beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottle showed a bit more alcohol than the last one i tried, i think the previous bottle had aged a bit longer. Pours a clear orange/amber with just a thin white head. Very sweet caramel sweetness throughout, with lots of fruit, apples and spice. The texture was very heavy and really clinged to the palate. Very nice warming brew, but best to sit for a bit and let some of the alcohol settle down.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Translucent orange color. Galaxy-like swirls for a head. Small patch of sediment that landed in the center is causing a fizzy black hole that endured for the entire tasting. Aroma is of apples, dough, anise and cinnamon. Flavor is very sweet, cloying. Apples, vinegar, dough and pepper. Like a tart apple cobbler. Heavy, sticky and harsh on the palate upon entry, but then pleasantly subsides with each swallow. Sweet, sweet malts. Finish is light, bready and sweet. A unique experience. I don’t think I’d do this on again, but I’d welcome Reserva. I know, twist my arm, right?
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Golden/caramel coloured with a great off white head. Very vinous with lots of alcohol, fruit and plums. Delicious and very complex
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden with big offwhite head. Nicwe aroma with hints of yeast and alcohol in the good way. Full bodied complex taste with sweetness, bitterness and nootes of spices. Fruity dry aftertaste.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours brown with an orange hue. thin white head that stays with the beer. aroma is fruity, spice and malt. taste is very good. malt, apricot, spice, alcohol and mabye some caramel kind of sweet. glad bought four bottles of this.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - APR 26, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Pours orange and cloudy with a small and quickly dissipating head. It does leave a good lace, though. There was quite a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. At first the aroma was very vinous and little sour (in a good way). The smell of alcohol was present (but quickly faded). There was some orange peel, banana and citrus fruits lingering in the background.
At first sip, the alcohol really presents itself, but like the aroma, fades into the background. It’s slightly fruity and astringent while still cool, and it hits the back of your throat with a dry bitterness that goes all the way down, and warms you from the inside out.
Around midbottle, the flavor really takes off. It becomes sweet without cloying. You can really feel the candy sugars along with some dark fruitiness (cherries and oranges). After it warms, the finish becomes very smooth and fruity-sweet.
This one will put you in a good mood, instantly.
Dorwart (2443) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2007 Thin, frothy head. Settles quickly to a thin foam with very light carbonation. Lots of floaties in there although I tried to pour very easily. Sweet candy aroma with a little bit of fruit, yeast and spices. Some honey and caramel also. Color is a medium golden orange. Quite thick and syrupy palate but very smooth and very good. Lively palate. Little sweet with lots of fruit and spices. Big alcohol kick that warms as it goes down. Hint of coconut in there. More caramel and honey. Finish is clean and smooth and nicely warming. A very good and heavy belgian strong ale. Wish I had more.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy "Belgian brown" color body with some interesting bubbles clinging to the side of the glass and a small white head. Nice, sweet spiced apple aroma. The taste is quite sweet at first but mellows fast keeping the sweet undertone with a slight hop bite and a little alcohol sneaking through. Very Good!
giarcsr (104) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a nice little beer this is. Nice sweet aroma. Appearance is a great golden color Flavor is very sweet initially followed by a mellowing bitterness and alcohol taste. Which actually works pretty well. I’d drink this again.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - APR 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clouded reddish amber hue, no head formation. Sweet malty aroma, raisin, caramel, apple, fairly fruity. Sweet rich malt palate, syrupy with caramel/toffee middle and a slightly bitter fruity finish. Alcohol hits at the front of the palate but mellows as it spreads.