beerbiere (101) - Montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2006
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2005 Brown color. Impressive frothy head, good retention. Aroma was at first discrete, gained intensity as beer warmed: caramel and dried fruits (figs? dates?) Flavor was at first VERY sweet, all I could detect was caramel. Once again as it warmed, I was able to pierce through this sticky sweetness and wow, what a discovery: red licorice, milk-chocolate, vanilla. For me thatís a liquid Caramilk. Starts very sweet but is very well balanced by an acidity remisicent of cherries. The mouthfeel is probably its best attributes: luxurious, creamy and oily! One of the best beer Iíve had!
DCJack (181) - Alabama, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bit of a bite that I donít like.
And a little too sweet for me.
Strong but smooth alcohol resence.
Just a fair beer
eaglefan538 (2883) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2007 750ml bottle, 2005. A beer to celebrate my sisterís birthday and the new birth of my little girl. Poured a nice mahoganey color with a nice carbonated showing, a small but well-sustaining head, and great lacing. The aroma was a bit sharp, lots of alcohol, vinous, vinegar, and oak. The flavor was much of the same, rather astringent, with some dark fruits detectable, light spicing, and the alcohol certainly noticeable. Light dose of candi sugar to keep this thing mildly sweet, but it wasnít the highlight of the beer. The mouthfeel was the best part of this beer, very silky and creamy. Re-rate, 10/2/06: I canít really adjust my comments on this beer, they were pretty dead on the first time around, although the alcohol was smoother this time through, warranting an upward bump in flavor.
PhillyBeer2112 (2522) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A 2006 bottle, labelled at 10% ABV. I guess this stuff is pretty young, most people are rating older bottles - am I the first to rate a 2006? Anyway, pours an appealing burnt caramel reddish brown, with a quick 2 finger tan head, medium bubbles, that fades rather quickly. Curiously the beer left heavy lacing in the bottle, but not in my glass (hope it wasnít a clean glass problem). Highly appealing rich aroma: figgy, raisins, plums, some sherry, some indistinct spice that hints at cinnamon or clove, and a rummy alcoholic note. Flavor is full, strong and sweet, with alot of dark fruit (dates, plums) and sweet burnt sugar, borderline cloying but within the range of balance. Still, I could easily see 5 years on this beer putting into the realm of stellar. I will definitely have to cellar one. Mouthfeel is soft, with a surprisingly low carbonation, consistent with its fast fading head. Alcohol is present, but not terribly so. Mainly, you feel it after killing off an entire 750ml within 30 minutes.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served as part of a mini-Belgian tasting with some friends. 2005 Vintage. Served just before the Achel Extra. Both complemented one another nicely. Whereas I found the Achel more fruity, I found the malt overtones and dark rum notes to be much stronger here. Thereís also a pleasant warming alcoholic finish and a more solid mouthfeel. At the same time, the diversity of flavors was not as great as the Achel. Taken together, its a well made Belgian worthy of its high score.
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
5 year old vintage. Dark red brown colour, small beige frothy head. Watery texture. Syropy, cellar, alcohol, raisin, grapes, old malt in the aroma. Medium bodied, flat port flavour. Watery, short finish. Clearly over its age
slcbrewer (44) - USA - MAY 18, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2005 version picked up at Beermania in Brussels.
Maybe I should have let this age longer to mellow.
Strong flavors of caramel and dates/raisins, with maybe a hint of licorice. Alcohol was noticeable but not overpowering.
But definitely too sweet for my taste. I was expecting something drier, this was just too syrupy.
vyvvy (3951) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 Bottle - Pours deep brown with beige head. There is dark fruit, alcohol, Belgium yeast, cherries and toffee - there is that and more, lots going on here. Taste has a lot of what was going on with the aroma. the initial tste is dark fruit, then earth and malt. Alcohol is definitely present on the finish - not as well hdden as many Beligum beers, but it is not offensive either. The finish also has some spiciness. There is a full rich flavor to the beer - thick smooth mouthfeel with light creamy carbonation. Incredible beer to be savored.
Otje (677) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
vintage 2002. very strong madeira, grapes, alcohol and rum aroma. tastes sweet, rum, alcoholic, vinous(madeira,port) a little fruity and spicy(cinnamon). finishes rather dry, sweet, long and a little fruity. very nice, but maybe a little too old.
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
this 2005 bottle is a gem! pours dark reddish brown with medium off-white frothy head....aroma is huge in strawberrry, cherry and cinnamon...nice spice notes and caramels present....massive flavor pounds the palate with intense berry and plum flavors, bubblegum, chocolate, and alcohol....about to get another for aging