Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Muddy dark brown, gentle light foamy head is a bit small for de dolle’s standard. Incredible nose, I mean.. the complexity in this impresses me. Roasted berries, apples, blueberries, there is a whole fruit basket in there. Woody, roasty. Gentle yeast hints come out with a mild dust touch. Significant alcohol presence remains blown away by the fruits. taste: A good bite in a roasted toast on which you’ve added a complicated fruits jam with a chocolate syrup. Hints at vegetal oil, grassy hops, wood etc. Medium body, a touch too carbonated for my liking. A medley of flavor which has no comparables. Cheers Casey!
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2005 Obvious Belgian yeastiness and fruity (cherry, grape), vinous alcohol...Intense carbonation propels the union of roasted chocolate malt and green hop bitterness, but seems to encourange a background acidity...More De Dolle than Extra Stout, that’s for sure, but still one of my least favorite of theirs...
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark body with a huge, light tan head. The aroma is sweet and malty. It has some apples, ginger and cinnamon. Also a light touch of chocolate. The taste is bready with some apple pie, nutmeg and pepper spice in the finish. After drinking you also get some anise and coffee. The mouthfeel is slightly thin, but it is very flavorful. there is lingering chocolate in the aftertaste. Very solid.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2004
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Damn did i really love this beer. Sort of a cross between a stout and a sour belgian ale, with wonderful results. Poured black with a small head that disappeared quickly. Aroma is of coffee, port, raisin and smoke. Flavor is wonderful, woody notes, sourness, raisin, and some chocolate and coffee. Excellent pleasing mouthfeel. One of my new favorites
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2006 Smoky aroma. Looks like a frothed up porter in the glass. Smoky taste to match the smell. Burnt raisin and charcoal flavor, but thin palate. Not something I’d seek out again, but interesting to see the belgian take on a Foreign Stout.
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
another great beer swilled with silphium; wonderful dark brown appearance; aroma was interesting (maybe a cross between a porter and a belgian style) with spices and smokiness; thin to medium palate; flavor was abundant of spices and fruits; a very impressive beer
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very interesting beer- I’ve never been let down by De Dolle. More of a Belgian Strong Ale than a stout. Deep cloudy red-brown body, topped by a persistent medium tan head. Awesome, complex aroma of plum, cherry, prune, toffee, and cinnamon, all embedded in a fresh bread dough matrix. The flavor was similarly imbued with plum, grape, and soy components, hints of licorice, and plenty of bready yeast. One part ale and one part red wine. Finishes with concord grapes and alcohol bite. Complex, rich, and delicious.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Ruby/black color, dark, with the expected huge de dolle head that lasts throughout the beer. Full bodied, sticky palate with the signature De Dolle house yeast characteristics. Aroma has yeast, roasted coffee, unsweetened chocolate, aged wood, raisin, plum. Flavor is spicy yeast, alcohol, raisins, chocolate, plums, vinous grapes, pepper, bubblegum, dough, anise, bittersweet chocolate, coffee. Finishes with a moderate dry bitterness coming from the malt and yeast. It’s a shame I couldn’t find their beers earlier.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, t’Brugs Beertje, Brugge, Belgium.
Liquorice and coffee flavours, dry beginning and end with a strong sweet middle. A fantastic beer that I owe both the introduction of and poor rating of two a wicked couple whom we shared a few drinks with. Jaynie and Neil, crazy cyclists that mixed volumes of exercise with beer (or was it volumes of beer with exercise). In any case I thought this was a rather special beer that I could easily try again. Directly compared to the Hecule Stout in a Stout-off.
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2005 Zythos Beer Festival, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium 2005. Black colour with a baige head. Light sweet roasted chocolat aroma and a sweet light roasted coffee chocolat taste. Medium to full body and a dry finish.