aracauna (3094) - Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is an amazingly interesting beer and not one that would really qualify as a stout by British or American standards. Instead of the coffee and chocolate malts taking center stage in the flavor and aroma, the fruity, spicy yeast takes over in both the flavor and aroma. Apples and their peels dominate the fruit with some support from a bit of mango. The spiciness is somewhere between coriander and mint. The dark malts come through in the finish with a lingering roastiness that is quite pleasant and lacks any harshness. The appearance is appropriate with a black body with dark mahogany around the edges. The large, booming head is a dark tan and slowly shring to a milkfoam layer above the beer. Very interesting and complex beer.
pintbypint (2648) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer #300. Brown 330ml bottle, thanks to heemer77 for trekking this one across the border! Poured a dark brown to black shade, opaque. Sticky lacing. Huge tan head, somewhat noisy, but slow to collapse. Left a good 2cm froth on top. Aromas of port, chcolate, lightly roasty. Chocolate flavours, with coffee, roasted bitterness, alcohol makes an appearance in the end before reaching a roasty dry finish. Robust body.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Opaque brownish black beer, with humongous dense light-tan head like the froth on a good espresso except, as I said, humongous.Aroma of yeast, dried fruit, some slight alcohol, and an inexplicable woodiness. Flavor is full of dried fruit and some chocolate, with a typical Belgian yeast funk and grassy hops that contribute little bitterness. I taste suprisingly little roast or alcohol. Voluptuously full-bodied. By far the best beer I’ve had in a while.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couleur noire foncé parsemé d’une énorme mousse beige. Arômes apparaissant initialement très fruités, rempli d’ester, rappelant la cantaloup et les pêches. Ces fruits nous quittent rapidement pour laisser place à la signature typique des levures DeDolle, suggérant alors le cuir et le tabac à pipe. Belle complexité amener, entre autres, par les différents malts utilisés. Flaveurs de poudre de cacao, de chocolat, malt hautement torréfié. Très acide et vinaigré en bouche pour un stout mais tout de même très original. Le houblon digne de la fraîcheur d’une feuille de menthe combinée aux réminiscences de tabac rappelle les cigarettes menthol. Une plaisante touche d’alcool est apparente en retro-olfaction. Texture crémeuse, corps de densité moyenne, très effervescente, les fines bulles explosent littéralement dans notre bouche. Bouteille achetée directement de la brasserie, Voyage Europe 2005.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, creamy tan head. Looks like a giant espresso. Roasted chocolate and malt aroma. Same flavor, touches of coffee and dried fruit. Just below room temp. is perfect for this brew. Full body, bitter aftertaste leaves you wanting more. Excellent, wish it was more readily available in FL.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black colored, some red tones. Big beige head. Sweet milk-chocolate and roasted aroma with thin alcohol, expected this to be richer. Medium to full bodied. Strongly roasted flavor, mild chocolate, licorice and medium alcohol come up too. Ending is dry with long and roasted aftertaste.
Pailhead (4897) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Aroma is very malty with dark fruits, lots of chocolate, and a light roastiness. Pours a dark brown with some orange hilights mostly near the bottom of the glass. Big tan head that lasts a minute or so. Loaded with tons of fruit. Strong chocolate presence comes in the finsih with a roastiness coming in the aftertaste and lingers with some fruitiness. Lightly acidic and a little alcohol flavor and burn in the finish as well.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Fizzy dark beer, no head. Lots of black patent malt, but dry. Alcohol is obvious and the yeast notes are evident yet subtle.
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is absolutely beautiful in the glass; black and with a brownish head. It actually resembles an espresso with proper crema..... Burnt aromas mixes with dried fruit and a sour note. Also evident notes of De Dolle house yeast. In the mouth the flavours of dried figs and dates are almost - but not entirely - overwhelmed by charry notes. In the aftertaste the bitterness is very dominating. By the way, this beer is not just full bodied - it’s massive!!!!!
Kudos to De Dolle; once again they’ve made a very individual and spectacular beer.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 Bottle. Dark black color with big froamy tan head. Aroma of burnt chocolate and alcohol. Taste is malty, oily, toasted, and excellent. Aftertaste of bitter chocolate. Nice.