LilBeerDoctor (3450) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. This was an impulse purchase, and unfortunately, not a good one. Pours a ruby red with a thick white head. Aroma of oatmeal malt, sweet fruits, and floral hops. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, lots of sugary notes and raisin. Ok, but much too sweet for my liking.
HonusWagner (1376) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The nose is very yeasty, with all the esters you’d expect out of Belgian yeast. Also oaky, a bit sweetbread, and slightly too detectable alcohol. A bit of toasted grains. It’s an interesting idea but it falls apart a bit.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle - Pours a brown color with a two finger thick light tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast, esters, and toasted malt. Flavor is esters, light chocolate, and light herbal hops.
johnnnniee (2306) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 2, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a deep reddish orange color with a fluffy/bubbly off white head that recedes quickly. Smells of toffee, biscuit, light oak, a fruity tartness seems a bit out of place. Taste is toffee, caramel, biscuit, light oak, and the beginning of a lactic infection. Medium body, sticky syrupy mouthfeel, moderate to high level of carbonation. Not a drain pour, but could have been so much better.
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Pours dark red brown, with frothy off white head. Aroma is pretty interesting, unique, hard to describe exactly. I’d say there are some fruit tones, maybe cherry, with some mint, oak, and brown sugar. Throw in some raisin too. Flavor of burnt sugar, some ever so subtle tartness, black cherry, a somewhat dry oaky finish, also plenty of mint at the end too. This one definitely wins points for uniqueness, and really its pretty good. I’m glad I bought it, I enjoyed it. Medium bodied, smooth, although it could be a little creamier.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy amber brown with a thick beige head. Aroma of berries, caramel, floral hop, mildly tart. Taste is interesting, some roast malt, fruit, wood, finish is bitter. This beer has a funky woody taste and I’m not sure if it fits well with the roasty malt that you get from the brown ale part. Throw in the the Belgian yeast and this beer is just weird.
Lubiere (9999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazed dark amber ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, nice fruity esters, and sweet caramel. In mouth, a nice fruity malt with light oaken notes, light alcohol, juniper notes. On tap at Boston Beer Summit, Jan. 15 2011.
Travlr (11810) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was the next-to-last beer of a long night that MrChopin and I spent carousing around the DC beer scene. We finished with an old Cantillon Kriek at home after this one. I actually did not remember the name of this beer the next day, I was pretty sure it was called "Merry Christmas" or "Welcome Home" or something like that. Had to go back to Churchkey to find out. I was close, anyway. Tasty enough, and I’m very glad we shared it!
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Rusty brown with a short, foamy tan head. Aroma is dusty cocoa, light chocolate, sweet malt, soft spices, and yeast notes. Taste is spices (hints of ginger and nutmeg), cocoa, light chocolate, earthy notes, sweet malt, light nuttiness and dusty yeast. Body is medium with a soft chalkiness or powdery note and a moderate carbonation. Finish is more spicy notes, cocoa, light chocolate hints, soft earthy notes and and a pleasant nuttiness.
radagast83 (4633) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Poured a cloudy brown color with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma was spicy, roasted malts, oak, pine. Flavor was malty, with notes of hops and vanilla oak. Pretty smooth, but a bit of a chore to drink alone.