EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Max’s. Clear orange-red with a white head. Bitter alcohol finish. Eh...didn’t enjoy it.
nimbleprop (5494) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap from Max’s during Belgian Fest. Pours a ruby, copperish red with a clumping white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, spices, flowers and candy. Flavor has pronounced malt with yeast, grass and lemons. Finish is crisp and smooth.
Holdwine (1114) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Max’s 72 hours of Belgian. One rocking strong ale. Best of the beerfest. Mixes like a bitter with strong tartness swinging around to a slight sweet fruit (peaches?) finish. There is also an earthiness to it that brings up the toasted maltiness of the bitter.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Beer Table. Deep dark brown in color with a little stable off white head. Dark fruity aroma. Plum, fig and raisin notes. Fruity malty caramel flavor. Chocolatety caramel sour notes. Medium bodied. Well balanced beer. Smooth tasting. Finish is dry. Nice beer.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 Draft at Beer Table. Brownish purple with a small but stable head. Aroma has sweet plum and raisin. Flavors are soft peach balanced with chocolate and caramel.
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark brown that is fully clouded with a lighter tan head that stays around for a bit and leaves a pretty high amount of lacing on the way down. Nose is not very active with a small amount of funk on there. Flavor is very consistent with a nice amount of sugar in the mix. Doesn’t scream in the mouth, but it does have a good profile. Mild tangy edge. Feel has a higher amount of carbonation to it. Slightly interferes with the flavor rush. Overall though this is a very good BSDA that is easy to drink and is on par with other good brews in it’s class. Nothing showy. Just even and smooth.
thebeertourist (5046) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 20, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours glowing copper, clear, and with a thick yellowish head. Fruity aroma with some sweet and sour notes. Taste is very complex- there is fruit, talc, cedar, some sourness and spices. Alcohol. Quite fizzy. A great beer with some saison traits.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is semi funky with some sweet tart fruits like peach and cherry. strong alcohol presence on aroma and taste. Taste has more funk thatn aroma but still some cherry and caramel. Not bad.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep clear copper color with a persistent, thin white head. Aroma is a mix of sweet Belgian yeast, earthy malts, and mild dark fruit. The taste is lightly spicy and surprisingly dry throughout the taste. A lot of sweet malt flavors play over a bit of a sour middle and some alcohol. The palate is light and easy-drinking. A great, well-balanced Belgian strong.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Blind TIger. Deep amber beer, white head. Aroma is quite fruity and chewy with a soft cherry/fruity aroma. There is a soft earthy tobaccoish character as well. A soft character of plums and dates. Soft earthy fruit. Light spiciness. Some toasted Belgian malt. As it warms there is even more cherry and strawberry character. A soft dustiness and some honey/caramel. Lovely brew.