Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy amber color. Aromas of oak, a little port like, but without the alcohol burn. Flavors of the sam, but very mellowed and sedate. Alcohol isn’t very noticable.
Sigmund (5831) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
25 cl bottle, under its alias "Scaldis", bought at Selfridge’s, London. Amber colour, large and fluffy lingering head. Vinous dry sherry-like aroma, elements of oak and leather too. Flavour is again sherry-like, medium dry (or medium sweet, if you like), loads and loads of oak, hints of German "Weinbrand", warming mouthfeel as expected from a 12% ABV beer, but the beer doesn’t feel inappropriately alcoholic. A substantial hoppy bitterness in the finish balances the sweetness nicely. Plays in the Premier League of beers, this one.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
250ml bottle. BB 03/06 cellar temp. pours brazen copper with rushing bubbles tan head that forms well, then slowly fades, leaving a lace coated glass behind. Carmelly malt nose, some spice underneath, vanilla, orange. Drinks moderately heavy, not thick...alcohol shows up in the sweet, warm finish. The overall flavor is that of the aroma...lots of carmelly malt with slight suggestions of spice. Odd aftertaste/feel...hot...if I whistle right after drinking this, I think I could light my breath on fire! There is some bitterness coming around in there too...but the distilled finish is there. I won’t really say that’s a defect, though...this beer has its place and to judge it outside of that is wrong. This isn’t a beer to grab when you get off work on Tuesday...this is something to sit on your back porch with in March after a nice meal, surrounded by friends and atmosphere. It that context, I think it stands up pretty well. But a small dosage is a good idea, 8oz bottle is good, but a 12oz would be excellant for 2 people to share.
Terminus (3380) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
8.4 oz bottle-pours a copper hue with tons of yeast floaties and good lacing. aroma of alcohol, apples, grapes and funky yeast. flavors of apples, grapes and alcohol burn. lots of fruity notes and a long apple/alcohol finish but the alcohol fades into sweetness. very good lacing, but hindered by the large quantity of yeast floaties in my glass. I think this beer could age really nicely. lots of alcohol heat in the finish. Are those piney hop notes in the finish as well?
Krausen (102) - USA - FEB 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great Beer, caramel and nice spice in the front and finishes with a clean lingering bitterness. Aroma leaves a little to be desired, but very drinkable great beer. I will buy this one again.
Dorwart (2457) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin head with light carbonation. Head reforms nicely upon swirling. Nice caramel aroma with vanilla and a hint of dough. Do not detect the alcohol in the aroma at all. Color is a dark golden orange. Lots of light wispy floaters in there. Flavor is sharp and mildly alcoholic. I expected more than this from a 12%. Tingles on the gums and tongue. More caramel and spices. Little bit of pepper. Finish is warming and numbing. I can feel the effects on my throat. A good and very strong belgian. Good thing it comes in 250 mL bottles.
bibi (18) - De Panne, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark amber colred beer. Very small head. Caramelly, alcoholic aroma with a note of raisins. The high alcohol is too present and the taste too sweet.
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
smooth, nice aroma, toffee and malt flavor, just a hint of alcohol on the way down. Great!
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber, rich cotton-like head. Big, raw, estery aroma. Pears, apricot, sugar and alcohol. Strong fruity and malty flavour pears, oranges, almond and pepper. Yeast and hops in the long warm finish.
joergen (23987) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden colour with off-white head. Sweet aroma with lots of fruit, alcohol and spices. Powerful flavour dominated by spices, alcohol and hops.
Nice, but not the best belgian strong ale.