BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany auburn color, no head or lacing as expected (it was on tap, very cold). Cordimon and dark fruit aromas with caramel nuts & rye bread. Sweet easy drinking flavor, mild grapefruit (not hops), banana, vanilla, licorice. Palate has detectable alcohol and citrus notes. Overall this is an easy drinking BSA, not as harsh as the grand cru but that is the point I guess. It's like a silk blanket with a thread of wool every couple feet. Aged a little with a subtle sweetness.
JorisPPattyn (7550) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red-brown. Brownish head, slim but going down lacey. Raisins/(dark) sultana's, fruity, alcoholic nose. A rich X-mas cake. Taste is outspokenly sweet. Alcoholic, ridden with (fruity) esters and higher alcohols. Flavours of fresh figs, plums, pears, dried dates. Watered-down dark brandy (Armenian?). Less acidity than in the Noël. As usual with G.C., the texture is thinnish and completely at odds with the OG/ABV. A bit soupy, after all. Liquid fruit cake. It remains a classic in every sense. I think the managment buy-out has been for the better. I'm not sure about the new names, though.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Brown colored, cloudy. Rich flavor of brown sugar, syruppy, a little molasses. Very sweet. Sweet finish, a fine brew.
BeerSlacker (34) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2003 Reddish, dark copper colour. Detected alcohol heat at the nose. Rich caramel body gives way to some heat at the end. An excellent beer; I would have rated it higher, but I found the pronouned alcohol somewhat distracting.
pilsnerrogge (2356) - Finspċng, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Brown colour. Nice head, doesn't stay long, though. Wonderful aroma, reminds of some creamy chocolate dessert I had once (can't remember it's name). The taste is a smooth mix of coffee and chocolate. The alcohol is there but stays in the background.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
If you ever had to choose a beer to accompany a chocolate cake or creme caramel choose this. The chocolate malts and smooth creaminess in the nose are soft and silky with the contrasting creamy head a real treat. The first sip confirms this as the immediate mouthfeel is warm and chocolatey with the right touch of malt bitternenss. Hop presence is low but for this style right on the money. I vote for a category known as Belgian Porter.
mmather (122) - Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wonderful caramel flavor and mouthfilling, smooth flavor. Alcohol evident, but deceiving. Absolutely world class.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark and mysterious this beer is. Thick,molasses and alcohol laden nose that is very similiar to Corsendonk Christmas Ale but a tad lighter. This is very carbonated and reminds me of chocolate pudding and english toffee. Yeast is subdued....man, I swear there is a Hershey's Symphony bar somewhere is this. Beautiful belgian ale that is highly underrated on this site.
Indra (2536) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty, sweet, fruity aroma, with some brown sugar, banana, plum and raisin, also some faint bubblegum and spices. Deep brownish red color, opaque, with a fine and intricately patterned head. Flavor derives primarily from malt and yeast, with an overriding, vinous, estery fruitiness, dark sugar and faintly spicy hop. Finish is long, tangy, bittersweet and gently alcoholic. Enjoyable as a dessert or nightcap.
SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - JUL 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich red/brown is semi transparent and keeps up a nice head. Malt and bread aroma reminds me of Old Peculier. However, this is much more fuller in flavor, fruity and sweet and hints of chocolate. One of my faves that got me hooked into strong Belgians.