Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big froth head, cloudy bright amber. Hops, alcohol, orange peel and malt. Despite is greatness and obvious complexity alcohol prevails. Sweet at the end. Would be much better at let say 9 %. Those numbers …....
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle imbibed immoderately with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, MartinT, tiggmtl, olivier, Rastacouere and Simon at the Farmhouse Ales and More! tasting in Montreal. Clear light copper body, thick off-white head that fails somewhat rapidly...floral-fruity nose of sweet apples, cherry, wood and rich French vanilla...whereas the previous beer (Stille Nacht Reserva) in the tasting reminds you of a warm, inviting study full of wondrous liquourous treats, this is more like being in a bakery full of fruit pies and sweet tarts...peppery, rich flavor, alcohol warming, thick woody backbone on which baked fruits glisten...the body is very full and creamy at first but dries out a fair amount eventually while remaining firm. Absolutely gorgeous, and would be the highlight of nearly any tasting, though it suffers a bit in comparison with its immediate predecessor...
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2011 The Lure:
Apple brandy sharing its wisdom through a prevalent oaken character. Apricot jam eavesdrops on the conversation, as alcohol fumes pass by nearly unnoticed. The slice of foam disappears rather quickly...
Green wood evolves into herbal hops for a dignified bitter ending. Alcohol flames scare at first, but then hypnotize. Dry bark roasting on an open fire, crackling with life. Caramelized fruit assures everything is balanced in a relatively dry, highly effervescent mouthfeel.
Freshly-cut logs to warm your senses.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy orange color with yeast in suspension and a thin white head. Excellent aroma of wood, fruits, alcohol and wax (?). Excellent complex flavor of fruits, candy, caramel, alcohol and wood. Light body, creamy and liquorous texture, lively carbonation. Excellent !
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Perfumey, lavender, apple-blossom, raw wood, waxy aroma with plenty of sugary sweetness. Hazy orange-amber with fine-bubbled cover of off-white head. Toasty, wood character to the very sweet flavour with a prominent waxy note. Odd herbal hop flavour is notable particularly in the after-taste. Somewhat cloying medium body with zippy carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, MartinT, muzzlehatch, olivier, Rastacouere and Simon.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange-golden coloured. Cloudy looks, great white head mocks the 13% ABV though eventually settling down to a film and then a lasting white ring, still some finely shaped bubbles. Strong and rich aroma full on apples and mint and not far in leather and floral aspects. Complex flavour profile, very woody, in a dry, straight sawdust fashion. Huge perfumey character enhanced the weirdness of the dry nature. Cologne, toasted malt, bread…. Develops an astringence from the barrel that almost defines it.. I find most wines to be astringent, this one has it also, but in its own way. Very unique beer, extremely dry toward the end yet massively sweet earlier. Pleasant greenish hops seem to emanate in the later sips, how can they get through that strong brandyish character? It almost starts to burn when you keep it long. Still, they come out those hops, leafy, minty accompanying the apricot and marmalade fruitiness toward light vegetal notes. Palate is soft, smooth. Creamy texture after a few seconds, then it becomes dry as sand. Just a comfortable thing to have in your mouth, this was quite an adventure and I’d still call the alcohol very well contained. Pretty good Ernest, once a year or so this would be most pleasant. Thanks!
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 10, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark golden with lasting creamy head. Good plesant aroma with hints of yeast, fruit and alcohol in the good way. Big explosion of complex taste with long lasting aftertaste.
bierkoning (9747) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma like Cognac XO. Thick and malty. Cognac XO again in the flavor. Very soft and smooth and also very alcoholic. Vinous. More than a touch of wood. Grapes. Age this for 10 years (maybe I will in spite of the rediculous price) and you have something incredable. Thanks Ceasar, for sharing this world class beer.
DYCSoccer17 (3210) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, sampled with members of the San Diego crew...thanks for whomever brought this (sick_boy282)...my last beer of my San Diego trip. I thank all for making the trip such an unforgettable experience. Pineapple peppery spice notes in the nose with banana hints. Mild/moderately hazy copper/amber color with a whitish/yellow fine head. Pineapple banana orange citrus sweetness to start with mild astringency present. Some booziness is definitely present with lots of pleasant dried fruits to finish. This is a bit hot, and perhaps a bit young, but still enjoyable.
shadey (1845) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy orange color with plenty of small bubbles. Fruity with some toast and yeast. Complex and tastey. Thanks to eyedrinkale.