Bouteille 33cl, merci Klaas, BB 03/2020. Orange sur léger ambre, col fin sur les rebords, crémeux blanc-cassé. Arôme est frais, érable apporte un parfum doux organique oscillant sur des effluves de miel, léger fruité de poire avec des pointes herbacées houblonnées. Mead like elements avec une petite pointe oxydée. Palais garde un côté rustique ancien, avec une présence malt assez dominante, retrait frais presque biologique rappelant un léger côté mielleux - fin sucre résiduel. Fruité léger avec un rappel herbacé - proche d'un effet de gruit - qui revient sous le caractère doux d'érable. Juste ce petit qcq chose en fin de bouche où je n'accroche pas trop. Sensation que la bière est déjà en fin de vie, effet vieux grains.
Sampled @ Billie's Craft Beer Fest 2017. A hazy dark orange golden beer with a mid sized most good lasting beige head. Aroma of red fruits, grainy malt. Taste of sweet grainy, maple syrup, red fruits.
Bottle from Geers. Amber colour, beige head disappears quickly. Smooth malty with notes of plums and dried fruit. Light bitterness in the finish. Well balanced. Good.
Bottle at Kantien, Ghent. Old ale- or barleywine-ish beer with maple syrup, in the new, Viking-inspired Totem style; apparently intended for extended cellaring so I guess I made the mistake of drinking it too young... Thick and creamy, pale beige-ish head, quickly receding and in the end disappearing completely; warm, hazy copper-tinged bronze robe. Aroma of caramel candy and indeed maple syrup, honey, white port, orange peel, nutmeg, cognac, baked banana, hints of bitter herbs, fig and a faint smokey accent. Sweet flavour, candied pear, yellow raisins, dates, sourish accent, softish carbo, thick and bit creamy mouthfeel. Nice caramelly and bit nutty malt sweetness furthered sweetened by a thick layer of maple syrup, but balanced by spicy notes in the finish, albeit not in a very hoppy way; the peppery accent is, however, mostly established by a lot of obvious, 'jenever'-like, astringent alcohol which heats the throat. Bit too alcoholic for me personally, but I can imagine this softens with age - so indeed, this must be a beer that gets better with age, I hope to be able to taste an old sample one day. For the time being: interesting, complex and warming beer, satisfying on a gloomy November evening. Once again, it shows that Totem is one of the most creative craft breweries in Belgium and certainly in the Eastern Flanders province; it also shows that the brewer is not only technically very accomplished, but also very well-informed about beer styles and beer history. Always a pleasure to meet a new Totem!
20/10/2017 - draught glass @Wanderlust. Amber coloured with creamy off-white head. Nose has sweet malts, caramel, maple. Taste has some port, sweet malts, bit ripe fruits, caramel, maple. Sweet, creamy. Nice
Bottle thnx to 90 ! Pours unclear warm blonde, not much head. Smell is bit yeasty. Taste is caramel, earthy, leaves, no clear maple but all the more complexity. Decent body and carbo. Bit sweet, but not more than desired. Somewhere in between a quad and a barleywine. Does this get better with age ? If so, dqmn, thats gonna be a hell of a beer ! I love it now, just dissapointed by not getting the maple syrup. Will re-rate when I open my second bottle. In years ?
F: almost no, thin, off-white, quick disappear. C: dark murky to brown, hazy, opaque. A: maple, caramel, sugary, fruity, bit yeast, herbal, hint alcohol. T: caramel, maple, candy, boozy, herbal, bit green banana, medium body, low carbonation, don’t drink it fresh is right, must to age, partially enjoyed, 33cl bottle from Bierwinkel De Hopduvel in Gent.
Thank you Klaas! 330 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBSG17. About 4 months old at this point. Darker orange amber, tanned head. Nose is low plastic, herbal, bark syrup, thick raw maple herbal,… Taste is massive thick herbal raw bark, plastic, herbal, plant, sugar, candy, sweet cooked apple & raw cookie dough,… Taste is herbal mat syrup, low plastic. Maple is massive but raw herbal, bit plastic, bit much, interesting, tasty but also a bit much, maybe a bit more time still?