TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a small lacing off white head. Also some small floaties. Strong aroma of prunes and other dark fruits. Some red wine characteristics, caramel, honey and an overall nice sweetness. Flavors of the same with some slight roastiness and a general overall sweetness. Very smooth and creamy. Great palate and a great overall winter warmer. What a treat. Alcohol was very well hidden, felt more than tasted. 8-4-9-5-17
Re-rate. I had this next to a 2005 Special Reserva and I had to knock down the flavor some. Just too sweet next to the Special Reserva although I don’t feel the Special Reserva deserves a 10. So thus a score change.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well made and fun to drink. The 12% is not evident. Tastes more like an 8% beer. Funky on the nose and palate, but not too sweet. Very fruity.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours an extremely cloudy, dense, yeasty gold. Very little head, but the bubbles are sticky. Aroma is moderate, a fruity malt. Alcohol is well concealed for a 12%. Fruity, sticky buns, baked sugar spice apple. Feels like a heavy belgian in the mouth, doesn’t burn, but you know the alcohol is enough to get you if you drink it too fast. Which you should not do, incidentally. wonderful little label adds to the fun effect. Long, long finish that I could still taste a half hour later, with enjoyment.
jrob21 (3334) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear golden color. Smells sweet and spicy. Well carbonated and acidic. Malty smooth taste with hints of caramel. Sweet and sugary golden goodness.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally popped open at Bootopia. 1994 vintage. Aroma was spice,sugar and fruit. Pour was golden with a light fizzle. Flavor was damn good, sweet candied orange and peach. Had some definite wine like qualities. Palate was great also, finish was very clean. Overall this was just so yummy, it brings a tear to my eye that I drank it and have none left.
leaparsons (9544) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005. Bottle from The Offie, Leicester. Aromas are sweet candy with bready yeast. Fruity with spiced oranges and banana. Some sourness comes through, too. Flavours are regular bubblegum with xmassy spiced orange, sweet candy and lots of yeast. Quite honeyed and smooth in its malt body. Alcoholic liquid candy floss. Another great De Dolle beer.
harrisoni (16708) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2005 at Kulminator. Cloudy, dirty orange/gold colour with tight lasting beige head. Typical yeast aroma of de dolle. Lovely citric aromas including tangerine. Good hops too. Slightly sweet in mouth with some toffee on end. Really good bitter hops as well as you would expect from this brewer. However, the golden syrup flavours make this a tad too sweet.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle into a tumbler. This beer is definitely an ass kicker. Pours a fairly clear yellow color with a minimal head. Interesting banana aroma combined with an ominous punch of alcohol and the distinct aroma of fresh baked bread. The alcohol presence is felt more than tasted in this beer. I got the sensation of warming on the first sip even though I served this beer at around 40 degrees. As the beer warms, I feel that the beer tastes like bananas drizzled with honey while the slight hint of hops keeps this beer from being too much. The aforementioned flavors are complimented with a slight cherry flavor that I don’t usually expect from beers of this hue. Initially this beer is a shock on the palate. Extremely thick and syrupy with an instant alcohol sensation. As I adjust to this beer over time I find myself cursing De Dolle and their tendency to outprice me with fantastic beers that I would prefer to keep onhand year round. Unlike most De Dolle products I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was not overcarbonated and actually went down rather smooth. After I took my last sip I let out a belch and was left with a lingering banana type thing that I would take with me to bed if I wasn’t about to try one more.
jzzbassman (1557) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange with lots of floaties and very little head. Aroma of a sweet cake baking. Very intensley sweet, with a honey and banana bread flavor that can be too much at times. Thick palate which hides the 12%.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2005 Bottle at The Bier Garden, Portsmouth, VA. Yellow-gold color, small head. Nose and flavor are complex, somewhat flowery, very fruity. Sweet, lots of floaties. Very smooth! Wish I could get some of this to cellar...