bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2007 Dark ruby red liquid under a lively though short lived head. Left some decent lacings down the sides of the glass. Aroma of apples and caramel which definitely grew on me. I probably tasted this a little on the warm side, but better than being too cold and missing out on the wonderful flavour. Sweet and bitter. Malty aftertaste. Fairly full bodied, but carries it’s 10.5 like a birthmark. The end came way too soon with this delicious beer.Re-rate: Had this a couple of more times now, and it doesn’t seem any nearly as well contained. Overly sweet and the alcohol OTT. Still a decent beer with plenty of presence, and maybe the latter bottles have been uncharacteristic, but I’m going to have to drop it a few points.
KimmoS (51) - FINLAND - JUL 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I smell cognag. Soft palate and it melts in your mouth. Plum soup with an alcoholic aftertaste. Planty of taste here!
joergen (21730) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red brown colured with an off white head.
Fruity aroma with spcy notes.
Acidic and fruity flavour with spicy notes.
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a real beer’s beer, a bit tan head with a rosy dark red body. The aromas are all over the place, fresh grain, sweetness, evident alcohol, cognac, and earthy tones plus others I couldn’t readily put into words. The taste belies its high alcohol percentage, with a very sweet toffeeish flavor that finishes round and thick with some lingering bitterness.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky dark red color with a thin beige head. Aroma and flavor of caramel, fruits and alcohol. Medium body, liquorous texture, lively carbonation.
lordwunjo (46) - California, USA - JUN 26, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best beers I’ve ever had, so much flavor just perfect everything excellent I would highly recommend to anyone who likes real good beer. This has an excellent taste of many berries and chocolate plus the aftertaste does not taste of alcohol. Exceptional beer, try it yourself!!! Highly recommended.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JUN 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Dark reddish brown colour. Offwhite, huge head with big bubbles in it and which diminishes to medium size quite quickly. In the aroma fruity notes stick out, like strawberries and cherries. Other than that, strong malty-sweet aroma. Tastes caramelly, malty and quite sweet. (maybe a tad too sweet) Strawberries, plums and candied cherries. One of the fruitiest Belgian strong ales I´ve had. Nice.
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a nice beer. Pours a murky hazel brown with a large tan head. Aroma is deep with dark fruits and a touch of honey. Taste also has some spiciness and toffee tones to it. Very, very nice.
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2006 Bottle. Deep brown color, nice brown head and nice lacings, fully lasting. Hops, fruity and nuts aroma. Taste is quite funky, nuts, wood, hickory, malt, very nice beer, i like this style of beer.
Bière de couleur brun opaque avec un bon collet brun qui perdure jusqu’à la fin et qui colle bien au verre. Odeur de noix, houblon, et de fruits. Le goût est pas mal spécial, dur a discerner : noix, bois, corsé et hickory, malt, ... vraiment excellente.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown. Huge, light tan head. Caramel and sweet, roasty malt aroma. Bit of alcohol also. Similar flavor, with a shot of yeast. Full body, excellent.