thedm (4924) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 26, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew poured a large sized head of foamy frothy mix fine to large sized long lasting light brown colored bubbles thick lace. The body contained soft carbonation, was hazy and brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of mild brown malt . Its mouth feel is slightly thick caramel with a mellow palate and a aftertaste. Its flavor contained good brown beer caramel malt toffee notes and was very tasty. An excellent beer that I would buy again.
harrisoni (13248) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
6 pack of 25ml bottles from Auchan. Seriously what would I do without France to give me access to such a wide variety of beers? Darkish ruby colour with thin off white head. Candy sugar with banana yeast aroma. Sugar syrup fruit in the mouth with decent malts I guess and then a banana yeast sharpish finish. Brown sugar though still within it. Not terribly well integrated. The banana yeast flavour is ok, but doesn’t sit well with the candy sugar.. Like a banana split with caramel drizzled over it. Not keen on this. Now who can I get to drink the rest of the 6 pack?
newtrip (54) - USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured with creamy white off-white head interlaced with larger bubbles, very nice lacing. Nose of plum, malt, and brown sugar. Taste was sweet and earthy, with a slightly metallic aftertaste. It is really tasty, just that first metallic twang in the first sip really didn’t seem right. After several more drinks, I didn’t seem to notice it as bad. Not sure what caused that, but I am willing to drink this again.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted 16/11/2005. 330ml bottle from Regional Wines.
Dark copper, bright, with an off-white, disappearing, head. Very very lacey. Smokey malt aroma with hints of dark, dried, fruits and whiskey. Prunes and smokey malt come through in the flavour also, and I’m surprised to find very little yeast influence. Short finsh. Quite scottish, I thought, so I’m not surprised to see who owns the brewery. Light in the mouth but gets away with it by being so smooth. Too easy to drink for 6.5%, makes me think that this could be quite dangerous. Very nice but somehow lacks an x-factor.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2007 This is a fine beer! Dark brown, translucent, thick frothy tan head. Aroma of prunes and raisins, light brown sugar, very light tartness. Full bodied and rich. Sweet finish that doesn’t linger long enough. This is one of the better doubles that I’ve had.
monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
29 November 2005.
Dark brown beer w/ a light brown head. Head is big and poofy, w/ deep pits where it caves in. Aroma is brown sugar and a little malt, but neither very strong. Flavors are also not especially distinct. It’s ok, but it’s quite a bit of work to get anything in particular. As I finish up, there is thick sheeting down the whole glass.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewtopia 11-12-05. Now compared to the Blonde, this is great. Big foamy tan head. Fruit, yeast, and spice aroma. Great Brew.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2006 Update: One of my favorites must now fall. After months of buying this on a regular basis and taking advantage of one of the best Belgian values available, the recent batch has proved totally unworthy of the early, high, and well-deserved 4.0 ratings. The body of the recent samples is thin, the fruit lost in a blur of sourness and the head can no longer stand. I don’t know what has happened, but it is a tragedy of great magnitude. Old: Under-rated Belgian--surely suffers from the bias here against big brewers. I bet it would do wonderfully in a blind tasting. Tasted beside St. Bernardus Prior 8, this held up beautifully. This has a big rocky head and deep, focused fruit and spice. There is a good amount of caramel here, but it is perfectly restrained. I think this is excellent.
Quinten (1039) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet, malty and fruity taste. Slight bitter aftertaste.Big creamy head dark amber color, not complex, more on one knigt is possible. the guys from waarloos did there best!
KSS (102) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice reddish brown color with a small head and decent lacing. Sweet tangy flavor with hints of fruit. Lively mouth feel.