Pailhead (4361) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Real strong citrus aroma with some malt. Dark orangish-brown with lots of sediment that can barely be seen when held to the light. Okay lacing. Orange peel and raisin in the taste, with light sourness and some spice.
hopdog (8444) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of bread, light spices, licorice and some dark fruits. Averaged tasting and nothing too special.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color with just a hint of orange through the light. Dark bone colored head, fairly tall and only a few spots of lace. Mildly spiced stewed plums, has a candied fruit aromas.Hints of malt in the background. An aroma that makes you work to think of what you are inhaling. There seems to be some leather and formaldehyde lurking in this one. Gave it a 7, just because it’s making me work. Heavy licorice starts and carries through the first half of the quaff, and if you know me, that is not a good thing. Never been a fan of black licorice. Alcohol comes out next. Just what I wanted malt ouzo. There are some dark malt flavors that show themselves at times whilst it is being swizzled, but they really come out in the linger. Granted the throat is already aflame, but the tongue still is picking up on the malt. As this warms the licorice does seem to subside and a dark cocoa flavor comes out. I certainly respect this brew, it has a lot of different qualities. Some of these qualities I am not real keen on, but what do I know. This really does have a long malty linger its been at least a few minutes from my last sip and there are still all kinds of malt flavors meandering in my mouth. Just came to me - this is just a strong brown ale.
MiP (12987) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2009 Bottle. Acidic aroma. Muddy brown colour, no head. First a hint of tobacco, then flavour turns malty/dark sugary. 5 2 6 3 13
Draught. Slightly vinous, rather alcoholic aroma. Perhaps clear dark brown colour. The flavour is a little sweet with some cookie spices and a little Belgian yeast. OK balanced. 6 3 6 3 16
Bottle, 9%. Sweet aroma, hint of liquorice? Dark brown colour, red shine. Small floaties. Good sweet flavour, some yeast, Belgian notes. Hint of roasted notes, perhaps a little cream. 7 3 7 3 19
badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2008 Very dark red color with a thin head. Bready aroma. The taste is... nothing. Just some vague hint at malt, but I might be smelling that and not tasting it. Boring. 6/3/5/3/8 Re-Rate at MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, January 12, 2008. Thanks to Brewfiend. Dark red color with a little head. Malty aroma and very herbal. This time, there’s plenty of flavor. Sweet malt with that herbal quality of some Trappists like Rochefort. Strong alcohol. Oddly dry finish. Nice.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark Red Coloring With Sandy Head. Dry Spices.Bread Dough. Dry and Bitter. Saison-Like..
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cherry Coca Cola with a huge, frothy, dense head of beige locks. Sweet molasses/caramee, replete with notes of chocolate, cocoa, anise and alcohol soaked cherris. Mig, full yet slick mouthfeel, all about buffeted by malt and hops. Balanced. Complex yet drinkable.
ClarkVV (3742) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2004 bottle sampled at the Belgian Beer Fest 11/04. Pours a murky brown, medium dark with tans and beiges swirling about. Modest tan head and an aroma of sweet chocolate, light raspberries, touch of alcohol and plenty of residual sugar. Flavor begins big and stays that way. It’s a full malt assault with plenty of red fruits interwoven with chocolate and caramel malt. Finish is lightly yeasty with alcohol and vinousness. I guess that must have been the "must of wine" but I don’t taste any roses. . . . Stronger and a bit more complex than the likes of other Belgian Christmas Dark Ales (affligem, delirium, etc). It didnt have a candied apple flavor and the yeast wasnt dominant, but the body stood up well. With the dry yeast, the acidic vinousness on the finish, it’s a strange ride all the way through, but I enjoyed it anyways.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2005 Purchased in Milan, Italy and sampled one lonely night in Rome.
Pleasantly aromatic with notes of tangerines, peppers, dead flowers, pit fruit, toffee, vanilla, cocoa and dried fruits along with a very unique yeast strain.
Lovely. Front is cherries and cocoa. Tangerine, dried fruits and plums in the mid-palate. Lingering, alcoholic, finish.
I was expecting more but this beer was still very good.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2004 I was stunned to find this Italian micro at a local bottle shop - the wonders of beer importation and distribution constantly amaze me. Pours an opaque brown colour with a big head which settles to a nice layer of foam. Would ordinarily get a 4 for appearance but the bottle bumps it up to 5. Aroma is yeasty with apple cores, some acidity, vanilla and nail polish but it’s all a bit underwhelming. Low carbonation for a Belgian. Slightly sweet flavour without being malty in the least. Slight burnt roastiness (too much roast malt) and some acidity in the finish which make for a weird experience. Kind of dull flavour, lacking the vibrancy (if I can say this without sounding like too much of a wanker) that most Belgians have. It seems to me like it has potential for aging as it had some very faint similarities (the mild acidity) to aged Chimay Grande Reserve, but frankly I’m not sure I’d finish the whole bottle if it were my own home brew. There were some positives in there but ultimately it’s a pretty poorly done Belgian and maybe I’m just trying to find nice things to say about it to justify the twenty bucks I spent on the bottle...