HansVC (6) - BELGIUM - JUL 4, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
caramel, chocolate, nuts, resin, spruce, herbs, leather, alcohol, banana, vanilla,
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanks to eric for pulling this out of his rather impressive beer closet, poured a deep amber color with a thin layer of tan head, giving off a slightly sour apple aroma, hints of grassy hops and bits of caramel malts. flavor very much the same, a little yeasty, but a very nice blend of the flavors. a very crisp, refreshing mouthfeel and a nice sweetness to the finish.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown. Light tan head. Malt, yeast, and slightly floral and sweet nose. Big malt and yeast with touches of sweetness, hops, and flowers. Full body. Dry, yeasty aftertaste is begging me to drink more. Not what I’d expect from a beer that has spring in the description, but it’s excellent stuff.
jtw (1140) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
gorgeous deep amber garnet color. fruits abound in the aroma, red and green apples, pear, sugar. intense caramel-apple (candy-apple) flavor, with a winey feel as well. nice beer.
egajdzis (5573) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 Spec Brew 2005... Poured a hazy reddish amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, hay, sour cherries, light caramel and a touch of alcohol. Taste of tart cherries, apples, light caramel, yeast, and alcohol as well. moderately carbonated mouthfeel.
Sadly, 2+ years later, these Spec Brew 2005 bottles appear to be heavily oxidized, and I think past their peak.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at appalachian’s belgain abbey bar. Pours a moderately deep amber with a moderate head of fizzy bubbles which fade and leave a little lace. High carbonation. Aroma is bready, yeasty, and sweet with caramel malts. Some hints of fruit from both the malts (plum, raisin) and the yeast (ripe apples some apricot). Flavor is somewhat sweet (candi sugar) but the high carb. lets some other delicate flavors through like plum, grapes, apple and a good amount of doughy yeast. Finish is on the dry side but leaves a slight lingering sweetness with just a bit of acidic/tartness to make it very easy to drink.
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Mmmm...this stuff is good! Cloudy dark amber (OK, I couldn’t hold the yeast back) with plenty of fine creamy light tan head which laced prolifically and stuck around all the way through. Caramelised banana malted milkshake aroma with an almost indescribable spicy backbone. Sweet caramel/toffee start with hints of raisins and a touch of banana, spicy middle with a dry and sublty hoppy finish with a little warmth from the very well hidden alcohol. Mouth feel is perfection (my first 5), soft and creamy right the way through. YUM!
Pailhead (5633) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2007 Bottle: Aroma of dark fruits, candy sugar, apple, raisin, yeast, caramel, and light alcohol. Pours a very dark reddish-orange with almost no transparency. Small off-white head diminishes quickly. The flavor consists of lots of dark fruit, raisins, yeast, caramel, and light bittersweet chocolate. Light tart cherries in the finish with faint acidity and alcohol, but no burn. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a sim rate:
A glorious ale. The head disappeared very quickly, but I didn’t mind at all once I started drinking. The aroma is very sweet and fruity with an almost marzipan scent. The flavour is full and has a bit of a wine tartness and a vicious-yet-woody aftertaste. Great great beer.
CapFlu (4778) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(33cl bottle) Pours a medium almond head with a near opaque reddish-brown body. Nose of marshmellow, deep roasted malt, spices, brown sugarand a huge fruit complexity of figs and prunes. The flavour is a wave of malted goodies - toffee, caramel, vanilla and scotch. This is one lovely beer!