OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Couleur ambrée vers l’oranger sous une belle et dense mousse blanche qui refusant d’adhérer sur la paroi du verre. Arômes très levurés et dont la signature, très authentique Belge, est typique de DeDolle. Ensuite très herbal, laissant échapper des notes fruitées d’ananas et de fruits exotiques et de gomme baloune. Le haut taux d’alcool n’est à aucun moment apparent quoique celle ci semble faire son travail en termes d’alléger l’esprit. Corps de densité moyenne, presque épaisse, texture crémeuse issue d’une carbonatation très vive. Finale très sèche nous quittant sur des notes épicées de poivre blanc. Un autre chef-d’œuvre offert par ces brasseurs fous.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Complex and exciting fruity aroma contains notes of pear, peaches, yeast, leather, shoe-polish, crayon wax, bubblegum and oranges. Hazy golden coloured body is topped by a dense, bright white, fine-bubbled head that recedes slowly with some light lacing. Bubblegum and leather notes to the fruity flavour with some leafy, herbal hop flavours and strong finishing bitterness. Cake-like yeast is pervasive throughout. Medium body is very crisp and dry with moderate carbonation that is fairly effervescent. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strisselspalt-y hoppiness shoots through the pears and a stick of hockey card bubblegum holds a pyramid of yeast.
Fluffy carbonation propels the bitter piney hops to near saltiness. A dry yeast tornado blows through once in a while and could be perceived as bothersome by non-Belgian beer lovers.
The wild, ruffled hair of an experimental chemist.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle-conditioned, typical large foamy white head, surprisingly diminishing to a bare white cover after a minute. Body is pure golden in which bathe a vast amount of floaties. Incredibly dry, doughy yeast aroma. Emblematic De Dolle yeats overload signature. Prominent banana esters marry with pineapple, apples and fresh bread. Very delicate aroma overall with a 9% ABV nowhere to be smelled. Woah! This is immensely dry, contemplative I’d say. An explosion of esters come back through the nose when you swallow. Champaigny, floral and yet not very bitter at all. Masked alcohol presence, delicious notes of hay, apple skin, banana and white grapes would gain a lot from a not necessarily more subtle, but definitely softer and less obstructing yeast presence. Malleable maltiness procures a well rounded mouthfeel, medium bodied with rather high carbonation. Looooong dry hop/yeast aftertaste. Most charming example, but I didn’t find it to have the grace of the top De Dolle brews. It didn’t leave the same triumphant impression. Merci Olivier!
TBone (11145) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled (BB 07/2006)
Golden color with huge white head. Typical DDB sweet yeasty aroma is strong, already when you open a bottle, you can recognize the brewery. Otherwise only slight hops in the nose. Medium-bodied, strong acidy, citrusy hopping, a bit Orval-like. Hay and pepper also in the flavor. Long bitter aftertaste.
Dorqui (2028) - Brescia, ITALY - APR 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much most plenty and creamy foam. Much supporter and of long duration. Yellow color lightly veiled, torbid and bubbly. Much prickly with a fine aroma. Dry and metallic taste, seems rust and mildew. Many pleasant.
omhper (18318) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Cloudy golden, small creamy head. Flowery aroma. Medium sweet with soft, dense mouthfeel. Intensely hoppy, notes of pear and pine, and a perfectly modelled malty body. Damn good!
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Earthy in aroma, yet fantastically light overall, this is very balanced. It has some anise and other more gentle spicing, like a baby Deus or a more natural and pumped up Duvel. A lovely bit of pine, almost. Sparkling throughout.
Sammy (7709) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange aroma. A large bulk of foam that took a quarter hour to condense into the brew itself. Malty and yeasty base, cookie sugar, creamy. Understated ginger, drop of clove and nutmeg Velverty smooth. Hops noticeable midway and through finish.
The Etruscan (463) - Tuscany, ITALY - MAR 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
White foamy huge full lasting head. Deep golden color. Aroma is herbal, hoppy with spicy and light fruity (apricots) notes. Flavor is moderately herbal with fruity (pear) tones, ending in a hoppy finish. Medium bodied.