leaparsons (7495) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red in colour. Aromas are sweet, earthy and bready with fruit, especially berries - rich and complex. Flavours are sweet malts with raisins, berries and some roast malts. Coffee and chocolate notes are also present with some earthiness and spices. Quite boozy - lip tingling with its alcohol. Spices in there, too. There is a lots going on with this beer. Getting some herbal notes now - almost medicinal and cloying, but only almost. Its, er, boozy, I have 40cl to go...
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle, 2003 bottling. Had to coax the head, and then it dropped, bubbly though(cellar temp). Deep dark ruby color...smells very similar to the zinfandel/sugar/vanilla/basil/peppercorn/orange zest reduction that Iím poaching pears in right now! Sweet syrupy cherry brew...warming...elixir...slightly Nyquil?? I guess they do have about the same ABV!! Weíll see if I like this one better next year, as Iíve several bottles left.
diabel (1589) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - 2002 Vintage - ABV: 8,5% Murky, amber brown body. Small, brownish head. Nose of apples, malts, alcohol. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter flavour. Very warm palate - sirupy viscosity - lightly alcoholic. All in the end a very nice beer, worth the extra money spending for.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a brown body with an average-sized creamy light brown head. Aroma of raisins, plums, and maple syrup. Flavor of dark fruits, apple, and spices.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle coutesy of ClarkVV: Pours to a dark ruby with a small tan head. Aroma: Almond, sweet grapes, dark malts, raisin, chocolate, soy sauce, floral hops, salty dark malt. Taste: syrupy sweet, overly sweet. Molasses, maple, sweet grains, too much malt sweetness. Over the top in terms of malt sweetness, syrup; unbalanced in terms of the malt....which I almost never say.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2005 2004 botttle. Appearance is a dark burgundy, violet and fuschia colored body, with some dark mahogany and a biig foamy mocha head. Aroma is out of this world. Dark oatmeal stouts, big banana estery foreign stouts, lacto, caramel, toffee, AND DARK CANDI SUGAR. Flavor shows a huge sweetness; cloying, and immensely strong and fatiguing. Itís big, itís good and itís too much. So much residual sugar itís unreal. Sweet to the extreme. It does abate somewaht on the very end, after an hour or so, but it still is a mix of alcohol, strong yeast and boatloads of sugar.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 vintage: Deep brown color and a decent tan head on top. Almond, brown sugar and yeast in the aroma. The flavor is intially crisp and a bit alcoholic. Then it has a maltier complex followed by a very sweet aftertaste, somewhat chocolatey. Quite a complex beer that is making my tired mind even moreso.
sayravai (4666) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2008 (2001 vintage, rated 2008) Very dark brown, completely vanishing head. Strong plums, figs and raisins in the aroma - some soy-sauce, too. Still slightly sweet, somewhat corky-cellary, moldy-earthy, syrupy flavor. No bitterness to speak of. Medium to full-bodied, almost flat-carbonated. Nice, but seems past its peak.
(2002 vintage, rated Nov 2004, 8.5% ABV, 0.75l, was 8-4-9-5-17=4.3) Hazy dark reddish-orange color with small head. Very strong, port-wineous, slightly alcoholic aroma with some anise, cognac, amaretto... Sweetish flavor with an inch of anise and licorice, also some orange-peel, dark toffee. Sugary-sweet finish. Very smooth, quite full-bodied, low-carbonated palate. Very drinkable, and ABV quite well hidden. A very smooth and drinkable, slightly alcoholic, quite complex brew. A lighter and more mature version of Gouden Carolus Noel 2004. Still could mature for many more years...
skaughty (627) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 bottle The emporper seems to have good taste - especially from hearty belgian brown ales. The aroma comes in two waves. The sweet fruitcake is the first thng to catch you - then comes the heat and spice. One could spend many hours speculating on all the items in the mash here. The appearance is deep brown with a ruby hue. The flavor begins with the base caramel, but dives into all kinds of areas (figs, maple, wood, apple). The finish is surprisingly hot and spicy, with allspice and ginger left on the tongue. Very interesting, and could be in the love/hate category. if you like Abbaye des Rocs, youíll like this beer.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ Anam Cara. Nice amber color with decent head retention by the time it gets to proper temp. Aroma of black licorice, brown sugar, grapes and dried fruits. Sweet malty taste with chocolate and even more dried fruits. There is a ton going on in this really complex brew. A bit bitter with a decent alcohol kick.