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Review by tavernjef on 11/26/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2008
Caged and corked 750: Jaargang 2008 on the neck label - Husky and dulled honey gold with a light caramel brown cast to its body. Feathery foamed white top sits a good finger or more in height and keeps very well. Thin sheeted lacing crosses the goblet moderately.

Aroma is tall with spice laced with a light sweetness underneath. Lightly sweetened with lemony candyness, pear, and lighter yet banana. Spices are peppery yet mildingly set with clove, all spice, and maybe cardamom, which gives it a slight ginger ale-esque bouquet over the top. Oddly likeable.

Taste is vibrant and actively set in body as it grips with dull lemony popsicle, duller pear and white grape, over ripe plum and apricot share a bit of its sweeter side as it pulls in a slight under carraige of caramel. Spices aren't as prevalent in the taste, but they find their place with some areas and help establish a late yeastyish dryness and dull peppery notes.

Body is bold and forwardly set in big rounded fullness that tends to settle down some as it sits. But its a bit much. Some aging should smooth it some. Carbontaion grabs a bit heavy at first but does mellow out and overall the beer warms up and mellows.

This one needs to breathe quite a bit before it begins to unfold its complexity and enjoyability and drinkability become favorably better. Still a fairly solid Pale and fits with Het Anker.

Price: $10.99 Served In: Goblet