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
Iíd 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. Itís 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 (2079) - 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 Iím not really sure why. Iíve never had cherry wine, but Iím 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 (3071) - 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 isnít over the top, alcohol is just warming. I like this to the arabier.
TBone (16197) - 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 Eveís celebration.
Boutip (5951) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2008 Bottle: Poured a dark color ale with a huge bubbly dark head with average retention. Aroma is quite complex and includes some smoky notes with some alcohol (scotch?). From what I could gather from the taste there is quite a mix in there: I can only describe this as a mix between a scotch ale (Mchouffe) with some smoke malt thrown in there. Alcohol is not easily detectable but can be felt on the tongue. Very different from what Iíve tasted before, Iím curious to try the other bottle in my cellar.
2004 vintage bottle drank in 2008: Somewhat oxidized (though I am not the type to be bothered by oxidation) with loads of dry fruits notes with some candy sugar (almost overly sweet). While this is an interesting experiment it is probably best to drink this when fresh.
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big chunks of yeast suspended in prune juice with little head. Tart, horsey, alcoholic aroma with a bit of red wine smell. Earth, plum and some hop bitterness. Slightly oxidized, wet cardboard. A bit sweet fo my tastes. The flavors donít come together right for me.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Carefully poured this syrup-like concoction into my snifter. has a dark ruby body, some yeasty cloudiness, and a full frothy off-white head that is fully lasting with good lacing. Aroma is great... a fully bouquet of flowers and fruit, with a touch of simple fresh perfume. While it is a great aroma, it is not quite as full as I find optimal. Fizzy, burning body. Man I hate that, but the taste makes almost ok. Dark alcoholic fruit, a bit of strawberry jam with some stale yeasty wheat bread. Strawberry jam flavor throughout. Also perhaps some vanilla scotch. Alcohol is warming more than it is strong. Quite good... I like it more as the carbonation dies down.