HogTownHarry (7075) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - NOV 29, 2006
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, biegaman, mds, Radek Kliber, tupalev and others. Slightly hazy deep amber with an average frothy off-white head. The aroma starts out incredibly sweet, like hard candy, but some spicy yeast, crushed mint, and increasing perfumy hops. Taste is similar, but much more complex - the perfumey hops are supplemented by some funky/herbal ones, the finish is a nice blend of spice and yeast with the herbal hops. Light body, nicely astringent and bitter mouthfeel, long, increasingly bitter finish. Interesting - quite sweet, but well balanced by hops. Radek Kliber (7487) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 3, 2006
Bottle. 18.8P mds (2256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2006
Appearance: rosy, amber look, large bubbly top. (3+)
Aroma: smooth, clean, sweet fruity touches. Alcohol well incorporated in this set.
Rose petals, smooth sweetness with herbal chamomile. Quiet clean, smooth texture.Becaouse of that it felt lighter than numbers suggested. Very neat. Try if you can
Bottle. Dark copper with a bubbly white head. Aroma has some fruit and vegetable spices and smells quite herbal. Very nice body - really full and has a good balance of spicy fruit. Solid and interesting. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2007
duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2007
Interesting beer. I look at it, I smell it, I taste it, I like it. Next go-round, I’m left scratching my head. This process repeats until the bottle is empty. Attractive pour, a deep amber body with a tall, rocky beige head. The aroma is an almost medicinal blending of scents - flowers, anise, coriander, citrus fruits, ginger, pepper, a light malty sweetness. The taste reveals some sweet malts and a touch of caramel, but the spiciness takes over entirely by the finish. Not that they overwhelm, but that they make the beer, well, interesting. And in the final go-round, I liked it.
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Bottle. Spicy nose and palate.Notes of cinnamon and ginger throughout. Some light caramelly sort of sweetness, with a slight meaty character. Soft and quite spicy, with a dry finish. very interesting.
Hugh (214) - Zillebeke, BELGIUM - APR 16, 2007
Bottle: A strong amber brown beer. Light but interesting aroma, and the beer is sweet, but at the same time dry. Like a bigger, better de koninck, I thought. An original beer and possible style too. Greatly appreciate breweries making such efforts to establish their own style, rather than imitating beer styles of more well known beer countries. thornecb (6089) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Off-white conglomerate head leaves spot lacing as it recedes. Ginger, cumin and paprika aromas. Crisp and dry with upfront caramel and a lasting sweetly spiced finish. Makes me tired. xmarcnolanx (945) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2007
A very licorice, cinnamon smell to the beer with a citrus smell to it also. Taste is very rind-like and sugary-caramel malt. I definitely taste the garlic too. Not to overwhelming in any aspect. Very crisp initially and the garlic really does work in the beer. Very decent and underrated for what it is. FlacoAlto (4221) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2008
A moderate pour produces an almost four finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves some delicate lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a full amber color, when held up to the light the beer shows a hazy, red tinged, orangish, light amber color. The aroma has a light sweetness to it, smells sort of rich and has an intriguing mix of aromatics that are not easily placed, but seem to be produced by a confluence of malt and spice aromatics. A deeper inspection yields aromas that make me think of pears, sweet melons, fresh baked bread, fenugreek, sour apples, perhaps a hint of woodiness and some definite anise there towards the end. The spicing is quite subtle in this beer, it is really hard to pick out and if I didn’t know about it I would definitely attribute the complexity of the nose to the yeast driven fermentation character. This has a really nice aroma to it, with soft, subtle notes that are fun to chase. thewolf (12842) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2008
Sweet tasting up front, but the spices definitely kick in towards the finish. The spices are still not so noticeable as to be easily picked out; in fact after my first sip I can say it is spicy, but not what exactly it is that I am tasting. The up front sweetness accentuates flavors of sweet plums, cantaloupe, a touch of apple and some Anjou pear. The fruit / sweetness also seem to be accented by some of the spice components of this beer, though I would be hard pressed to say which ones. The spices add a sharpness / light astringency to the finish that mimics the effect of hop bitterness, but is certainly uniquely different. The beer has a certain heft to it that helps to carry the flavors, it is not heavy, nor is it light, but is about in line with a somewhat well attenuated Belgian beer of this strength; it has enough heft to it to keep it from being perfectly quaffable, but is still fairly drinkable. This was a fairly well carbonated brew as well, though not so much that I noticed it being excessive.
I am so unused to these spices being used in beer that I am having a hard time pulling out the specific spice flavors here, some of this is because the brewer used a restrained spicing here (at least at the age that this beer is now). A very tasty, interesting beer that I am quite enjoying a 750ml bottle of.
Bottle @ YNWA, Kolding.
Pours light hazy amber with a nice, staying, frothy, off-white head. Aroma has caramel, light toffee, yeast, raspberries, oranges, light vinious. Some spiciness as well. Fine mouthfeel, slightly oily. Flavour is vinious, toffee, light spiciness. Coriander, lots of curry notes. Some ’hot’-ness to it. Really impressively balanced.