ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2005 Whatever vintage the shipment that just hit the U.S. Bottle 3/6/05. Nothing like a brasserie des Rocs beer to break up a mid tasting slump. Pours a dark brown, deep magenta tinted body with lots of light tan head that is initially quite mountainous, but quickly recedes to just a slight covering. Aroma of strong yeast, dark fruits, dark candi sugar and rum-soaked raisins. Flavor begins with a fruity sweetness, with more residual candi-like sugar on the way. The texture is lightly fizzy at first, but giving it time to breath, as one should, it turns in to a much stronger body, with only soft carbonation. Light cloves, caramel, yeast and a bit of bitterness on the finish. While I can’t say I love this beer, taking it all in, it still comes off as a well-made brew. May be a bit young yet, time will tell. My first Imperial Trippel (kidding).
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 10, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle gratefully shared with MartinT, tiggmtl, ClarkVV and Rastacouere. Big caramel-mahogany body with a vast profusion of foam that lasts...malty-pungent dark-fruited nose...solid, heavily malty thick body, some toasty breadiness amidst heavy sweetness which is going to be cloying for some but worked for me. Another top-notch effort from one of the world’s greatest breweries.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong bitter orange with fair spiciness in an aroma that shows incredible promise. Opaque brown body is topped by thin but lasting tan head that recedes with some lace. Very sweet, somewhat cloying flavour has notes of orange, dark malts, some ash, but the sweetness is unfortunately dominant. Fair carbonation, good effervescence and medium body. Bottle enjoyed with ClarkVV, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAR 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2005 Bottled. Pours murky deep brown. The head is frothy and ivory colored except in the center where the sediment hit it where it is a rich brown color. The aroma is yeast and banana with some dark fruits also evident. The first thing that I notice it the thick mouth feel of this beer followed by the tinge of the carbonation. The flavor is a bit dry and consists of spices and the dark fruits along with malts and rock candy. Sharp almost astringent aftertaste.
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2013 The Lure:
Stepping into known Des Rocs territory I see. Always a pleasure, when in the mood for dessert spices, of course. You know all by now this is where licorice, candied berries and oranges and multiple herbs are transformed into eclectic candies, perfect to end a festive meal.
Sweet berries and red licorice sticks speak highly of their orange and yeast comrades. Bready angles and herbal bitterness swim amidst the regal candies, as a lean mouthfeel shares surprises.
Yes, candy is predictable but then again we like it that way, don’t we?
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very foamy thick fully laced rocky and frothy goodness tops the muddy brown body among which abounds yeast chunks. Typical Abbaye des Rocs nose, explosive malts and yeast, plenty of jammy fruit esters and spicy hints (thyme, herbs). Appealing pecan pie, caramel and grapey complexity of the regular Des Rocs with a hefty dose of strawberries. Spicy and very sweet flavor profile, fruit pie, strong cloves. Has a definite christmas feel to it. I’d perhaps prefer a bit more hops to clean the sweetness a bit, but this is very good, if a bit cloying. Very smooth and comfortable medium body, maybe a bit thinner than the original. Okay, I don’t get the purpose of this beer that has characteristics from both the grand cru and regular, but loving the other 2, I can only enjoy this one.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2005 Ruby color when held up to light with lots of particulate matter. Huge foamy beige head. Aroma is sweet dark fruit and a little yeast. Flavor starts rich and sweet with a little plum, a hint of prune and some black cherry. The finish is lightly tart and kinda dry. Smooth rich palate. A little rich, but good. 10% ABV, WoW, didn’t notice.
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.