bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle at Kramerís. Rich fruity aroma and big malty flavor. Figs, raisins, lots of classic dark belgian flavor. Hints at the alcohol content but hides the 8.5 well. Good stuff.
stouby (3822) - Holbśk, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, at DBF2004 (040515).
Redbrown with light brown head. Aroma moderate malty (caramel) and hoppy. Flavours moderate sweet and bitter. Medium to full body, high gravity.
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark red with a frothy lasting off white head. The aroma is sweet and kinda like juicyfruit gum with a sweet with hints of malt and toffee....very nice.
blankboy (6277) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with tupalev. Pours a murky reddish-brown with a spare off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, brown sugar, fruit and alcohol. Nice rich flavour of caramel malt -- itís delicious. Surprisingly smooth for an 8% beer. Excellent!
joshuah (37) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Woodward Ave Brewery. Nice brown color, small white head. Very complex nose. Picked up fruity mixed with bubblegum. Taste is very complex, and with a peppermint finish. Even with the high alchohol which I normally donít like, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Really liked it.
Gorbalev (2953) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of and shared with Blankboy. Dark brown, thin tan head. Strong sweet aroma. Strong sweet taste. A little stale in the aftertaste. Wonderfully strong sweet Belgian Ale that had more in common with a recent Fullerís Vintage than the classic strong Belgian Ale taste in my opinion. Just a little staleness kept it from achieving greatness.
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big beige head, dark brown with maybe a slight red hue. Aroma of alcohol albeit somewhat subdued. It seems like there is some fruit to be picked up but the alcohols takes it out, might in part be due tothe fact that it is being served at about 60. IT has a big sweet flavor that crawls across your tongue. Very smooth and well balanced. Iím not posittive of the vintage. Iíve had the bottle for about a year. The alcohols in the aroma are a detraction to me, however I certainly would try it again served a touch cooler.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Woodward Ave Brewery in Ferndale. Pours a speckled brown color with a foamy off white head. Nose is estery, light bubblegum, bananas, dark fruits, light yeast. Taste is doughy, some sweetness, toffee, banana, and an alcohol warming finishes it up. Some light peppermint is even noticed throughout.
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch brown color with a fingerís worth of foam floating on top. Nice aroma of plums and cherries. Strong sweet malt taste with more earthy fruit tones on the end. Yeast and bread play a part in the middle with some toffee finish. Very nice.
MiP (13799) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Malty, green apple aroma. Dark brown colour. Quite sweet flavour, some fruitiness. Not that nice.