schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
25 cl bottle, íbbeí Nov 06. Dark copper colour with a myriad of tiny, irregularly shaped yeast particles giving it an opaque appearance. Small but quite stable white creamy head that laces wonderfully. Sweet, sticky, malty and fruity (pears, cherries) aroma with noticeable alcohol. Actually, the fruit and the alcohol are so prominent that the whole thing reminds pretty much of a fine Croatian pear brandy. A sweet, grainy taste with some caramel, (again) pears and LOTS of alcohol; a shy hoppy aftertaste. Hulk-ish body with a strong alcoholic finish, but where is the carbonation? Potent, but it should have some more character. That íalternative energy sourceí pours also through every pore.
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 25cl. Dark amber colored pour. Short lived head, with a strong hoppy aroma. It was ok.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
25cl bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Pours a rich clear amber color with a frothy off white head. Flavor starts fruity and sweet followed by a light peppery bite and a lightly bitter sweet, dry finish. Alcohol presence noted. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. : )
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours orangish golden with a mostly maintained beige head. Aroma of sweet phenolic yeast, toffee, apples, cloves, and bubble gum. Taste is sweet musty yeast with notes of oak, leather, honey, and spices. Mouthfeel is heavy with dense, lush carbonation. Belgian beers are masterfully subtle, encompassing vast regions of taste potential within a very focused brew. This is another 12% beer Belgian that tastes delicious. Impressive!
Sten (735) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A amber coloured beer with a nice small head. The aroma is sweet. The taste is a bit sweet and spicy, a very complex beer. (Bottle 25cl)
chadzter (94) - huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
75cL bottle from www.belgianshop.com. Pours hazy coppery bronze with a medium-tall lasting foamy off-white tanish head and loads of miniscule bubbles. Oak and cellared yeast aroma, caramel malt not too heavy, with a fruity nose (apple, pear); cookie-like. Honeyed caramel malt and sweet brown sugar flavor, yeast (sweet bread) and medium acidity that does not hang on the palate long; alcohol becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. Medium body, lightly fizzy and slightly dry, creamy overall mouthfeel.
Boesky (52) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 250ml. Didnít find a date on the bottle, but it was purchased in Dec. of í04 from Samís Liquors in Chicago (right next to Goosle Island, canít go wrong inthat neighborhood). Beautiful color of burnished copper, lightly carbonated. Wonderful mouth coating sweetness, rich with leather and fruit. Alcohol comes through in the middle, with a dry, but full finish. Might benefit from a little more cellaring, but overall an excellent Strong Ale.
beerguy101 (5356) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This Belgian Strong Ale pours a dark amber color from a 250ml bottle. Large to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, spicy and sweet. A medium bodied Belgian Strong Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, with lots of Christmas spices, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon etc. This beer starts with a nice sweet start with some tartness and finishes with a nice whisky like burn at the finish. There are a lot of other complex flavors going on in between as well, cherries, oak, sherry, hops and vanilla. This beer has a very strong alcohol finish, but not bad considering its 12%, definitely a nice winter warmer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a pronounce alcohol bite.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
thanks to elnadeau for sharing this one
clear reddish/brown with a frothy head. Sweet tingly flavor, nice, interesting brew. Aftertaste has a fairly significant alcohol burn
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this at BJís Winter Ale Fest. Beer poured a clear, medium-amber color with a small, frothy, off-white mostly diminishing head. The aroma is pleasant: Malty with light notes of cookie and toasted grain and moderate notes of sweet caramel; Hoppy with a trace of grapefruit and pine; Miscellaneous notes of moderately strong vanilla and a trace of sherry. The flavor is lightly sweet and heavily bitter and finishes with a harshly bitter finishóperhaps from the dry-hopping? The body was medium, the texture was watery, the carbonation was fizzy and there was a lightly astringent, moderately-strong alcohol feel in the ending. I thought the hops character was more bitter than complex in this one, although it wasnít a bad brew.