YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Buddy Andy (Landseers) shares many good beers with me and the C-U Beer Club. This was one. Even if I didn’t care for it as much as others he provided, it was easy to recognize its quality. This golden amber brew nestled under a huge fizzy head. The aroma was tart cherries, anise, some caramel notes, cognac, and oak. Lots of carbonation and a warm feel in the mouth. There was a tinge of saltiness in the taste but that didn’t distract from the fruity flavor and warm alcohol feel as it was swallowed.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark and cloudy amber with a massive head. Complex nose with tons of citrus along with some alcohol, straw, and grassy notes. Funny citrus flavor with lots of sweet and burning alcohol and bread like notes. Decent stuff but way overpriced.
TBone (15904) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My first rating in 2006!
Hazy nut brown color with shades of orange. Big off-white head. Personal aroma: barnyard, yeast, oak barrel and chocolate box plus lemon. Liquerish palate, medium to full bodied. Citric acid bitterness, malty, kind of herbal flavor, alcoholic as expected. Long warming aftertaste. Complex but not so enjoyable as I expected.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is a plethora scents: the sour smell of citric acid is the first to grab the nose; then comes the smell of yeast; and protruding from the background is a chalky lemon fragrance. It is a cloudy dark maize colored solution that doesn’t produce much of a head. This beer is dry, bitter and sour. It has the taste of rotten oak. It leaves the mouth in a very sour and dry disposition.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club, courtesy of Andy. Thanks. Sampled side by side with Scaldis Noel, which I liked quite a bit more. Lots of grass, hay, and wheat notes on the nose meet up with more of the same on the palate. Combines with vanilla and toasty oak from the wood, and green apple and carmelized sugar. Complex, but not overwhelming. Maybe a few more years of age and this will all end up well.
bigbeersrule (113) - USA - DEC 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I shared a bottle of this with a friend the other day after reading some good reviews of it to celebrate Xmas. At $40 a bottle it isn’t one to drink all the time. The beer had all the Belgian character that I expected. I was a little surprised that more of the oak didn’t come through in the flavor but still I imagine it was like stepping back into the past as this was made the way Belgian beers were made long ago before stainless steel tanks were around. That was my biggest knock on the beer since I wanted more oak barrel flavor. The beer was a medium brown color with some faint red hues. Aroma was characteristically Belgian. Taste was smooth. We let the bottle warm up but probably not enough because the last few sips we had that had warmed up even more really made the great flavor stand out. Bought a second bottle for New Years eve and am really looking forward to it..
thebeertourist (5175) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orangey-amber with a huge off-white head. A lot of vanilla aroma with some nuttiness underneath. Vanilla and port flavours, warming alcohol, good bitterness, ending dry. Full-bodied. Expensive and exclusive- to be drunk with respect.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 25, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(super thanks to robertsreality for hooking this up.bottle shared with friends on christmas eve)i poped the cork on the bottle and dumped a bit into my new old rasputin tulip glass.the appearance was golden brown and had a nice thick white head that left huge webbing when it sat.the aroma was a wonderful mix of oak,vanilla,whiskey,and champagne.i took the first sip and recieved a rush oak.the oak was followe by vanilla,whiskey,belgian yeast,apple juice,and tiny bit of hops.the alcohol was well hidden,the mouthfeel was nice and full and the palate was exceptional.this is definatly a celebration beer so i picked the perfect night to open it.
diabel (1679) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Kerstbierfestival 2005, Essen, Belgium
Murky body. Off-white fizzy head. Very subtle aroma of oranges, sweat, ... Moderately bitter initial flavour, lightly bitter (long-lasting) finish. Overfully bodied. Fizzy carbonation. Heavily alcoholic. There is a good balance within the flavour, but there’s just too much alcohol. If you could forget about the alcohol, it is a very refined beer.
Earlier Rating: 10/16/2005 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle at RBG Low Countries 2005 Creamy, off-white head. Good lace. Amber-orange body. Nose of caramel, flowers, apple, liquor, ... Moderately sweet, lightly bitter initial flavour. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter (averagily long) finish. It hides it"s 13% ABV, I’d guess it was about 9% ABV.
jazz88 (2655) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. I enjoyed this on Christmas Eve 2005 with my family. I have never spent this much for a beer before ($39), but I figured this was the right occassion. Before this fine bottle I had a bit of Talasker Distillers Edition 1992 single malt scotch, and my palate was appropriately guaged for this beer. It had a leather, wood, oily, light fruit, lemon, orange and earthy peat and oak wood aroma and flavor. Surprisingly smooth and velvety.