caesar (5830) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared a 1.5 L Magnum bottle with lots of people at RBG Low Countries 2005. I would say this beers fits in a special category, where also de Dolle Stille Nacht Reserva belongs to, and also the Bush Prestige. That is: the very expensive beers :-) But still, they are worth it (though not every week, but once in a year or so). Although this was a very special brew to taste, i would prefer the complexity of the Stille Nacht (however it is also retired). Even the Bush Prestige was slightly better.
Earlier Rating: 4/15/2005 Total Score: 4.2
Wow. After some quite thin beers, this one’s a firecracker. Hazy orange color, much yeast particles, short white head. Thick aroma, wood, dry, bit dusty even, white wine and cognac, very penetrating. In contrast, the taste is quite smooth again with a pleasant alcoholic bite. Very complex and very strong. Although it more resembles wine than beer, still very good.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange/copper/amber. Humongous, forthy, big bubbled, off white head. I’d give a 6 for appearance if I could for the beautiful bottle. Sugar, oak, yeast, subtle over-ripe fruit and alcohol, and some malt in the aroma. Wow. Dark fruits, cloves, candi sugar, yeast, creamy malt, the alcohol and oak are tied together- undertones until the finish which is big on both. Roasty aftertaste with a liitle fire breath from the belly. Savor the flavor on this one. Full, smooth body with some lively carbonation, also. Dry finish. As it warms the alcohol becomes less pronounced but is definitely still there, especially on big gulps. Excellent. Far better than the regular Scaldis. Nice pair to fine cigar. 40 buck? Fo shizzle. They should try a year or two in the oak barrels and see what happens.
jerohen (2076) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled (sampled in 2005 at Kulminator). Hazy orange coloured, nice off-white head. Very nice aroma, malts, caramel and obviously alcohol. Balanced sweet flavour, soft mouthfeel. Alcohol is apparent, but never annoying. World class!
Earlier Rating: 4/10/2005 Total Score: 4.5
Number 1000! Had this fantastic brew together with my fellow Dutch ratebeerians at the spring 2005 Dutch Ratebeer gathering. Hazy copper coloured with yeast particles floating around, small white head. Very strong aroma present as soon as you open the bottle. I see others describe it as cognac and they could very well be right, but there’s so much more going on, fruit (apple, grapes), wood, malts, alcohol and who knows what. Very complex flavour, which evolves as the beer warms up. This is one to sit down with and relax. Ridiculously expensive, but hey, once every 1000 beers one deserves something special :-).
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled at Kulminator. Very nice aroma with flowers , caramel and so many other stuff. Hazy, amber/orange color, off-white head, good lace. Sweet, white wine, hints of caramel, woody, very complex flavors. Thick, syrupy and smooth, alcohol very well hidden.
Earlier Rating: 4/10/2005 Total Score: 4
Bottle@Home. Pure cognac aroma with vanilla. How do they do this? Hazy, orange/amber color, beige head, fair lace. Cognac flavor as well, wood, very fruity, grapes, wine, very complex. Smooth, very warming, full, alcoholic. Flavorful and well balanced.
marcus (7682) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This golden amber ale poured with a huge off-white head, eliciting a pleasant caramel/oak aroma with a slight alcohol scent. The flavor is initially malty sweet, but well-balanced with a very clean whiskey/oak finish. There are undertones of toasty yeast and green sapling. Overall, a very nice brew.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a hazy amber with tiny floaters and a small off-white head. Aroma started with the barrel liquor, then alcohol, then some sweet malt. Even though the first two components of the aroma were of alcohol it was pretty balanced. Flavor starts again with the "bourbon" then sweet malt to give a decent balance. The alcohol was well hidden for 13%. The warming was there though. Crisp carbonation and medium bodied. Is this woth the $35? I have to say it is damn close.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to slob for sharing. You get a taste of whiskey with this one throughout. Oak as well. The finish is sweeter than I expected. I’d like to try an entire bottle.
hopdog (10002) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample courtesy of Slob (thanks Bert!). Poured a darker and clody amber color with a smaller sized head. Aromas and tastes of whiskey, wood (cedar), grapes, light alcohol and light vanilla.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Ohio Labor Day gathering, provided by Styles. I’d been waiting to try this one for some time. Cloudy orange-amber pour, thin, light cream-colored clumping head. Hot alcohol and vanilla aroma, fruity, with hints of peach and apple, in addition to coconut. Big oak and vanilla notes opened up the flavor profile, with white grapes and a touch of peach attempting to make some sort of impact on the palate. The strong vanilla and oaky dryness dominated the palate overall. Heavily dominated by oak and alcohol, to my dismay, overwhelming the characteristic BSA flavors I expected to find. That said, I was generous with my numbers, and I’ll stick with them.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of MRomero at Noogfest
OK, so this beer lacks the balance or sophistication of many of the trappists. So what does it have instead? Flava Flava Falva. The oak aging combined with this yeast and malt combo is just golden and glorious. This is such a full, sweet and potent concoction. There are as many comparables of a fine scotch as any beer I’ve had to date. A treat.