Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Body is a brown ruby, with a thick tan head. Aroma is caramel, dried fruit, apricots, sugar, alcohol. Taste is very sweet, very complex. Nice beer.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brown with a tiny reddish tinge. Nice sized head, very fine bubbles and lacing. The aroma is a bit disappointing, mostly sweetness atop some malt. Sweet flavor, but not cloying, slightly dry finish. Great mouthfeel.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft: Large, off white head, dark purplish brown color, impressive aromas, vinous, sugars, caramel, citrus, some spice, flavors are excellent, deep flavor of grape, plum, sweet yet not overly sticky, lightly bitter finish, entirely delicious.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is medium orange-brown. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), moderately hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of orange peel, cherry, toffee, honey, coriander, clove, raisin, etc. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, slightly metallic. Pretty similar to the regular and Grand Cru Rocs beers...this one seems to be a little cleaner and richer wrt the mouth experience. There’s still something biting in the finish, but it’s not as pronounced as in the other two. The aroma is virtually identical and as always immediately recognizable as AdR beer, perhaps a more noticeable cherry note here.
TheBeerGod (5053) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Capped and corked. Empties as a dark ruby with a small tan head. Nose is big fruit - seems like it’s artificial though. Like strawberry, raspberry, and raisins with a syrupy molasses note and maybe a medicinal note. Weird for a Belgian Strong. Taste, however, is much better. More huge fruit, molasses, light floral notes, very sweet malts, sugary notes, light alcohol and an herbal note. There’s points when this is just too sweet, to me. It’s a diabetic’s nightmare! I think I may need some insulin before this 750 is done! Perhaps this needs to sit longer. The expiration date is 2006. Odd for a 10% beer. Back to the review... Body is very smooth and soft. Light carbonation. Finishes with more fruit and molasses. Very sweet here too. Reminds me of Smurfberry Crunch at times. Weird!
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep ruby color, tan head, some floaties bouncing around in there. Incredibly fruity aroma, lots of berry, brown sugar, molasses, raisin. Dark fruits in the flavor, brown sugar again, just lovely. Velvety mouthfeel, no signs of the 10%, full bodied. I love this brewery, it’s fookin fantastic.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby red color, thick head, tons of lacing, no pop on the cork. Nose is tart & rosy with dark malts & phenols & toasty fruit. Very sweet & doughy flavor with a delicious finish of berries & yeast. Very tasty with lots of umami. Thanks Jagerqueen!
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
01.21.05 750ml bottle, trade from matta. Deep garnet pour; mamoth beige head is brainy, rocky, as it fades leaving clingy sheets of foam. Huge and sweet aromas of plum, clove, lemon juice, peppery alcohol, and orange pez. Alcohol is fully present in all the right places and not at all intrusive at any point...now that’s what I’m talking about! Wow, soft, sensuous body coats with a brown sugar sweetness and creamy, smooth effervescence. Sugary flavors, ripe plum, light spice. So much lingering malt sweetness. It reminds me of beloved Stille Nacht. Borders on cloying towards the bottom of the glass. Thanks, Matt, for this outstanding brew!
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle. Deep garnet with an enormous tan head that leaves amazingly complex lacing. Adding the yeast reveals a beer closer to mud than water. Soft, overripe fruit all over the nose. Raisins, prunes, treacle pudding, milk chocolate, sweet apples, whole grain cereal, sweet toffee, very subtle earthy hops and a bit of dark candy sugar. The body is silky smooth, and quite chewy, with just enough delicate carbonation the carry all of the robust flavor. The flavor profile is mostly sweet with a bit of toasted grain and light, earthy hops to balance. A long, warming finish rounds out an excellent beer. A tasty beer similar to other offerings from this brasserie: tasty and warming in the crisp Chicago cold.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark mahogany with thick off white and some lace. Big chunks of yeast are abundant. Fruity aroma with a pleasing yeasty sourdough quality. Some alcohol and light spices. Malts and citrusy hops. Some plums. Sweet flavors of strong malts. Caramel and roast. More dark fruits with some hints of citrus in the hops. Slightly woody. Thick and chewy beer. Sticky, cloying palate. A finish of malts and frtuis.