Aubrey (3412) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber with red-apple hues in the light. Frothy, lasting, off-white head leaves behind some nice lacing. Incredibly aromatic, notes of cider, brown sugar, yeast and candy sugar. Very silky and thickish on the tongue; carbonation was amazingly soft and tight (god, you'd think I was describing a part of the female body). Sweet, cake-like malts with some toasted notes. Bitterness is mild, but balanced. Hops seem to mostly provide a spiciness. Fruity and yeasty notes throughout: spiced apples, pears, plums. Finishes a little sticky, but not overly cloying. Great beer!
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The beautiful deep amber/burgundy body is topped by a thick off white head with a good amount of lacing left behind. The only draw back to the appearance was the large floaterd the showed up after about half the bottle was gone. The aroma is sweet, malty and caramelly with a very slight flowery note, some fruitiness and the slightest touch of alcohol. The malty flavor is sweet and fruity with notes of caramel and the slightest touch of alcohol. Just an incredible flavor. A tear cam to my eye when the bottle was empty. Full bodied, surprisingly smooth yet tingly on the tongue and slightly warming.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extremely rich and complex ale. Mustiness really comes through in the wonderful aroma, also plums and alcohol. Appearance is cloudy brown with good head retention. Flavor is delicious, multi-layered and very complex. Some alcoholic warmth. Gratefule to be able to drink ales of this caliber. Thanks RateBeer for pointing me to ales like this one.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium to large head that diminishes to a thin layer that never dies. Aroma of dark rich fruit, sweet maltyness, and a hint of alcohol. Flavor of rich fruit, caramel and an alcohol burn that blends with the sweetness to bring a slight spicy flavor. Only good when room temp. I tried it straight out of the fridge and was afraid I would be disappointed but after it warmed it turned out to be a very nice beer.
BBB63 (5696) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy copper hue with a small but tight off-white head and good lace. The aroma hints of sweet fruits (apple, cherry, apricot, plum), toasted bready and caramel malts, hazelnut and earthy yeast. The taste started fruity sweet then developed a undertone of mild bitterness and espresso twang. The mouthfeel was grainy and full with just a touch of alcohol present on both the palate and finish. Overall, an outstanding brew with nice complexity and warmth. Not a smooth and rich as the Grand Cru which I slightly prefer.
Nate (3531) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet nose. Malty & froth bitter, orange oil, wheat beer ester, some straw. Copper-amber clear with cream colored lasting, lacing, foamy head. Medium watery body & carb, well-balanced. Mild sweet start. Big malts punctuated by alcohol, a little fig, and bit of barley or wheat grain. Nice hops flavor toward a medium bitter, dry finish. Light bitter & sweet nutty after. Very nice beer for under $2.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2010 In a delirium tremens glass. Hazy copper with lots of sediment. Huge off-white head with expert lacing, top notch lasting. First word that comes to my mind: PEACEFUL. This beer is ultra-smooth and peaceful. Very candyish bouquet with sweeten barley, honey fruitiness(peaches, pears, grapes, cherries, orange, mango. There is just too many things to say that it’s undescribable. Medium body, Creamy candi sugar in mouth, licorice, bubble gum, subtle malt games, good vanilla touch and hoppy bitterness very noticeable (unlike alcohol that is somewhat harder to be found) and balancing this could-have-been-cloying masterpiece. Complex aroma to dream of, but not so intense. It’s the most impressive with this fine brew, it preaches through its extreme balance, complexity, but it’s not.. "arrogant" and showing off with explosive aromas, everything is controlled and subtle. That brewer must feel good about herself. High rating, fully deserved. I owe you one MartinT.
Lowering it a bit since it’s more variable than I’d like. Still a favourite of the genre for me, but the genre is no longer a favourite. From 4.5 to 4.2
ClarkVV (3753) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2004 Pours a murky caramel brown, however, there are some drab brown tinges in there as well. Pretty dark stuff. Smells fairly stiff and pungent, but not overly aromatic (wow, i guess I am on my own here, though I did have a cold, I'll have to sniff some more of this soon!). Alcohol noticeable. Small fizzy brownish/yellow head. Bubbly and moderately clouded. Initially was quite carbonated and that added a harsh element to the palate. Beer begins with big hops flavors mixed in with lots of dry caramel and lush raisin. The caramel malt flavor continues to build up on the palette, growing sweeter with some chocolate covered cherry appeal towards the finish, maybe some raspberry in there too. Finish is soft and warm, some small hops flavors detectable, and a very unique roasted peanut flavor is faintly detectable. Moderately astringent flavor up front is my biggest problem, but as the beer warms and breathes, this dies off somewhat (though it never really loses its dry, loose initial flavor). More hops would help out up front, though the main body is medium full and perfectly malty. As I finished the bottle off over the next hour or so, it just got better. No cloyingness, great depth and still tastes great at almost room temperature. I definitely need to try terrible and then rerate the des Rocs Grand cru as well.
CapFlu (4314) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(33ccl bottle) Pours an almond, foamy head and a cloudy, copper body. Sediment the size of minced garlic... and plentiful? Nose of citrus and perfume malt. Bountiful flavours of caramel, malt and plums. Excellent Belgian Strong but not to the standards and complexity of La Terrible and Westy. Many thanks to both Lubière and MartinT for making bottles of this beer available to me...
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells woody, earthy, with caramel. Well-balanced BSA, with a variety of fruits, and a quaint bitterness to it. Not too sweet at all. Many flavors going on at once. I think I do prefer the Grand Cru, notalush.