grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ohh excellent beer. This one really reminds me of Rochefort 8...but more skillfully crafted. What a brew! Pours a rich opaque mahogany. Khaki head. Nose is a juggernaut. Cotton Candy and pinot noir...? no seriously! Faint carrot. Bourbon, vanilla and fruit bomb red wine. Flavors reflect the aromas. Tart fruits on the front of the tongue. Swift cotton floss and subtle vanilla towards the ends. The finish is marvelous...lingers...lingers...lingers. Powerful beer. Carbonation and mouthfeel are slightly out of balance in a generic way but it doesn complement the overall flavors and aroma of this brew.
BeerandBlues2 (11048) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours mahagony with orange hints and an edgy tan head with faint lined lacing. Port, berry and oak caramel malt aroma with pine hops and pear notes. Port and berry caramel malt flavor with warming alcohol and a hoppy, acidic drying finish. Medium to full bodied warm palate that goes dry.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was interesting. Not so much in flavor (which was enjoyable) but in the palate (which was quite odd). Poured a dark roasty brown with a bubbly head. Smelled a little like sour cherries and port. Taste was spot-on with a nice balance of sweet and sour, some spice like black peppers and orange peels studded with cloves. But the palate is what really threw me for a loop: this was extra-ordinarily fizzy. I likened it to a candy I used to have called Zotz! Maybe somebody else reading this has had one. Basically, a Zot! was a rather generic fruit-flavored candy filled with a bicarbonate concoction that would literally fizz in your mouth. This brew did the same thing. As soon as it met the palate it exploded in a flurry of fizziness. I was a little taken aback by this and learned to cope with it to enjoy an otherwise enjoyable experience.
kramer (5499) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. Pours a murky brown with a rather large white fluffy head. Very high level of carbonation in the glass, a virtual cascade of bubbles arising from the bottom of my chalice. Aroma of banana, citrus, sweet malt, yeast, and earthyness. Flavor is a little tart up front, suggestive of sour cherries, then settles into a malty middle, then a yeasty and dry finish. Overall this beer is rather complex, but in a very general sort of way, nothing really stands out as an exceptional characteristic. Alcohol makes itself know in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is a little fizzy, and not really to my personal preference. It is pretty light bodied as well which surprised me as the comm. deScription goes on at length about the malt bill. Overall a decent beer but not my favorite from De Dolle. I think that I’ll get more to cellar to see how this develops over time.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity aroma, some caramel. Pours cloudy brown. The flavor is very complex! So many flavors, rasberries, grapes, apples, caramel, sweet malt, thick and carbonated on palate.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - horizontal with Oerbier Reserva. Poured deep ruby with a small but long lasting head and a great clinging lace. Aroma was weaker than the Reserva, but was mostly chocolate and somewhat vinous, but also had some hints of licorice and yeast. As it warmed, it became a bit musty. Very smooth and silky mouthfeel, pretty much what you’d expect from De Dolle, although it was much smoother than the Reserva. Rather sweet mouthfeel when cool with raisin, caramel, chocolate, cherry and other dark fruits. As it warms, it becomes more and more like baker’s chocolate. It also becomes more tart as it warms. I thought this was better than the Reserva. Bought at Mountview in Naugatuck.
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle. Pours a cloudy dark mahogony with a thin, scattered, off-white head. Aroma has chocolate, cherries, spice and molasses. Flavor is balanced for the style. Maple, licorice, caramel, hard candy and floral and spicy hops. Warming, full-bodied and well-carbonated. Very complex. Give it a try if you can find it.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - SEP 28, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2005 Tight, white head, tops a brown body. Nose is a tad astringent, with dark fruit overtones. A touch sweet, with date and raisin flavors and a hint of chocolate. Nice mouthfeel, coating but not cloying. The slight sweetness stays with you through the finish. overall an excellent experience!
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured reddish brown with a nice tan head. Solid head retention. Aroma had dark fruits and red wine. Very complex and interesting. Flavor was a bit too sweet but still very good. There was certainly an element of a Flemish Sour Ale in here. I have just sampled this so far and I am pretty impressed.
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown/red pour with small tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and alcohol. Taste includes these, as well as sweetness, sourness, yeast, and more. What really did it for me is the way the small, fizzy carbonation seems to separate from (and enhance) the thicker brown liquid. An absolute pleasure in the mouth, and another beer from De Dolle that had me grinning upon first taste.