MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Earthy yeast overrides most of the fruit esters until it is taken by surprise by a firm leafy hop finale in this drinkable but somewhat incohesive Belgian Strong Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is lots of foam upon pouring, but scant head is left to decorate the cloudy amber red.
-Aroma is too timid to create any excitement.
-Carbonation is a tad too excited for my tastes.
-The yeast’s quasi-dirtiness mars its
-I admit I am surprised at the high ratings so far as I don’t perceive anything engaging here, but I have another bottle I’ll enjoy soon enough to see if I can find the source of this "issue".
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy dark amber pour with a thin offwhite head. Average aroma of yeast, malt and sweetness. The flavor has the same uninspired blend of sweetness, malt and yeast. The body is light and the carbonation is lively.
EricE (1368) - Seattle, Washington, 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 (5571) - 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 (1116) - 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 (5073) - 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.