tigersguy (1) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 16, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
As close to perfection as I have tasted.Beautifu; reddish brown pour with thick vanilla colored head that clings to the glass. Aroma is tantalizing mix of toffee and fruit with a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is just right...not too sweet and for content alcohol is not overpowering at all. Overall this Grand Cru is worthy of your attention not to mention consumption!
yngwie (12565) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 Bottle, 75cl corked and caged. Pours a hazy brown body with a nice beige head leaving some cute lacings. Prunes, alcohol, sherry, sugar and some spices in the aroma. The flavor follows the same path, with a lasting alcohol and a slowly growing bitterness. Lasting finish with a nice bitterness. Warming, full-bodied mouthfeel. I’m not sure if this beer is very suited for cellaring, but it’s a really lovely one. Rating: 8-4-8-4-17-4.1. (080730)
Bottle, 75cl corked, 2004 vintage cellared for three years. (RBNAG 07) Pours an orange-brown, almost clear body with a big, dense beige head. Has the lovely, sweetish aroma with dried fruits, notes of tea and spices that I remember from last sample. The flavor is almost as wonderful, with sweetness, malty beef-stock, spice notes and some tea-like hints. Full, sugary mouthfeel. It’s a beautiful beer, maybe a bit on the sweet side, but I like it! Rating: 8-4-8-4-16. Leaving the old rating as that was from a fresher bottle.
Bottled, vintage 2004. Brown with a light tan head. Sweet, fruity, malty aroma with some alcohol. Flavor is much the same, with the caramel-sweetness dominating. Maybe too sweet. Warming sweet and bitter aftertaste. Gorgeous beer with a little too much sweetness. (051028)
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle. Complex aroma - toffee, raisins, plums, cinnamon and other spices, a whiff of alcohol. Clear ruby-brown with a medium-sized tan head. Malty flavor, toffee and biscuits, on the sweet side, a little fruitiness and alcohol in the finish. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, smooth, moderate alcohol warming in the chest. A very nice malty Belgian, great winter brew.
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a medium sized tan head, retention is good. Lightly hazed chestnut color. The head just hanging, sticking to my glass with a sturdy ring of foam. Lucious nose, dark fruits, caramel malts, sweet, faint diacetyl. Creamy palate on a med/full bodied brew. Dark fruits, plums, butterscotch with hints of raisins and a light mustiness on the palate. Alot going on here, an exceptional brew. Sweet fruity finish. A lovely brew. A good ager i,d imagine. Should of enjoyed this alot sooner.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very murky,not unlike a Sherlock Holmes murder mystery,brown with a shitload of it ending up on my kitchen counter.Nose is luscious sweetness.Syrupy and fruity. This taste fantastic.Heavy in the sweetness but lots of overripe fruits and even some kinda’ funky spices white boy.Thick and lingering on the tastebuds.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured badly by the bartender. Poured a purple color with very little head. Aroma had brown sugar, toffee, caramel, chocolate and rum. Taste kicks your ass with the alcohol at first but smooths out. The toffee becomes quite pleasant as it goes down. Good chemy mouthfeel. Nice find.
Ratman197 (8873) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle 2004 vintage poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of plums and raisins with some vinous notes. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of plums, raisins, molasses and a hint of spice with a sweet finish.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 vintage. Deep, hazy dark brown body with a frothy, dark cream-colored head. Interesting nose of roasted chestnuts, brown sugar, and earth. Medium-high sweetness with lots of molasses character and some interesting underlying depth. Seems young and the sweetness overpowers a bit. I need to lay a bottle down for a few years to see if this improves with maturity. Good, but not mind-blowing.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep mahogany with a light, frothy head. Aromatics consist of coriander and orange peels (almost like a Witbier). A moderate brown sugary and dark fruit sweetness keeps this well-tempered and uncloying. A sense of cedar in the dry, lingering finish. Alcohol is covered extremely well and only becomes apparent as the brew warms. Perhaps a little thin and watery but, then again, I may have been expecting this to be syrupy. Plenty (in volume and strength) to share with a friend or somebody you want to get friendly with.
Ughsmash (6973) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 750 mL bottle. Brilliant deep ruby pour when held to light. Creamy beige head, and wonderful lacing as this went down. Aroma was very full and chock fulla deep, dark fruits (plums, raisins, pomegranate, prunes), some alcohol, floral hops, a subdued breadiness, earth, and lots of other well-balanced goodness. Flavor was a wonderful blend of all the great components of the aroma.. the rich, fruity malt base was perfect for the chewy, bready Belgian yeast, floral and mildly bitter hops, and alcohol above. Very smooth on the palate, which allowed the flavors to creep across the tastebuds with all their goodness. Alcohol was more apparent as this warmed, but only as a complement to the flavor and the finish. Very wonderful treat all around!