JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with a reddish hue, smallish white head that sticks around with some nice lacing. Aroma is very sweet, lots and lots of candied apples, slightly spicey (maybe a bit of nutmeg), very sweet, a hint of white grapes. Flavor is super sweet, although the sweetness seems to mellow a bit as it warms to room temp. Tart, slightly sour apple dominates the flavor, with maybe a hint of caramel, and faint alcohol present in the finish. A very nice brew, a little too sweet for my tastes, but still quality.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml capped bottle [sampled Jan 2004]: hazy glowing embers in a dark bronze liquid. Full creamy foam, helped along by the etched Chimay goblet. Full, yeasty aroma with a deep green apple/alcohol presence, and an interesting cherry, oak mustiness. Velvety palate, with a crisp lively carbonation. There is a beautiful tart fruitiness with some slightly bitter notes: plums, raisins, blackberries, and pears. Behind the sourness, there is a beautiful chewy malt and earthy component. A fine beer now, who knows what the future will bring. . .
obxdude10 (1942) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent Belgian beer, deep hazy color with a decent off-white head, nose was evident of the aging process of wooden casks, sour flavors, sour finish, medium in body
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extreme Beer Fest 2004: hazy orange color with a small white head. Apple and cask wood aroma, medium bodied with a fizzy underside. Ends acidic and sour.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2004 Reminded me of a rich, brown ale, perfectly tossed with lambic to create a hearty, artisanal beauty. The initial sip and resulting flavors are most intense and tannic, the round tartness is balanced by light malts. As it warms, the vinous fullness opens up and a bit of spiced cinnamon is apparent. Simply amazing!
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2004 Extreme beer fest '04,Murky dishwater brown in color with a small white head.Acidic cider aroma with some touch of spice.Bitter spice/hop flavor,touch of cidery notes.Mouthfeel is medium-full with a prickly carbonation that hurts my tongue.The roof of my mouth is very warmed with the alcohol and a rich malt palate.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick, persistent tan foam atop a body of deep red and garnet. A nice, complex aroma with tons of fruit and alcohol. Cherry, red grape, licorice, oaky wood, fruity esters and a touch of doughy bread. The body is full, but not too thick; it coats the tongue and massages it with it's velvety smoothness. Beautiful combinations of flavors. Great, vinous fruit, nice sourness and spicy, peppery alcohol. This beer is phenomenal as it is now, but could only reach toward perfection given the right amount of time and delicate care. If you have the means to let this sit and have the alcohol mellow out, do so. Another absolute winner from the De Dolle Brouwers.
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2004 Complex fruity (mainly cherries) aroma with acidic and gueuze-like notes. Interesting sourish and cidery flavour. Oaky notes. Vinous.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2006 RE-RATE: 3/11/06 Poured out of 330 mL bottle, bought at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA 12/10/03. Rated blind. Slightly murky orange-red color with a tight but somewhat broken, tan-gold head, great lacing-- tight and slow. Lightly musty nose, some faint sourness with lots of woody, tannic weirdness. Flavor has cherry and wood, soggy, earthy malt all over. some dark malt, almost cherry-chocolate like a Cuvee de Tomme but more tannic, less sour. More like a petrified cherry with its woody weirdness. Mild alcohol presence, but mostly from the numbing mouth sensation and some nostril burn. Good, sort of bizarre stuff. (8/4/7/4/16/3.9)
ORIGINAL RATING: 1/17/04. Poured out of 330 mL bottle, bought at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA 12/10/03. Damn, this stuff is amazing. Wish I had more of it. Pours to a dark reddish-amber color, clear with a slightly smaller than expected head (used to those mammoth explosions of carbonation that most De Dolle beers offer), but expectedly terrific retention. Aroma is unbelieveable-- incredibly strong, sour oak and vinous notes, a hint of vinegar and some cherry and grape fruitiness. Very much like a wine. Taste is totally overwhelming, even upon its first sip-- strong alcohol heat and sharpness, heavy tannins and cherry, oak, peat, and raisiny, resinous flavors. Just extremely tart and astringent. A bit of vinegar somewhere in there too, on the nose and especially on the taste. Literally breathtaking in its intensity, as I found myself gasping at least once from the power of this brew. This one could use some time, methinks. On the finish, my mouth just begs with equal strength to have more and to have respite from the intensity. After the assault is past, there’s a quite nice pepperiness left over from the alcohol and a hum of yeasty, estery sugars-- finally some sweetness pokes through. Very long finish and very complex, but not quite as elegant as I’d hope it will get with (a lot) more time. Simply amazing stuff, but it needs to rest before I drink another bottle of it. . . (10/4/8/3/17/4.2)
Final rating reflects some kind of average between the two.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange, ruddy amber. Foamy light tan head. Roast grain, yeast, fruit, sweet and sour nose. Very nimble beer on the palate. Sweet, raison, velvety smooth, rather acidic, wood, earth, faint alcohol everywhere, cherry, awesome body, awesome sour finish. This is friggin sweet. Get your hands on these if you can!