Dorwart (2459) - 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 (24032) - 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.
TBone (14619) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (BB 08/2006)
Hazy peach/orange color, off-white head. Fruity nose. Fruity with alcoholic burn but pleasant. Some hops in the finish. Similar to some East European strong lagers (maybe to Frederik Tosin 12% as sayravai claims:)) !
highlandlad (1443) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A complex classic. Pours the bronze colour that prompted the switch from its previous name, Bush 12%, to Bush Amber/Ambree. The short tan head quickly disappears. Gorgeous sherry-like aroma that betrays the high abv. Some fruit and caramel notes. The palate is full and almost syrupy. It’s sweet and nutty, with lots of alcohol up front. The finish is wonderfully complex - dry and satisfying with orange-citric characters. Made for sipping, rather than swigging. The alcohol becomes a bit fierce towards the end of the bottle but those first few sips are enchanting.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JAN 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2005 Bottled. Clear dark amber colour. Small head. Caramelly, alcoholic aroma. Very sweet, caramelly with hints of raisins. The high alcohol shines through. It is okay, but maybe too sweet. I had no problem with the alcoholic flavour, as I´m not that opposed to it, and like spirits, too, but in combination with too much sweetness this influenced my experience in a somewhat negative way. Still it is a quite an enjoyable sipping beer.
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a darker, transparent amber with a small head, leaving lace. Light honey aroma. Weak malt also. Alcohol stings the nostrils. Spicy hops and watery malt. ALcohol too. Alcohol becomes evident after a few sips. At first fairly sweet, becoming warmer & dry from the alcohol. This is an interesting beer. It wasn’t that great but I enjoyed it. Big alcoholic kick, too.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a good Belgian Strong Ale. Caramel, slightly bitter, and some fruit flavors. Finishes bitter sweet, warming, and chewy.