beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy brown iwth a small white head. Mildly sweet aroma, malty with a nice dose of roastyness. Taste was roasty and rich, with a hop backing to balance it out, a bit acidic, but still smooth and drinkable.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2006 Draft, snifter. Deep mahogany with a creamy and large light tan head. Very sweet sugary aromas of caramel, toffee, light brown sugar and molasses with a hint of sulphur. Subtle spicing smells like cardamom or ginger. Citric notes of oranges and lemon zest liven the experience. Plums and pecans also find their way in to the mix as the beer warms up. The spices are really kicked up a notch in the flavor and the dryness they provide is a great balance to the sweet malt flavors. Though, now i’m thinking that the spice might be nutmeg. Hm. The pecans from the aroma almost become walnuts in the flavor. The yeast profile is fairly tame, slightly musty but merely a factor in the flavor and aroma and never a dominating element (a problem I have with some Belgians). Very creamy and viscous body. The carbonation feels very soft even though it is in great quantity. Bumped up from my original rating of 3.8.
Draft, snifter. Caramel, chocolate, honey malt (M); earthy hops (L); doughy yeast (L); huge plum aroma, oak, raisin, port and brown sugar as well. Deep ruby red with a tall creamy head. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter finish. Medium-full body, creamy texture, fizzy carbonation. The bottom line is: outrageously plumy and fizzy, but I think that will work out well over time.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at 5 Seasons. This beer's appearance was a small sized tan head with fine-small sized bubbles that quickly and completely dissipated. The body was uncarbonated and murky with a brown hue. The nose was that of caramel and fruit notes with a bitter and caramel flavor. The mouthfeel was very smooth and this was a light bodied beer with good lacing.
thedm (4851) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
TheDM and Hotstuff vacation brew 28. This draft brew was enjoyed at the brewery in Atlanta Georgia. Dennis, the owner, treated us royally. He kept bringing sample after sample to our table. We were given every courtesy and treated very well. Thanks to their fine staff. This brew poured a very small head of fine to large sized mostly diminishing bubbles that left behind a hazy yeasty brown colored body and a fair lace. The aroma was that of a very mild malt. The mouthfeel was smooth and even from start to finish. It also had a mellow brown beer flavor. I still want more of that Brown beer flavor in a Bruin.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark mahogany brown color with a one-fingered head and light lacing. Very dark for just a straight up belgian, this was a little more like a dubbel to me. The aroma has a nose of dark fruits with hints towards the noble hops and candi sugar sweetness. Lightly yeasty and spicy at the same time. The flavor is wet with the sweetness of the sugar and esters coming through at the end. The finish is well balanced and leans a little more towards the hops at first but sways into the sweet malt. This was a great ale, one of the most complex I've had. Like I said, this had the flavor profile of almost a dubbel, so it was great to drink with food.
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, is this thing ever good. Maybe the best brew to ever come out of 5 seasons. Tastes better than most actual belgian ales.
aracauna (2925) - Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good not-quite tan head leaves nice lacing. The body is cloudy and a dull dark brown. The aroma is fairly spicy with balanced alcohol and esters. Good flavor. There's a surprising hoppiness backing up the spiciness and the malt. It's a noticeable hop bitterness but not overwhelming. I can see why this won the Beglian-Style Ale category at the Georgia Craft Brew Challenge this year. You couldn't ask for a better example of the style. Man I wish growlers were legal in this state. As a side note, the beer is served in a tulip glass with no logo. Served on the cold side. Definitely gets better as it warms, but the flavors are strong enough that if you're too impatient to let it warm, you won't have wasted your time.