Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
CvdK 2004. Dark brown with a nice steady head. Sweet nose, raisins, grapes. Again raisins and grapes in the taste, very fruity. Excellent tasteful beer, only the end is a bit off, but the alcohol is very will hidden
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 Got a 2003 bottle from Old Town Liquor. Pours thick, clear, orange-brown, with very little head. Aroma is heavily candied fruits, sugars, and raisins. Taste is caramel and candied fruits, with strong malt and holiday spice. Syrupy feel with a slight alcohol burn. Very enjoyable beer, but only a bottle at a time.
2007, on tap at Pizza Port, Solana Beach. Much better this time. hazy mahogany pour with a short white head. More sherry and plum aroma and taste. More vinuous. Lighter mouthfeel. Less syrupy sweetness. All around an excellent beer.
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I got four bottles from 2005 and I decided to have the first bottle, aged merely six and a half months, in order to follow the maturing.
Poured into Chimay glass.
Dark red w/ an orangebrown tone, clear. A small, white, beige head.
Smells of fruit, plums, raisin, chocolate and figs.
Flavour is strikingly sweet, fruity acid, mild hopbitterness, a warm maltyness and a sourish aftertaste.
Warm, rich and mellow mouthfeel.
(At the second glass an aroma/flavour of redcurrant and lighter malt appears.)
This needs to be aged. The next one has to be at least a year and a half.
jonas (5623) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - SEP 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle vintage 2002 - sampled at the RBESP 2005
Cloudy amber brown, tanned head.
Somewhat alcoholic raisin and rum aroma.
Bready malt, raisins and brown sugar.
mephisto (1268) - TAIWAN - AUG 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 bottled, 2004. hazy dark brown w/ beige head. big aroma of sweet plum and alcohol. complex body, the flavor is a mix of chocolate, caramel and fruit w/ typical belgian yeastiness.
3fourths (7982) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 2002 vintage
75cl bottle. Pours a rusty orange and brown color, sitting in the glass a murky dark plum and brown hue. Small toast colored head that dies quickly - which explains the low carbonation. Canít say itís bad - because itís not infected or anything, but this is a 2002 bottle so perhaps the age is a factor. Itís a little flat, itís chewy and semi-thick, smells wonderful: dates, wood, brown sugar, maple, spicy sugar and dark roasted plum scents. Spicy yeast consumes the mouth... brown sugar, sweet charred and caramelized woody sugars... very nice, but drops empty on the back of the tongue - lacking body I guess.
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The bottle says 10% and also has a 2004 band around the neck. Pours a very dark brown with a gorgeous ruby color when held to light. A very deep ruby I have never seen before in a beer. The thin head is a light tan color. The aroma is rich and incredible. Caramel candy and some light pancake syrup make this inviting. The taste is caramel with a hint of chocolate. There is also some pear character. Heaven in a bottle! Yes, this is sweet, but not in a way that distracts. The finish is boozy and warming in a very comforting way. There are some notes of a little cinnamon that compliment that fruit. Absolutely wonderful.
Cornfield (5473) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 Bottle of Gouden Carolus Grand Cru of the Emperor: I was going to save this one, but being on the receiving end of yet more bad news told me that a strong Belgian ale was in order. It pours a clear, deep garnet body with brown highlights (or, was that the other way around?). The tall light brown (not tan) head appears creamy, but on closer inspection is a bazillion soft-and-fizzy little bubbles. The aroma is a dark butterscotch with brown sugar and raisins and plums and old cherries and white pepper and vanilla and alcohol and a dollop of milk chocolate and a whole bunch of other things. Itís full of carbonation (but not overly so) and hot with alcohol in the mouth. The flavor is a marvelous blending of the tastes associated with the scents listed above, although probably not in the same order. (I suspect the 11% abv is clouding my memory as much as it did my penmanship when I recorded this experience.) There might be a pinch of licorice here, too. The finish is hot and sweet and Damn, this is a fine drink. I hope I can afford it again some time. Thanks, Het Anker!
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fordest (1979) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2004 bottle labled Grand Cru of the Emporer. Wow, what great stuff. Sweet from the get go. Mahogany color with a very large, creamy tan head that left lacing for miles. Aromas were caramel/butterscotch, cherry, banana, and sugar cane. Flavors were similar with a little bit of alcohol, but not much considering how much is really in there. If you like íem sweet, youíll like this one. Yummmmmmmy.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My new favorite beer. Beautiful brown caramel color. Toffee chocolate smell which mirrors the taste. It is a little thin in body. If the body was thicker it would be perfect. Malty Butterscotch toffee taste. Gets sweeter as the taste flows. Excellent!!!! Tasted at Bieres & Compagnie 4350 St. Denis, Montreal.