ALIBALI (2394) - Kiel, GERMANY - OCT 5, 2017
Malz & Zucker, Mud & Glory?/ a little bit, aber auch übertrieben freundlich...0,33l Buddel im ALCHIMISTE BELGE zu Salzburg.
Nevalainen (821) - FINLAND - SEP 17, 2017
Hazy amber color with beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, plum, toffee and sugar. Taste is medium sweet, sugary notes. Little alcohol warming in the background. Smooth, sweet finish. Very nice. TrefwoordPunk (1289) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2017
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a clear dark opaque to brown with a tiny to small tannish head and an aroma of cane sugar, dried fruits (plums, figs), caramel, cocoa, sweet malts, red grapes, toffee, some slight alcohol and maple syrup. The taste is medium to heavy sweet, with a light body for the style and amount of alcohol, light carbonation and some bitterness, sweetness and alcohol in the finish. Not as good as I hoped for.
Alengrin (5629) - BELGIUM - AUG 6, 2017
Vintage bottle of about two years old - still made at Gaverhopke, so I opened this carefully over the sink. I was initially relieved that it did not gush - but my relief was short-lived: one second later, foam came streaming out of the bottle neck. Sigh... Anyway: afterwards I got a fairly thinnish, regularly shaped, beige-ish off-white head, quickly reduced to a ring around the glass and a few dots in the middle, over a hazy chestnut brown beer with mahogany hue. Aroma of caramelized brown sugar, sweet sherry and a lot of ruby port linked to onsetting oxidation, honey, overripe banana and peach, cashew nuts, apple sauce, cake dough, earth, brown rum, blue plums, fresh paint- or varnish-like fusels, figs soaked in ’jenever’, raisin bread, ginger, orange liqueur, candied dates, baking powder, pear syrup, dust, brambleberry jam. Very sweet, even sticky onset, a whole lot of residual candi sugar cloyingness with estery hints of banana, overripe pear and fig, some thin grape-like sourishness underneath but not enough to counter the huge sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick and full with medium carbonation, but unfortunately not as vinous as I would have hoped from something called barleywine - this feels and tastes like a quad rather than any kind of barleywine, really. Some phenolic spicy notes here and there, along with the fruitiness and the strong sugary sweetness sitting on top of a soft, creamy, caramelly and bready, in the end vaguely chocolatey malt sweet body. The sweetness dominates till the end, but the finish adds some retronasal ’portorisation’ which befits this beer quite well, along with bready yeasty notes (a tad starchy in the end but not unpleasantly so), an earthy hop bitterish touch and, unsurprisingly, quite a lot of warming, rum- and sherry-like alcohol, providing ’heat’ and some lingering astringency on the root of the tongue. Not a bad attempt as such, but as said, much more a sweet quadrupel than a true barleywine; a bit crude, too straightforward and clearly a bit unsophisticated for the style, with way too much sticky sugar sweetness to work myself through a whole bottle, too much distracting yeast effects and not very well hidden alcohol, but a few years of aging did this beer good I think (never had it young), adding some complexity due to portorisation - the noblest form of oxidation. I can recommend this to people who like big, sweet quadrupels, but it does not compare with the legendary Belgian trappist standards in this style (like Rochefort 10, Westvleteren 12 or Chimay Bleu). I don’t know if this beer has been continued now that Roberto brews at Het Nest but if it is, I wouldn’t mind tasting it again. In all: one of the better White Pony products made at Gaverhopke, but lacking in refinement, also from a technical point of view. lkowalkowski (472) - POLAND - AUG 5, 2017
Brązowej barwy, piana szybko redukuje się do obrączki. Aromat słodki, przyjemny, dużo suszonych owoców, trochę karmelu. W smaku słodkie, alkohol ułożony. Czegoś brakuje, ale ogólnie bardzo fajne piwo.
rumore (697) - Rimini, ITALY - JUL 12, 2017
From 33cl bottle. Pours dark amber, almost plum, with beautiful brown reflections and practically no foam. Aroma is rich and mature: cherries under spirit, plum, licorice, in general liquorish. Body is dense, with decent carbonation, some stickiness and just a bit of astringency. Taste is a nice mix of intense sweetness and a good old bitterness. Finish is long and sweet, pleasant. martin00sr (4395) - Haderslev, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2017
Dark brown, cloudy. Small beige head. Aroma has dark sugar, malt and notes of dried fruit. Flavour is sweet with yeast, caramel and sugar. Slightly alcoholic. More like a quad than a barley wine. DuffMan (10596) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 26, 2017
Little bottle (thankfully), shared with thephantomhennes and Doug and TvM. Deep orange-amber with a beige head. Sweet demerara sugar and estery yeast. Very sweet and simplistic with a boozy finish.