GT2 (7716) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL into tulip. Pours a deep ruby with a huge, four-finger tan head. Great aroma of Belgian yeast, candied dark fruits, black cherry soda, honey, nutmeg. Okay lacing. Taste is brown sugar, tart black cherries, fresh dates, yeast earthiness, orange peel, and cinnamon. Very soft on the palate. Alcohol is well hidden but almost cloying. Dry, earthy aftertaste. Very fruity and sweet overall. Reminds me of Unibroue Maudite. Yum.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma of candi sugar, honey, nutty yeast. Flavor the same, some sweet notes, some yeasty notes. Nothing wrong with it, well brewed and all, but really nothing interesting about it either, just another Belgian to me.
LilBeerDoctor (3297) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet fruit, honey, and light yeast. Flavor of nice cherry notes and sweet malt. Nothing too special, but pretty decent to sip on.
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at Forest City. Pours dark brown with a frothy head. Aroma of sweet, ripe fruit and spice. Flavor is full and mouth coating, offering up malty sweetness, dark fruit, and back palate alcohol. Finish is dry and sticky. Nice flavors overall, great beer.
eaglefan538 (2818) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2009 Re-rate, June 09: Quite a different experience, although the cork pop was quite loud all over again. The flavor was like a dry dark belgian ale, some chocolate, good barley notes, coriander, orange peels, darker malts, caramel, pretty yummy stuff, toucheds of dry dark fruits. Mouthfeel was quite drinkable, no idea where I got my honey and grass from the first time, not pilsner like at all this time through? I was digging it more, though, and subsequently bumped up the ratin’! Original rating: After a very gradual and gentle technique to get the jammed thing out, this bottle opened by bfeldmann with a humongo pop of the cork (the high velocity projectile nailed his sealing and THEN me, still with plenty of momentum - can I sue Brooklyn for the pain and suffering?). I actually looked at the poured beer AFTER tasting and was surprised it wasn’t paler in color: it was a clear copper to almost brown color. The aroma was full of green apples, honey, grass. The flavor followed the aroma, with floral and oranges also present. Like a strong imperial pilsner blended with a sweeter golden Belgian strongs. Odd concoction, but nothing super impressive in the end.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a transparent dark copper mahogany with a large, frothy, well-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet biscuity caramel malt with a good yeasty ester profile and touch of spices. Starts with good fullness and foamy carbonation with some rich dark caramel and milk chocolate sweetness balanced with mild citrus and peppery spice before a drier, toasty finish. True to style and enjoyable brew.
Kinz (3159) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Richmond Gathering courtesy of maniac. Very dark brown, decent head. Aroma of candy sugar, earth, spice, roasty, and yeasty. Flavor was roast malts, yeast, honey, dark fruit, with a dry chocolate finish and some spiciness. Very complex, good stuff.
beerbill (3254) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a large, fluffy tan head that lasted until the last sip and left a moderate amount of lace. Pleasant aroma of malt, brown sugar apples and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is quite malty with brown sugar and dates also noted. Mild alcohol flavor at the finish, which becomes stronger as the beer warms. Fairly smooth at the finish with only slight bitterness. Enjoyable.
boFNjackson (4006) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured dark ruby/brownish with an off-white head. Buttery-caramel and malt aroma. Mellow, soft palate with tangy, dark fruit notes. Some sour yeast before the malt finish. Also some cloves in the finish too. Teetered on cloying but the brew pulled it off nicely.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Pilsnerpete. Muddy, brown body with a very large, tan head. Head is fizzy and beer is clearly a bit overcarbonated. Nose is quite pleasant with dark fruits, light toffee and candi sugar, very light citrus and a touch of floral hops. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with lots of toffee, some dark fruit, a dose of licorice and quite a bit of roast. Actually, this would probably be a very nice beer if not for a bit too much dark malts, which seems to be the biggest difference (and the flaw) in American made Belgian Strongs. Medium body is very soft and carbonation, though present in high levels is gentle. Finish is long, but a bit unpleasant with the aforementioned dark malts coming through quite heavily and a very strong lingering licorice. All-in-all, not a bad effort from a decidedly mediocre brewery.