BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Clybourne, Let it warm! Beautiful ruby hue with caramel highlights, minimal head but some oily tears. The aroma has notes of cherry, apricot, plum, some brown sugar and candi sugar, touch of barnyard and spice. The taste starts with nice balance of sweet and sour fruits. A bit vinous and had sublime notes of salty character. Some cardamom and pepper detected. Subdued bitters and woodiness upon the aftertaste. The feel is crisp and has a tart twang for refreshment. I dig this and found some deeper complexity once it warmed. I would have it again.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - APR 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at GI Clybourn. Served in a tulip glass. Dark, mohagany brown color. Slight raisiny aroma, malty, unimpressive. The taste is malty, raisiny, vanilla, spicy, with some cloves? and slightly alcoholic. Nice mouthfeel, very full. Nice aftertaste. Great taste, weak aroma.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 23, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2005 tulip / wrigleyville / not bad. reminded me of a fizzy barley wine. barely any head, and served a bit too cold... syrupy yet thin. chocolate and fruit, primarily.
badgerben (4826) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Murky red color with a thin head. Very slight malt aroma. Quite syrupy taste and mouthfeel. A little more malt, but not as much as one would expect. Kind of a watery finish. Disappointing.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich Brown Coloring with No Head. Yeasty Aroma. Rich, Grapey Tang to it..Sweet Malt.. Spices. Heavy Mouthfeel. Not Alot of Character Overall.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great stuff. Had on tap at brewery. Color is a murky, deep brown with little to no head. Aroma is nearly flawless, with bananas, cloves and chocolate being the most discernable. Flavor isnít perfectly in line with the aroma, but itís still damn good: a hint towards tropical fruit (pineapple?) Strong chocolate complexity. Moderate clove and coriander spiciness. Dried cherries and figs. Body is heavy, oily and wonderful. Roasted and chocolate malts play a big role in balancing. Tactile feeling on the palate is outstanding - the ale spreads out and cases the entire roof of the mouth. Finish is a delayed reaction, with plantains surfacing about two minutes after the last sip. No trace of high ABV. Well done.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark, reddish brown. lots of fruit notes, served in a tulip glass. very enjoyable brew.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught: deep translucent raisin, thin off white head (due more to the characteristic Goose Island pour - give the drinker as much beer as possible. . . ) Full dark fruity aroma: raisins, cherries, caramelized bananas and faint pepper. Wonderful creamy palate, delicate. Bananaís foster flavours with a nice doughy component and tasty Belgian yeast. Spicy bitter finish, another gem by the fine folks at Goose Island, thanks.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2009 3/15/2009 - Re-rate. So, five years later and I have it again. This is a completely different beer than before, reminding me of a Flanders brown. A nice, soft acidity coupled with an abbey yeast strain. Rating isnít changed, just wanted to note that the beer has...
5/2/2004 - beautiful purpley/brown color with minimal head that was present. Very smooth drinking, down to the last drop. Complex array of fruits from plums to banana and into nuttier flavors of roasted cocoa. Low carbonation allows for concentration on the lovely taste. Warm alcohol finish in the chest. Was nice on the coldest May 1st I can remember.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich brown color. Little head. Moderately rich flavor of caramel, chocolate, yeast, and malt. Lower carbonation level makes it mostly smooth drinking. Nice balanced finish. Alcohol noticeable in aroma and flavor. Overall, a very respectable Belgian strong ale. A pleasure to sip on tap at the brewery.