muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 10, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle shared with MartinT, Rastacouere, tiggmtl and ClarkVV. Copper coins, dulled by disuse and fatigue...light, indistinct vegetal/rotting fruit/leather aroma...sweet/sour pepperiness, but poorly developed and off, not really sweet or dry but just lumpy and dull.
ClarkVV (5369) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2005
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2005 Bottle at the Montreal tasting, 3/6/05. Sharp, dry, astringent yeast nuttiness meets white mushrooms. I’d like to write more about the aroma, but there wasn’t much more to write about. Some grassy, almost earthy bitterness? Certainly no malt. Fairly clear, amber-auburn body, with light copper tinges and a moderate amount of lightly fizzy off-white head. Flavor is dry and severely astringent, with notes of chalk, tin, rust and a strange, lightly sour, regurgitated toffee flavor (sweet bile). Body is a pretty standard medium, with no thinning or wateriness, but after tasting the flavor, it’s a moot point. The carbonation is too rough and disruptive, as well. This stuff will make many drains very happy! (or sad, if your sink has a demanding palate). It’s sad, but this beer would have fit in well at the swill tasting the night before. Oh well, I guess even Belgium has its swill.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Brown malty vegetable (broccoli), lactic aromas. Clear burnished copper coloured body with thin cover of fine-bubbled white head that lasts and laces. Vegetable flavours dominate some caramel sweetness and mild hop character. Medium-light body is somewhat still. Bottle (trade Dec. 2004) sampled with ClarkVV, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere. Thanks, Kawa!
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Chalk powder and milk in an average-looking amber Belgian ale.
Complacent hop bitterness and a stale fruit salad allow some red pepper water and miscellaneous vegetables to partake in their bland conversation. Ends yeasty and without much character.
As boring as commercial, fake white bread.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Amber-copper, off-white head. Bah.. Very dull aroma, nothing Christmas about that, grainy amber ale providing branches, powder sugar and sweet cucumber flavours. A beginning of toasted malts, sweetened caramel and vegetables show up on the palate. Stale light body, biting carbonation. Bleh, I can’t believe such a mainstream, character devoided brewery still gets some praise through beer press.
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reddish, brown ale. Beige head. Hard carbonation. Mild malty aroma. Yeast. Malty sweet flavour. Brown sugar. Floral. Some sourish undertones. A hint of hops in the finish. Watery palate. Hides the ABV very well.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep Red colour with a baige head. Spicy fruity aroma and a sweet bitter dry taste. Medium body and a bitter dry finish.
jzzbassman (1571) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003 Bottle: Poured amber, very clear, with a compact off-white head. Aroma was slight, smelling of bread and paper. Flavor was pleasant, although this bottle was probably a little past prime and had some oxidation flavor.
bu11zeye (12593) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a clear reddish brown body with a large rocky head. Aroma of caramel and fruit. Yeast flavor with some spices. Soft mouthfeel. A little thin and mild flavored compared to other Belgian winter ales.
rauchbier (3764) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap, Kulminator Antwerpen. Deep amber, pale beige head and gentle condition. Gently spiced aromas with cinnamon most apparent and some hints of fruity berries. Equally spicy in the mouth with a suggestion of mulled wine spices, some gentle roasted notes, a low fruitiness and hints of English hops. Low caramel and roast bitterness in the finish.