eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2007 Originally sampled from a bottle as one of my earlier encounters with beer, specifically Belgian beer. Writeup was embarrasing enough, that my re-rate will take it’s place: 4/07 on draft at SL. The color was reddish-brown, nice frothy pillowy head. Aroma was apples, cherries, some darker fruits. The flavor was apples, cherries, somewhat sour, like a sweet Flemish sour (think Duchesse, not La Folie or Panil). Light choco, caramel, and toffee behind it all. Mouthfeel was thick, alcohol hid well, though. A nice stronger version of Leffe Brune? Re-rate, 5/07, bottle: many similar reflections, great Belgian appearance, hard to get in a glass.... The sour notes are subtle, nice yeast elements also present, full mouthfeel, nice bitter hoppiness to keep the sweet high octane malts honest. A nice brew.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2006 I like this almost as much as the Rochefort 10. A great Belgian beer. Pours a dark brown with a nice sized lasting head. Aroma and flavor is of spicy malts and ripened fruits. Alc is well hidden but you can feel it by the time the glass is empty. WOW!
IrishBoy (3900) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2012 Mahogany brown color with a huge beige head that started to lace the glass as it didn’t really recede. Aroma is of malty-plum mixed with some banana esters. Flavor show the malty-plum again with a touch of mocha. The flavor revealed the alcohol, but I love big Belgian ales.
Reevaluated from a fresh sample 7/20/12 lowered from a 4.2
Odeed (1795) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 28, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
deep dark crimson red body with a nice thick ,full light brown head.as the head sat it left tones of webbing on the glass.nice aroma of apples,toffee,belgian brewers yeast,and bananas.flavor was much a mix of the aromas parts,along with some chocolate,hay,and a tiny bit of a hop bite.reminds alot of st. bernardus.this is outstanding.
saxo (14348) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice big tan head with good duration. Color is brown. Good aroma of malt, fruits and spices. Taste is likewise.
Lowe1983 (1367) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber color with a medium tan head. Aroma has some earthy tones to it along with molasses, caramel, dark fruits, and a slight hint of alcohol. Flavor is sweet with the dark fruits and finishes off with spice and a nice alcohol warming that comes from nowhere. Very nice brew.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark reddish amber with a thick bubbly mocha head. Aroma of fruity esters: apples, plums, apricots. Vinous malt with notes of toffee, molasses, and candied fruit. Mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy with lush carbonation. Quite thick with plenty of alcohol, but this beer is a bit too sweet and simple.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a caged cork 750ml. white plastic covered brown bottle with no bottled/freshness date.
Made a good appearance, poured a cloudy fresh apple cider brown with a pale tannish head that settled into a thin creamy lacing, good carbonation.
Had a orangey fruitiness and spicy alcohol nose with whiffs of sweet caramelized sugary maltiness.
A crisp, textured and carbonated smooth medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability.
Sour orangey fruitiness and a caramelized candied maltiness, a spicy, peppery alcohol warmth, a subtle herbalness and a dry yeasty and malty finish with the spicy alcohol lingering in the palate.
A very good Belgian Strong Ale, one of my personal favorites, dangerously quaffable.
Marko (4096) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 0.75l bottle in Tolkien’s House, Zagreb, shared with Sasquatch911 :).
Well, the choice was this, Brugge Tripel and Leute Bok. I think we chose wisely.This poured a lovely dark burgundy red, nearly black with a medium sized tanish head that went away slowly leaving some lacing. Lovely fresh malty nose, raisins, dark fruits, some backgroundish alcohol. A very nice sweet and fruity Belgian style taste , raisins, dark malt, some roastiness and maybe weak hoppy bitterness. A tad yeasty and some alcohol can be felt, but not much. Cost a lot, but while not completely worth it, pretty close. The great company perhaps made it better. Still, a worthy no. 250.
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a somewhat cloudy dark brown with a slight light head. rather sweet aroma. full bodied taste with slight hop flavor and caramel. Alcohol is not as well disquised as some other Belgium strong ales or trippels