tiggmtl (4545) - 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.
jercraigs (8810) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown body with a frothy beige head. (3+) Aroma of brown sugar and toffee, hint of booze. Sweet flavour, with dry slightly tart fruit notes. Medium palate. (3+) Pleasant.
Geiserich (3773) - Linz, AUSTRIA - DEC 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of plums. Reddish color, creamy head. Full bodied, sugary taste, rum plums. Dry, light bitter finsih. Very nice.
blankboy (6667) - 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.
Rastacouere (6161) - 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.
MartinT (8661) - 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.
GregClow (3013) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with jerc at Smokeless Joe. Hazy amber-brown with a medium tan head. Mild but well blended aroma of brown sugar, cherry and warm alcohol. Sweet, sugary flavour, quite warm, leading to a dry finish. Pretty nice stuff.
maeib (8749) - 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.
Gorbalev (3000) - 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.
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.