adrian910ss (2446) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick copperish color with a beige creamy head. Smells very complex, with a prominent bitter fruit detection, mainly lemon and orange. Taste is rich and thick with a bittersweet citrusy prominence. Excellent belgium beer with the alcohol hidden well.
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 Sweet sweet aroma with a hazy orange appearance.BIG jammy flavours that totally masks the alcohol.So many aromas and flavours bounce around the glass....so sweet yet so good.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bready/corn syrup-like aroma. Poured very nice a rich amber with a decent head that started three finger thick and settled down to pinky thickness. Sweet malts and up front alcohol. Very bready and while not quite spicy it has a minor crispness to it in the finish. But there is something that tastes a little like dirty dishwater in the finish and that really hurts the beer.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had read a million times that this beer was very sweet and syrupy so I thought that some aging might do the trick…Uhhhhhhh… NOPE… 2 years in the cellar! The one thing that aging did do is relieve the alcohol heat and burn.
Pours a beautiful syrupy dark amber body with very little head. The aroma is largely sweet: a mass of candied sugar and sweet bready malts, like drinking fresh wart. The flavor brings a mass of fruits, pears, red apple, plums, dates, maybe even some blackberry. The yeast isn’t overly pungent… a bit rustic, suggestions of leather and biscuit. It is almost overly sweet… a nice woodsy smokiness from molasses… but too much like pancake syrup. The palate is rather oily and especially sticky. A terrific nightcap for the very cold winter months…. To bad Florida never really gets that cold.
I’ll age another bottle…. But this time I’ll let it sit for a couple more years and see what happens… I’ll shoot for 5 this time.
jasonp (1562) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy dark orange with no head and some floating particles. Aroma of honey, sweet dark fruits and apple. Syrupy sweet with notes of candy apples, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and then plum, figs, raisin and pear. Has some moderate hop bitterness at the end with a slight alcohol buzz. Smooth, syrupy mouthfeel with very light carbonation.
Bockyhorsey (2611) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma for this one was of fermented fruit. Body dark gold/orange with no head. Flavor was sweet to start with but alcohol seemed to be overwhelming in the end. For me this beer went from medium to little harsh on the palate.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a dark orange color with a yeast and citrus aroma.
Flavor is yeasty and sweet with a nice sweet alcohol finish, although alcohol is very well hidden for 12%
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 22, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. You’ve got to be kidding me. Way too much residual sugar. Tastes more like a rum and coke. Rich deep amber with no head. Sweet, yeasty, spicey aroma. Sweet malt flavors with lots of brown sugar and candy sugar. Some fruitiness - plum and peach. Too sweet. There’s a lot going on, but it’s all buried by the sugar. Some alcohol present (but that sugar cube they dropped into my beer did hide it well). Should be aged.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has a deep golden color but no head. A malty aroma with an alcohol hint in the background. On the initial taste there is a touch of apple flavoring. Latter the malty sweetness becomes more prominant and a syrupy texture is apparent.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 8-21-2007: 1996 bottle, just bought today in NYC. This has likely been sitting in this unconditioned store for all 11 years. Bottle #1430. Pours a rather deep ruddy brown with a ton of yeast. There is a surprisingly large amount of carbonation and head still with this beer. Up front he nose is slightly sour, old, licorice. Licorice and tart sweetness really come through in the taste, lots of complex oxidized malts and pure fruit juices. Tartness is very nice, and evidence of Rodenbach from the yeast is slight but apparent. Remarkably complex, with elegent, balanced sweetness and acidity and a perfect body. This has aged BEAUTIFULLY. I do need to try a fresh one again though, as my original rating (below) was very early on in my beer rating, and I had never had a sweet beer.
8-17-2005: 6/3/6/3/3.1: Am I missing something here? I first thought this bottle was infected due to the enormous amount of floaties and the overbearing sweetness, except that’s all the same stuff other people say about this. I’m strongly considering pouring this and grabbing something else, except the $5 price tag is holding me back.