SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really quite different from most other things I’ve drank. Very fruity, malty, sweet, and almost mead-y. The mouthfeel does a good job of keeping all of these flavors in check, it is mellow and smooth and only slightly coating. Not a session beer, but a welcome change of pace.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of odd tastes here. Orange, grape, maple syrup, molasses, bread dough, and spice. An amalgam of exotic tasting malt and yeast. The stickiness of the feel conflicts with the fruity taste. I’m torn between a thumbs up and a thumbs down.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to goldtwins for this beer.
Poured a murky mahogany with a small off-white head. Smells sweet and vinous with a touch of spiciness. Taste is cream, cinnamon, grapes, cocoa, and a touch of alcoholic dryness. Very rich and tasty, as well as drinkable. Nicely done.
MrBunn (2462) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful aroma is best part of the pour. Really murky brown color with floaties and a fair head that dissipates and leaves a little bit of lacing. Aromas is complex and bold... sweet with mild fruit (raisins seem like a good description, maybe plum or prune, too) over a little bit of a grain that is really subtle. Flavor is blessed with a great mix of the fruit/sweet remnants of the aroma that is followed up by a sweetness that recalls toffee. All of this has a mild alcoholic bite to it that provides a little warmth and compliments flavors nicely. Smoothly and masterfully blended.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked this up at John’s Grocery in Iowa City. The color is a bold red amber with a creamy custard colored head. Somehow it has a thick look to it. Aroma is a nice and complex. Raisin, plum, and spice along with a yeast character, really fits nicely for it’s style. The flavor is yeasty with a greay roasted malt. The second wave is very sweet, and that sweetness settles very cleanly. It is about at this time that I notice the head stays sizable for a long time and produces a great lace. Raisin and plum provide a nice extra character and brings a bit of a tangy alcohol. It rounds out very nicely with carmel and a mixture of the aforementioned dark fruits providing a very full and sweet character. Nice beer.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice-looking, very cloudy, reddish-brown body. The aroma has bananas, fruits, prunes and syrupy sweet malts/sugar. The flavor is also very sugary, a little bit thin. It is indeed rich, and dessert-like. Malty and only slightly spicy. Nice, smooth and chewy finish. Perfect carbonation.
notalush (4921) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brownish-red tint with thin ring of lace - high, fizzy carbonation - this carbonation is soft on the palate, however - somewhat musty aroma, with notes of raisin, plum, apple, caramel, nutmeg - lightly spicy and fruity up front (mostly raisin and cherry) - sweet caramel and toffee show up late - long, sweet, belgian sugar finish - quite a solid ale that hides it abv well - the abbot it is named after should be proud.
pinkzambia (1515) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 16, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle: This copper brown colored beer makes it’s high alcohol presence known. It is there in the aroma and in the taste, making it resemble what I imagine raisin cough syrup to taste like. Too sweet and strong for me.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Secret Santa for this beer.
Dark brown color with a thin white head, this is a tasty brew. Lots of candy sugar flavor and stickiness. Very enjoyable
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Dark brown color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is banana, clove and citrus. A medium bodied Belgian Strong Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet, banana and clove, candi sugar and a touch of caramel. Not a lot of spices mainly fruit and sweet malts, but definitely Belgian yeasts. Smooth taste. Hides the 9% alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.