COBeer (18) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Held onto this bottle for eight months, was somewhat let down by everything except how well the alcohol was hidden. Brown fruit notes subtle presence, combined with a nice malt, yet I wonder if that champagne yeast wasn’t getting a little pushy.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL from the White Mountain. Pours dark orange with light creamy brown head. Malt aroma as well as flavor. Just a bit of alcohol in the finish, good for the %’age. Better than I expected but still didnt do much for me
jredmond (5298) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL from the White Mountain. Pours dark orange with light creamy brown head. Malt aroma as well as flavor. Just a bit of alcohol in the finish.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml I’ve been saving. Not sure why I opened it today but it has been calling to me. Pours a deep caramel brown. Thick, you can’t see through this baby. Very inviting with its creamy thick beige head and fresh caramel aroma with hints of apple or pear. Great belgian. A bit sour, bready flavor. Alcohol sneaks up at the end but not overwelming. Nice warmth. Dry bitter finish.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the HMoG at the Brick Store.
Pours a dark, clear amber with a small tan head that showed very good staying power and left a little bit of lacing.
The aroma is very sweet with both light and dark fruits, starting with some ripe apples and apricots but also with some raisins and plums on top of the Belgian yeast and hints of spices
The taste brings out some sweet malts with more of the ripe, sweet fruits. The spices come out a little more in the taste than the aroma would suggest and the finish is dry and slightly peppery.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with less carbonation than I expected which probably detracts slightly from the overall experience.
rocbyter (1896) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet spicy yeast aroma. Cloudy red color with medium tan head. Short sweet beginning with a spicy bitter finish. mild amount of alcohol in the end. Lingering light sour citrus taste.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
<b>750 ml bottle</b> I received in trade some time ago - Pours a slightly hazy orangish-amber color with a small off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is esters and spice. Flavor is sweet esters, malt, and spice. Medium body. Smooth palate. Wish I had taken better notes. I do remember this beer tasting pretty good.
jmm635 (854) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a slightly hazy deep amber color with a solid head. Aromas of malts, sweet fruit, and a little yeast. Taste is a little less complex... mostly malts, slightly fruity, and a little sweet (maybe caramel). Very rich in the mouth, but slightly alcoholic on the finish. Pretty solid brew for my 50th rating. Half way to my crown!
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. from a trade with 46er3498. Poured a real nice dark orange/brown color, a bit hazy as well, with a white head. Sweet smell, candy sugar, very subtle, very nice. Nice light sweet flavor as well with a little bite in the end. Very good brew, Thanks Tom.
skoisirius (1628) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml, seems to be over 2 years old at this point. This beauty pours an amazing golden amber red with an incredibly retentive light tanned head. Sweet buttery banana plum malty notes waft from the nose...lots of Belgian candy sugar notes are present as well. Very malty. The flavor brings a bit of the same aroma profile with a very deep fruity malty presence, expanding into the dark cherry, dark plum, and dark berry realm. All the while a light yet forward cotton candy & Belgian yeast sugary flavor is present. Lots of layers of sweetness, which then is backed up by an incredibly gentle hop presence starting near the finish and continuing to linger with the sour notes of the malt well through the end of the finish. This one was the wait...I never tried it fresh...and I’m almost glad...if you’ve got a bottle, you could definitely hold it for another couple years. Let it breath...and enjoy...!