mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 25, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 750ml bottle, 2008, with a huge thanks to ygtbsm94 for the chance to try this! Pours a hazy light amber with a moderate off-white cap. On first smell I can already tell I wonít be able to adequately describe what Iím experiencing here, and tasting it only drives that point home. Wow, excellent, excellent stuff, even though I have no ability to capture my thoughts on this one, so Iím not going to try. To call it impressive is an understatement, thanks again Brad, and apologies for an all but worthless rating to actually describe my experience.
beastiefan2k (2257) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared by mreusch, thanks a lot Matt. Pours a hazy orange-ish, reddish, copper, color. The head is small but stays around. Aroma is wonderful at first a very lightly sour, sherry-like cherry aspect, which I just love. Its very nice and has a very light barrel aspect, which is so light and works great (which is hard to say for any barrel brew). In general very earthy, lightly sweet, just faintly alcoholic, and all well melded. Taste is very similar with that shining lightly sour, sherry-like cherry thing. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. There is a little woody flavor at the end. I know there arenít a lot of descriptors but its so simple yet so awesome. It has a medium body that has a light tingling, but everything evaporates nicely. Lightly sweet and light cherry aftertaste. Beautifully melded, great beer. I was highly surprised by this beer, I did not think Dubuisson could make a beer this good.
750mL cork and wire , generic tulip glass, again thanks a lot Matt.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a deep amber with off-white head. Aroma of funk, citrus, and alcohol. Flavor is tart with some citrus and wood. Mouth feel is medium body with fizzy carbonation. Good stuff!
jkwalking05 (3368) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Amber in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is tart with notes of hay, grain, yeast and leather. Taste is tart as well with notes of earth, hay, lemon and wood.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy miketd. Dark brown with an off white head. Rich malt, subtle aromatic spices, belgian yeast, candi sugar, lightly vinous oak. Great combination. The palate on this was perfect- silky smooth with plenty of soft carbonation to carry the flavors. Full body. Great belgian strong ale.
ilovedarkbeer (2181) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours an orange sort of mahogany color that swirls around and is topped with a white foamy head. Nose and taste are very similar. Lemon, alcohol, dryness, sweet brown sugar. Dry well-balanced sweet mouthfeel.
BMan1113VR (7769) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to bu11zeye for this. Cuvee Speciale 2008. I thought it was Prestige at first (thatís a bit what the bottle looks like). Best Before 2011. Pours with a hazed brown body and a light brown head. Aroma has some sourness, very dry with champagne, brett, read wine and CO2. Taste is slightly sour with a bit of alcohol, tons of dryness and earthiness. A bit of red wine rounds out the flavor. Dry with light alcohol presence. Very solid!
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Medium horse blanket, apple skins, gets a little sweet as it warms, good Belgian yeast esters, clean. Well done.
mar (4590) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Murky dark amber pour with no head. Nose of fruits and wood. Very sweet flavor with a nice fruity finish. Great on the palate and a very smooth finish.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy miketd. Pours a very lightly hazy, rusty orange-amber color. A small, foamy, off-white head leaves minimal dots of lacing behind. The nose is candyish and sweet up front, with some caramel notes and alot of boozy oak. Initial sweetness turns a bit vinous, as the red wine asserts its alcoholic, lightly acidic presence. Flavors include notes of sweet-tart cherry and lemon candy, with tannic red wine and loads of saturated oak. Medium-plus bodied, lightly syrupy, showing a bit too much alcoholic warmth. Finishes semi-dry. Iím clearly in the minority here, but this brew didnít strike me as anything extra special. Good, but vastly overrated, in my opinion.