MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours golden orange with a rocky head, cloudy with tiny yeast specks. candy sugar, alcohol nose. other fruit notes I couldn't grasp - all sweet though. initial taste is very sweet. then alcohol, then medium hop bite. lots of other things going on here, but the sugar and alcohol are hiding it from me. good stuff, but a little too sweet for me.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2004 Complex Aroma, almost like mixed fruit, with cherries. Foggy copper color. Thick head to begin, ends up be thin but lasting. Very sweet, then the bitterness stops the sugar from kicking in all the way. Extremely complex. Pretty good, but wayyyy to sweet.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Kahn's in Indy: This brew is a dark golden brown/orange color with a very thick off-white head. Thick and sticky lacing. Complex aroma of alcohol, sweet fruit, vanilla and malt. Medium-bodied and borderline cloying at times, but with a satisfying array of flavors. The different fruits like plum and apple are at the forefront. There is also a nice malt, spice and alcohol presence. The finish is very sweet with a lot of yeast. Taking your time with this one is the way to go. A very nice beer.
jtw (1058) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma is very alcoholic, very much like a red wine. hits your mouth startlingly sweet, then turns alcoholic, and then stays sweet and yeasty. holding it in my mouth i feel like i'm taking a shot of rum and chasing it with sugar-water. i should have saved this one for dessert. interesting, to say the least, but it doesn't taste like your typical belgian.
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think I finally settled on my personal dictionary reference for cloying. I wanted so to like it. Actually I did. Found pear covered in a syrupy sauce along with other luscious and delicious flavors, but I just couldn't continue w/o thinking I almost couldn't handle another sip. Desert that should be dealt in small doses. I longed for a really astringent geueze or very bitterly hopped beer. After making my way past the half-to-three-quarter mark I succumbed to the temptation to try a Big Nacht. Took a bit of Still Nacht and poured it in a new glass and added an equal amount of Bigfoot. Nice. I admit it. I have no way of knowing, only having had this so long ago what is "normal". All I know is that there was not the acidity or extra hop bitterness in this to keep me from enjoying this combination more than the original for an endured period. Great beer within limitations.
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
many thanks to duff for bringing this around to look after me while i was recovering from my knee reconstruction. aroma of raw sugar and a nearby orchard with some cookie dough. ridiculously thick and chunkous, not that i mind. surprisingly bitter - apple peel bitterness and some light pepperiness. pleasant warming sensation in the gut. if it's lacking one thing it's some yeast complexity but that's maybe being a little pedantic
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a slightly hazy and deep amber color with a frothy bright white head that piles high upon the body, as it desiccates the lace forms an encircling sheet upon the glass. Nice cotton candy sweet nose, caramel, ripe fruit dominate, fresh and crisp, a real treat for the senses, start is moderately sweet, perfectly malted and the top middling in feel. Finish is timidly acidic, the hops benign in their bite, sweet and sherry dry aftertaste, a fine beer and one I enjoyed immensely.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloydy brown with some highlights of orange. Medium sized beige head. Sweet aroma of burnt sugar, pear, orange-peels and spices. Sweet malty flavours of pears, candied black currant, sweet nectarine, honey and toffee. Spicy and warming finish.
jde123 (736) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The first thing I noticed about this beer was the lack of head when poured. Not great. Second thing, almost not aroma. Very nice color, however. Tastes very dark, with a very nice bite right away melting into a fruity full flavor. Very pleasant. Overall, a decent beer. I enjoyed it.
CEZ (393) - Milano, ITALY - FEB 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottled 2003, 8% ABV) Cloudy amber body, with a small whitish head. Warm and spicy aroma, strong caramel, fruit, a hint of vanilla. Wonderfully complex, sweet, very sweet... maybe too sweet! Honey and raisins are balanced by some yeasty notes leading to a slightly peppery finish. Full and creamy mouthfeel. A beer to be enjoyed in slow sips. I just found it a little bit cloying, otherwise it would have been perfect.