SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad not bad. Thanks be to brooklynboy for sharing this fine beer with me. I just wish That I enjoyed belgians more. Darker in colour with a small to non-existant head. The nose is maltish and the taste is rusty with some malts in it. This thing would actually be very good if it didnt have that yeast and belgian taste to it. Oh well.
Gorbalev (2887) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 Bottle. Nice dark ruby red appearance. Dark small tan head. Lovely alcohol and malt aroma. Very sweet flavour, almost molasses like at the start, with a ton of alcohol. Body is on the medium side. At first this beer was a little tinny and way too boozy but it completely transformed after a few minutes in the glass - by the end I was really enjoying it, as it almost became like a really strong Bock. A nice experience, thanks for the trade Boutip.
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one pours a dark brown with a good, tan head that that is slow to fade. The carbonation is high and it continues in sheets of bubbles long after the pour. The aroma is heavy in overripe and dried fruits with a noticeable alcohol presence. The body is very sweet, almost cloying and heavy in the overripe bananas and raisins. Perhaps it woudl be a tad better if it were dried out a touch, but it’s possible the alcohol would be too strong and unbalance the beer that way.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2005 Neck label says "2000": Pours brown with a thin head that fades quickly. Bubbles continue to break the surface. Aroma of banana, biscuit, caramel, clove, and a slight alcohol. Flavor is of a nice mix of caramel, biscuit, banana, dark fruit, and a slight spice underneath. Slightly sweet and fairly robust. Nice complexity. Yet still fairly drinkable.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 Version, thanks to matta for this one!
First off, this is a beautiful beer. Garnet colored, with a large finely textured head and nice lacing. The aroma is a little disapointing, a little bit winey and sweet, but the flavor more than makes up for it. Bready, yeasty, with a tiny bite from the alcohol...it’s almost perfect.
Wacher (129) - Århus C, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004: Mørkebrun øl, med fyldigt og holdbart mørkt skum. Dufter af søde kirsebær. Smager af portvin, rørsukker, kirsebær. En anelse krydret. Alkoholprocenten er vældig godt skjult. En vældig god øl (jysk underdrivelse). Hvis man absolut skal komme med indvendinger, er den måske en anelse på den søde side - men ikke meget.
Hansen (6130) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown beer, with large head. Long lasting sweet palate. Lots of alcohol (11%) but nice hidden in the great flavor.
Boutip (4431) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 Bottle: Poured a rusty and cloudy amber ale with a medium brown head with surprisingly great retention. Aroma is quite port-like sweet with strong malt also noticeable. Taste is sweeter then expected and I was glad I drank this after dinner since the sweetness would have been too overpowering before a meal. Body is quite full and alcohol is not discernable which I always appreciate. Overall, I would say that this si another great beer from a sometime underappreciated brewery – I very much appreciated the creamy, fruit/sweetness of this one.
GonZoBeeR (2800) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma:Apple and brown sugar
Appearance ruby red small head
Flavor:porto,apple brown sugar.
Very good beer
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2005 2003 bottle, thanks Ernest!! No head. Dark red color. Spicy citrus/ester aroma, pretty nice. Taste is huge, sweet alcoholic, spicy. Alcohol blends in well, doesn’t overpower. Good smooth malty palate. Very nice beer.
ReRate 2004 bottle 6-05. Pours with a diminishing beige head and a pretty clear, dark crimson body. Aroma is big- alcohol, cherries, leather, with traces of toffee and caramel. Robust malty framework supports tastes of alcohol, sweet malts, berries and fruits. Vinous and a little oaky. Hops creep into a sticky finish. Overall a very tasty belgian strong with big alcohol that is complementary to all the other flavors.