badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2010 Original Rating, 10/4/04, likely 2004 vintage. Pours a ruby color with a foamy, tan head. Oh man... the aroma alone... bread, spice and chocolate. The flavor was just fantastic. Nutty and malty off the bat, but rolling in waves are fruit, sugar, chocolate... and then it gets even deeper and darker with hits of tobacco and leather. What the fudge? This was fantastic and would probably blend together some with aging. Killer.
2005 Vintage, tasted 12/7/2010. Murky brown color with a large head. Large brown sugar and yeasty aroma. Malt and toffee. It did actually smell like a Flemish Sour at first, but that vanished quickly. Malty and sugary flavor. Spice and some spearmint. Yeasty. Upon warming, some tobacco and leathery notes. Very grand. Not 100% sure that 5 years improved it a ton, but it certainly didn’t hurt it.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 Poured into the proper Gouden Carolus chalice.
Beautiful color! Dark mahogany with hints of ruby and magenta. Long lasting head stayed till the last sip but the slippery lace fell apart...damn.
The nose was full of discarded banana peel that had been baking in the sun for three days, brandy, clove, sugar, red licorice, sweet dark fruits and alcohol. Nice nose on this one!
This was one excellent tasting beer! Raisins, plums, figs, banana peel, clove, lots of sugar, brandy, red licorice and a hint of alcohol. As the ale warmed the alcohol became less pronounced which was really impressive. So many diverse and dynamic flavors while being so smooth and drinkable. Warming mouthfeel and very heavy in the mouth.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a tall and sturdy light brown head on a dark brown/red body. Aroma is full and sweet of prunes, raisins, citrus and berries. Sweet and sugary in the flavor and rather heavy. Berry notes, some alcohol but not too much and a dry end. Really nice and tasty but a full bottle (70cl) is too much!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pop! Goes the cork...pours a dark, plummy, raisinish color, with a small-to-nonexistent head, poof!, she’s gone....
Aroma is a heady blend of dark fruits, the aforementioned and more, cherries, etc., and a rich, sweet, molasses-like component that soon blends together to provide a brandyish feel. Dark and mysterious, urging me to finally put lips to cup.
Huge mouthfeel, lush and delicious, and...hooo! It’s happening, that uncommon feel from an ale that washes a sort of wonderfulness all throughout the senses, lays waste to the skeptical mindset, the analytical eye, and provides nothing but pleasure...whoa...sweetness resides in every sip, but never cloys, malt is large, and the texture is so rich and warm, the ABV appearing in full force, that the flavor never leaves the mouth.
Oh, wow, this is good. goodness upon goodness, tasty to the max...I haven’t said yum yet, but it’ll come in handy here!
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm
2004. Rich in red berries and candi sugar. Small malty nose, and a bit woodsy. Sweet and probably needs to develop for a couple of years.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet and fruity belgian strong ale and not overly carbonated. This is clearly brewed with aging in mind and I wish I had bought another. I might just have to do that. Undetectable alcohol and so smooth.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 18, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2004 vintage: pineapple, maple, prune, molassas, cookie dough, butter and bubble-gum in the nose; diminishing head and intricate lacing; rich, sweet and complex flavor, earthy cola, tobacco and licorice, dates and raisins, some hints of grape, toffee, musty yeast, and brown sugar; quite warming and a tad dry in the finish; smooth and creamy texture; the strength of the alcohol and dry finish prevent this from being cloying; this year is as good as 2002, ...... I’ll be cellaring a few more of these bad boys, for sure.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2008 2004 production (11%). Dark red/brown colour, very nice smell, taste is pretty fruity, reminds me of Duchesse de Bourgogne, but aftertaste reveals alcohol very obviously. Still, an exceptional beer, but I’d say it can be improved with less alcohol taste. Later tasted the 2002 version (8,5%). Just as good.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2001. Dark brown, almost red beer with a nice head. the aroma is: Malty, even toffee, and fruit. Taste is powefull, complex with an almost winelike quality. a long pleasant aftertaste. Truely a great beer
ElGaucho (2114) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2004 bottle. Smells like Westy 12. Molasses; rich, promises great things. Murky and muddy. Brown with orange highlights on the edges of the glass. Not much lace or head. Thick. Sweet, candied sugar. Really good. Perfectly balanced. Not as carbonated as other Belgian strongs I have sampled, which is good. Almost a perfect beer. Outstanding, although expensive at $10 a bottle.