Noctilucus (117) - All over Belgium, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2012
Gusher! Amber/orange, almost copper colour with long lasting medium-thick foam.
Not such a strong smell but it’s quite typical for this kind of amber ales; some lemon and light spices, a bit of malt too. Unfortunately that lemon touch always reminds me of detergent...
Medium carbonation, just the right amount; pretty full taste as of the first sip, with accordingly full mouthfeel. The taste is quite similar to the smell: malt, something coriander-like, reasonably bitter but not too much as there’s some tempering caramel subtly underneath. The attack borders on sourness, the aftertaste is at the same time more mellow/balanced and more bitter. Both taste and aftertaste are quite strong, especially for a 7% beer, the spices probably help in that aspect.
Once it warms a little, the alcohol takes a more prominent place.
Not my favourity type of beer and little that makes it stand out from the crowd, but in its style it’s a good and solid example.
I prefer it when it’s less cool, giving it a fuller, less sharp taste. Rasmus40 (22129) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 11, 2012
Gusher. Clear orange with a huge and lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity, yeasty and light spicy. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 110412 seymour (2121) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - APR 9, 2012
Tasted from classic small Belgian bottle into tulip glass. For the record, this super-high rating benefited from lengthy aging. I found it in the clearance bin last weekend. The cap stated, "Best Before 22/03/2010" so I thought "SCORE!" I don’t know exactly how old it was, but at least three years, and the cap was rusted onto the bottle. Poured a deep amber color with creamy off-white foam, long-lasting with loads of Belgian lace, yeast haze and chill haze. Extremely rich and complex malt aromas, caramelized brown sugar, toffee, plum syrup, fruity yeast esters, faint noble hops, slight booziness, earthy and woody, barley-wine-ish and sherry undertones. Extreme malty-sweet flavor as well, hints of sweet bread, fruitcake, biscuits and honey, apricots, raisins but with a hefty hops tang to balance (amazing considering the age.) Medium-heavy body, chewy mouthfeel, highly effervescent carbonation, lingering caramelly, fruity aftertaste. A true treat, better than any dessert wine in the world. I don’t know what a fresh one tastes like, but this bottle was a masterpiece. Benzai (16918) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2012
Bottle @ home shared with Thompson. Cloudy hazy dark orange to amber colored beer, small off-white lacing. Yeast particles present. Smell is weird: malts, herbs or spices. I think spices, smells lightly like pepper. Taste malts, spices, slightly bitter hints. Average carbo and body. Bart (2936) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle. Brown coloured beer with lots of yeast parts and some light carbonation with a medium white head. Very strange herby and sweet bread/baked cookies aroma. Medium to full palate. Finish is sweet fruity and rather strange. Mystery for me. Don’t really like this.
oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Pours a hazy medium orangish amber color. Aroma is lightly malty, hoppy, yeasty, with a touch of fruit. Flavor is a nice mixture of malts and fruits.
chrisv10 (18704) - DENMARK - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle. Hazy amber with big off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, hops and yeast. Flavour is malts, yeast, spices, fruit, little caramel and medium sweet. Camons (13496) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2011
Bottle @ Home. Pours hazy golden with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is malt, yeast, sweet fruit, spices. Taste is malt, yeast, caramel, cinnamon, fruit. Medium body, soft carbonation. 080911 michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2011
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, apple, slight yeast, and a hint of honey. Poured brown/orange in color with a small, creamy, dense, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Very cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny and small particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, caramel, apple, yeast, and honey. Medium body. Tingly, then lightly dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Medium to heavily sweet, malt, caramel, slight yeast finish is dry. 7%ABV is completely hidden throughout. Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 16, 2011
Hazy copper pour, solid off-white head. Aroma is spicy, some old wooden church bench, cardamon and cinnamon. Flavor is bitter spicy with some wood and a nice sweet thick body. Lively carbonation.