fraternie (909) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby red body, thin head, vinous texture. Sweet, alcoholic aroma with strong notes of toffee and caramel as well some burnt almond/nut and some light fruit. Initial malt flavor of caramel and toffee dominate the initial malt flavor, but there is much more to this beer than that. Syrupy mouthfeel, notes of honey develop. As the beer warms frutier flavors begin to develop as well, including melon, bubble gum, and even licorice. Finish is warming, spicy (cinnamon?) very alcoholic but not unpleasantly so. Very sweet finish that becomes overwhelming towards the bottom of the bottle (one of the few complaints I have). A HUGE brew, commendable effort by Avery.
Indra (2707) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottling. Powerful, sweet, malty, estery aroma, alcohol very nicely apparent, quite complex and appealing with notes of light brown sugar, faint banana, toffee, plum, red grape, milk chocolate, lightly spicy hop, some dark breadiness and a faint oddly sourish tinge, all in all quite rich. Deep amber hue, reddish copper with a fine, creamy head and very thin lacing. Flavor profile is daunting, mighty, strongly sweet and fruity but bitter and alcoholic to balance. Begins sweet and sugary, becoming fruity and alcoholic, warming, intense and peppery with a moderately high amount of bitterness and some light cocoa and raisin on the finish. Made with Belgian ingredients in America but is closest in my experience thus far to a German Eisbock. Palate is thick, sticky and warming. Full bodied in the extreme with an Original Gravity of 1.130... Feels every bit of its nearly 16% alcohol content. Huge to be sure but not overwhelming, really. Certainly not cloying or unbalanced. Nevertheless I must echo sentiments that suggest 3-5 years in the cellar for this Beast. Really fantastic and obviously made for the true beer connoisseur who craves more.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A big beer in every sense of the word. Red with no visible carbonation. Nose dry and fruity, woody and hoppy. Flavor is quite sweet and a bit spicy, malts are there. Very well-masked, alcohol amazingly hidden considering strength. Dry at end with good hops. Nice mouthfeel as well.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2004 Batch 1
Aroma: grapes, honey, grapefruits, brown sugar, alcohol, oak, cherries and other dark fruits, furniture polish, and cigars
Appearance: reddish-brown, lacing, cream-colored head
Flavor: honey, brown sugar, hops, carmel malts, and strong alcohol flavors
Palate: very smooth, lots of body; very filling. coats the inside of the mouth. quite thick, sweet and bitter aftertaste
Aroma: 9/10, spicy bananas, musty X-mas wrapping paper, spruce, carmel, brown sugar, new car scent, plastic, flowers--cherry blossoms maybe
Appearance: 4/5, golden brown, cream-->yellow head, some lacing
Flavor: 9/10, pineapple, spruce, carmel, bananas, spices/herbs, hops, apricots, alcohol, some bubble gum
Palate: 4/5, very sweet, very smooth, syrup-like texture that coats the throat (like cough syrup), sligh burning on the lips/tongue on finish, slight dry hoppiness
Overall: 18/20, Quite unique, would buy again!
Andrew196 (1104) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crimson with yellow edges. Rather small head. Aroma of spices and raspberries, subtle hops too. Rather full mouthfeel with a vapor that creeps up into your nose with each sip. Flavor was spicier than the aroma, I tend to look for something a bit less "in my face" from a grand cru, but this shit is pretty good, lots of fruit and chocolate in the taste, with rather prominent alcohol notes.
heemer77 (5174) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another winner from Avery. Pours with a small tan head that tops the dark brown body. Smells of maple and cinnamon make this very inviting. There is also a note of swiss cheese in the background. The flavor is very sweet, almost too much. There are notes of maple, caramel, peaches and the woodiness of apple core. A very good Belgian style. Thanks again hey_kevin.
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2005 Pours brownish red, with a small head. Aroma is sweet malt, alcohol, and brown sugar. Taste is sugary, kind of like rum, with bitterness at the finish. Alcohol is not hidden, but at this percentage, I didn’t expect it to be. Really good, interesting beer.
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW this beer kicks like a mule. You can smell it when you crack the bottle. Pours a beautiful clear amber-red with a perfectly sized off white head. Aroma of strawberries, alcohol, rose petals, raisins, maybe cinnimon. Taste is definately almond, belgian candy sugar, more cinnimon (bit spicy too!) Just wonderful all around. Very warming! The flavors become more pronounced and robust as it warms up- chiefly the alcohol feel. Mouthfeel is almost syrupy, but not quite- very full and pleasent. A great beer, but man does it leave a mark. I think I fell over and slept on the floor last time I drank one.
Ungstrup (30392) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A red beer with a beutiful light brown head. The aroma is fantastic; berries, especially cowberries, hops, and spices. The flavor is like black currant juice - that gives You warmth, since the alcohol runs down Your cheeks. An excellent beer. Thanks to Mads Berg for sharing this one.
legion242 (2334) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. I am really glad that I made this the first beer of the night. Very intense. Burgundy orange colored. Very little head. Faint nose- probably the weakest element of this beer. First sips are headbangingly sweet. The mouthfeel almost feels syrupy, but not in a bad way. Lots of that belgian candy for sure. Warming as all get out and fit well for this unseasonably cool Spring evening in Dallas. Yummy.