Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2010 Cheers to you Matta for this succulent appetizer!
Appearance is a murky brown, even more so when pouring the immense amount of yeast into the chalice (which helped a lot to release the subtleties of the awesome aroma). It seems paler than the regular abbaye des rocs. Relatively high apparent carbonation level, huge head with irregular bubbles, but quite spectacular. It slowly fades away, but still sticks to the glass. Aroma is very complex if not too intense. This is ultimate belgian goodness and balance between brown sugar malt sweetness and yeast funkiness. Ultra-complex fruity profile (berries, cherries, plums, pears, apples), very spicy also (sage, parsley, cinnamon cake). That’s all great by itself, but what makes the aroma truly unique is how it combines the above flavours with the belgian farmhouse character from the yeast which lends it a unique hay-ish and floral side that I love, almost a Fantome. The taste also contains this good dose of funk and spicy unexplainable weirdness, wet fieldish hay drying under the sun, pepper grains, basil, thyme? full of subtleties and perhaps the apotheosis of a spiced belgian strong dark ales with masterfully hidden alcohol, very sweet, bready and yeasty with a creamy, silky crème caramel medium-full body. Plain delicious and worthy of world-class status.
Lowering from 4.6 to 4.2. One of my favourite brown strong Belgian ales, but this is a style I enjoy far less than I used to.
zach8270 (3882) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pours a cloudy and hazy deep red/orange with a thick and lasting off-white head. The description is right. The aroma is definitely complex and I can most definitely detect the cherries and raisins, and I think I caught a slight hint of cranberry as well. Taste begins with a shocking of the tongue with flavor. Definitely can taste the caramelly raisins. Nice smooth mouthfeel with a warm and roasty finish.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light copper in color,yeast in suspension thought the glass with tight bubbles in a small white head. Aroma is huge,aromatic malt,most likely Dark Munich/Belgian Aromatic, accompanied by bread & biscuits and dark fruit like rasins and plums. It starts with a sweet malt mouthfeel and tangy malt character, that quickly finishes with a spicey bite near the end that lingers and is a bit prickly on the tongue.Well balanced beer despite it's almost coying sweetness, but it's decpetion of it's alcohol content is absolutely amazing, I would have guess 7-8% ABV,not 10.
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Simply stated...a beautiful beer. Giganticly complex assortment or aromas ("cherryraisin" comes to mind first and foremost) eminating from a beautiful deep amber color (with lots of floaties). The commercial description does a much better job of describing the beer than i could right now. I'm just happy to bask in the wonderment of this beer.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 27, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2007 A super chunky red brown color with a thin tan head. Rich bready aroma with light fruits and ginger, full bodied with a bit fizziness. Taste is out of this world. Spicy nuts, dark fruits (cherries and dates, if you must know) and licorice taste. Ends sweet with a long aftertaste that is filled with subtle spices. Best beer that I’ve had this year. Wow.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2004 3 oz. sample at Southeastern gatherning. Nice deep red color. Flavor is all up-front with dominance of some of the lighter fruit and honey. There was also a hint of woodiness. The alcohol comes thru in the aroma and throughout. Not as unique as expected, but every bit as good.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured rich and dark with a nice frothy head.Heaviness of fuits, malts and caramel.Alcohol was definately present.The finish on it was clean but did keep my belly warm.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - FEB 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red, earthy color and a nice sturdy head. The aroma is plums and cherries with some malt and yeast notes. Nice, well-rounded flavor and very drinkable for the alcohol level. Complex and a nice mouthfeel. Dry and quenching at the same time.
Suttree (5594) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Colaish brown, big thick tan head. Pears and cherries on the aroma, and a thick yet winey mouthfeel. Fruit flavors up front - pears, apples, cherries, plus some honey. This gives way to earthy, musty finish, althou some fruit flavor persist throu the finish. Very Impressive.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Complex, fruity brew with hints of prunes and dates; a winey, alcoholic flavor, rich and rather malty, fairly tangy with a brief, lingering tartness. A bit too alcoholic tasting, though very drinkable.