Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2005 Tasted right after Westy 12, which I had expected was going to blow this beer out of the water, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it did not. Not only did I find this fruity, slighlty sour, complexly malty beer delicious, but it legitimately competed with Westy as to which was the better beer. Dark amber pour with minimal head. Aroma is of yeast esters -- lots of spice, clove, nutmeg, banana, dried cherries, raisins, etc. Malty, bready flavor with a slight roast to it. Incredible yeast ester profile. Everything that’s in big trappists is there. Banana, clove, citrus, raisin, dates, figs, dried cherries. In addition, there is a good amount of chocolate malt and some serious roast to it. There is a slight background sourness that helps balance the beer very nicely. Dry finish. Solid beer, even without the Westy hype.
BuckeyeBoy (4997) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 24, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle pours out a amber color topped with a tan head. Nose is a nice belg sweetness pit fruit vanilla and a heavy malt. Taste is toffee caramel pit fruit sweetness and nice belg yeast notes.
DwarfeD (2293) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle shared with friends. Clear reddish brown with a small white head. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Well balanced sweet and bitter tones. Caramel, malts, raisins, ripe fruits, spices and herbs. Good brew.
Patrickctenchi (5675) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: (2013 Vintage)
Cloudy brown with a thin, off-white cap.
Toffee and plum aroma.
Dark, sweet bread, plums, toffee malt taste.
Sort of like a slightly boozy candy bar...
Just gets better and better the more you taste and the warmer it gets.
Nsanders (928) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL. Brownish orange with quickly dissipating orangish head. Ripe banana, under ripe strawberry, belgian yeast, clove and banana bread. Bready sweet flavor with a mild spice aftertaste. Medium body with a watery feel.
Echon (264) - Århus, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red body with a creamy head.
Aroma and flavours of dried fruit and spicy belgian yeast. Moderetely sweet with light bitterness. Somewhat sharp taste, with a bit of alcohol.
Medium body with soft carbonation
This is a good belgian strong ale, but I expected more from AleSmith. There is no reason to return to this beer considering the alternatives from Belgium.
shrubber85 (9946) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nutty toffee malt, yeast, and dry grass aroma. Chestnut with small head. Sweet raisin, pecan, toffee malt and moderately bitter herbal hay/alcohol flavor. Nice body.
williamstome (1618) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep orange, ruddy pour, small off white head. Fantastic aroma, dried fruits and spices. Flavor is still fruity but takes on a roasty character. Perhaps a bit thin.
Strykzone (6176) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at ESBLS. Amber with a beige ring. A grain and perfume aroma. Flavor is funky and earthy. Grainy. Dark fruit and stone fruit. Nice.
djd07 (8035) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with no head. The aroma is dark fruit, raisin, toast. Thin mouth, sweet fruit, toffee, touch of hop bitterness, light spice finish, very good.
StevieT (1359) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle. Mild rum and raison aroma, delicious and well balanced, not usually my favourite style but this was great.