Dorqui (2156) - Brescia, ITALY - JUL 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light and evanescent foam. Clear branch color, much limpid and fraught. Extremely sparkling in the center goblet, unusual aspect. Wrapping and strongly scent. Marked notes of alcohol, honey, sugar and caramel. Much complex. Determined and structured taste; much full bodied and flowery. Rumors of caramel, much sugary and liqueury. Absent bitter.
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber with a nice off-white head. Sweet malts, caramel, turkish fruit and some tropical fruits coming through in the nose. Smells heavy. Taste is very sweet again with malts, grainy, definitely less fruity. Sweetness is like that on the back of an envelope or stamp. Alcohol is fairly well hidden but the character is warming to say the least.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2005 250 ml bottle from HWC: Copper color with a small off white head. Aroma is sweet with alcohol and fruit. Flavor starts honey sweet with a little peach followed by some bitterness finishing dry and peppery with a light alcohol burn. Smooth palate. A belly warmer with the 12% ABV apparent.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JUN 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick, oily body, copper color with a small white head. Strong Belgian candy sugar, cinnamon, pepper and alcohol aroma. Sweet apple, grass, pepper and spice flavors with a very dry finish.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich, crystal clear copper color with a small white head. The aroma was full of cinammon, pepper, and alcohol. The flavor was sweet apple up front followed abruptly by a dry grassy/peppery character. The feel was very soft with an extremely dry finish.
dwyerpg (5087) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells pretty fruity, but looks normal. Thankfully the lightest strong ale I’ve had. You can still certainly notice the alcohol, but this is a beer that packs a punch and can be drank more than one at a time.
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUN 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 25cl. One of my favourites.Very beautiful amber colour, small but lasting white head. Nice caramel and toffee aromas, well combined with alcohol scents. This belgium strong ale is suprisingly smooth, with notes of malt, spices and brown sugar. The alcohol is always present but you can also feel the other flavours. Big personality. Excellent beer.
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small head that remains as a blanket over the russet body for the duration. Suprisingly thick and sweet mouthfeel. Aroma is quite muted, some spice and brown sugar. Overall lacking in any distinctiveness outside of the strong alcohol. However I find it quite easily drinkable and suspect that if it were a cold day with a nice fire I’d be writing myself off right smart with this number.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Smokeless Joe’s as Scaldis. Dark brown pour, small white head. Strong alcohol in aroma. In your face alcohol in taste as well, overpowering. Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol dominates and hides flavour, but there is no denying this is a well crafted beer. As it warms the alcohol does give way to some spiciness, but overall, a solid brew that could be even more with a better balancing act.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on tap at Monks Cafe in Philadelphia. This is a full bodied Amber Belgian Beer. The alcohol is a bit up front on this one. Not a horrible beer, but probably should have tried something else out.