JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2007 Rerate 5-26-07:
My palate has changed dramatically in the last year. The flavor still rings my tongue with dark fruits, caramel and licorice. Its a tad bit too sweet for me even though I enjoy this beer for all its worth. It also seems a bit too yeasty. I still love the carbonation factor.
I got this bottle from Halftime and its good until 2009 so it isn’t very aged. It had a very strong aroma of fruits but the taste, as good as it was, didn’t hit me the same way their Grand Cru hits me. Don’t get me wrong, it is very effervescent on my tongue and I enjoyed every sip of this flavorful and smooth triple. It has a subdued maltiness and is excellently balanced. Its a solid beer and the alcohol is extremely well hidden (be careful with this one). But like I said, it doesn’t knock my socks off like the Grand Cru does. It comes pretty close though...
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
SMells of overripe fruit, candy and alcohol. Taste was surprisingly smooth, slight taste of metal, noticeable alcohol flavor. Finish was slightly sweet.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours brown with a thick head. Aroma is brown sugar, raisens and strawberry. Taste starts sweet enough with flavors of orange, dark fruits and dates. Smooth without being too sweet in the finish.
giarcsr (103) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is good, the pour is good, and the flavor is good. I would probably put this with their grand cru, which is an excellent beer.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color, with the perfect, loafy and creamy "Belgian" head. Rich and complex aroma, much more vibrant than previous bottles of the Grand Cru and Brune. Lightly peppery, spicy and herbaceous aromas (old hop pellets), which I attribute to hops, but I could be wrong. Scents of the attributes of Belgian yeast and dark malt are present as well, with hints of chocolate, plums, dark grapes, toffee and maple. The front palate begins with hints of burnt black currants, anise and a touch of cocoa beneath, which leads into the mid-palate, which is full of juicy bright red and dark fruits and light toffee. The finish is long and lingering, full of caramel flavors, while the alcohol makes its presence known throughout the flavor profile, but in a very subtle and elegant way. I like this beer, a lot. These Belgian beers just do it for me. I can’t help it.
socoguzzler (11) - fort collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2008 I thought it was a tasty and delightful beer.The appearance is wonderful and the aroma keeps you coming back. mildly hoppy malts with a sweet n sour yeasty hint on the top of the palate with a very odd wet cardboard finish on the last taste of the palate.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Pailhead. Pours medium brown with beige head. Aroma has alot of sweet malt with some yeasty banana bread characters. Flavor has all kinds of fruit. Banana,pineapple,prune,raisin amd some caramel. Some residuel sugar in finish. Very well done.
bb (7244) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Brown ber with a beige head. Fruity, yeasty aroma Rich and complex beer with a rich malt profile and yeast, and date/fig fruit along with molasses. Very good. Some lingering sweetness, but not enough to take anything away.
TChrome (1435) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer pours an attractive mahogeny color with the expected massive dark beige colored, totally retained head. The aroma is really BIG with lots of really dark, dried fruit, especially fig and raisins, some alcohol, some yeast, and a bit of earth. It is amazine to me how complex beer can be at times, and this is one of those times. This beer has layers and layers of flavors. Initially the taste is sweet of the malt with a little roastiness. There are lots of candied dark fruit flavors. As the flavors progress there is an earthy, yeastiness. As the flavors calm and expand becoming more subtle they seem more refined. There is a bit of dry, peppery flavor in the finish. I really should have shared this but the DFW crew is not getting together often enough right now. Definetely one to spend an hour with.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark mahogany pour with lots of little floaties. Tastes of liquid toffee, caramel and melon. Mouthfeel is lush and full with the right carbonation. This is Rocs best offering from my experience.