Dorwart (2541) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a beautiful sight. Thin dense foam on top of the brew which lasts the duration. Great carbonation which keeps the surface a swirling turmoil of little eddies and bubbly hotspots. Sweet, fruity and spicey aroma. A hint of fertilizer in there also. Maybe some mango. Color is a dark burgubdy orange. Wow is this creamy in the mouth. The palate feels like the head looks but without feeling fizzy. Glides down super easy. Plenty of malts and dark fruit yet is not as thick as you might expect. Damn is it good though. Good alcohol warming. Finish is creamy smooth with a very slight tartness that give the brew a nice bite at the end. A top quality Belgian Strong. Prima!
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2008 A Mes rate: 33cl bottle from The Bottle Stop.
Very light coloured for something called brune. More amber if you ask me. Aroma of raisins, plums, brown sugar and sweet roasty malt. Very nutty flavour. Plenty of malt and some fairly clear alcohol. Really nice sweet malty finish.
beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl btl. This beer is great. Somewhat similar to rochefort 8 or 10, although this brew is a bit ’sharper’ with heavier carbonation that really fizzes up in the mouth. Wonderful complex flavor. Cheers!
blankboy (7268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2006 Rerate: I much preferred it this time, sweet and woody, this is very tasty stuff. Bumped it up a few points.
Bottle from HogTownHarry. Dark brown with a nice creamy head and lots of sediment. Subtle aroma of fruits, malt and a little spice. Smooth palate. Taste is very malty with little hops presence and not very spicy. Hides the alcohol well. A very good, pleasant beer but not in the leagues that it is currently rated at in my opinion.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color, cloudy and yeasty appearance. Medium brown head. Chocolate, alcohol, spices, sweetness in aroma, nice one. Medium to full bodied. Spices, chocolate, nice alcohol in flavor. Sweetness lasts with bitter aftertaste, also some alcohol comes up.
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2005 Bottle (330ml). My first case-by-consignment, my first rating. Would be 18/20 but the sediment ... oh, the sediment! Lovely lacy head (moderately active), rich and cloudy dark brown/amber colour, a hint of "cru" tartness in with the usual Belgian Flavour mélange. Not quite a Rochefort, but very very close.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Mirky dark brown pour. Sweet caramel malt aroma, with a much more pronounced citrus note than I was expecting. Bubble tan head as well. Initial mouthfeel is frothy over a medium body. Taste is sharp - strong malt sweetness and strong alcohol. Lots of pepper and spiciness abound in the middle and it finishes with a delicate hop touch. This is a very interesting beer that will probably reveal more to me each time I drink the few bottles I have just acquired. Thanks to Blankboy and Harry for hooking me up with a few of these.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ruby color, slightly cloudy - medium tan head. Light roasted aroma with hints of fruit. Nice chewy malts, smooth body, hints of apples, caramel, yeast, and other spices. Very very good.
MiP (15296) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2007 Bottle. Weak malty aroma. Brown colour, small head. Flavour is malty and slightly peppery. Pointy aniseed aftertaste. Good body, slightly swelling mouthfeel. Hint of liquorice aftertaste. Not as peppery (or as good) as I expected. 6 3 8 3 18
Bottle, 9%, BB 2006, last year. Very fruity aroma, dried fruits and a little coriander. Hazy brown colour, some floaties. Very small light brown head. The flavour is slightly sweet, has distinct coriander notes. Some alcohol bitterness, but OK rounded. 7 3 8 4 18
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours reddish brown, with a tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, spice, sweet malt, and yeast. Flavor is spice, dark fruit , malt, and some yeast. Creamy body, that’s on the heavy side. Very nice, its hides the alcohol pretty well.