IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 Pours a light amber, clear and very effervescent, with a small white head. Strong aroma of sugar, grapes, acidic lemon or orange, and alcohol. Taste is sweet and very spicy, with touches of vinous grapes, citrus, and a strong retronasal alcohol burn. Strong and sweet but more dinkable than I though it would be. Nice. RERATE: 1994 vintage, opened at Dickinsonbeer’s House. The ctirus has come through even more so and the alcohol has mellowed quite a bit, making this very drinkable. Excellent!
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orangy amber with some chunky suspended particles and a very slight haze. Great aroma and the flavour is incredible.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JUL 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Golden/amber colour. Small head. Nose is full of maltiness, toffee and a cognac-like alcohol aroma. Tastes very sweet and alcoholic. Apart from that it has vineous and fruity notes, mango and orange. Quite sugary. Overall a nice, complex beer, but unfortunately overshadowed by too much sweetness and alcohol. Many thanks to Bierkoning for this.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy pecan color with pieces of floating yeast cake and a thin head. Tart fruity aroma with some toasted bread, yeast, light caramel, yogurt. Very sweet with an upfront vitamin flavor. I don’t get much in the way of hops, except some bitterness. Interesting fruitcake flavor. Opens up as it warms. Kinda grows on you.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I got the bottle from State Line in Elkton, MD and it immediately hit me with a perfumey aroma coupled with a fragrance of sweet oak. I tasted hints of malt, oak and breadiness. The alcohol was definately noticeable. It seemed a bit too syrupy and spicey so I had trouble sipping this one. It seems good in small sips. I found it interesting but my wife detested it.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanx to Jannik Salholt. Orange colour with lots of floaties. Medium white head. Dark fruits, raisin, prun aroma and a sweet fruity alcoholic taste. Medium to full body and a sweet alcoholic finish. To much alcohol in the taste, but wery good.
Elwin (2) - Alphen aan den Rijn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2005 does not count
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A bit sweet, but nicely heavy. Slight bitter sweet after taste. Great deep coloured appearence, what else can someone wish for x-mas. (number 2 in my top 10)
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2007 Sugar and spice and everything nice in the nose. Murky orange with a foamy white cap. Good lace. Very sweet with loads of sugar. Fruit cake. Very full bodied for a Belgian. Alcohol abounds. Watch out for this one.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thick looking orangeish appearnce. Very murky and lots of chunks float in this pour. Delicious raisiny, figgy, sugary, syrupy flavor. The alcohol is very well hidden in this brew.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Transparent orange/amber, nice carbonation, plenty of floaties, with a white diminishing head. Aromas were of white wine, slightly tart fruits/citrus touches, some caramel, faint alcohol. Flavor was syrupy sweet (though not textured that way), tart fruit but not overly done, raised, ever so slight alcohol touch. Short lived aftertaste, thicker body with a warming finish.