johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2005 33cl bottle. deep brown pour, lots of yeast in the bottle. Smells spiced and delivers on the palate even more than expected. Strong, burnt sugar taste with massive raisins. Tart finish is reminiscent of wine. Warming, noticable amount of alcohol. For sipping. Not specifically my kind of flavor, but nevertheless a memorable brew.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle, carried back from Belgium in March ’03...cap lists a BBD of 09 2004...I’m about 5 months past that. Pours nicely with a good head, brown colored beer.Lovely aroma of liquorice, spiced pumpkin, and overwhelmingly RAISINS!! Sweet and fruity, nice body that isn’t heavy, but full..sweetness in the finish is like chocolate, never cloying. Fruity with a spicy undercurrent, and just a touch of warming alcohol. This is a yummy brown ale from Belgium.
cphbeerking (154) - København K, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth, spiced brown Belgian with a powerful bite to it. There’s an unmistakable sense of quality in this one -- you just can’t fake the good stuff. Terrific mouthfeel and feeling to the stomach. My first De Dolle, and if this is anything to go by, it’ll be the first of a long line.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sugary sweet, caramelized, fruity aroma of raisins, grapes, pineapple, grapefruit and just a hint of butterscotch. Opaque dark amber-brown with dense, fine-bubbled tan head that lasts nicely and coats the glass. Sweet malty flavour has plenty of dark fruits, a lightly roasted character, fair herbal hop flavour and a light bitterness that takes the edge off the big sweet malt profile to keep it from ever becoming cloying. A pleasant breath of alcohol in the finish. Lightly warming with rich, thick, full body, and moderate fine-bubbled, soft carbonation that luxuriates on the tongue. Bottle (Institut de la Bière - Jan. 2005).
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a mystery label beer when I purchased it. IE the lable was missing. Proper thanks to yayforbeer for solving the mystery. I poured this thing into a tulip styled glass. head exploded on me like some sort of atomic bomb. retains like a bloody iceburg, sitting there, wiggling, staring. punk...Laces like the foam on a winters day at the beach Got some floaty biznuz at the bottom. kinda like goldschlager. Malty an red grape bite with a bit of grapefruit. This is my 3rtd and last beer for this evening and hrm...maybe should have started off with this. This thing is racking my brain. yum. need some food.
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance:sark brown ale very good head
Dorqui (2127) - Brescia, ITALY - JAN 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Extremely long-lasting and persistent foam. Dark color red, amber and bubbly. Strong and decided scent of alcohol and red grape. Much persistent with a warm and dense body. Demanding.
marcus (7301) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 28, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This dark brown ale pours with no head. There is a syrupy, very malty flavor with a slightly bitter finish. This is a unique beer that is quite enjoyable to drink, especially after a couple years of aging.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautifull brown color with ruby highlights and a medium off-white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Very good aroma of raisin, sugar plums, malt, spices and candy-like sweetness, I also feel some hops. Great flavor of raisin, sugar plums, spices, malt and alcohol with a mild sweet finish. Medium body, oily and smooth texture, soft carbonation. After long years without Oerbier it feels very nice to be reunited with one of my first love as a beer geek.
bogdi1 (32) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish deep brown color, huge head that filled much of the St. Bernardus chalice. Spicy complex aroma. Earthy, fuity sweet flavor with nice warming alcohol. A great and complex beer, but maybe an inch too sweet.