oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Pours a golden mahogany with fizzy head. Aromas of sweet malts, dark fruit, and some chocolate. Flavors of dark fruits, tobacco, and some sweetness. corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Pours a dark golden copper color with ruby red/purplish-plum hues and a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind. Nice color but not much head retention/lacing.
Slightly tart, vinous dark fruit aroma with subtle peppery spice, silky chocolate malt and boozy sweetness. Hints of pepper, clove and candi sugar along with tart fruit, plum, raisin and fig. I’m not really familiar with gooseberries but I’m assuming they are giving off the tart sweetness that compliments the other ester-y dark berry notes. The fruit and spice aromas are followed by silky chocolate malt sweetness and subtle roast. I’m picking up some cocoa, caramel, toast and cola. Nothing too out of the ordinary but the aroma is decent with a nice touch of tart fruit incorporated into the classic elements of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.
On the lighter end of medium body with tight carbonation and a blast of sweet boozy heat that overpowers the others flavors with somewhat overwhelming fuesel alcohol. Some peppery spice and slightly tart fruit integrated into light malt sweetness and vinous dark fruit flavors. Some pepper, clove and ginger followed by strong alcohol heat, tart berries, plum, raisin and currant. Finishes with light malt sweetness giving off hints of caramel, milk chocolate, lactose, burnt toast and ash. The tart fruit presence isn’t as strong as in the nose and the spice and alcohol flavors are too prominent for my preference. After a while my palate adjusts to the alcohol and heavy spices, letting some Belgian candi sugar and vinous fruit sweetness come through. The high ABV is not well masked at all but the tart fruit, sweet ester notes and chocolate maltiness make this beer easy to drink than I expected. Not terrible like some of the other beers in this series but the carbonation is off, the spices are too strong and there is overwhelming boozy heat. Leighton (22773) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2015
Bottle shared at the Cafe Abseits tasting during the Bamberg Excursion. Many thanks to Kenny! Pours lightly hazy gold with a creamy capping. Very sweet, heavy, lots of sugary fruits, bread and toffee. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, warming, with more toffee, toasty sugars, ripe fruits. Not bad overall, but certainly quite rich. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Poured into a goblet.
3.25 A: Lightly hazed deep amber color. One and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is lacking, but it’s to be expected from such a big beer. No lacing either.
3.5 S: This is full of plum and figs foremost. Toasty malts with strong caramel components and notes of gingerbread. Something strange to me which must be the gooseberries. Peppery spiciness with hints of clove. A bit of booze, which is well hidden overall.
3.75 T: Taste is like the nose, except that the gooseberry portion is more prominent. Plum, figs, and grape finish up the fruits. Toasty, caramel, and bready malts. Peppery spice. Molasses and deep neutral maltiness.
3.75 M: Big, heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth. Well done here.
3.75 D: It’s a pretty good beer, but it’s a little more standard than the usual Bruery beer. Definitely worth a try
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DavoleBomb, Jan 19, 2014 Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle from Total Wine in Boca a few years back. Cellared bottle. Pours a very hazy stained oak with a one fingered head and some spotty lacing. Aroma is big dark fruits like plums, dark cherries, raisins, Belgian yeasts, and sweet breads. Taste is big dark fruits puree, sweet over ripe fruits, Belgian Yeasts, chewy caramel, toffee, and dark bread. Thick and chewy. Big car and flavors all around. A little too sweet for my taste though.
kermis (14955) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle sampled at ZEBF ’15. Pours cloudy brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of dough, raisins, malt, overripe dark fruits, caramel and molasses. Flavour is heavy sweet. Full bodied with soft carbonation. RobertDale (6977) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 8, 2015
750 ml. bottle. Pours reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, caramel, and malt. Taste is dark fruit, yeast, malt, caramel, spice, and alcohol. Think it has held up well. Nice. AirForceHops (8026) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 24, 2015
750 ml bottle. Color is a dirty orange with ruby hints, soft carbonation level, light head. Nose is dried fruits (mostly resembles apricot) with a light odd Berry. Not odd in a bad way but I don’t think I have ever had a Gooseberry.fombe89 (4232) - Asturias, SPAIN - APR 28, 2015
The flavor resembles a sweet barely wine with tons of fruit. Sticky malt backbone with dark fruits, dried pears and apricots with the alcohol hidden under all the sweetness. The gooseberry is in the background and does give a slightly different flavor then the standard sweet Belgian ale. It seems like aging this brew any longer will only make it sweeter. The malt is just going to take over.
Botella. @El Cabanón, Avilés 18/04/2015.
Color caoba, carbonatacion baja, aromas maltosos, sabor dulce. jtclockwork (17631) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of gooseberry, sweet fruit, cocoa, grape juice, bubblegum and caramel - full bodied.