madsberg (11249) - Sřborg, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught @ Ardbeg Room, Stockholm: Deep red coloured. Clear. Huge dense beige head. Served fantastic. Fruit, yeast, spices and malt in the aroma. Liqourice, plums, spices and malt in the flavour. Complex. Nice fruity bitterness in the end. Very drinkable.
rlgk (16554) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber, great offwhite head. Aroma from licorice and some yeast.Flavor is creamy, malty, with licorice and spices from gluhwein, and some vanilla.
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
No shortage of yeast in the aroma or flavor. Plenty of carbonation as well. The flavor is nice, very spicy, tastes like autumn. Pretty good, but nothing too exciting.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 Keg @ The Ardbeg Room, Stockholm
Quite dry for a bruin, thin body, a hint of tar. Caramel aftertaste. Aged?
DYCSoccer17 (3580) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Monk’s in Philly. Vinous nose with roastiness and dried fruits. Cloudy mahogany color with a frothy light tan head. Raisins, somewhat sweet, creamy body. Mild bitterness and very earthy. I think I taste some honey along with a touch of sourness to go with it. A lot going on here, and very yummy. This was very very easy-drinking. Dangerous...
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice well-balanced brown Belgian ale. Complex and sweet. A pretty unique beer. I want this again.
jzzbassman (1547) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark reddish brown with a long lasting white head and lots of lacing. Nutty and woody aroma. For only 6.5% alcohol, the falvor has a lot of alcohol in the flavor, which is not all that complex. Everything is subtle and muted, although enjoyable.
rauchbier (3732) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle conditioned. Original De Smedt version (best before 10 10 02) Deep chestnut red, excellent off white head and moderate condition. Superbly complex aromas of winterspices and woody rodenbach type tartness mingled with some aged oxidation notes, sweet and quite thin in the mouth but the oxidation and gentle spiciness still impress. Some fruity citrus notes develop with time along with a touch of chocolate and yeast. Finish is fairly short with hints of orange and gentle spices. Far superior than the St Bernardus version, although a few years aging may have contributed to that. St Bernardus version (8-4-7-3-14) Deep chestnut red, good white head and moderate condition. Spicy clove and orange peel aromas that develop a slight phenolic edge. Slightly tart in the mouth with more clovey phenols, a little like a cold mulled wine. Dry and short in the finish.
hopdog (10731) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Poured a brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of nuts, prunes and raisins. Yeasty tastes with a slight bitter finish.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUL 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2005 Brown with a slightly reddish tint. The head is small and lacing lingers through the whole glass. Malty, yeasty aroma. The flavor is wood dominant, yeasty, with hints of malt. Slight hop presence on the end. Overall its slightly disappointing, but a better cared for bottle should prove worth trying again...at least I’m hoping it’s a sub-par bottle. 5/4/5/3/12 8/20/05 Tried this again. Better than the first bottle. This time it had a more sherry-like, syrupy flavor. Thin mouthfeel and interesting. Hard to figure out.