matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The distributor I work for had 5 cases of this imported as a special order for the Cock & Bull Pub in Sarasota. When I was in there late night last week, and after a couple rounds, I took a stroll through the “beer vault,” the walking cooler that houses all the really nice stuff, this is what I found.
Poured the darkest shade of amber/brown, without being black… and the head was an amazingly thick layer of dark khaki micro bubbles… it was a beautiful sight! The aroma and flavor had heavy hints of caramel and toffee malts, with a note of coco and coffee. There was a tremendous suggestion of black pepper a yeasty doughy-ness with just enough brown sugar… Totally fill bodied and complex as a labyrinth in the dark!
I would Honestly say that this beer holds the complexities, if not more than some Trappist Quads! It was Absolutely Outstanding!
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Plan B. CPH. DK. Deep brown color with a baige head, spicy fruity aroma and roasted dry taste in a full body. light sweet dry finish.
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark, almost opaque mahogany colour with some suspended yeast. Huge, thick frothy head. Beautiful malty aroma with spicy fruit notes. Taste is nutty roasted malt and chocolate with a nice bitterness to finish.
marcus (7994) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brown ale pours with a large white frothy head. The aroma is quite malty and very pleasant, and the flavor is classic (not sour) brown ale. I have tried most of the Belgian brown ales and this is my favorite, even though the (well-concealed) alcohol content is higher than most.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew pours with a dark brown body topped by a thick head with some lacing. The aroma and flavor are slightly sweet and malty with dark fruit notes and a touch of spice. Medium to full bodied and smooth.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
eh! This is a beer that pours a dark brown color gathering atop with frothy but restrained exhuberance (does that not make sense?)..the aroma was this beer’s highlite, as it showed nice notes of spiced fruits like strawberry and banana and slight touches of vanilla and cinnamon...the flavors, though quite subtle, were malty and showed signs of fresh baked raisin bread...Nice dark sipper I’d say, hiding the alcohol lke the bestest of them.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet, nutty marzipan and dark fruits in the nose with some alcohol notable also. Opaque, brown with two fingers of tan head that recedes to generous cover with some lacing. Sweet nutty malts and dark fruits lead through to a roasty finish with moderate bitterness. Soft, round mouthfeel and medium full body. Some alcohol warming. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere at Spuyten Duyvil (Brooklyn, New York).
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dominating figs and raisins playing with candy-like sweetness...Dryish yeast sweating a mineral character into the uberfluffy mouthfeel...A pleasant, run of the mill Belgian winter ale...
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: deep, ruby red that’s edging into a woody brown, with just a small head, only a brownish ring around the edges.
Aroma: BAM! OOF! WOW! Licorice, man, like sticking your face into a bag of Twizzlers! Never encountered an aroma like this before, incredibly unique, and there’s nothing, honestly, not one thing else I encounter in this olfactory aura, and that’s fine.
Taste: mmmm, mellow, nice, that same aniseed taste returns, but in a minor vein, dark and tasty, and utterly unlike any other beer I’ve ever had. It’s got something of a brown ale character, but the flavor profile is dominated by this licorice taste. Medium to full body, nice, medium finish, really tasty, in a most unusual fashion.
Gotta give it props, this is a heckuva unique little beer!
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep brown color with a beige head. The taste is Malty with strong nutty flavours. Notes of fruit and brown sugar. Has a light bitter hoppy palate.