IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - NOV 19, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Found this gem in a small store in the city of Morioka, about a three hour drive south of here. A deep brown, dark chocolate color with a massive thick, light brown head. One of the most impressive looking beers I’ve had! Thick sedimentation with "floaties" swimming throughout the glass. What an aroma, fantastic....like some type of exotic plum based asian dessert. Both sweet and tart with the alcohol hidden deep beneath the complex flavors. A stunning brew.
JonMoore (1981) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber coloured with huge beige head. Aroma is brown sugar and malt, fruits and caramel, and liquorice... complex; in a very good way. Taste is great. Sweet, malty, dark fruits, slightly roasted. Very nice on the palate, smooth with a hint of wood in the finish.
flemdawg (540) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally popped this one open after almost a year in the mini fridge. Shared this with walleye. Thin tan head atop a mahogany body that was filled with yeasty floaties, and some cork pieces that I picked out prior to consumption. A candy aroma, much like a sweetart, and also cherries, malty carmel, and alcohol as it warms. Sweet fruit taste up front followed by an almost baking chocolate type bitterness. Thrown in for good measure was some earthy woody(maybe corky) flavors and hints of alcohol all around. The year in the fridge didn’t hamper this beer a bit. Very well done.
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I don’t see what all the fuss is about, overall quite bland, malty aroma, slight alcohol finish, the flavor is bready and sweet, but kind of like stale bread, like it might make good toast, but it isn’t cuttin it as far as bread goes, and I guess thats how I feel about this Belgian
walleye (1073) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
shared a bottle with flemdawg. poured mahagony, with a light tan with lots and lots of floaties. aroma sweet tarts, cherries, caramel, malts, semi sweet red wine, hints of hops as it warms hints alcohol. flavor,fruity wine, a nice smooth mouth feel, with a nice touch of bitterness. did get a hint of the wood, a nice hint of chocolate, cherries, malts, honey.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2005 Thanks to matt_dinges for a bottle of this. Pours hazy dark amber with a huge off white head. The head retention and lacing are incrediable. Large yeast flakes are present floating in the beer. The dark color and the masses of floating flakes kind of took away from the appearance, but the giant head, lacing, and head retention were outstanding. Aroma is of orange and a strong red wine. The malts dominate this beer giving it a thick mouthful. The flavor of this is similar to a heavy red wine, as well as having a spicey orange taste. Pineapple, plum, and fig were also noticable in the flavor. This beer finishes rather dry leaving you wanting another sip. This was a really heavy beer.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark red colour with nice off white head. Lovely sweet malty aroma with some liqourice and caramel. Flavor has some sweet fruityness and a nice low key bitter finish.
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep, dark amber color into my goblet and creates a very thick off white head. Aroma is complex, very malty, estery and earthy. Taste is also rich and earthy. It is spicy, with a hint of nutmeg. It gets better as it warms. A swirl in the mouth wakes up every point of the palate. Mouthfeel is thick and coating, a bit syrupy. Warms as it goes down, light alcohol finish.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2005 Light burgundy. Beautiful color. The head is big, thick and creamy.
I have been smelling this for the last 10 minutes without tasting it at all. I am truly in awe. Oranges, caramel, cherries and freshly chopped soaked wood along with some grainy notes and a citrus kick. 15 minutes later, I am ready to move on to the next step.
This is a lovely tasting beer. It’s quite odd really. Chocolate, caramel, cherries, plums, oranges, wood and oranges are all present but are dominated by plum pit notes. The bitterness at the end is well taken. The 9% is noticeable but not offensive.
The sweet malt and candy aspects of this beer is amazing considering that no sugars were used at all.
Vintage 1987: Kulminator - Antwerpen
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
the alcohol seemed to be more noticeable then i’d expected from what i read on this belgian. was quite good though, sweet with hints of dark fruits and toffe/caramel. really enjoyed this brew, glad to have a few lying around waiting for me.