NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a murky brownish/amber with no head. Smells a touch spicey, though mostly of bread dough, sugar and Barbecue sauce. Definitely do not notice this "extra bitterness" in the nose or the taste. The taste comes across as way tooo sweet, with wood, vanilla, and fruit. Smoked candy is there, as is terriyaki chicken. I guess the hops come in in the finish, as it is pretty dry, considering the sweetness. In all, I am not impressed, perhaps even a bit disgusted...
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured hazy orange with almost no head...smelled a little spicy but just very very sweet and a touch of alcohol...maybe some citrus...taste was just sweet and alcohol though...not impressed...the pour, carbonation, flavor, and finish all were strikingly similiar to a mediocre barleywine...
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a murky light brown. Head is small, slow to form. Lacing is slight. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Perhaps a little sweet. Flavors of fruits and malt are indeed balanced with hops. Will drink more of this one.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2007 Rustic Orange. Nice color. The head was barely achieved and mostly diminishing. Very little lacing.
The smell is very sweet from the white candy sugar. Very fruity with fresh oranges, tangerines and honey. The aroma is wonderful. Itís in your face, very acidic and pungent.
This is one damn tasty beer. The mouthfeel is the first thing that I noticed. Itís so damn soft and velvety and just seems to glide effortlessly across every taste bud, soak it and then leave. Numerous Fruits. Cherries and Raspberries first. Raisins next, then plums, now dried plums. Very sweet throughout. Cinnamon like spicyness after the fruits.
This beer has probably been brewed with the most candy sugar out of any beer I have every had. It is very very sweet and is very cloying on the finish.
Iím hoping to visit De Dolle Brouwers in July. Great Brewery.
After several samples and different vintages, this could be my perfect beer. A brilliant example of phenomenal freshness and ageworthinesss. It just seems to age so well and all the batches are so good.
bigbeersrule (113) - USA - SEP 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very sweet malty Christmas brew. Didnít detect any spices but the flavor was really sweet and malty. Had this on tap and it poured a cloudy brown. It tasted much better than it looked.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2008 Bottle @ Collins Bar. Not a bad brew at all. A bit sweet and not as peppery as Iíd like but very smooth, malty and sticky.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy golden orange color, with microscopic floatules (what Iím calling them these days) buzzing around the edge of the glass, and a most impressive head that took up 3/4 of the Duvel glass the brew was poured into and then still wanted to bubble over: large and lasting, solid, but creamy.
I put my nose in this soft, enticing foam and was exulted: fresh, fruity, dazzling, sugary...Iím thinking "tripel" but I know that thereís more in store...slightly spicy, light, elegant, ethereal, divine.
Taste has a zing and a zip and dazzles with intense fruit flavors (orange, peach), so rich, juicy, and tangible that I can nearly taste the pit and the seeds!
Iím put into heaven here...itís simply sublime...malt is huge with sweetness and fruit, perhaps too much so, and thereís not a nod from Mr. Hops. A pity for that would have provided sufficient balance and given an extra dimension to this ale.
As it is, itís still amazing. Ah, thereís nowhere to go from here...a perfect nightcap... a suffficient summation of goodness in a glass.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Euro size bottle with 03 marked on the cap.
Pours a red/gold color that's pretty clear until I dump some yeast chunks into it. Head is an off white with poor retention and sticky lace. Aroma is wine-like, astringent and cidery. Mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy with some effervescence?intense. Flavor is sweet with some hop bite. Quite one-dimensional. Musta gotten a bad bottle?
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a orange-brown with very little head. Smells freakin delicious; malt, spices and a bit of booze. At first sip it is all sweetness, however its glory is revealed in subsequent drinks. Sweet candi and malt are most prevalent, but there is a spicy yeasty component that rounds out the flavor. One of the richest Belgians Iíve had; the mouthfeel is stunning. Pleasant alcohol comes through also. Very well done!
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottled: unkown year
pours orange brown haze with little carbonation. small tan bubbles if you pour rapidly with sediment.
nice nose of earth and dark fruits. the palate is a bit different then the nose more sweet rock candy malt with figs and a huge alcohol sting. no where on the bottle does it say the abv. if i were guessing i would have said at least 10 or higher. somewhat surprised to see a 9....maybe we do need to age this one. not nearly as enjoyable as the other rates advised for the bottle i had.