Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2001 750 from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee pours an orange, red, and amber haze with very little head. Of note: there was little or no pop sound to the cork. The aroma is fruity, wine like, a slight touch of yeast and spice, and some alcohol warming. The flavor is woody, mild sweet sherry like, a bit dry, old hops, dry dark fruits, a candy sugar coating of the tongue, fairly "Belgian yeasty bread rising" notes, and a rich body that reminds me of some Barley Wines. Body also has a nice cleansing carbonation, which does not make sense since the bottle poured with little head and the bottle opened with little fanfare. Overall, I like the flavor, but I was expecting a more exciting appearance. This one is perhaps a year too old. It has lost some of the peaks in the flavor that I expected. I will re-rate as needed, but this one certainly passes. It is just a bit too old or not kept well. It still is a good rate, and a nice buzz.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gorgeous dark garnet hue, ruby-ish, really. with a very good, puffy, creamy head, slowly subdiding, leaving lace.
Aroma: big, fat sweetness, extra-large fruit, cherries, grapes, strawberries, apricots, with an added dose of sugar..I like it a lot!
Taste: wonderful hop appearance on the palate at first, slightly bitter, full of fruit, backed up with fantastic fruitiness, through the malt, perhaps. Every sip and gulp provides a glorious reward, fresh and delicious, with a tangy taste, sugary as all gets-out, but never too sweet, just enough, and ever-so-tasty. Full-body, nice finish, decent texture, ...I can't really ask for more from this brew, it pleases in so many ways. This yeasty , fruity delight is a truly appropriate guard against the abominable chill of a Minnesota January. If I may note, this bottle has been aged one year, at least, (hmmm, the cork says "2001"?0, and it tastes fantastic! Better than fresh? I wouldn't know...I'm just going to enjoy it, for now..Alcoholic content becomes more prevalent later on, and really kicks after the middle.
Happy Late January, Everyone!
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 bottle, Sampled January, 2004
This holiday beer pours a pretty amber-deep copper color that is quite striking in the light. It is topped by a thick tan head. It is well carbonated with bubbles escaping from the bottom of my glass in a frenzied stream. Smells lightly musty with dark fruit overtones that are accompanied by a slightly sharp spicy aroma. Tastes smooth and rich up front. A prickling carbonation coats the tongue as it slides down my throat. Finishes with a musty-yeasty-fusel type character which is a bit sharp. The fruitiness of this beer combines really well with the sweet-caramel-raisin dark malt character. This beer is dominated by the dark fruit character. It has a medium light body, which works well here. There is also some spice notes in this beer that remind me of coriander.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one pours a copper/red; thick head, perennial; spicy, fruity aroma; tastes quite sweet, syrupy with strong clove and spice tones; no hops flavor to speak of; feels rich and slilky on the tounge. Seems very drinkable for a 10 ABV.
A bit too heavy on the spice side for me, but good nonetheless.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance rating gets one full point for the incredible label art and nice painted bottle. Beer pours amber/ruby red with a big off white head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is strongly candy sugar with some yeast and a dash of spice. Flavor is very nice with dried fruit on the front end, some wonderful yeast notes and a nice dry, spicy lingering finish. Very nice holiday beer. I think I am going to go back and pick up another one for my cellar.
dobb1392 (36) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Compared to mother strong Belgian ales its fairs about average. Little white head, dark amber color and full spicy palate. Alcohol peaks through slightly.
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
You can taste the high alcohol content in your first sip. Very fruity taste, highly carbonated.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a beautiful ruby color with off-white head. Raisons and maybe fig aroma with an alcohol backing. Taste is warm and smooth with raison and malty alcohol. Wonderful beer.
SpringsLicker (2932) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a hazy orange beer that comes out of the bottle with a rich, but quickly diappearing head. Strong raisin and alcohol in the nose which turns spicy as the beer warms. A slightly watery, cold brandy. It needs to hide it's alcohol better to suit me.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12/2/03. On tap at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 12/2/03. Pours a dark amber-brown with light-to-decent head and not much lacing. Light scent that's fruity with a little caramel and candi sugar. Pretty harsh carbonation and alcohol on this beer. Harsh bitterness and spice. This beer is hot! Golden tart yeastiness and sugary malt. Numbingly dry and bitter. I'm not crazy about this beer, nor any of Delirium's beers really, but it is pretty decent.