BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had no idea what I was getting myself in to. Let me rephrase....I wish I’d known what I was getting myself in to when I received this ale from Brando as a "holiday" gift. This Belgian Ale was a huge jump for me from the likes of Stella Artois or Chimay, neither of which should be compared to this beer of Belgian beers. The nose is sweet and reeks of plum, apple and impending dryness. Interesting, to say the least. The first couple sips were overbearing, to say the least. Once I adjusted, strong flavors of plum remained, but carrying along flavors of mollasses and brown sugar. Maybe some dark cherry? Wallop! The bannana description comes up short for moi, but coriander and a spicey, dry finish wrap this belgian so nicely for me. Definitely have a couple in the cellar for a couple of years. BIG thanks to bigsilky for this great CHRISTMAS gift. Your anti-’merican comments at the bar certainly don’t detract from your beer knowledge.
ekstedt (5990) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2013 Vintage 2006. Ruby brown, clear, with a white creamy head. Mellow aroma with some roasted tones and raisins. Very smooth in the mouth. Sweet flavor that mixes well with notes of dried fruit, raisins, plums and toffee, all carried up by alcohol warmth. Very nice, at least in small quantities (shared the bottle with two others).
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The 25.4 ounce amber bottle poured a beautiful, crystal clear garnet beverage with a creamy ample off white head that was entirely lasting and left beautiful lacing on the glass. The aromas sweet and candy like. There was bubble gum and cotton candy first with an earthy undertone. The body was full with a soft carbonation and a wonderful creamy texture on the palate. The flavor starts off quite sweet and stays that way throughout the long warming finish. It was like sipping a wonderful glass of sweet brandy. WOW.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice nose that is sweet yet tart. good appearance is dark reddish brown. flavor makes me wish i had let this one age for awhile. flavor is of sweet plums and raisons, overall too sweet to reveal any complexities. i imagine this would be impressive in a year or two.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a ruddy brown, with nice ruby tones when held up to the light. Scant head of cream colored foam. The ring around the glass leaves decent lacing. Fruity aroma - with lots of plum and some cherry. And brown sugar. And molasses.
The taste is similar to the aroma - very fruity - again with mostly plum. I also taste a tart cranberry flavor. Then the maltiness is like a Christmastime goodie - something like rum-soaked sweetbread. Mild molasses and something like raisin in the finish.
Medium bodied, deceptive alcohol content. A phenominal beer.
grease (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006. Rich, warm aroma of mild hazelnut, clove, chocolate, and some alcohol. Flavor very similar, but with some toasted caramel and a bit more nuttiness. Alcohol warmth in the finish lingers in the back of the throat and into the belly. The mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy. This is a really great beer.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hmmm...I thought I’d rated this before, guess not. 2002 bottle. First impression even before the color is that I can smell a bit of vinegar from the aroma....Lots of strong alcohol in the aroma(subdued in the taste) yeast and dark fruits. Flavor is pretty mellow but reveals a very nice gradual sweetness of burnt banana. The initial aroma/taste of vinegar threw me off, but the sweet goodness comes through.
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 2005. Pours a deep brown, quite cloudy. Aroma is very strong, fruity, liquor, alcohol, yeast. Flavor is less boozy than the aroma, which is good. Chocolaty, fruity, yeasty, it’s a big Belgian beer and it’s good. I had it the other day, so I’m going off memory but these are the numbers I decided on when I drank it.
beastiefan2k (2830) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 vintage, bottle Poured into a Corsendonk tulip glass. Pours thick mud-like, murky brown, completely no clarity. Looks like the bottom inch of sediment rich beer in a carboy. Minimal head that leaves a minimal lacing. Aroma is woo wee strong something spiced. Strong spices, licorice, anise seed, and more that I really dont know enough about. Just a hint of smoke as well. Beneath that a great chocolate and cocoa mix. Man its original especially for a Belgian brew. Really this tastes like a suped up version of Ancher OSA 2005 or I guess thats a light version of this. Taste flip flops a bit where the sweet chocolate plays the dominant role and the strong spice is right behind that. The body is just a bit on the thin side for me. Leaves a light spice aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit to soda like. But just so damn creative.
2003 vintage, draft No head a bit of lacing. On tap at Mugs Belgian Blast. This time it tasted a lot like an Anchor 2000, which I also had at the bar. This one was definitely chocolate-y but a lot oxidation. Thin taste, thin body, and low carbonation. 8/3/6/3/14.
I’ll stick with my 2004 bottle rating, who knows what happened to that keg and despite the lower % on the 03 version, this bottle doesn’t seem to be heading in this direction this quickly.
haukur (1432) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JAN 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 vintage. extreme vinegar in the nose, sherry and candysugar. Small but firm head, murky red brown appearance. Tastes like it´s at least 10 years old, so much is the vinegar and sherry overpowering. Ultra sweet. A nice winterwarmer but nothing to rave about