beastiefan2k (2523) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rating #200. Poured into a Goose Island goblet. Color is dark brown but translucent, cannot see through the beer. The aroma is Belgian sweet. The taste however is lighter than expected, thinner body. That belgian sweetness is less present. The aftertaste lingers for a while, again that sweet belgian-y aftertaste. A good stab at an abbey dubbel.
blankboy (6263) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy ruby-brown with an average size somewhat-lasting foamy off-white head. Mild aroma of caramel malt, yeast, a little sourness, dark fruit (moslty cherries), brown sugar, spices and alcohol -- there’s lots going on there. Very nice sweet flavour of caramel malt, yeast, fruit (cherries again and more), spices and alcohol. Medium bodied. If I had to complain I’d say I found it a touch too sweet at first but that seemed to pass as it warmed slightly. I was quite impressed with this, it’s a very good Belgian style beer.
tennisjoel (1182) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky red with a small ring of head which is long lasting. Aroma is of cherry, brown sugar, spices, very sweet. Sweet flavor follows. Lots of malt and yeast used in this brew. Refreshing and decent. Maybe just a touch too sweet. The one thing the belgians may do better is that their beers are more carbonated to dampen the sweetness. Still a very good effort for Goose Island.
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 2/16/05, 12oz. Pours a cloudy brownish red with almost no head. Very malty--aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar and molasses. A little bit of spicy hops noted as well. Very sweet, with molasses and raisins coming through fairly strong, alcohol present, a little bit of spicy hops, into a bittersweet finish. Low carbonation. Medium to full bodied. Good stuff.
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
had this once a couple years ago and didn’t like it. then had it again and didn’t like it. then had it on TAP last night and it was so awesome. definitely the best BSA i’ve ever had. candyish, but milder. warming alcohol, certainly, but neither distractingly nor detractingly so. a very balanced creation that lacked the earlier woody notes that took away from it in the past
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle via trade with Dough77 - Thanks Tim! - Pours cloudy dark amber with a big tall fluffy tan head that stayed very well and laced the sides of the tulip well. Aromas of candy sugar, raisins and yeast. Flavor is full of candy sugar, raisins, yeast, also some caramel there and toasted malt behind the sweetness. Soft mouthfeel and very light on the palate for a sizable beer. The palate is what sets this apart from other domestic made belgians, reminds me of Rochefort in mouthfeel. Very good stuff..
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly cloudy gold - lots of floaties. No head. Nose or orange, lemon, alcohol, spice. Lots of orange, corriander, some clove, yeast, fruit. Decent malt presence. Fruity malt finish.
vyvvy (4133) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a tawny reddish brown with a quickly disappearing head. Aroma is of dark fruits, cereal and yeast - very rich and sweet aroma. Taste is very rich and full bodied - medium to light carbonation. Taste is very malty with Belgium signatures. Enjoyable earthy mustiness, some dark fruits mixed in and a bit of molasses. Candy sugar seems to be in the mix as well. Slight astingency on the finish, but still mainly the malts. As the beer warms the sweetness starts becoming more cloying. After having Demolition that Goose Island calls a Belgium Ale I didn’t expect this to be very authentic, but I was pleasantly mistaken. This is a very nice beer.
chicagobears (424) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a tobacco color. Thin head, hurricane swirl on top. Wow, this is brewed in Chicago?! This definetly fits the belgium style. Doesn’t have the complexity of a Chimay and some of the other Belgiums I have had. This is overubundant with maltiness. On the sweeter side which masks some of the subtle fruit taste. I was hoping for a bit more complexity, but its enjoyable.
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange to brown colored pour with some floaties in the bottom. Taste is rich, possibly too sweet, and yeasty. When compared to other beers in this style, this one does not stand a chance, but if you just base it on its own merits, its a damn fine easy to drink smooth belgian strong. Good beer, wish I could buy it more often.