour is mostly the same, roasted malts and bread dough are dominant, with notes of caramel, light raisins, salted pistachios, a touch of sweetness and a slightly tart semi-dry finish. medium to heavy-bodied with lively carbonation. HogTownHarry (7085) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - MAY 14, 2013
330ml bottle shared with blankboy, c/o ... harrisoni???? 2011 vintage. Amber, hazy, plenty of floaties, smallish creamy off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, light oak, sweet fruity malt - yeast and that soft Belgian golden thang. Taste follows - mostly sweet, light oak, no bourbon, a little floral - slick, light carbonation, quick-finishing - not offensive and hides the 10% well - thanks Ian!!
FlacoAlto (4228) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Despite sitting in my fridge for months, a careful pour shows a hazy, murky, sediment laden, amber hue when held up to the light. The beer is topped by a frothy, light tan colored head. The aroma has a rich fruitiness to it that shows of pear jam, spicy clove, floral Macintosh apples, and, as the beer warms, some spicy, woody, Bourbon warming aromatic notes to it.mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
The beer is sweet, quite fruit laden, perhaps a touch spicy in the finish, but overall quite rich and satiating yet still managing to be more quaffable than a beer of this strength should be. Concentrated pear, apple butter, and perhaps some melon like notes mix with a softly spicy, lightly warming, barrel influence. Soft clove notes, some peppery notes, a woody astringency, and some spicy Bourbon notes.
The Bourbon character is actually quite a bit restrained here, it is pretty well integrated, though this still isn’t quite at the level that the regular Oak aged beer is at.
Earlier Rating: 12/31/2012 Total Score: 3.7
A soft pour into my Bruery tulip produces a three finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a rich amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, perfectly amber color. The beer smells quite fruity, with lots of brandy, floral plum, even candied plum notes, cinnamon scented apple jam, and some berry like notes as well. Touches of malt character seem to have oxidized just a bit and they provide a spicy, caramelized note that reminds me a bit of crystal malt. The fruit character gets a bit more savory in character and this is also brought out by a bit more whole grain flavors. Some warm, spicy alcohol notes also become a bit more noticeable as this warms up.
Lightly sweet tasting, with lots of backing fruit notes that remind me of brandy, a sweet wine of some sort (port without the oxidation notes), and a backing, slightly spicy, grain / malt character. Spicy notes contribute flavors of ginger, a soft peppery note, a hint of earthy clove/coriander/allspice like notes, and a touch of woody oak character. The wood is actually quite subtle here, it does provide some spiciness in the finish, and a hint of woodiness here. The body of this has some viscousnous to it, though it is far too quaffable for a beer of this strength. The fruit character contributes notes of sweet raisins, prunes, concentrated grape notes, and lots of vinous grape notes.
This has a ton of vinous character to it, I would have guessed this was aged in something like a Port Barrel, or some other type of sweet wine barrel. Nicely rich, sweet, slightly savory, warming in its alcohol content, all of this adds up to a contemplative experience. Quite tasty, and a great way to spend an end to an evening.
HUGE and unexpected gusher... a rare occurrence with a De Struise product (for me, at least). Pours a cloudy orange with a big offwhite (dirty) head. Aroma is raw alcohol, the rubbing kind. Taste is sweet but not too much with again a lot of alcohol heat. The same fruity flavors as the original (non-BA one). I didn’t get much bourbon apart that overall boozy feeling... Quite pedestrian I must say, BBA for the sake of BBA... nuplastikk (6511) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2013
2011 12oz bottle scooped up for 3 dollars. Would have bought more if I’d known how well it held up. Unfiltered amber-brown-orange body, yeasty and thick. The oak really smooths the whole beer out, really helping it come together. This is pretty much in Barleywine territory, the spices are not dominant at all, mostly just a big, smooth malt river. Sweet and beastly, this is a solid Belgian beer all the way. bytemesis (9489) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle - 2011. Pours cloudy hazel with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly with good lacing. Aroma is grain, oak, caramel, toffee. Flavor is very spiced - cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. Wood notes are light. Light sweetness, some bitterness, mainly zesty in nature, and a touch of woody astringence. A bit of warming, but ABV generally well masked. Not bad, but overspiced and under barreled for my tastes. cgarvieuk (26365) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 5, 2013
bottle at Jens ... copper brown ... thon off white head ... soft oaky ... sweet ovaltine ... dark fruit ... light vanilla nose ... soft mellow fruits ... soft fruits ... mellow roast ... light soft vanilla wood ... light boozy ... soft chewy roast ..
Earlier Rating: 4/8/2008 Total Score: 4.5
Huge Huge thanks to Urbain for letting me be the first outside the brewery to try this
Slightly hazy copper with a Huge foam head ... piney hope nose ... big punch up front ... loads fo yeastyness ... quite a lot of piney hops ... tiny touch of coconut and a touch of honey ... little sweetness...wonderfull mouth feel... mmmm ... When you walk into a bar and dont see a new tick ... bt se this quality of rerate .. you cant be happier ... Hazy amber ... sweet yeasty ovaltine malt nose ... rich sweet resins ... smooth deep tones ... little pine ... little malt ... smooth and Juicy ... 4.3
Bottle at home ... copper ... thin white head ... soft light open alcohol nose ... soft fruit ... light pine nose ... juicy fruits ... ligth oak ... lost a lot of the pine of the normal ... soft toffee ... nic ebut not what i remember 3.8