Sregnar35 (1015) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2005 This is really excellent stuff. Slightly nutty flavor, sweet and sour at the same time. Great balance of flavors comes together with a good alcohol kick.
Sanuk (10) - USA - AUG 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice - although you just know with a little more effort could be much better - I taste too much wheat(?). Simple flavors - crisp - and a fun bottle. Drink this on a really hot day...
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had at Markt in New York with equally nondescript mussels and frites. Average looking strong Belgian brown. Nose is in some sense like barleywine — bubble gum sweet with strange overtones. Taste is sweet, cloying, hot with alcohol. Fine with oversalted fries, but nothing i would order again. I found the alcohol and the phenols overwhelmed any anticipated spice.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Best Before fall 2004. Dark auburn, quickly fading head. The aroma on this is hugely phenolic. Monstruous anise dominates the nose. Fairly medicinal (band-aid), malt syrupy candi sugar. Slight floral hops hide in the background. Extremely sweet in mouth, the alcohol seems higher than indicated (and my bottle was 9%). Obviously, I dislike it, it is a big beer of no distinction, no identity, trying to be big for the sole purpose of leaving an impression, which it does, but in a negative way. Nevertheless, I must admit that it remains rather vast in the flavors it procures if the integration could use a lot of improvement. Vast fruitiness array, going from grapes to dates and prunes. The harsh yeastiness adds plenty of estery and clovey phenols to the maze. Rather heavy carbonation (despite the absence of a head after a minute or 2) and oily sticky if not cloying texture. Oversweetened mess ultimately.
Terminus (3318) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasty yeast and malt combination. Aroma is yeast based with a hint of spice. Typical stong belgium ale for the most part though.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Spicy, musty malt aroma. Smelled a little like old clothes, but the spiciness dominated. Brown with a big fluffy belgian head. Less sweet than many Belgian strong ales and the spicy notes that are present are muted. Much less compelling then many other brown belgian strong ales I have had. There just isn’t a whole lot of flavor to make note of. it still has the right feel just not much flavor.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ruby brown, with a large light tan head. Fruit and mustiness in the aroma. Malty sweetness tempered by clove and other spice flavors from yeast esters. Spiciness lingers in the finish. Mouthfeel is suprisingly light and bubbly.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Out of bottle, aroma of yeast and spices. Poured a ruby color, large foamy head. Flavor was yeasty and fruity. Palate was okay very bubbly. Overall not bad at all.
pilsnerrogge (2594) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUL 25, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle, 9 %) Deep ruby colour. Large, thick head. Fruity, sweet aroma with notes of liquorice. Very sweet flavour with alcohol bitter finish. Faint notes of liquorice and cinnamon.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew starts off with a fruity aroma. It fills the glass with a muddy, opaque pour and a large bubbled, tan head that quickly collapsed. The first sip was sweet and left an effervescent mouth feel. Subsequent sips revealed complex, fruity flavors and something else that was pleasant but I couldn’t identify. This was followed by the hops which left a nice, but short lived aftertaste.It was medium bodied, not as heavy as the visual presentation would imply. It wasn’t bubbly but left me gassy. I’m beginning to like these strong Belgians, they don’t overwhelm me with fruit.