patrick767 (3725) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at the Yard House - Pours dark amber with a moderate, creamy head. It smells of yeast, candi sugar, and some alcohol along with a hint of dark fruit. The flavor is very sweet. The dark fruit comes through a little bit, as does some spiciness. Itís full bodied and leaves some mild alcohol flavor in the lightly hoppy finish.
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - SEP 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I absolutely loved this beer. It poured a dark copper, with a good head. The aromas were incredible: gingerbread, ginger, muffins,cranberries, banana, toffee, I cold keep going. Decent sweetness and a bunch of flavors, I wish I could sip this one for ever. Comparable to fine wine, in terms of the complexity of flavors. Special thanks to my wife, Peggy, for bringing this GREAT beer down from Atlanta.
superg22 (9) - USA - SEP 17, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
taste great, no less filling. full bodied,tasted like nobodies business. i had my first in a sushi bar in prague overlooking the charles river and that memory may be making it taste better while i drink it. at 10 percent it leaves no hint of alchol, rich and thick with a sweet aftertaste
stouby (4041) - Holbśk, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home.
Redbrown with a very large beige head. Aroma heavy malty (toffee, dark fruits), light hoppy. Flavor heavy sweet, light bitter. Perfect balance. Full body, soft carbonated, The strength is felt.
gnoff (8506) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 First rating
(Bottle at RBESG 2006)
Bottle from 1991.
Brown color, no head. Salmiak, licorice, rubber and minty scent. Sweet taste, also of rubber. Medium bitterness. Chocolate after taste.
(At a blind tasting)
Slight shady copper color, tan head. Sweetm fruity and phenolic scent. A bit spicy and yeast. Sweet, spicy, phenolic, alcohol taste. Alcohol sweet aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a muddy orange-ish brown with a thin tan head that is sustained by a lot of bubbles constantly rising to the surface.
Smells like there is a ridiculous amount to of grain in this one. Iím getting port, prunes and tones of honey malt with dry bitter orange rind and spicy yeast. Iím loving it!
The flavor starts off with a sticky, burnt honey malt that just sits on my tongue. Then, the carbonation starts to release, revealing some very pleasant and mild citrus flavors and a dry melon like aromatic yeast. The finish is mostly prunes and lime with a touch of dirty coffee. Also, thereís a huge warming. Finally the 10.5% shows itself!
The mouth feel is very carbonated, but it really works well helping the flavors transition.
This is a very nice beer thatís a lot of fun to drink. The intense carbonation and high ABV unfortunately detract from the drinkability.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown bottle painted white. Coppery dark amber with a mountainously fluffy pale golden-orange head that produces walls of lace. The aroma is mild, but has some molasses and spice. The body is full, creamy, even syrupy with light carbonation. The taste is sweet, with toffee, nuts, berries. A bit of spice and alcohol in the finish. A big beer but not much really stands out beside the alcohol.
ElGaucho (2299) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Initial nose is alcohol and harsh molasses. As the head settles, it takes on a more refined aroma with Belgian candi sugar. Very dark, reddish brown, nearly opaque, with a large creamy off-white head. A body this darks looks unique poured out of a white molded bottle. Excellent lace. This brew is the epitome of a strong Belgian Ale, as it is a very strong tasting ale with distinctively Belgian characteristics. The alcohol is a bit harsh. Fairly dry and fairly one dimensional. Iím not really enjoying it.
Sigmund (5705) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2014 Rerate, 330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10.5%. Lovely and harmonious aroma and flavour - Iím upping the score a few points. RBESG 2006 Grand Tasting. 750 ml bottle, ABV is 11.5%. Chestnut colour. INTENSE sweet aroma of oak and fortified wine, spicy notes. Oaky and spicy flavour, warming mouthfeel as expected from an 11.5% ABV beer. No thirstquencher, but an interesting sipping beer.
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - SEP 13, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I expected more from this beer, it was good, and orange taste on it, like most of good belgain beers. The foam was good and the alcoholic taste good. NIce colour and veyr drinkable.