StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy rose/brown in color with a copiously foamy and creamy head that’s 1/4" thick. Aroma unfolds cloves, bananas, vanilla, pepper and lemon zest, with a dusty nutshell reminder interjecting its presence from time to time. Slight whiff of alcohol, caramelized pecans and brown sugar. Slippery glide down the shoot, revealing caramel, pistachio, chocolaty toffee and butterscotch. Mild pepper and coriander on the backend. Rich and abundantly sweet. Mild cigar wrapper and dried cherry finish with a rustic nutty aftertaste.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
06.24.05 750ml bottle, drink by 2008. The pour is a hazy burgundy brown, much lighter than I expected for some reason. The bottle was a very slight gusher and the head filled half of my Duvel glass. I was anxious to try this beer that has somehow eluded me for so many years, so I took a sip of very cold beer through the foam. Big mistake as it was all mineral, vinous, and harshly dry. Once it warmed to a more reasonable temp, I got down to enjoying the beer. Very mild aromas, much moreso than I thought I’d find from such a highly regarded brew. Some butterscotch, fig, honey, sweet tea, dried orange rind, mild cocoa bitter-sweetness. Nice balance all around and yet perceptively complex. Most everyone should find something to like in a beer like this, but nothing for me really stands out as exceptional. I bet I’d like it better if it was older.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2005 Very hoppy for a brune. Surprisingly dry for the alcohol, and the style. All in all very enjoyable -- it made it to NC, then sold out immediately.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 33 cl) In this original version simply called "Abbaye des Rocs" - all other versions are newer inventions. Very dark brown with a frothy and very lively beige head. Flavourwise we’re talking Trappist-territory here. Fantastic complex malty notes full of dried fruits, caramel, chocolate, used diapers, candi sugar - well, you name it. This beer has got pretty much everything, and by each sip you discover a new senasation. Extremely complex with a nice, warming alcohol. A classic indeed. 301297
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle says brasserie des rocs brune but the picture is the exact same so i hope this is it. pours a dark chestnut brown with thick creamy tan head. huge sticky gobs of lacing clinging to the sides of my glass. beautiful looking beer aroma is of spice yeast and malt. taste is subtle. spice clove fruity mabye prunes? lingering taste a little sweet with a light alcohol dryness and warming. i love this beer.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours a very hazy mohogany brown with a small head that doesn’t last long. Aroma is malty and yeasty with an incredibly developed ester profile: banana, phenolic cloviness, apple, dried cherry. Flavor is crystal malty sweet with a hint of roasted nuttiness that precedes the immense estery fruitiness with similar characteristics as described in the aroma along with some peppery spiciness and acidity in the finish. I didn’t get any hops in the flavor though a small hop bitterness was present. Bready yeast is also apparent in the flavor of this cloudy beer. Alcohol is well hidden. Body is very full with a smooth mouthfeel.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
what a pretty beer! Looks good enough to drink. Taste good enough to drink more! What a nice beer.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUN 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chesnut brown color with good livelyness and with little specks of yeast floating around. It has a creamy light-brown head with an very expressive aroma. It is very malty, has hints of sweet milk-chocolate, agorn sirup and some spices. The taste is smooth, has a caramely malt caracter some mild spices and a touche of sweet Rhum. Aftertaste is rich and elegant. A great classic. At the Kulminator in Antwerp.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange, brown sugar, somewhat hoppy, mariscino cherry, alcohol in the nose. Cloudy (dirty) orange/brown. Very fruity up front, earthy malt, brown sugar, yeast, strawberries and cream.
ABUSEDGOAT (2607) - California, USA - JUN 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2007 Cloudy brown pour with a moderate head, good lacing and retention, lotsa floaties. Aroma is very complex with darker fruit notes like raisins, but also spiced with orange. Notes of sugar, yeast, darker malts also present. Medium to full body, fairly dry. Very complex, very balanced, but doesn’t wow you.