Gorbalev (2950) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Blankboy at Smokeless Joe’s. Dark orange, very bubbly white head and body. Slight yeasty aroma - weak. Sweet tasty, lots more yeast. No sign of alcohol. Dry short finish. Not bad.
blankboy (6263) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with tupalev at Smokeless Joe. Pours a clear bubbly dark ruby with a spare light-brown head. Very mild aroma of sweet malt, yeast and sour fruit. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, fruit and brown sugar. I was surprised to see this was 9% as you can’t taste it at all. Medium bodied. Nothing special but a good Belgian Strong nonetheless.
jonsiii (165) - Fredericia, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33 cl @ 12C. Reddish colour, small head with nice laces. Portwine aroma + some liquorice.. OMG 9% abv! Nicely covered. Dry taste, sticky mouthfeel.
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cherries and star anise develop within the dry, doughy yeastiness. Mineral notes emanate from the earth, and soil the weak caramel.
Palate is rotund, but feels mostly of added sugars. Licorice and berry jam work well with the doughy yeast, but dry up quickly enough.
Average impressions don’t last long.
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice beige 1cm cover, rapidly diminishing. Hazy copper colored. Faint DMS gives the impression of an extreme level of adjuncts. Toffeeish, very sweet nose with bold vanilla-laced liquorice presence. In mouth, the sweetness keeps on, reminding of barley sugar intertwined with straightforward Belgian alcohol that remains well contained. Estery banana/dark fruit yeastiness. Vegetal nature, corny, candyish. Medium airy body, big bubbled and fully sweet.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. A dark brown coloured beer with a nice coffee coloured head, albeit disappearing too quickly. The aroma is sweet and malty with some strong licquorice notes. The taste is full-bodied with candy sugar, Christmas fruits and some sweet peanut brittle. Really nice.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2005 Original Rating (6-3-4-3-10=2.6): Dark pit fruit in the vinous, malty aroma. Clear brown body is topped by generous, off white head that recedes to cover. Cabbagey flavour is very sweet with a light bitterness and alcohol very apparent. Medium body with syrupy texture and somewhat low carbonation. Bottle sampled at Den Tatoverede Enke in Copenhagen.
Rerate (6-2-6-3-12=2.9): Caramel, butterscotch, star anise, leafy, herbal hops, strong alcohol, some tannins and light fruitiness are all apparent in the flavour. Clear brown-copper body with large bubbled, low, off white head that recedes to partial cover. Fruity, tannin-full flavour is sugary and has some cocoalike overtones and a light, roasty note to the finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation that is lightly effervescent on the tongue and cheeks. Bottle (BB 14/07/05, Bièropholie, Apr-05) sampled with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.
stouby (3818) - Holbæk, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught, at The Rover.
Dark brown with large beige head, mostly lasting, excellent lacings. Aroma heavy malty (brown sugar, dark fruit), light hoppy. Flavor heavy sweet, light bitter. Medium to full body, light carbonated, creamy, the strenght is felt.
I miss more bitterness!
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2005 When I had this one I already had drunk a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale, a Duchesse de Bourgogne, a Westmalle Tripel and a Rochefort 10.
So, naturally, I was drunk.
My best description would be something like this: Chimay Rouge and Leffe Dubbel.
Not extreme in any way, not disappointing, not astonishingly good, but good.
Bart (2939) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2006 Nice brown, dark amber colour, sweet malty, light caramel aroma with some herby touches. Taste is full off malts, bitter sweet. Some biterness in the aftertaste, nice beer