Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My first dance with this wicked woman, a dame so loco that she grits a rose between her teeth, thorns and all...a tango with the Mad Bitch...
Off comes the cork, and out wafts instant sweetness and spice, up into my nose, urging me to release her from this cage, and out she pours into the most appropriate Duvel glass. The incredible, fizzy, yet creamy as a cloud head fills up 3/4 of the vessel, the body is a hazy pale orange, riddled with floating yeasties. She puts on a pretty impressive show, though she contains mysteries within, which we are about to partake of ...
Aroma, fresh and spicy, while still driven by delicate fruit, pear, apricot, pineapple, banana...a lovely, inticing thing, directing my lips to drink, already...Somehow, the brew slips out from under all that foam, and...Incredible! The shock of new, once again, sends a shudder through me, a paraxysm of delight...I’m left uttering epithets and interjections...what kind of incredible concoction is this, that leads with hot peppers on the tongue, followed by lush fruitiness, backed up by serious malt! A devilish delivery of hops, followed quick by that spicy kick, almost harsh, but not quite, for it’s so adequately complimented by further flavors. It may seem like a messy marriage, this union of hops, spice and fruit, with the more powerful flavors fully in charge of the palate, but it instead stands out as an immaculate integration, a wanton wedding that provides release as well as relief. Taboos are uncovered, old rituals discarded, and something completely un-thought-of starts to seem commonplace...this is a moment where what’s in the glass wends it’s way into your soul, by tasting the brew it becomes you, and now, you’re that damnable dame! It seriously clings to you, never wants to leave the palate, doesn’t take no for an answer, your brain says "no more", but your newly freed secret-self yens to stretch out some..."what’s the harm?"
"What did I do last night?"
"You messed with the Mad Bitch!"
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opening the bottle involved two tools of the trade: bottle opener and corkscrew. Even after the cap was liberated, the beast was screaming to get out -- attempting to burst through the cork. Once unleashed, foam proceeded to erupt. In short, she needed some time to process the situation before allowing me to indulge. Appearance: explosive effervescence, and an enormous bright white head -- diminishing with time leaving a clingy lace and a good film to lock in the flavor. The color was golden; hazy with lots of carbonation rising to the top. The aroma is of bubblegum (strong), fruity fresh and very full. Taste is full, sweet, with a spicy biting middle and a dry finish (quite complex); the bitterness ligers well into the next taste. Mouth feel is medium bodied, syrupy, and effervescent. The transition from sweet to dry is intensified by its intense bitter characteristics
This is a lively beer with a lot of character. Intense. Nothing laid back. I enjoyed much of the experience, but could not really get beyond some of the overpowering bitterness. Otherwise quite remarkable.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Monster head even after sitting for a while.Apicot color really murky streaming fillzles dancing up thru’ the haze.Insane fragrance of exotic fruits and yeast.Then maybe it comes on to a spiced tea aroma that makes it hard to stop sniffing.Will it taste this good??Almost,it is so carbonated that ,IMHO, it takes away from some of the flavor.Lots of teast but that spiced fruit flavor does poke it’s head out as does the alcohol.less carbonation would have made this more enjoyable.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Kind of a glowing orange colored brew with a thick whipped cream head. Spicy yeast nose. Very fruity flavor that reminded me a little of a cross between mango and peach.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled: had this one side by side with the stille nacht. pours nice yellow haze with a huge billowy head that kept coming and pushing and fluffing. nose of nugget hops and some banana peel that you slipped on yesterday with a bit of nutmeg spice in the end. in the mouth some sweetness with the nugget hops and spice coming up....as it warmed got much more alcohol taste and warmth. for 10% much more drinkable then the 9% stille nacht. quite nice.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - AUG 10, 2004
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(on bottle)Very powerfull banananose, high carbonated mouthfeel and a fresh, alcohlic finish. Not a real highroller in my book, the different sents and flavours are fine, but seem to come in a row, not conecting. But the finish is wonderfull. The alcohol lingersgood finish indeed. and spices seem to enter your mouth from nowhere to prolong the feeling. Very good finish indeed.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 oz: Mused and murky thick laquer orangish yellow color, a tall meringue puff of ivory sits a top; tons of thick lacing coats the snifter.
Nose is quite nice with a mild corriander spice and soft lemon tone; slender sugary tones, yeast, and a nice round display of caramel.
Flavors ensue from the aroma with a wonderful array of caramel with a nice underlay of lemon hints and mildly exhibited spice. Perfect amount of heat and grab in its alcohol and sharpness. Maintains its overall semi-tropical fruity malting with caramel and sugars while a crisp little return of spicy hops and yeast dart through the finish where it has a sweeping sweetness that goes dry and peppery after a stint. Perfect!
Feel is briskly malty with a fruity/caramel backing and fullness the whole ride through, fluffy distribution across the palate at first, finely carbonated, and lots of other fun things inside that include some light and mild spices, some alcoholic heat, and a super jovial finish that goes from fruity sweet and sugary to dry, hoppy, spicy, and yeasty. There’s more here then I can describe at the moment as I’m in full enjoyment mode. This stuff rocks! Why so mad...bitch? Be happy like me.
Happy now, be back soon. Yum! Rockin’ awesome triple thats right up my alley.
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) Cloudy yellow with a head that lasted throughout the glass. A great belgian beer. Well carbonated and fairly think tasting. This was as close to drinking hard cider as I think I could stand. I liked this beer a lot, but at a whopping 10% alcohol I know that one will always be my limit.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer would be the best tripel in the world if it were slightly less carbonated. De dolle is an astonishing brewery! Pours with a head so rocky I need a harness and ropes to finish it. Lovely and golden. Smells like a cross between a duvel and chimay cinq cents. Very hoppy version. Almost a belgian strong in this regard. I could drink this morning noon and night.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours deep gold, big lacey white head. aroma of honey, alcohol, yeast and peppery spice. bready malt and yeasty flavour with more honey and pepper. starts lightly sweet, then goes dry as a bone. very nice.