ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBESG 2005, vintage 2002, cloudy amber colour with a beige head. Malty and earthy aroma with some dark fruit sweetness. Flavor has some rasin and plum fruityness along with hints of earth. dry roasted finish.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml. 2003 bottle. Murky brown color. Slight raisin, caramel flavor. Very smooth. Well integrated. Smoothness will become more pronounced with age.
thebeertourist (4945) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 25, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottle.Deep ruby red with modest off-white head. Liquorice, caramel and bitter chocolate aroma.Soft and oily, full body. Initial sweetness is restrained by good bitterness. Lots of fruit and chocolate flavour. A truly great beer, I cannot wait to get my hands on an older "vintage".
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 (5882) - 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 (1272) - 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 (8295) - 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 (5129) - 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.