mmhnto (31) - Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at the Map Room in Chicago, IL. In fact, I’m writing this review as I’m drinking it in the bar. Sharp, spicy aroma which improves as the beer warms. Color is a deep ruby with a little haze. Warming alcohol with some ripe fruit and carmel notes. Carbonation is a bit harsh on the palate. This is a beer which need to lay down for a few month (or years). Overall, very pleasant beer.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Spice, malt and spun sugar aroma. There is more there too, but I can’t find the right deScriptor. Pours a slightly reddish brown with a frothy head. Alcohol and sugars, caramel, spice and fruit. There is a smell and taste here I can’t peg. Unusual tasting beer.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Back room find at Chucks in Chagrin Falls. The cap had some yeast stains on it, and some around the inside neck, so I suspect it was stored on its side for some time. Pour is a nice dark red/brown with a thick head on top. The aroma is strong and bready, similar to good ol St Bernardus, but more chocolate and roast is present here. The is also slightly detected fruits smells, orange and fig. First impression from the first drink is that the palate is too watery and doesnt cling to my mouth at all. However it does reward with a good sugarish roasted aftertaste. Quite a good overall balanced flavor and the mouthfeel got better for me as it went on. This beer was a very nice suprise.
MiP (14562) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Sweet, cloying aroma. Hint of metal, perhaps some dried fruit. Brown colour, unstable head. VERY sweet, sugary flavour. Feels quite alcoholic in spite of its 7.5%. Warming. Some liquorice in flavour.
sunevdj (3542) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2005 Pours nutty brown with an off-white head. Sweet with a bitter, dry finish. Very full beer with flavors of pear, english liquirish and caramel.
NAT & STRAF version: Dark brown with a foamy, off-white head. Sweet with a low bitter- and sourness. Mellow aromas of dark fruits, alcohol and yeast with a hint of fudge. Doesn´t seem like a Belgian strong ale. Too sour lacks complexity.... numbers based on an average of the two.
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 (1148) - 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 (5697) - 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.