ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - MAR 21, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
copper red color, not much head. surprisingly spicy and hoppy nose.
As one expects with a 12% beer, it had a distct alcohol taste. sweet with both malt and fruit notes. very little spicing.
very drinkable for such a potent beer.
omhper (19695) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper coloured, no head that I remember (but with 12% beers you never know...). Fruity and surprisingly smooth for being this strong. A dangerous beer with some toffee flavour and a bitter finish.
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer masks a great palate with it’s subtle amber-orange appearance. With 12% you would think it would be quite hot on the palate but it is well balanced and full of flavour.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wonderful beer. You can smell the sweetness and hops. The body has a nice complexity, but the sweetness helps cover most of the alcohol. Quite a bit of yeast in suspension in the glass. A great strong ale for a cold night.
Marcmo (16) - Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I think Scaldis almost has hints of tannins (perhaps aging in oak?), even though this really is a flavor attributed more to a red wine and the ’skins’ of the grapes. I think I like Scaldis because although it strong, the brewers use liberal amounts of hops to offset the sweetness of the malt. Nice and warming.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am drinking it as I write. The aroma was fruity with a solid alcohol presence. Definitely a warmer as it goes down. The color was lighter than expected, a golden amber. Fairly well balanced with a touch of spiciness. Perhaps a bit of oxidation trying to come through. Flavor of fruits and spice folloewd by a strong alcohol note. Still, a good brew to have for these cold winter days!
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
the description in italics up there says exactly what i was thinking: how do you make a beer 12% and keep the flavours this mild (read: bland)? certainly goes down pretty smoothly, but not a lot happens between bringing this strangely orange-coloured potion to my lips and its subsequent warming of my entrails. that said, this shits all over most other double-figures brews I’ve had (apart from those from the von Trapp family).
DaveZ99 (7) - Burbank, California, USA - FEB 1, 2002 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very pleasantly surprised by this. Beautiful color. Head was light, due to the alcohol content I guess. None of the harshness that is so evident in Samichlaus. I’ll definitely have this one again!
Indra (2627) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m drinking this one out of a wide-mouthed glass, I hope that’s the right one for a beer like this. Light, clear orangey-amber color. Filtered. Somewhat rocky but not particularly large head. Rather well carbonated. Some tripel-like fruity aromas, mixed with the medicinal, unmistakable scent of alcohol. Flavor profile has quite a vinous, sharp quality to it. Lighter-bodied for a beer of it’s undeniable strength. Some light, green-grapey flavors give way to a warming sensation down the back of the throat and some hop bitterness. Aftertaste is lightly fruity and alcoholic. I have to admit, I was little afraid of this beer, but I actually like it, unlike most people, it seems. It’s pretty unique.
Belgik (72) - Sterrebeek, BELGIUM - JAN 23, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Off-white medium-firm foam topping a limpid amber brew with some fine bubbles.
Strong hoppy aroma, quite vividly herby and winelike impressions.
Strong and hoppy, bitter flavor, marked by high alcohol and nagged by an ever-present slightly medicinal herbiness, somewhat sirupy/sticky.
Bitter and rather artificial-seeming beer, not refreshing and not my thing.