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
adrian910ss (2277) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a brownish,sandy red color with a thick beige creamy head. Unfiltered. Tons of hops floating around. Aroma is of pears,banana,nutmeg, brown sugar, molasses and fresh yeast. Taste is a combination of nutmeg,pear,banana, spiced wafer, raisins and caramel. Excellent !!!
OldMrCrow (1714) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle
Pours a cloudy ruby brown with beautiful highlights and the expected sediment, and with a very subdued head. This is a sweet belgian-style ale (think Rochefort 8); both the aroma and flavor bring out brown sugar/molassas, raisins, belgian yeast, a touch of pineapple and pear, and hint of alcohol but nothing near the 9% actuallypresent. Pleasingly, the flavor does not stay sweet throughout; the tail end of each sip turns softly bitter with finely balanced hops.
This one is enjoyable throughout, and quite a nice (the best I’ve had to date?) domestic alternative to some of the sweeter, darker Belgian ales. That said, I didn’t sense in this beer the full complexity that I enjoy in some of the similar imports.
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy deep amber, lasting beige head.Light alcohol, spicy yeast nose. Taste is sweet, malt/molasses, medium alcohol heat.Chewy
mjg74 (2459) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours a reddish/brown sort of color. Some sediment is floating about. Appears to be fairly carbonated. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Some candy aromas are present. Flavor is sweet right off the bat. followed by a deeper dark fruity/roasted malty flavor. Slight tartness to balance out the sweet. Alcohol is very well hidden.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A fast yet creamy head over a caramel/ruby body with a thick haze... and a flawless presentation from our bartender. A veritable "fruit cocktail" of aromas with sourish cherry, pineapple and citrus that is not overdone but rather linear and delicate. Additional light funk and wheat. Flavor finds sweet malts exploding in a caramel-candy fluff-bomb (as asinine as that may sound, each time I took a drink I re-read that line and it was perfect.) Caramel is light and airy... very much "brittle". Vanilla and lemon arrive in creamy waves to follow. Sweetness can be a little harsh, but this was fantastic.
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RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2006
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This beer says hello with a mild aroma of hops and fruit that has wheat undertones. It is a cloudy copper liquid with no head. A moderately thick, mildly sweet, mildly bitter beer that that has a sweet date taste that gabs the tongue with the sensation of alcohol. This alcohol taste lingers on the tongue after swallowing.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 31, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Muddy orange with a beige head and yeast sediment floating around. Aroma is sweet, yeast, fruit, and spices. First thing I noticed was the silky smooth mouthfeel. Sweet but not cloying, pears, banana, orange, a hint of strawberry, and a hint of pineapple. Has a good malty body that is so sleek. Reminds me of a Dole flavored juice in ways, but has belgian yeast. Not a big fan of belgian strong’s in general, but this is a very nice brew. Again the silky smooth palate rivals that of the Westy 12.