SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle from summer SS. 2004 vintage. My first thought of this one was Godiva chocolate liqueur. Lots of milk chocolate and alcohol (bourbon) in the nose and the flavor. Vinous and chocolate in the nose with maybe a little dark fruit (cherry and fig) and a little bit of toffee and licorice. Very syrupy mouthfeel. Very astringent mouthfeel. Very sweet mouthfeel. Too sweet. Too astringent. As it warms, there’s a small puff of smoke and a little roastiness, but it’s quickly beaten into submission by the chocolate. For now, it’s decent, but I’d like to pick up another and let it sit for 5+ years to see what happens.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2004, and Draught @ The Moan & Dove, Amherst MA: The draught of this is vintage 2004 as well and is oh so nice. I have several bottle vintages laying down now. Anyways, I am rating the 11 % version. Deep brownish hue, vinous nose, dates, dried fruit, caramel, earthy dirt nose. Palate is perfect balance of malts and seet fruity flavors, vinous, yeast, floral, excellent body, smooth yeast, alcohol, earthy hops finish. Great brew, put it in my pants and shake me down yall.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - FEB 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ SHARP EDGE. This beer has a lot going on...color is a dark brown/red with a smaller than average belgian head. Smells of alcohol and tons of dried fruit (raisins, figs, apricots). Flavor is very sweet from the fruit and there is a bit of syrupy alcohol. Mouthfeel is very full and coating.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This review is from notes I took on 12/22/05 at a beer bar in Peoria, IL., at a tasting that was advertised as the last vintage 2004 keg in the United States. I have to admit, also, that I become quite intoxicated that night, a good time was had by one and all. Made a very good appearance, poured into a standard bar chalice a dark copper brown with golden red hues and a tight foamy tan head that reduced to a sticky thin ringed lacing. Had a big, tasty fruity, citrus aroma, ripe dark fruits, grapefruit, spicy hops and a sweet maltiness. Moderate to good carbonation and a smooth full bodied mouth feel, good drinkability. A delicious taste, dry ripe dark fruits, a grapefruit citrusy, a mellow peppery, spicy hops, a sweet alcohol presence in the palate and a dry yeasty, sweet malty finish .
TheBeerLover (1024) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The bottle I sampled is the 2000 vintage, so this beer has just over 5 years of age on it, and according to the brewery, it can be cellared for much longer. This is a rich, delicious, complex, and flavorful Belgian brown ale, coming in at a hefty 8% abv. Later vintages has increased in abv. It is sedimeted with yeast for a secondary fermentation in the bottle where it continues to condition and develop. I believe I made the correct decision in passing on this beer when I first saw it come out. The few years of age, has really brought out lots of complex flavor development in this beer, that might have been a bit too un-polished if consumed too young.
Gouden Carolus Grand Cru of the Emperor pours to a beautiful, murky, deep caramel to brown color, with a thick and rocky tan head, and a lively carbonation. The nose on this beer is just packed with a multitude of complex aromas. Big aromas of candish sweet malt, caramel, raisin, peppery alcohol, and some spicy aroma of coriander flood the nose. The palate is rich and full with layers of flavors. Caramel, toffee, candi sugar, spice, and fruity esters of raisin, and black currants coat the tongue. Grand Cru of the Emperor finishes with more flavors of sweet malt and fruit up front, then ends with a spicy, peppery alcoholic burn.
This is an absolutely delicious Belgian brown ale packed with big aromas and flavors. I really enjoyed this one, and believe this beer would work exceptionally well with a number of dishes, especially rich and chocolatey deserts. For me though, this beer is enjoyed best when consumed alone, so you can really work on this beer, and sip and savor the flavors and aromas.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Spectacular Strong Ale with rich roasted grain base and plum, raisin, and brandy highlights, all on top of a robust hop bitter bite. Very well hidden alcohol, which tends to reveal itself only as a peppery finish.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chestnut color with a frothy white head. Rich malty aroma with notes of dark fruits, nuts and maple syrup. Plums, nuts and a touch of roasted barley come through in the flavor, with slight notes of pear and cocoa as well. Excellent Belgian Strong.
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick and dark body with a thin creamy head. Strong aniseed and bitter fruit flavours with thick sweet follow up. Makes me wish for some snow and a fire dammit.
vanvenlo (1153) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
18 Dec 05 (2004 vintage) - Luscious cherry fruit, big malt and spirit. Light cloudy medium brown-red colour with a great head and lacing. Melt in the mouth malt and cherry fruit complex hoppy flavour. Thick malt hop finish and a nice tang.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[bottle from dorsvlegel 2002] excellent aroma, liquorice, dried figs, sherry, fruity and complex. full body, finish is dry witha little sweetness.