krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
just looking through the full bottle, one may anticipate that a very tactile experience is at hand: the amount of swirling muck in the gloom suggests a slow motion tornado plowing across wet fields. it looks like an old catfish was exploded in a vat of mangrove-rusty tannic swamp water. but i mean this in a positive way. it’s beautiful. murky chestnut with chunks. the head was cork colored and piled up skyward like unpaid bills. there were barnacles of rigid bubbles inside the bottle-- bubbles caught like fossils in the suspended animation of perpetual bloat-- you could break off a piece of this belgian beer bubble and mail it to a friend in singapore as a memento of a "solid" beer. aromatically, this is whiskey that has been sent to modeling school. it’s coifed and perfumed, it’s hard edges are softened unto silk, it’s jangling alcohol is rendered to a velvety whisper, it’s once hot temper now wants only to bathe your senses in a sweet euphoric caress. it’s taste is part cuban cigar, part guatemalan orchard, with mustiness of a deep and ancient cellar. there’s earth and fruit and a bit of smoke, it’s applesauce cake and peach baby food electrified with a bamboo-bittered jigger of rum. very lovely celebratory sweetness, enormously fruitful collaboration between the sticky toasted malts and the more bitter rinds of mango and sour orange. as the beer warms and the carbonation softens, the alcohol touches your secret gastronomic ’g’ spot. by the end i was emailing the brewery promising to shave my head and scour their brewing kettles for free, just to be near the birth place of this savior.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogney color, large light tan head, lots of floating sediments. Brown sugar, rasin and plum aroma. Smooth mouthfeel. Moderate sweetness, some plum, slight earthy notes, fruity yeast finish. Such a drinkable Belgian Strong.
mephisto (1284) - TAIWAN - FEB 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 very tasty with wonderful aroma. malty and fruity, full bodied and is very drinkable.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is incredible. Deep reddish brown with a thick foamy tan head that stayed for the duration. Huge chunks of yeast float throughout, some sink and others stay suspended. The aroma is thick with dark, sweet fruit...heavy malt and yeast. Flavor is sweet and fruity, caramel like, malty with a touch of woodiness. There is also a distinct, yet subdued, bitterness. The palate is complex, but mellow and without a doubt remarkable. Smooth, creamy with a warming finish. Truly one of a kind.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep red (some may say "majestic") with a creamy head, large chunks of yeast are everywhere. This is surely a malt bomb, but there is actually a stronger yeast presence than I anticipated: big aroma of estery apple, banana, some currant. The malt swells up with a very mellow sweetness giving the yeast a taffee characteristic. Some roastiness here, a touch woody, but nothing burnt tasting. Definitely a strong beer that is not lacking in flavor.
DocLock (8978) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Brock_Landers for this one. Pours turbid dark copper/ruby edged, with a gigantic tan head. Complex aroma of malt, dark fruit, honey, cabernet. Tastes very malty, fruity, with a solid honey component at the start giving rise to a dry fruity finish. Increasing fruit and caramel components emerged as it warmed.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW!!! This is quite possibly the best tasting beverage that I have ever put in my mouth. The aroma is very sweet smelling and the taste is truly wonderful. Has a nice fruityness to it. Truly a wonderful brew and I WANT MORE.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
High light brown head on a brown body. The aroma is fruity. The flavour is spicy yet fruity with a dry hoppy after taste. A pleasure to drink, a worthy representative of the Belgian beer-brewing art.
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2005
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On draught at TheCriterion in Leicester on the 22nd Jan 2005 Rate Beer Pub Crawl
Deep brown colour.
A taste a bit like old Dr Pepper. Very Fruity smell & taste. Quite fizzy. Pleasent but a bit strong tasting to drink much, expencive too...
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is nearly the same as Westmalle Dubbel. There is 2% more alcohol, aroma of sweet fruits instead of brown sugar, and a bit hoppier taste with this beer. Poured in Corsendonk tulip glass, medium brown liquid, large beige head dissipates slowly. Large, plump yeasties to float, then to sink. Aroma is terrific, reminds me of Westy 12, fruity and sweet. Looks great and is easy to drink; alcohol content is masked completely. Tastes good, maybe somewhat spicy at first, but has a somewhat dry finish with hops, not just deducting one point off the flavor, but two. Overall, not a bad beer at all. 33cl bottle, direct from Belgium, no government warning, some numbers along the right side of the label, but none seemed to be marked in any manner. No other dates indicated. Sampled while chilled up to room temperature.