SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick and dark body with a thin creamy head. Strong aniseed and bitter fruit flavours with thick sweet follow up. Makes me wish for some snow and a fire dammit.
vanvenlo (1683) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2015 18 Dec 205 (2015 vintage) - Thick malt hop finish and a nice tang. Luscious apricot,big malt&spirit.Light cloudy brown-red,great head&lacing.Melt in the mouth malt complex hoppy flavour.
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[bottle from dorsvlegel 2002] excellent aroma, liquorice, dried figs, sherry, fruity and complex. full body, finish is dry witha little sweetness.
YogiBeera (2567) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice mahagony colored brew with a big fizzy head on top. Almond malt, some alcohol and also yeast and ginger in the nose. Quite delightful. Almond, cloves, raisons and also banana bread traces and caramel taste. Suprisingly the body is not as thick as expected. A nice Christmas Eve treat!
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 30, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2006 This is an excellent winter Belgian. This must be a 2003 vintage becasue the bottle says it’s 10% ABV. Pours out a reddish brown color with a large whitish head that stays around for a while. Great vanilla aroma. Malty vanilla taste. Thick, smooth mouthfeel. Overall an awsome beer; one of my favorite Belgians to date.
Edit: I noticed later this was a 2005 vintage.
Choos (711) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer 2004. Aroma: massive malt, hint of cherry chocolate and a bit of spiritousness. Apperance: reddy/brown, perfectly clear with a tan head made from big bubbles. Head was solid to the touch and left sheet lacing. Flavour: powerful malt and liquer cherries, as it warms brandy, butter and vanilla flavours come to the forefront. Palate: thick and gently carbonated. Does it get any better than this?
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - DEC 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(on bottle 2002 edit.) Clear rubyred, with a small, lasting white head. Dry, woody nose. Powerfull on the alcohol and malts, but not many fruits here. The taste gets more full, port, but the woody feel continues and becomes dominant in a mouthfeel, a bit too thin.The finish becaomes bog, though; lots aof red grapes and raisins here.
pivo (2657) - GERMANY - DEC 26, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge nose: caramel, yeast, clove and alcohol. Deep dark mahogany color, foamy beige head. Sweet heavy malt body with tastes of raisins. Dry end, somewhat quick tappering off. Think body. Brandy-like at time. Cool.
Tmoney99 (13167) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with name of Grand Cru Of the Emperor. Poured a brown color with a large creamy light brown head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Good sweet fruity aroma. Medium body. Moderate complex sweet bitter flavor with a medium sweet finish of average duration. Maybe time would cut some of the sweetness.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBESG grand tasting, August 2005. Mid brown colour. On the nose there’s lots of caramel and toffee, with that Belgian candi sugar thing and a touch of chocolate. More caramel on the palate, with suggestions of licorice and stewed, jammy fruit. Sticky and a bit sweet for me. Could do with a bit more acidity to cut trough the sweetness and ends up slightly cloying. Not as special as I was expecting.