turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - JAN 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very drinkable. Flavourful, hoppy but malty, lots of taste, very filling aroma. Malts in the taste to make you go YEAH. Very smooth.
nquantz (28) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a medium sized, tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Dark, murky color, with light carbonation for some time after poured. Full-bodied malty & yeasty taste with light spce and fruit. Evident alcohol aftertaste, but it is not overpowering. A classic Belgian strong ale.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JAN 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle, 2004. Dark, murky and beautiful. Great head and better lacing. Aroma full of dark fruit and spices. Flavor a bit of the same, with some maltiness and a lot of alcohol. In fact, the alcohol knocks it out of balance. I prefer the red, but this one is good, too.
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2006 Rerate 5/7/05: didn’t give this its due on first rate when my tastes were still developing. Been meaning to rerate for ages and am delighted I did because it’s much better than I recalled. Poured a deep brown with a monstrous frothy head which showed reasonable length. The complex nose had lots of spiced fruit, bubblegum, brown sugar and yeast. Full-bodied and creamy in the mouth. Bold, sweetish flavours upfront - licorice, raisins and fresh fruit. Lots of warming alcohol in the finish, but it carries it well.
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deep, cloudy, amber brown with a tall white head which lasted to coat the glass. The nose had a dark fruit and yeasty spiciness. The flavor was full of raisins and plum with a complex molasses flavor. There was a spiciness from the belgian yeast that balanced a slight carmel/biscuit flavor. A definite alcohol warming was present. The finish was dry and vinious with alcohol lingering in the aftertaste. A nicely done, complex and interesting beer.
rajendra82 (979) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Out of the stubby little 33 cl. brown bottle, and into a tulip, the beer looked dark red, with a two inch thick foamy head fed by lively carbonation beneath. The fruity, spicy, chocolaty aroma accentuated the malty nature of the brew. The taste was warming and mellow with the very sweet fruity malt chasing the dusty yeast and powered cocoa into the background. It was not as complex as other Trappist ales, but was quite satisfying in its own way. Full bodied and sticky, with a lingering spicy dry aftertaste, and just a touch of grassy hops. Alcohol warmth is felt long after the glass is drained, making this a wonderful beer to cap one of those cold winter nights.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2005 The aroma is a fairly standard Belgian spice smell. Beige head that dissipated fairly quickly. Mouthfeel is soft and a bit bubbly, but not too thick or thin. The flavor is sweet, with a bit of yeast, but mainly dominated by the spice flavors. Full flavor.
glip (21) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beige head, long lasting. Deep, orangish-brown colour, not particularly translucent. Aroma is flowery, with a bit of bready-yeasty touch in there. Flavour is sweet, reminiscent of dried fruits, prunes perhaps, along with a bit of nutiness. Very enjoyable brew, the high alochol is well balanced by the flavours.
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, nearly opaque, brown with a light head. Aroma is of hops and yeast, flowery soap?. Alcohol doesn’t really come through in the fairly well balanced flavor, could be mistaken for 5-6% easily, but starts to kick-in afterwards. Decent, but nothing special.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JAN 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2005 (on bottle, grand reserve 2004 edit.) At last got my..stuff.. togehter and rated this classic. It´s a cheastnut-brown brew, with a lasting, beige head. Mouth is creamy; with toffee, prunes, rotten fruits and alcohol. The yeast is there, but in the back. Tickling, perfect carbonation. Relativly hard alcoholtaste in the finish, along withthe easters, nothing more in the end actually.
Had my mother-in-law doing doing the santa shuffle a x-mas eve, a few years back, after a botlle of this stuff.
(on bottle at RBESG 2005 1990 edit.)
has gone over the top at this stage. Sent of cardboard and raisins.Finish is flat.