TheEpeeist (3523) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz bottle. Clearish brown, some crimson highlights, with a bubbly beige froth. Nose is raisin, caramel, chocolate cake and wood. Medium light with buzzy carb. Taste is raisin, fig and maple but feeling a bit thin. Finishes somewhat bitter and earthy but not bad. I guess this is what was left of the hops.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to magjayran’s generosity. What a great beer to just give to someone. From the looks of it, seems to have held up well. Pours very hazy copper with decent off-white head and good retention. Sweet aroma filled with fruit and malt: caramel, figs, raisins, apples, tobacco, spice, bread, must ... the more I smell this, the more oxidation I can detect, but it’s not taking too much away from the beer. Oddly crisp finish... drier than expected, but I guess the champagne yeast would probably explain that. Palate almost like bubbly wine. Ha, yeah, now I keep thinking about champagne at the end. Alcohol well hidden. This gets better with each sip. Nice.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Sweet aroma of dark ripe fruits, raisins, caramel, figs, malts, slight yeast, and a hint of hops. Much of the spices and fruits others mention seem to have mellowed in the 3 years since this was bottled. Poured deep amber/copper in color with a small, smooth, beige head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of small particles throughout. Good lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malts, caramel, dark ripe fruits, light tobacco, raisins, figs, hops, light spices, some pepper, yeast,
Medium body. Smooth, coating, slightly sticky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Sweet, malty, caramel and slight tobacco finish lings a while.
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 (6151) - 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 (1943) - 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.