beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
BCTC 06 Pours an opaque dark brown color with a thin light brown head. The aroma is mostly sweet. The flavor has some burnt caramel and alcohol, there isn’t much belgian authenticity in this beer. The body is light to medium with an oily texture and soft carbonation.
3fourths (7772) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewery. Dark toast colored brown and burgundy body. Has a very nice cherry and strong plum flavor, with molasses and maple notes as ell. Nice toasted plums and syrupy dark candy sugar in the nose. Flavor has a bit of light smoke in the finish, very chewy overall, quite tasty. Nose morphs into a more of a smoke, cola and maple combination, and even reminds me of true (Vermont) maple syrup. The Belgian qualities are lacking, however.
obxdude10 (1964) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty mediocre beer, nothing really all that exciting about it, deep brown color with a very small tan head, very little lacing around the glass, lots of bread notes in the nose with other notes of caramel malt & roasted barley, medium in body, drinkable & palateable, flavor notes of bread, yeast, a bit of bitter hoppiness & a touch of spiciness, mild finish with a slight note of alcohol
Nate (3531) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From growler on Easter. Nice malty aroma. Worty with licorice and a bit of anise. Sugary sweetness with toffee and roasted grains. Mild gingerbread spice and clove. Deep dark brown clear, with rocky off-white lighlty lacing head. Medium heavy body with medium carbonation. Some alcohol warming. Starts with good malty sweetness. A lactic-hoppy tang gives this a nice balance. Some saltiness, too. Spicy with gingerbread and cloves. Roasted grains and fruity esters. Alcohol presence and mild tongue numbing. Finishes sweet and sticky with some mild bitter hoppiness. Good Belgian ale and a bit heavier than a dubbel.
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 13, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught tulip at the brewpub with SuIIy on 4/8/06
Beige head lays about at cover, eventually receding (rather quickly) to a ring. Beer is a deep milk chocolate brown, near opaque with little to no lacing.
Aroma shows a fair dose of lactic acid, with British malt nuttiness, some dates and raisins and a lightly spicy Belgian yeast that is almost lost in the roastiness.
Flavor seems to contain mostly chewy nuttiness, some lightly sticky chocolate and toffee, but mainly an odd licorice and lactic note on the end that builds up on the palate, providing too much astringency, while the carbonation, quite low, is not able to clear it. Belgian yeast qualities are very light in this beer, and only provide some doughiness and brief, bare, pepper phenols. I get notions of peanut brittle from all of the astringency. Some chewiness, as mentioned, but plenty of wateriness on end too. Malts are terribly not complex (milk chocolate, dates, peanuts, astringency). Seems to be inspired by the Diabolique, but falls short in drinkability and overall presentation. A bit of alcohol sharpness after warming, as well.