barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(draft) Fizzy, which was quite a strange sensation coming from a stout. More coffee than chocolate flavored, so not my favorite even once the fizz had faded.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle. Dark black and oily thick.. Huge, carenous tan-brown head. The head remains and offers aromas of chocolate, must, straw and grass. Citrus, apples and cocoa powder. As the head finally subsides, other aromatic notes emerge. more malts and coffee and chocolate. Once again, full and rich in the mouth. Huge coffee and bitter chocolate flavors wrapped up in a piny, hop finish. Lively and plumy, port and caramel. Anise and nutty. More so mediumn bodied and hop driven.
ABUSEDGOAT (2469) - California, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, but not extremely black. Fairly large head. Aroma is malt showing mainly licorice. Acidity, bread and coffee come out as well. Also hints of dark fruits, chocolate and roast. Flavor is the same, some bitterness with the acidity made this interesting. Would drink again if a bottle wasn’t $5.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark brown with some red and floaties when held to the light (hard to see the floaties but they are there). Large bubbly tan head that went down once it settled out but a small head stuck around the whole time and laced the glass nicely. Great looking beer. Aroma of dark fruits, bread, some chocolate and smoke. Flavor of roasted malts, cocoa, some coffee and hazelnut as the commercial deScription states. Also picking up licorice and slight smoke as well as some yeast and a general sweetness. Great stout.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very interesting. One of a kind. Deep dark brown with a pile of light brown head, you know, a typical looking stout. Nose is a funky yeast, almost Brett like, with a good amount of bready roasted malts as well. Defintately Belgian. Some alcohol in the nose as well. Flavor is nice. Starts out rather yeasty, with a bit of sourness. Next come up some subtle dark fruit tones, mostly dates and plums. Vanilla and random undescribable esters come to mind. Finishes rather roasty (more than the yeasty nose would suggest), along with anise and coffee. Leathery and astingent near the end as well. Complex, like a sweet virginal pussy (thanks Dan). Alcohol is there, but not overbearing, it provides a nice warming sensation. A bit thin in the mouth, but silky nonetheless with just the right amount of carbonation. This stuff is funky as hell. I dont really know how much more to describe it or categorize it, but De Dolle is on to something here. Its what I call a sleeper beer. It does everything right, and is so nondeScript that while drinking it, you dont notice much. But when you look back, you realize your pants are wet and you remember nothing but a great time. Worth a shot.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Corkscrew, Urbana. One of the better European stouts I’ve tasted. Rich and thick, notes of fudge and roasted coffee on the palate. Prune and date meets belgian yeasts for some added funkiness. Good balance of hops and malt. Fine work.
Pinnhead (93) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
choclaty and rich it’s a delicious desert beer either as or with. a winter beer. coffee is prevalent in the body, is only faintly fizzy, very little head.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opaque black color with big creamy tan head. Aroma is full of caramel, hints of cherry and vanilla, hazelnut, and a whiff of roasted malts. Flavor is unusual, difficult to describe. Fair amount of roasted barley and caramel, slighlty sour, with sharp metallic aspects. Very prominant carbonation.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Slob for the sample! Murky looking cola brown with an huge tan head of extremely fine bubbles. Sweet tootsie roll chocolate aroma, slightly nutty and spicy. Medium bodied and creamy with a slight oily feel and dry in the finish. Flavor is of roasted coffee beans and malt with a Belgian fruitiness and a faint yeast note or two. Overall a really nice brew from one of the great breweries of Belgium. Thanks Bert!
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick jet black with a massive tan large-bubble head. Lots of chocolate in the somewhat weak, malty aroma along with hazelnut, espresso, caramel, and licorice. Unique complex taste is initially sweet with a nutty chocolate flavor and a hint of dark fruits, but finishes dry, bitter with a strong espresso kick, and a surprising smokyness. Feels very lively in the mouth but it also creamy and goes down smooth. A highly enjoyable yet ununsual stout that I will definitely try again.