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.
harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - SEP 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good head of long persistence, dark amber colour. Spicy (cinnamon?) aroma with some caramel, complex enough anyway. Taste is very complex too, with notes of caramel, ruhm, cherries under spirit. Hops very evident in the dry finish.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - SEP 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl bottle, no BBD date, but had gold "world championship beer" medal in lower right corner as the one pictured does. Chunky pour, massive tan head. Smells like Fruit-Loops. Insane nose. Spicy flavor, ginger, sweet, witha bit of a bite. All kinds of fruit and malt. Full bodied and sweetish, but lusciously so. Better than the Gran Cru, IMO...but the chunks were noticeable at times on my palate.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown/Red Coloring. Good Head. Badgerben Smelled Toffee in Aroma...My Sinus’ Were of Little Help. Some Pepper, Herbs...Little Bit of Alcohol. Overall Very Tasty!
badgerben (4596) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown color with a medium head. Hints of toffee in the nose along with some root-like character. Good chocolate, malt, and herbal taste. Hides the alcohol incredibly well. Very tasty!
henrik (41) - Århus, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Yeast and roasted barley. Lots of carbonation responsible for chunks of yeast floating around in the glass. Very complex taste. Some hops in the warm and lasting finish. Deserves further exploration.
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a medium to dark mahogany color with a large tan head. Bready, nutty, earthy, caramel plums and raisin aromas and tastes. All nice and subtle - working very well together. Slightly sweet. Alcohol very well hidden (hard to believe there’s 9% in this one). Very good beer.
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear ruby toned brown with a nice head that laced well.
Aroma is sweet malt and mellow wine.
The flavor is faintly sweet with a nice bitterness to it.
Light on the tongue and somewhat thin in the body. Good, but over rated. Good Belgian for the price however.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - SEP 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown colour and excellent aroma of dark fruits. The flavour is wonderfully complex with notes of rasins, plums and brown sugar. The alcohol is very well hidden.