HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (750ml - corked). Shared with blankboy, garthicus, gregclow, jerc and tupalev. Hazy deep ruby-amber pour, with an averaage lasting creamy tan head (4-). Simple sweet and spicy aroma, lightly roasty - reminded me a lot of Unibroue Trois Pistoles. The taste followed, a little clove in the spice with some grass/clover bitterness and at least moderate booziness not at all apparent in the nose. I found it fairly thick on my tongue, sweet but not cloying, with a somewhat boozy-bitter finish. Tasty for sure.
garthicus (2591) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to HogTownHarry for sharing this with us. Black body with a small tan head. Aroma: Spiced, cherry, an almost ’Unibroue’ aroma - yeasty. Flavour: Yeast, spice, burnt toast, alcohol and some blackcurrant. Long bitter finish.
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sam’s. I think this was 7.99 or something like that, much cheaper than I remember the Local 1 being. Cheers to that. This is a well crafted and more complex belgian strong than the first one. Lots of complexity in the nose and flavors with and underlying belgian yeast character that fits in nicely with the dark fruits, honey, and spices. I wouldn’t hesitate to try this again.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of hops, yeast, slight citrus, light flowers, and some earthy tones. I did not encounter many of the aromas many others did, such as chocolate and dark fruits. Poured brown/deep amber/copper in color with a large beige head that lasted throughout. Hazy. Sparkling. Very good to excellent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of yeast, caramel, light dark ripe fruits, light chocolate, slight alcohol, light grains, slight citrus, malts, honey, and hops. I don’t notice any of the "sweet orange peel," except maybe in the bit of citrus.
Medium body. Slightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Sweet, caramel, yeast, and earthy hops finish.
bigrond (1443) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured very nice. A deep dark robust hue. Flavor was strong and it had a nice warming effect. The Beligan style is not my favorite but this was a good beer. I enjoyed it.
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. pours dark brown with creamy off white head. nose of chocolate, toffee, yeast and tobacco. flavor has nose of toffee, raisin, yeast, bread, tobacco, with a mildly sweet honey finish. med body. very authentic tasting, recalling notes of the St. Banardus dark beers. very few American breweries are pulling off dark belgian style beers this well.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2013 750ml from Whole Foods, Raleigh. A dark, lively pour that superficially recalls the appearance of Westmalle Dubbel. That’s not too bad! The honey and orange peel are immediately evident in the nose, it’s fairly inviting I must say. Dark and fruity malts everywhere, like the best dubbels, but there’s slightly more heat in the finish, somehow attenuated by the honey. I quite like this, more than the Local 1 at any rate.
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009-03-20. Dark brown body with a modest foamy tan head. (3+) Aroma has modest but pervasive alcohol presence. Sweet malt with a light spice character to it. Flavour is somewhat alcoholic, as in the aroma it is pervasive but not overly strong. Sweetish malt, light bitterness is magnified in the finish as the alcohol shows itself a bit more. Light dusty malt undertones. (7+) Average palate seems just a touch light for the beer. Not bad. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry
Gorbalev (2893) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, GregClow, Jerc, and Garthicus, at Blankboy’s, courtesy of either Harry or Paul (I forgot to write down who brought what - thanks for sharing guys!). Dark brown, small white head. Mild malty aroma. Sweet taste - more malt, yeast, boozy finish. Very drinkable. Not bad at all.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2009 Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours a dark brown with red hues, beige fizzy head. Aroma of some farmhouse, light berries. Flavor of some malt, some funk, alcohol, pepper. Mouth feel is medium body with fizzy carbonation. Overall, pretty tasty stuff!