bdmast (10) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2004
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Threw it out! I love Belgians. But this is too syrupy, sweet, and funky for me. Calling it beer is a bit of a stretch. Yet I must admit, the alcohol is very well masked.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 Pours a deep orange/amber that is a little cloudy with no head, but a bunch of micro bubbles can be seen in the brew. Aromas of wild yeast, apples, and honey. WOW... The mouth feel is thick and tingles the taste buds with a smooth, winey, oaky honey/mead taste, with no after taste. Alcohol is barely noticeable and spices make it a perfect evening brew.
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours a murky amber with almost no head. It looks still. This makes the bridge between an english barley wine and a belgian christmas ale. Aroma is rather complex, very yeasty and sweet, but also full of fruity esters. The honeyish malt profile is extremely fruity (peaches, apples, vinous grapes, oranges, pears). Aroma is also quite spicy (mint, cloves) and alcoholic, a little less would have been appreciated actually as at times you feel almost like you're having a scotch. A faint bitterness fails from balancing the almost cloying ravaging sweetness. Palate is yeasty, extremely sweet and with more of those fruits dancing on the tongue, well supported by a medium body with low to medium carbonation. No doubt this is complex and full-flavoured, but the balance is just lacking when its so sweet and a bit too much alcoholic for its own good. I must say I feel a bit let down, not only cause I love De Dolle, but also because there are plenty of things going on in this beer, but they don’t seem so well blended while it has a fairly good reputation.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2006 Original - 6/1/2004 - Good sized frothy off white head... med-dark brownish orange color. Aroma has apples, non-offensive foot odor, sugary melon, and something that reminds me of pen ink (e.g. Bic). Extremely heavy flavor, but the texture is still a bit thin. Very warming alcohol feel in the belly and I wish the carbonation wasn’t as harsh. Oak, spiced apples, mead dominate the taste. Very sweet. Also very delicious. (8 / 4 / 8 / 4 / 16)
Update 5/15/2006 - Very nice and full aroma. Some caramel both in there and flavor. Mmm... man, this is great. Great flavor...
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours orange-brown, slight carbonation. Aroma is of fruit/winey. Apples and yeast in the flavor. Very complex, but a little young at this point, so the sweetness hides some of the complexity. Great ale.
jimhilt (2469) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with hardly any head that settles to a white ring. Cloudy amber color. Virtually no carbonation. Medium bodied. Nose is sweet raisins. Starts and finishes sweet almost a little too sweet. The high ABV is not really noticeable. Pricey - $4.85 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep murky orange, quickly disappearing white head. Sweet nose of brown sugar covered oranges, honey, and spices. The Belgian candi sugar shines thru in the flavor, with additional notes of spiced orange rock candy, dark fruits, and all things sweet. Full bodied, syrupy, sticky sweet finish. It’s very good, but one per year is about all I can do. Would probably turn into a gem with a few years of cellar time.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Huge fluffy orange tinted head. Cloudy orange body. Subdued Belgian yeast aroma with strong orange scent and candi sugar around the edges. Heavy orange/peach sugary taste. Alcohol and hops are well hidden under the syrup. Perhaps better as a desert beer or in a milkshake. Reminds me more of Florisgaarden than a Beligian Strong.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2005 2003. Pours deep murky orange with a little white head, but its unfortunately fast disappearing.
Fruits, apples, grapes, oranges, alcohol, candy sugar and sweetness in the nose, complex aroma i think.
Goddam... This is fucking sweet, not too cloying but it has extreme sweetness. The flavor is all about candy and fruits. Later on it turns out abit acidy and dry.
Its just so full with a nice touch of alcohol. This is a wolf in sheeps dresses, you think its a easy and nice beer, but it attacks your palate with extreme sweetness and leaves you all confused.
Very nice brew, i could drink this pretty often i think... With a big chunk of good chocolate!
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002: Murky tangerine hue with large fluffy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of Belgian candi sugar, toasted caramel malts, cardamom, clove, allspice, ripen fruit, and honey. The initial taste is extremely sweet and fruity. Undertones later of some mild bitterness and woody character. The finish displays a spicy note with a touch of acidity. The mouthfeel is full, lush, and sticky. Alcohol very well marked. A nice beer but lacks the full balance of the Reserva. Thanks Matta for the bottle.