Navers (156) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 9, 2017 BlackHaddock (7346) - Shropshire, - APR 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taken from the bottle into a tasting glass at the 16th Essen Christmas Beer festival 2010.
Honey brown in colour, they use Pilsner, light wheat and caramunich 120 malts according to the festival notes.
The smell was of fruits, spices and malt. Not suprising when you realise they add orange peel and grapes in the mash along with mint leaves and cardamom.
Unfiltered and unpasteurised the beer retains all those flavours mentioned above, add the three hop varieties from around Poperinge and you have one hell of a beer.
The flavours somehow blend into a fantastic tasting beer, each sip being slightly different from the last one. It is more of a ’barleywine’ than a anything else, but whatever style you choose to put it in, it is a wonderful drink.
Bottle from Smak Piwa, Wałbrzych. Beer served in 9°C, Goblet Glass. Pours dark amber, little to no head. Aroma is nutty, caramel, dark dry fruits, belgian yeast, spices. Taste is sweet, smoked like malt, spices, brownies, yeasty, warming up, but alcohol is very well hidden. tapefuzz (529) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2017
11.2oz bottle. 2015. Pours reddish with a small white head. Aroma is raisins, spice, some toffee, and light plum. Taste is toffee, raisins, light berries, some toast, some sugar, yeast, and spice. Earthy yeast and an odd spiciness in the finish. Moderate bitterness, although it becomes more present as the beer warms. Light booziness on the tongue. Malty and bittersweet with just enough hop presence. Medium-full body. Soft carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. carlom (58) - ITALY - MAY 19, 2017
Versione 2015 X mas, colore ambrato scuro, schiuma media poco persistente, al naso frutti rossi, ciliegia, e uvetta. Sapori di caramello, frutti canditi e vaniglia, inizio dolce che vira verso il secco, si percepiscono le note di alcol. Una birra decisa, con un bevuta non troppo avvolgente. basjansen14 (388) - NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2017
Oranje kleurig bier met een kleine witte schuimkraag.
Aroma: moutig, zoet, abrikoos, wat alcohol.
Smaak: zoetig, mout, karamel, abrikoos, gist en wat alcohol.
Veel koolzuur. jinroh (1597) - ESTONIA - APR 9, 2017
Pours dark gold or light copper. Sweet Belgian candy sugar aroma. Bit of figs, dried fruits, slight hops and wax. Lot’s going on. Tastes sweet, bitterness is strong, spicy and candy sugary. Lingering slight hop tingle. Good stuff.
TimE (5817) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 7, 2017
Hazy dirty caramel, sour, dark fruit, tons of cherries and apricot. Malty. Smooth. Warming. Good winter warmer. Qnex (28) - Bucharest, ROMANIA - MAR 30, 2017
I drank the 2015 version on the begging of 2017 year. Brown-ish hazy color, small white head, soft carbonation. Aroma is sweet toffee with slight dried fruit traces. guzgorog (867) - FRANCE - MAR 17, 2017
Cuvée 2015. Magnifique robe rousse, fin col de mousse blanche. Nez complexe de candi, fruits murs (prune, raisin, fraise, pomme). Bouche sur la pomme, fraise, herbe, léger côté poivré, épices. L’alcool est bien chaleureux, maertume moyene, corps liquoreux, légère astringence. Très bonne bière, bien qu’un peu lassante sur la fin du verre... Rascainfierno (52) - MADRID, SPAIN - MAR 17, 2017
Es abrir la botella y empezar a oler pan, pasas, orejones, miel... en boca continua lo mismo... im-pre-sio-nismo... jejeje
BuckeyeBoy (7680) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 17, 2017
On tap at Struise Brouwers @ The Old School pours out amber copper color topped with a small sand head. Nose is very nice pit fruit raisins light roast caramel toffee sweetness. Taste is more of the nice pit fruit rich malts and a nice sweet and booze heat combo.