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 (7305) - 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 (1440) - 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.
thedm (5034) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bottled brew marked best before 2009 lot 3B43 was capped and corked. It poured a very large sized head of fine to large sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a yeasty transparent dark brown colored body and a thick clingy lacing. The wonderful aroma was malty with mild vinous notes caramel grass and yeast. The mouth feel was perfect with a tingly smooth start and a even smoother mellow finish. The aftertaste left nice caramel malt and dark malt notes to coax the hand to raise once again and pour more. The flavor was awesome with good dark malty notes and a nice caramel punch to it. Excellent awesome and very very good to say the least. Good good good yummy! Can’t wait for more of this nectar from the gods.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Punishment in a bottle. Poured dark orange with a huge off white head and yeast sediment in the bottom of the glass. Aroma is heavily sweet fruit. Honey, half mandarin, half banana, toffee, raisin, and slighyly sour. SUPER sugary. Flavor is sweet, tart cherry, toffee, malty, mandarin orange, and toasted wheat bread at the beginning before the sweetness. Heavy carbonation tingles and tickles the tongue. Malty body that accentuates the flavors.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours quite nice with a nice, frothy head that leaves a delicate layer of lace around the glass. Aroma is a dull fruit cornucopia flavor, while the taste is a strong wintery spice. The finish has plenty of bite to keep hop heads happy, but ample malt flavor to keep the dark beer purists satisfied as well. It’s a good beer, one that I would drink one at a time, that time being a period of a few weeks. Thanks, Bierbauch!
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2006 Re-rated on 1-17-96. Dark brown with lots of little floaties. Fruity aroma with hints of pear and brown sugar. Very tasty beer with caramel sweetness, cherry, pear and brown sugar flavors. Still a very enjoyable beer even though my total score dropped about a tenth of a point on the re-rate. Definitely one of my favorite Belgian breweries.