Dorqui (2125) - 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 (7172) - 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 (3490) - 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.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I’d probably like this a whole lot better if it was pourable. Tame in the bottle, as soon as I tipped it, it poured out 80% head. It has a spicy, light fruit kind of aroma. Once I could see the beer, it appeared to be a light brown, like weak coffee. It’s got a lively mouthfeel, filled with a mixture of spices - coriander, clove, pepper, mayhaps some orange peel. Notable alcohol presence, but after the frustration of waiting for the head to settle somewhat, the 7.5% abv was appreciated.
shadey (1970) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet apple smell. Reddish brown color with a creamy smooth head. Spicy flavor. Very nice. Little bit of sticky alcohol in the finish.
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle) Highly recommended by several people, but I’m not really sure why. I’ve never had cherry wine, but I’m convinced that I now know what it would taste like. Very sweet, very winey. No bitterness to balance the sweetness at all. Not very good.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured dark ruby brown, very cloudy with floaties and a fluffy tan head...smell is sweet and tart...raisins are there...some definate whisky aroma...taste is warm with spices...clove, pepper, coriander...tastes like a lot more than 7.5%...lots of alcohol...good, but way off...
bluevegie (3064) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large off-white head that sat on top of ruby red body with tawny tinges. Good aroma, quite a mix, broth, rich fruit, spice and slight caramel. Flavour follows up on what the nose promises, medium body, sweet taste which isn’t over the top, alcohol is just warming. I like this to the arabier.
TBone (13508) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red-brown colour with big brown head which is vanishing quite quickly, when yeast is added also quite hazy. Aroma is hoppy - spicey, like birch leaves in the early spring. Bitter, alcoholic (in a good way) mouthfeel. Really warming, one could guess higher ABV. Some roasted tones and long hoppy bitter aftertaste. Adding more yeast to glass is making this harder to drink but an excellent choice to start New Year Eve’s celebration.