StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Translucent and cherry lacquered brown in color with a creamy, cohesive tan layer as the head, and brilliant, blanketing lacing. Nutmeg, prunes and plums begin the wafts up the nose, complimented by cinnamon, brown sugared raisins, cloves, pepper and subtle cocoa powder. Commanding palate spanning presence at the onset. Cocoa beans, nutmeg and chocolate donut powder form a sweetly spiced array. Tobacco, cinnamon and prunes formulate the most pervasive flavoring traits. Dried, fallen autumn leaves give an earthen dimension while plum pudding interjects one final dark skinned fruity-sugary suggestion. Sweet and encapsulating mouth feel. Glowing resonance at the throat’s tip at the outset, followed by chocolate covered figs in the finish. Tasty stuff.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
75CL bottle. Murky dark orange brown. Large tan head, falls quickly. Spicy clove estery aroma with currants and brown sugar. Floral flavors, rich Belgian malt, some dark sugary flavors and estery yeast contribution. Finish has dark fruit flavors and residual spiciness. Mouthfeel is medium large, wet but smooth.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 mL bottle: Spices aroma dark brown color, off-white head, spicy taste, roasted taste, not as good as the red in my opinion.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (330 mL). Pours a bold, dark cloudy brown with thin white head. The aroma is strong plum with some flower petals and hints of bitter chocolate and yeast. I took a pretty deep sniff and the alcohol burned my sinuses a bit. The flavor is semi-dry, vinous plum, yeasty bread. It has a level bitterness across the board, but the finish gets kind of sweet, like caramel malt, and the aftertaste is almost like cocoa. The alcohol is very apparent, but not aggressive. This is a very multi-dimensional beer and comes together very well. Cheers.
Quinten (1060) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Has a sensational aroma of roasted malt, living yeast, ligt alcoho taste.
one of the best pale I ever hat.
Yard (45) - Senoia, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2005
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours dark meduim dark with a roasted aroma. Average off white to tan head. Little lacing. Roasted malt flavor. Thickness is hinted to in body but covered up well. Smooth to drink with a low lying kick. Alcohol is covered well in this beer.
ffcpa2 (9) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a darn good beer. My last review of this day, while watching Sunday Football. I started with Cuvee Angelique (really good stuff) followed by La Fin Du Monde (mediocre). This is a very nice balanced flavorful beer that I can’t imagine being overdone. Outstanding for Sunday Football.
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I like this beer. Well balanced, bitter without a lingering bitter aftertaste. Feels like a beer that will put hair on your chest. Creamy head, like meringue. Smells yeasty. Palate is full bodied, smooth, slightly astringent.
Wolfenstein (96) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 Corked Bottle: Poured a nice occluded dark caramel color, lively bubbles, little head. Yeasty aroma, very enticing. Strong Belgian taste with flowery hints, nice kick down the throat. With a velvety finish. An absolute pleasure.
Blackduck18 (10) - USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had heard so many great things about this beer I was really excited to try it. To tell you the honest truth I was disappointed. There was definately a fruity taste to it, but it loses the smoothness that is apparent in the red label. Doesn’t have the sweetness and great flavor of most quality beers this dark. Don’t get me wrong this beer is still fantastic, but not as good of a drink as the red label which I love.