davidezdonz (407) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - DEC 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A 330ml bottle of 2013 vintage, bottled on July 2014 with a best before date of 15th August 2019 and poured into a Duvel tulip glass. It poured a cloudy dark orange bronze colour with a fluffy two finger light tanned head with good retention that leaves nice spotty lacing. Aromas are sweet and fruity plum, apple, grape, fig and red wine with hints of caramel and vanilla. Tastes of sweet apples, orange, port, grapes with oak woody notes and caramel malts. Very rich, medium bodied with medium but strong prickly carbonation. Overall, I wish I had the original non barrel aged version of this to compare to. However, this Port BA version is very good. Even at 10% the alcohol is well hidden and being Port BA I was a bit worried that it would be too sweet but its actually at a good level. A great barrel aged Belgian Strong Pale Ale that I would get again next year!
Rask0lnikov (1002) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite thin white head. Golden bronze colour. Some berries, red wine, caramel, and raisins in the aroma. Some caramel in first taste. The alcohol of the port, raisins and sourness of the berries in the middle. Some spicyness with the sweetness of the port and caramel again in the afterraste. Medium bodied, nicely balanced, medium carbonated, good belgian strong ale.
VDuquerroux (1451) - Airvault, Haut-Poitou, FRANCE - DEC 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 33cL. Home. A golden amber scarlet beer with a medium off-white head ; good retention. Roast, candied fruits, light wood, vanilla, alcohol, biscuit. Medium sweet, light sugary, warming background ; light dry bitter ; balanced. Full body, average texture, light oily, medium carbonation, sweet warming finish, light woody. Overall, a delicious beer : fruity, light woody, spicy. Warming. Nice body. Just enough to be cradled.
zimbo (930) - SCOTLAND - DEC 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich amber browny heavy heady and beautiful with a thick self perpetuating off white head. Sappy and spirity. Spicy and potent.
One of the best Christmas beers there have ever been.
creppyiceman (672) - POLAND - DEC 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottle 2013 vintage)
Aroma:caramel combined with lovely porto red wine smell,toffi,spices,dark fruits,vanilla and tannin-like hint.
Apperance:redish color,medium-size beige head,
Taste:sweet,lovely flavour of caramel,toffi,red wine,dark fruits(plums cherries),lovely wine-like finish,tannin-like/caramel aftertaste.
Palate:medium-full body,medium carbonation,no sign of alcohol whatsoever.
Overall:One of the best beer I have ever tried.
Tamy (8) - - DEC 19, 2015 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Donker, licht zoete Tripel, vol van smaak. Subtiele Port tonen. Redelijk wat koolzuur, mooie schuimkraag.
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Lore (2433) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 17, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
opalescent dark amber colour, moderate sized yellowish-beige-ish off-white head; aroma of dried fruits, toffee, woody notes, hints of vanilla, herbal notes, wallnut and port wine; taste of dried fruits, vanilla notes, caramel, some wallnut, liqueur notes, and port wine; amazing Belgian strong ale
Mortlach (2182) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle @Bir&Fud (Rome). Pours brown with a medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, dried fruits, raisins, nice. Flavour is medium sweet with a good bitter end, complex but a bit messy. Full body, medium carbonation. Ok.
drfabulous (7219) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. Brown ish pour. Candy sugar. Brown sugar. Some big De Sruisse sweetness. Boozy in finish. Very X-mas.
ciocanelu (1824) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - DEC 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2015 Review from notes. Had it side by side with the regular version. Slightly hazy dark amber color with beige head. Aroma is more simple than the standard version, there is definitely no barrel character. More bitter and effervescent. Stronger belgian character. I definitely preferred the standard version.