bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2005 just fantastic (bottle from brickskeller).
huge aroma: fruity, malty, evidence of the alcohol content, a little woodsy-ness. pours a clear amber with beautiful lacing. Flavor is simply excellent. Maltiness is dominating, but the complexity of the malt notes, the addition of the yeastís characteristics. excellent brew
second tasting: clear amber, aroma is alcohol, malt, a little fruit...peach/apricot. flavor is a wonderful blend of spice, alcohol, malt, and milt hop bitterness to offset the intense sweetness. great
96 bottling: completely different beer. pours a cherry rose. aroma is winier, but still figs and bread. flavor is an explosion: tart, sweet, full. the tartness dominates...i know there arenít cherries in the beer, but it really tastes like there could be. phenomenal.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nicely done belgian. hops, alcohol and malt with some hints of fruit intertwined in the nose and taste of this brew. overall very tasty.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pungent, hoppy and incredibly complex tasting beer perfect for a cold winterís night. Strong alcohol content with hints of scotch-dipped cherries and copper-kettle baked apples. A bit of coriander and orange as well. Packs a punch!
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2005 2004 on tap at Old Toad in Rochester. Had no expectations when I tasted this beer but was pleasantly surprised when I took the first drink. Aroma of Spice and hops with a nice amber hue with fizzy head that dispersed quickly. Strong flavor with first sip that takes you back at first but then the natural apple spices combine with other various flavors of the season to make a delicious brew. Yeast had a very strong presence that masked the alcohol. I made a special trip back to the bar the next night just to get his beer again. I think they put cocaine in it or something because the flavor was addictive. Need to find this beer again!
Dorqui (2177) - Brescia, ITALY - JAN 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Loaded, dense and veiled color. Dense foam much and long-lasting one. Great persistence. Sturdy, strong and decided aroma. Great structure, much liquor with apple notes.
shadey (2076) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shiny to deep orange color. Little to no head. Spicy and alcohol aroma. Thick and Chewy mouthfeel. Fruity upfront flavor with a dry alcohol finish. This beer definitly continues to grow on you as you drink. Good Stuff.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Even though I left a crapload of yeast in the bottle, a crap load of it still made it in the snifter. Hazy burnt orange, small speckled head. Sweet malt, carmelly tones, yeasty and some banana. Flavor pretty much matches the nose. Heavy on the tongue, but not oily or overly viscous feeling. KInd or boring mouthfeel, it just kinda sits there. Aftertaste is long and strong and bittersweet. Good beer, but a little too sweet.
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hey now. This is a very flat, almost uncarbonated beer, thatís a kind of pale orangey-brown. Itís really sweet and fruity, almost tasting like a gueze lambic. Itís not completely sweet, as it has a classic Belgian bitterness that lingers a bit to counter the sweetness.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2005 Original Rating (10-Jan-2005, 6-1-8-2-13=3.0): Apricot, plum, peach (sugary tinned fruit), raw flour, doughy, alcohol, vinous aroma. Unappealing appearance is opaque brown-orange with no head whatsoever. Very, very sweet, fruity (orange, apricot) and alcoholic with a pleasant dark malt bitterness to counterbalance. Still and sticky in the mouth. Iíd really love to resample a fresher version of this as it seems like there is a wonderful beer here but I was just a bit too late for the party. Bottle (2003) sampled with MartinT and Rastacouere. Thanks, Kawa!
Rerate (8-5-8-4-17=4.2): Dark fruits, alcohol and yeast figure prominently in the aroma. Deep orange-tan with a generous and lasting off-white head that leaves beautiful lacing. Dark fruits mingle with caramel and toffee-like malts with some hints of alcohol an a light tangy tartness. Medium-light body with moderate, fine-bubbled, softly effervescent carbonation that carresses the mouth. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.
diabel (1680) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Clear, orrange-amber body. White fizzy-creamy head, which lasts mostly. Spare lcae. Banana and malts in the nose. Lightly bitter, lightly sweet initital flavour. Heavily bitter, lightly sweet finish. Fully bodied. Oily texture. It was long time ago, I had a new splendid beer like this.