21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I must say that there are some very cool designs on the label. A very nice malty, muddy amber color with an able amount of head. Nice alcohol hint to the smell and the flavor. Taste resembles brandy, blackberry brandy at that. This is a big beer, most impressive.
beerguy101 (5351) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty, honey and orange. Malty and somewhat thick. Texture is thick and somewhat oily. It very reminiscent of Grand Marnier. Very smooth. Very sweet and orangish. Great sipping beer. The 12% alcohol is evident with it oiliness and it tummy warming, but it not harsh at all. VERY nice. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I dont remember much of last night..but i do remember being warmed by this big, bold, enormous, gigantic, colossal beer...It poured golden, almost clear, and sporting a thin halo of suds along the edge of the glass..an aroma of apples, sourness, alcohol, orange peel, and cider vinegar lifted from the glass as flavors of apple spice, yeast, cinnamon, and sugary sweetness played around the enormous alcohol heat...
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear copper colored w/ a nose like port and syruppy, brandylike flavors. This one will warm you. A great beer to sip
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like all De Dolle beers, the cork couldn't wait to get away from the bottle. Smells like a port wine: over ripe fruits and oak. I wonder how long the Bordeaux barrels were used with wine. Airating the beer will make the alcohol come to life so unless you like that intense burn, I wouldn't recommend it. For the price, I was a bit let down but then, we have to pay the price to travel the world, don't we?
Oakes (14844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden amber; winey nose - sweet oak, cork, deep fruit and light alcohol. A tough beer to rate. It was one of those beers where you like it, but can't think of too many things to say about it. It's all about the Bordeaux aging, calling up hunger for Colston Bassett Stilton. In fact, it is so winey, that although I enjoyed letting it wash over me, I sat thinking a) where's the Stille Nacht? and b) this is surprisingly one-dimensional. Maybe I'm trying to evaluate this the wrong way, but this seemed to be satisfyingly unsatisfactory.
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2005 There is no roof...Lying in a jesus christ pose on a bed of dry yeast and fieldberries, wondrous soul-balming maple syrup and cheese farm perfumes meticulously elevate me...Fruity champagne air currants like lascive body surfing hands lead my glazed acumen towards a unique candied apotheosis...A Bordeauxish soprano voice lifts me and makes me feel reverse gravity...There is no roof on this place...The light grapeskin silk sheets fall off and each naked skin pore becomes an eye that perceives and feels the world in multifarious flamboyant ways...This kir of beer is here to steer and veer the mere charioteer to tears of sheer grandeur...Endless thanks to hopsrus for this amazing concoction...
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big, wine-like nose (combo of red and white wine notes). Deceiving light color unleashes a rather thick and creamy-soft mouthfeel. Very aromatic and somewhat complex. Port-like with liquor undertones. Very warming alcohol sensations, not sharp though. Very sweet (maybe too sweet) with some sourness (not as much as I'd like). Raisins and prunes linger in the finish. Curious and interesting.
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, thick density of tiny/small particles. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), with a strong note of raisin, lesser notes of wood, toffee, brown sugar, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery (almost syrupy) texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Nice stuff, and thankfully has more to balance the sweetness than the recent standard Stille Nachts I've had (though I've heard rumors in the underworld that we will see it return to the slightly more sour style of years ago, like this Reserva is). This is almost like a blend of Scotch whisky or cognac and beer, with an enormous bucket full of raisins mixed in. Unusual beer to say the least, and somewhat difficult to rate. Not my favorite from the brewery, but very good.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Much clearer than I would have anticipated. Sweet cherry, cane sugar, vanilla, oak and very much like a thinnish barleywine. High alcohol apparent everywhere. If it wasn't for the finish, I couldn't give it as strong a score...I love the melting finish of sweetness, the bordeaux cask comes through strongly, and there is fantastic stinging pepper. I owe a great debt of gratitude to a RateBeerian who picked this up for me, making an extra trip in the process. The finish is amazing...let this guy warm up and you have a liquid mix of a wonderful red wine, cane sugar, and sharp, focused white pepper. Outstanding. But pretty sweet.......Also the strongest beer I have had in a great great while. One glass and you will be reeeeeeling.