Jeppe (2631) - ōlbutikken, DENMARK - APR 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this at Kulminator in Antwerp with Carlo (Lachesis)! I asked the owner Dirk about it and without any notice he pulled out a 1 month-pre-opened bottle and poured each of us a free glass - what a nice gesture!!! Poured dark brown, little hazy with no head and no carbonation. Complex aroma of caramel and fruit with Cognac characters and notes of nut, cookie, honey and nectar. Complex and warming with a fine alcoholic tone. Flavor is dry dominated by caramel and chocolate. Full and warming with plenty of spices. Very dry finish, probably from oxidation (as said the beer was opened a month ago). Very nice and very speciel. Thanks a lot Dirk!!
Earlier Rating: 12/27/2004 Total Score: 4.2
Pours hazy orange golden with a frothy off-white head. Aroma is pervading and sharp but very nice and complex. Fruit, yeast, citrus, coriander, liquorice and other spices with a tone of alcohol. Liquorice fudge-like. Flavor is dry and sharp fruity and malty with a tone of vitamin and a long bitter and citrusy finish. Some alcohol also, but the 13% is very well hidden! A very nice and interesting beer, but Iím sure it will be even better in a year or two, itís still a little unripe.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with an amber-gold body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. It has a stong alcohol/whiskey presence with slight spice and malt notes and a little vanilla. Full bodied and warming. I think this beer could use some age on it.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Alcohol soaked fruit hit you in the nose. Aging in oak adds some vanilla and complexities. Layer upon layer of new flavors as it warms slightly. Thirteen percent is well hidden. Exceptional yes, but not quite worth the price unless you are sharing.
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 1,5 L bottle at the Kulminator in Antwerp. A bottle that has been open for more than a month??? A glass offered by Dirk from the KUL to BierkŰnig and myself. Thick Cognac colored beer with no carbonation and no head. Aroma is very complex, intens nose of XO Cognac, butter toffee, soft spices, cinnamon-stick, Lait-Russe, bee-wax, confit díorange, honey, flowers and custard. Taste is round and oily. It leaves a flat impression and is not very beer like. The taste however is again very complex, thick, honeyed, caramely, melted butter, soft spices dry figgs and dry oranges (reminds me to a crepe suzette made with fresh pancakes and a dash of Mandarine Napoleon) and a well integrated alcohol warmth.
Thanks Dirk and Leen to let us taste this rear Monster Beer.
Earlier Rating: 7/4/2004 Total Score: 4.2
Super nice appearance and great shining warm amber color with good fluffy and creamy head.This rich bittersweet ale has fine aromaís off cinnamon,dried citrus peal and a touch off Grand Marnier liqueur.This beer has a great taste and a warm mouthfeel with complex accents,it is fruity,nutty,spicy and has a nobel bitterness in the end.Great stuff
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crisp, fresh applesauce mingles with cognac, vanilla, almond and yeast. Murky autumn leaf after a storm. Less alcohol in the flavor. Brown sugar, lots of oak and leaves, with a bit of bourbon and moss. Some cherry and apple in the flowery finish. Sticky and long lasting. Wonderful!
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2005 WOW----Had at the kulminator in antwerp--- 2001 bottle-- This botle cost about 50 dollars there but it was well worth it. Poursa golden hue with little to no head. Aromas of light spice, sherry, oak, a little citrus. Flavors of the same but the alcohol was so sudued, and the flavor just took of. THe carbonation was low and I am guessing that this was an old bottle, but wow. I am glad to have tried it, and glad to have brought a bottle back home.
BrockLanders (760) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Finally itís here! Thanks BierKonig! Bottle. Pours a hazy reddish amber with no head. Aroma is complex...oak, anise and cherries, yum. Thick, rich, soft, caramel-toffee malst dominate. The flavor is also sweet with notes of oranges, wood, and spicy coriander....nice and dry in the end with the alcohol reminding you itís still at home. This reminded me of my first Bush ale (12) at ít Brugs Beertje. Ahh...I love Dubuisson ales.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden with a long lasting white head.
Aroma have notes of citrus, and yeast, combined with a prickly feeling in the nose from the co2. Taste is... Well almost an explosion, where the complex nuances almost assults your tastebuds. IThe mouthfeel is almost as champange. light, and with the fizz from the alcohol and carbonation. The taste lasts for the longest time. This beer is a VERY good experience. a must have. I know that i must have some in my cellar
rauchbier (3497) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, at Essen Kerstbierfestival 2004. Gold, thin off white head and gentle condition. Very spirity in the nose with a suggestion of peaty whisky and a pleasant woody earthiness that has hints of mushrooms. Everything promised in the nose is delivered in the mouth with a controlled intensity. Long lingering woody finish with some retronasal whisky notes. I was never too impressed by the normal Bush but this is well worth the effort.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Took a little time with this one, trying to figure out what it was about this brew that was off. Closest I could figure was it tasted like a big ipa that had aged to the point the hops fell off. I had a Stone 5th anniversary lately that was very similar. Besides that it was a honey colored brew with a thick long lasting head. Very malty with a big alcohol kick. Some fruitiness. A decent enough brew but not top 50 imo. Thanks go to JohnC for the chance to try this rarity!