Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 Powerful. Nice inviting flavor and aroma. Dried apricots and citrusy bittering hops put up a nice facade as the 13% pushes its way through onto the palate to deliver the trademark warmth and body that this brewery always promises to deliver. Imagine biting into a brandy soaked fruit cake.
pivnizub (9528) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - DEC 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Hazy, amber coloured, thin, stable beige head; deep fruity and vinous nose with a tinge of barrique (hints of vanilla, wood etc.); very full vinous, fruity flavour; round, fruity, a bit brandy-like, malty (Banyuls-like) finish. Well rounded and very warming..................
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
If youíre looking for something thatís going to warm you up on a harshly bitter cold winter night, then look no further. This beer has some bite. Although not surprisingly sweet, it is hoppier than some other Belgian Strong Ales. This high level of hoppiness makes it a more rounded experience in that I didnít feel like I was sucking on a candi sugar-coated fig. I have to admit that when I quaffed this one, I had no idea of its 12% capacity and really didnít know how strong it was until I was later informed. Had I known, I probably would have taken it a little bit easier.
Ughsmash (7428) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25 cl bottle. Pour was a deep amber with some copper highlights... lots of sediment suspended in there. Heavy dark fruity aroma with caramel, earth, and a little alcohol burn on the nose hairs!?! Berries and plums first in the flavor, followed by alcohol, caramel, and quite a substantial floral hop presence. Very full and tasty flavor. Smooth and malty palate, with some astringency and bitterness at the finish... also quite nicely warming. I very much enjoyed this one!
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium whitish brown head. lasts a long time very foamy (not pillowy). Amber brown color. Bready nose. Very well blended alcohol and hops are bitter but into a malty sweetness. Has a touch of swiss cheese in the hops for bitterness. Warm.
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very nice.. Smooth and drinkable. Not too malty,and a hardly noticable 12% abv. I can see myself drinkiní this one in the winter time by a fire.
thegreenrooster (3650) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a cloudy brown with a small white head. Aroma is all things berry. Flavor is candy sugar with a dark fruit aftertaste. 12% alcohol is hidden well, i donít reall get any type of burning you would think. Good for sipping slow on a winter night, deffinatly will keep you warm.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2007 2007 draft. Sweet and spicy on the nose, molasses, cherries, with some clove, maybe hints of cinnamon. Pours amber with a thin white head, lots of lacing. Fruity, grapes, dark cherries, very hot with the 12% coming through, good spicy belgian yeast flavors with a little nutmeg and heints of allspice. Always good!
2005 bottle orginally rated 3.0. Fruity aroma, cherries, sourness, some spice. Pours a rich amber with a huge white head. Malty flavor, some fruit, sweet, cotton candy, a small little spice finish. Delightfully smooth.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Amber colour with a tan head. Light fruity, spicy aroma and a sweet fruity, spicy, grainy light alcoholic taste. Medium to full body and a sweet alcoholic finish.
ClarkVV (4645) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
No date on my bottle, but Iím pretty sure itís a 2003. Sampled on 10/27/2005 with SuIIy. Pours a hazy, amber-peach with some deep copper tones and a fluffy, off-white head that is not long retained. Some spotty lacing as it recedes. Tons of sediment on the bottom with still a strong effervescence. Expecting a sweet, sticky, thick beer, I was quite surprised to find a good deal of dry hops perfume, dry alcohol esters and lots of dry yellow fruit notes (nectarines, pears, apricts), apple brandy and some dry, graininess from the malts. Flavor is sharp, with a good deal of acidity, lots of alcohol and a fair amount of hops bitterness. A nice calvados-like note lingers in the background, not sure how that got in there, but itís pleasant and further adds to the dry nature of the beer. Light honey and almonds, with a dry almost toasty-like grain are all that I can discern of the malts. A touch of caramel perhaps, and lots of residue from the candi sugar, which adds to a soft, lightly sticky texture. Low carbonation, but enough to give some zest with a medium body. Spicy hops, apple brandy, cedar wood and a dry yeastiness. Still too much alcohol for my liking, as is the case with all Dubuisson beers Iíve had, but itís part of the locale of the beer, I donít think they are doing it to be gratuitous and brash, just a unique tradition of a beer. Iíd love to try a bigger, older sample.