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.
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2005
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
bottle. golden colour. alcoholic aroma. taste is one thing - alcohol. overpowering and unpleasant.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 17, 2005
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a clear golden brown with a rocky tan head. Lots of lace. Smells of tart fruit and grassy. Light hops.
Strong maltiness. Alcohol burn. Fruity. Unbalanced and not that tasty. Strong but that’s about it. No complexity at all. Some sweet alcohol lingering on the tongue. Not so hot.
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber color,decent head. Mild sherry/over ripe fruit aroma. Tasted of toffee,almonds and alcohol. Not bad but pretty one dimensional. And $$$
shrubber85 (9997) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Sweet cherry and malt aroma. Reddish tan color with small but lasting head. A slightly sour toffee flavor with a bitter and the expected strong alcohol finish. Nicely drinkable - surprising for the alcohol content.
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden amber with a generous white head. Aroma is of heavy fruits and alcohol. Flavor is deep and long. Tastes like toffee, lots of malt. Very nice belgian strong ale.
ALLOVATE (2828) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The initial thought behind tasting this one was, as a brewer, how high can you push the yeast fermenting the sugars before they break down and inevitably die trying. This turned out to be a good example of a Strong Ale, pushing the alcohol envelope with out compromising it’s subtle ’beer’ qualities and union of smooth flavours. Tasted from the bottle at the Belgian Beer Café, Perth (BBE 2006). Poured into it’s own stumpy tulip glass (again, overly cold), an auburn amber body spread little carbonation and failed to form a head, bar an island of beige foam (expected as much for it’s strength). Fruity esters dominated initially, with a backing of candi sugar and low toffee sugar notes. Spices, peppery, of alcohol and yeast came through as I warmed it. In the mouth it was almost like a candi store in a glass, ’humbugs’, caramel, toffee and butterscotch (Not in a diacetyl frame!), warming sherry alcohol mid-palate, and follows into a medium length sweet and lightly warming swallow. Holds it’s strength remarkably well and is as smooth as silk. A good, balanced, well rounded, winter warmer.