mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle labled "98" from Bottleworks...meaning vintage 1998, 6years old...Brings back some memories! This may be the beer and the year that I fell in love with Belgian beers! Back then I got it mailed to my door from Johnís Grocery...this beer was simply unlike anything I had ever imagined, as was Oerbier. So how can I fault it now? Overripe and fermenting fruits billow out of the glass followed by sweet maltose...after 6 years in the bottle, this puppy is still quite bubbly, although the inside of the bottlecap was black! I think if you combine this beer and Oerbier reserva you get something like Speciaal Brouwsel? This is the best overtly sweet bier for me, the only balance is the fairly tart presence in the finish, like a good Granny Smith apple...perfumey aroma...It plays elegantly with my head, probably best as a nightcap or dessert beer.
zathrus13 (1732) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy copper/gold. Aromas of brown sugar, malt, fruit and a little spice.
Flavor is sweet, with malt, brown sugar, fruit, and just a bit of hops. I think this needs more time to mature.
pineypower (2660) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice reddish brown color with a tiny lacing head. It has a big fruity aroma that smells of brown sugar. The taste is very sweet and somewhat malty with almost un-noticible hop flavor. The finish is almost too sweet...not a bad brew, but Iíve had better.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - 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 (1864) - Fort Collins, 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.