MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank in the company of Joey Capps and JadoreBlanche at Chester’s, in Hamilton, Ontario. Pours a cloudy orange body, with a a very thin coat of beige head to lock in the goodness. Lots of sediment flating around as well. Very nice looking brew. Aromas are of caramel, some sweet orange/citrus notes, corriander, very spicy. Taste is sweet, spices, orange rind, malty undertones, complex. Fairly smooth finish, full bodied, with a warming alcohol feeling. Great example.
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not terrible. A little sweet- but slightly off set by some nice malt. The alcohol is very upfront. Not too surprising, considering the 12%. My head is gonna hirt tommorow!!
Mockba (78) - DENMARK - AUG 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very strong beer with a beautiful color. The smell is not to convinsing.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cL bottle. Really one of the Belgian beers I like to go to when I have a chance . Nice cloudy dark copper with a good white head and weeping lacing. Bold malt and alcohol flavor with some spicy notes. It is easy to drink for a 12% beer which is a little disconcerting. It has a nice balancing bitterness at the end. Good beer!
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet honey nose, nice deep amber with a firm head. This is a beer betrayed by its strength. Although it starts well, the alcohol comes through too sharply in the finish. Astringent, ethanolly characters dominate, coating the tongue.
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[bottle from magic_dave6] pours a clear amber colour. nose is fruity with some toffee notes and some alcoho and some yeast. good body.
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2005 Bottle (330ml). Sampled at 2005 Toronto (Fort York) Festival of Beer. Poured a slightly hazy orange, with a spare off-white head. Aroma of sour wine, acohol, citrus-sweet malt - overall quite sweet and very strong alcohol. Taste - alcohol dominates - I caught mango+banana+citrus, very sweet malt, mossy - a bit like an average belgian dubbel with a massive alcohol override. Mouthfeel a bit harsh, finishes alcohol-harsh - upshot is that it’s not balanced at all, I’m mostly left with over-amped taste buds from the booze-burn.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at Max’s (Camden Yards) in Baltimore in June 2005. Clear, golden color with large head and lacing. The aroma is yeasty, sweet, and malty. The flavor has alcohol, peach, sweetness, and is very smooth even with the alcohol and some bitterness. Great beer!
caesar (6685) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear orange color, short off-white color. Sweet aroma, caramel malt, flowers, some honey. Caramel malty taste, soft, bit flowery and hoppy bitter. Overwhelming alcohol, burning, like a liquor. It’s hardly a beer. I’m left with a burning tongue and throat.
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Faded amber color with that short lived head. As is typical of Bush’s beers, its aroma suggests complexity and quality. I find honey, barley, fresh grass, and something pleasantly astringent. The taste is sharp with a mostly bitter taste, grain, caramel, and evident alcohol. An excellent beer for those cold winter nights.