ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle. Pours a orange-amber color, with little head. Aroma of tart apples, vanilla, and peppery yeastiness. This is one thick beer, bordering on syrupy. Sweet flavor of banana and raisins, with alcohol and vanilla in the finish. A good sipping beer as sweetness can get cloying if consumed faster.
nick76 (4300) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle slightly chilled and aged until 4/05. The aroma is somewhat like a fruity cheesecake with brandy in the mix. Color is a medium cloudy brown and even though the head was small that’s forgivable since its a Belgian ale. It did leave some lacing though. Taste is complex and covers the gamut of flavors in most European ales. It is sweet, fruity, bitter, malty, acidic and high in alcohol. (Maybe a little too high since it comes off as way too bitter) It has that wonderful quality of tasting different at the start and finish. (more beer like to start, more wine like in the finish) In this ale I detect bananas, pears, and apricots. Aftertaste is a surprisingly good combination of a little smokiness matched with a beautiful sweet sangria wine that is hampered only by a biting bitterness. Almost perfect save the bitterness.
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2005
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Okay I received one nasty bottle when I bought this. Not only did it have no discernable aroma it tasted way to sweet as if this bottle had been sitting a little too long.
tomxcs (321) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an orange-amber color with a small white head. This beer’s nose is alcoholic, containing raisins, apples, and very sweet mead with spicy hops. Very sweet, spicy, alcoholic flavors. Chewy and smooth. Hints of raisins, cinnamon, black pepper and mint come through. The alcohol is not well hidden, but I didn’t expect it would be at 12%. Great mouthfeel that reminds me of a barleywine. Aftertaste is dry and full of spices and pepper.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It’s a flat looking, brownish-orange ale with a slight head, soon no head. The first scent to leave the glass is that of dark candy sweetness. This is quickly followed by a sharp hop bitterness, then alcohol and a peppery spiciness. The drink is thick, acidic, alcoholic, and flavored by sweet, sweet malts, spicy fruits, white peppers, and alcohol. Plenty of alcohol. It’s got a long, dry, warming finish. I need to buy more of these so that I can age some bottles.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange brown pour with a thin off-white head. This is looking very similar to a barleywine. With an alcohol percentage this high it would be very difficult to hide...but it is cloaked very well behind the big malt, candied fruit sweetness, spiced apples, grapes, and bready, with a touch of a well balanced spice bouquet...mainly cinnamon, but others are there. Finish is sweet with a warming, peppery, alcohol burn. It is sweet but not overly so...very barleywine like in several aspects. Thick and syrupy...a good tooth coater. Flavorful and blended well. Difficult to describe and do it hardly the justice it deserves.
pilsnerrogge (2577) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brass coloured with loads of sediment. Huge head. Fruity, zesty yeast-aroma. Sweet and warming flavour with notes of marzipan. Alkohol-bitter finish.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2006 Aroma: light molasses cookie, raisin, apple, corriander. Appearance: homemade apple cider, copper color, good lacing, cloudy, bubbly. Flavor: moderate sweetness. sweet/sour apple finish. honey and maple syrup. Corriander or cinnamon. long finish. Palate: medium body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation. 7, 4, 8, 2, 13 = 3.4
Rerate on 5/15/05. Thanks Chuck. The beer pours to a bright golden body that is glowing. Nice white head. The aroma is apples, oak barrel, alcohol, cinnamon, gingerbread cookie. The flavor is nice. Sweet honey, maple syrup, apples, apricots, Calvados. The palate is really warming, sweet, syrupy, nice lingering feeling/flavor. Much better.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
big malt . roasted caramel and raisins with figs and bananas brandyish and coples candied fruits and nuts, pecans? lovely beer
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy amber with almost no head. Tons of yeast in the bottle. Sweet, but surprisingly balanced. Bananas, apple mix with the candi sugar. Slightly bitter after taste. Alcohol is well hidden. Smooth and best served warm.