shrubber85 (10243) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Sweet grape aroma. Brownish tan cloudy color with ample head. Sweet malt and fructose flavor. Lighter body - hard to believe it’s 8.5% alcohol. A lighter tasting Belgian strong ale.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, and I really gotta thank Fly here - he had given me a Shiner bottle opener as a gift at my sayonara party, and it’s the only one I have while I’m waiting for my home shipment to --- WOAH, I just heard this beeping in my apartment, apparently my refrigerator beeps at you if you accidentally leave the door open. Incredible! Dark, muddy red-brown w/large off-white head. Hmm, I was expecting more fruit here. Smells most strongly of white bread, followed by oranges and faintly cherries. Not really as aromatic as I was expecting from the ABV or the commercial description. I let it warm up some and it got slightly stronger but still left me a bit disappointed; I’ve come to expect more from Belgian Strongs. The orange peel comes out more in the flavor along with some peach, but its acidity is tempered by malts and so it doesn’t have as much as a citric quality as one might find elsewhere. A little bit of acidity does come out in the finish, interestingly enough.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted 30/03/2005. 330ml bottle at the Cellar Vate March tasting.
Pours a reddish hued brown with a creamed coffee coloured head. The nose is like biscuit dough, sweet and tempting, a little malty sugar and butteriness. Some toastiness too. Flavour doesn’t suprise and continues on the bicuit theme, there is a strong spicey biscuit flavour with only the slightest bitterness that seems more malt induced than hop. As it warms some alcohol shows through on the nose and in the warming mouthfeel. Sweetish lasting palate. A nice after dinner beer beer that would help warm conversation. More interesting a label than almost anything else I’ve come across bar the Cantillon range.
profane (40) - ITALY - APR 20, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy particles and sparkling taste. Malt colour. Little salt aroma and an average duration.
gulf690 (21) - AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Poured a browny black colour with a thick creamy head that stayed. Clean, crisp notes with a liittle burnt moccha at the back with some cloves. Palate was a little sweet, but some nice bitterness and a little spice balanced this. A good, full beer which (though a little carbonated) was a filling and enjoyable beer.
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - APR 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is beautiful--from the artwork on the label to the copper color to the unexpectedly ’fruity’ undertones. A classic.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Cloudy caramel, fairly dark, beige head, large and frothy, attractive lacing, lively carbonation. Sweet musty aroma, slightly spicy on the citrus side. Pale fruit, sweet, subtle citrus, mildly bready on the tongue. Decent body, somewhat airy mouthfeel. Apple/Pear skin at the finish, slightly dry artificial like sweetness lingers. Not bad! Thanks Lars!
egajdzis (5943) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Verboden Vrucht... Poured a cloudy red color with a thin, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of spicy cloves, vinous, and earthy yeast as well. Sweet, light mint, dried fruits, yeast, and a touch of alcohol in the taste.
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. Pours cloudy (due to yeast) deep amber with a good white bubbly head which was not retained particularly well but left some lacing. Aroma is wonderful; complex, estery and sweet. However the taste is dominated by alcohol with a mildly bitter finish, and to my taste unbalanced. Not bad, but there are a lot better of this style around.
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
fruity nose, orange, cloves, gentle spicing. a bit watery with too much carbonation, but overall not bad.