tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2006 Sweet marzipan, strong alcohol and hazelnuts feature in this pleasant, sweet and malty aroma. Clear mahogany brown with large-bubbled, off-white head that diminishes to very thin cover. Candy sugar and nutty malts in the flavour. Somewhat hot. Sweet and straight-forward and altogether more like a strong Northern English brown ale than an ABT. Yeast character seems fairly neutral. Medium full body. Bottle. Enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere. Thanks, Dorwart!
Upon resampling, I had to bump the score down a bit as I found it to be quite alcoholic and somewhat thin and astringent. Original score was 8-3-6-4-15 - bumped down to 8-3-6-2-13.
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2006 Creamy fig sweetness filling up the sparse roasted malt husks...Underlying berriness resides within amongst the apparent alcohol (which is nonetheless well-masked for the 10%) and fails to give more Belgian-ness to this secular double brown or English Strong Ale...A stout performer which is not true to its billing but which still entertains...
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear burgundy. White 1cm foam. Typical avery nose contains the light alcohol vapors and hoppiness. Fruity malt overtones (bubblegum, pears, cherries), almond and caramelised sugars aroma. Palate is also caramelic, earthy, heating. Finish includes traces of grassy, orangey and earthy bitter and astringent hops. All the way through though, there’s that dull avery yeast action going on which just doesn’t work so well with belgians. Body is fairly full, biting.
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Recommended to me because of my recent infatuation with belgian ales, this definitely did not disappoint. A nice reddish color and a decent head with a fair amount of lacing. For me, as with all belgians, the overwhelming flavor is that of apples. I can drink this in complete comfort. It’s just good. Not quite as complex as a tripel I had a few weeks ago, but with perhaps a better overall flavor.
jazz88 (2650) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A ruby amber color with a laced tan head. A spicy, clove/orange, sweet caramel aroma. A smooth enjoyable flavor and easy on the palate. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. A candy like flavor. Not too complex but enjoyable to drink.
bb (8269) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a thin head. Little aroma - some malt and spice. Rich malt flavor, slightly bubblegummy, slight earthiness, some raisiny flavors. Lingering sacharine flavor. It seems like a poor American version of a Belgian that seems to be cropping up all over the place - no complexity, poor finish (too sweet and in a bad way).
Frank (3892) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2004 You know, if somebody gave me this and told me it was an English barleywine, I’m not sure I’d try to argue, at least not that much. The big malts are there along with dark fruits but there’s very little of that spicy yeast character that makes Belgians taste like, well, Belgians. It does pour a lovely dark amber with a nice bit of white head. And it is surprisingly crisp, smooth and easy drinking for any beer let alone one of such high gravity but a Trappist ale it is not.
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light copper colour. Thin white sustained head. Aroma has the plain sweet fruit scent. The taste is a plain sweet lovely scent. Instense alcohol taste. I must die....
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured orangey amber with barely any head at all (might’ve been a touch too cold, but not that much)...smells a little a touch citrus, then sugar and alcohol, maybe some earth fruits...tastes very thin and watery up front, then artificially sweet and alcohol with a thick spicy, syrupy, alcohol after taste...not bad, but it really does bear a striking resemblance to a bad barely wine, not a fantastic Belgian...
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
When you taste it rather warm, it is the best. Interesting effort and should be recognized for originality.