MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate:
33cl bottle from Gadds brewery in Ramsgate. Brandy like aroma. Nice red brown colour with a decent tan head. Creamy and slightly metallic. Alcohol is not really masked at all but it is not really too much of a problem. Tastes like a spirit but is reasonably enjoyable considering. Strange sweet and creamy finish that is fairly short but left me fairly satisfied. Hmm... ok
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A nice dark brown Belgian with a sweet raisiny aroma, a large off-white head, and sweet malty flavors and some slight bitterness. Overall very good; highly recommended.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I definitly get hints of raisons and some kind of sweetness in the aroma, maybe a bit of caramel. This is also a very attractive beer. This is certainly a good beer. But there is one complaint i frequently have with many belgians is that they are too sweet. This beer does have a bit of that problem. But still certainly good.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer introduces itself with a sweet aroma consisting of hops and apple. It is a cloudy sediment filled brown solution that sits under a thick off-white head. This beer enters the mouth in a heavy and sweet manner. It produces a taste that is infused with aspects of wheat, malt, citrus fruit, and peaches. It fades leaving a nice nutty taste lingering well in the throat.
Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice head and aroma, bit bubbly and carbonated. Hits heavy on the palate, with molasses being noticeable. Somewhat sweet yet the heaviness lingers. Alcohol is apparent but kept in check by the sheer "weight" of the ale on the tongue. Carbonation seemed a bit strong but nice overall.
K100RIDER (2) - Budleigh Salterton, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2005 does not count
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A rich dark ale, i purchased as a "pot luck" buy whilst in Belgium. heavy molasses aroma, yet a little burst of sweetness and bubbles on the tongue. A lovely xmas pudding colour with a fine head. An excellent beer, but not for the faint hearted at 10.5%
Lubiere (10094) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy brown ale with a good brown head. Good sweet caramel aroma with light spicey notes, Rich and hoppy with lingering bitterness. Notes of curacao and lemons. Excellent bodied. Good alcohol warmth in final. At the Spinnekopke, May 2005.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Eulogy’s, Philadelphia, PA. ABV 10.5%. Clear amber hued Belgium ale having a long-lasting off-white head with good lacing. No discernable carbonation. Nice fruity aroma. Medium bodied having a smooth texture that starts with light sweet malt, caramel, grape flavors and finishes with a sweet malt aftertaste. No discernable bitterness. Some alcoholic warmth. This is a dangerous beer because it is so smooth and drinkable. A delicious Belgium ale.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mohogany in color, clear with a thick head that quickly dissipated. Hop laced bread aroma, slightly sweet. Flavor followed suit, very nice, even chilled. Bready malts came out more and more as it warmed. Excellent, semi sweet, slightly astringent finish. I like this beer!
julrey (32) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2006 Pours dark auburn with minimal cream colored head and moderate carbonation.
Smells of faint spice, fresh malt; not an overwhelming nose for a Belgian but definitely smells fresh and inviting.
Mouthfeel is very heavy, the weight of the ale virtually sinking down on the tongue; dense tingling carbonation
Tastes of coriander, licorice, a bit of hops and alcohol at the finish.
Overall, the alcohol is not overwhelming tastewise but will certainly creep up on you. This is a find Belgian easily consumed in moderation due to the availability in smaller 11.2 oz bottles, although in my area these are less frequently found than their bomber counterparts.