KSS (102) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy Ice Tea brown in color. Sweet yeasty aroma with fruit and spice notes. Sweet toasted malt flavor that finishes very smooth. A very pleasant brew.
jdouglas3 (31) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown color with small white head. Malty, sweet, and very drinkable. Smooth finish.
Ratman197 (8836) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 2004 vintage poured a hazy copper brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of raisins, brown sugar, and some vinous notes. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark fruit, molasses, vinous and a hint of spice with a lingering sweet finish.
Nate (3522) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big sweet nose. Candi sugar and raisins. Malty, vinuous sweet with fruity esters. Bit of soy sauce. Belgian strong ale aromas, yeasty and musky. True to style. Vaporous, and really reminds me of Rochefort 8. Cloudy dark amber brown with off-white lacing head. I poured in the lees. Silky heavy body with medium carbonation and alcohol warming. Mellow sweet quaff, for sure. Rife with candi sugar and estery Belgian yeasties. Reminiscent of Rochefort or Chimay. Huge malt sweetness and fruity ester. Just enough bitter to round out the finish. This is probably the best domestic Belgian strong I’ve had to date.
oldrtybastrd (3225) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a darkish red/brown. Aromas of spice, coriander, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor has an alcohol taste to it, mixed with a nice smokey dark fruit. Also has strong hints of spice.
JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mine is opaque brown, but I make a point to get the sediment into the glass. The head does start very big but never completely fades, staying at maybe 1/4 inch of foam ringing the edge of the glass. They nailed the aroma, with malt and light fruit, but it is a little light in that regard. Good flavor. Loads of sweet malt and lighter fruit. Lightly spiced. Yeast shows up in the aftertaste along with some alcohol, which is hidden fairly well by the substantial malt body. Very smooth and easy to drink. Should age well. Well done. But a screw off cap?
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light brown, big puffy head that faded fast. Smell sugary-sweet, some breadiness. Flavor is soft fruitiness, light malts, decent yeasts. Bit of an unfinished chemical sense to it at the end, not a great finish. It’s a bit like a Unibroue beer that’s not quite ready to go, something in the yeast leads me that way.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Cloudy brown body with a 2 inch off-white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma was malt sweet smelling a bit like cotton candy and rum. I also detected a not entirely pleasant acidic odor. Flavor is very smooth and very sweet, almost like drinking brown sugar. I tasted no hop presence, and the alcohol was well masked. Palate is very smooth. Quite tasty, and with 9% ABV dangerously drinkable.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(02.18.06) Sampled at FebFest ’06, Libertyville, IL. Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle (bottled 1/15/06). Hazy light brown Belgian strong ale having a small off-white head. Soft carbonation. Caramel/sweet malt aroma. Full bodied ale that starts with light malt sweetness and caramel/toffee/toasty malt flavors. Finishes with a pleasant malt fade. No discernable hop flavor. Smooth, rich, and delicious. A wonderful malty Brewmaster reserve beer. Another excellent offering from Goose Island.
pootzboy (1570) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Moderate pour puts a mirky chestnut colored ale with modest carbonation and ruby highlights in my Corsendonk Tulip. Smallish cap goes to a glass-lacing ring. Aroma is one of the most pleasant of any North American craft Belgian I have sampled...a lovely grape aroma spiked with rum soaked bread smells.
Silky smooth delivery up front of vinous tastes; red grapes in abundance, ripe red plums and sweet muscat grapes...then the malts and yeast take over the palate creating a musty, rum soaked Christmas pudding decernment...finish is surprisingly drying with the hopping showing up to bitter the fruity malt tastes.
The underlying asset of this brew is it’s sinister but extraordinary drinkability. One of the few Belgian craft beers I wanted to poke back 3 or or more of in a sitting...Hear that Unibroue? D-R-I-N-K-A-B-I-L-I-T-Y