Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2007 There just isn’t any love for Huyghe beers around here, and in this case, I can see why. Dark brown, decent head. Lovely aroma of raisins, yeast, and Amontillado sherry. Flavors fall in line with raisins and light port notes, and some general sweetness. What is costing this beer so much in the ratings is that it really does have a thinnish palate. The flavor profiles are so closely in line with some of the great Belgians that you feel like someone watered down your Chimay. It wasn’t bad, sort of a Belgian Strong Ale Light, but I still somehow felt a tad indignant that this wasn’t better. RERATE: 11/25/07, Richmond, "industry" gathering. Deep amber, aroma of caramel and apricot. Flavor had molasses, apricot, wood, and cherry, without the thinness I had noted earlier. Will keep up my original numbers as I suspect palate fatigue at this point in the tasting, but 7,4,8,4,17.
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown body, head disappeared quickly. This brew has a pleasant floral, raisin aroma, but the taste certainly didn't live up to the smell. Weak fruit flavor, slighly sweet.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel and malt in the nose, deep brown, large toffee head. Creamy malt flavour, caramel, and a bitter aftertaste. Sweet, medium bodied, nice mouthfeel. Quite a nice offering! I agree with jercraigs, about this beer being rated so lowly?
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a good beige head that dissipates. Sweet fruity aroma with a hint of alcohol. Big fruity sweet maltiness with slight alcoholic sourness in the finish. Touch of raisin at times, and possibly a bit of green apples. I really enjoyed this one, and am surprised it's not rated higher.
Oakes (15457) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Note: moved rating from wrong beer: I'd say below average for Belgian dark ale. The flavour has the typical lightly raisiny fruitiness and dark malt, but the malt doesn't develop very well and the palate is far too yeasty for my tastes.
Crockett (1081) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was pretty trashed by the time Smokeless Joe cracked this one open for me. Dark red/brown pour. Yeast berry aroma, some spice. Head is short and lacey. Big bodied. Lots of alcohol in the nose and flavour. Gives way to spice, fruit and chocolate/caramel. It is fairly rounded. But lacking something really special.
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby pour with an off white head that dissapated into a creamy little island. Aromas of bread, spice, fruit, and maple syrup. Citrus flavors of grapfruit, bread/yeast and spice (coriander or clove.)Full bodied and a hoppy spice filled finish. Nice.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color with tawny through the edges, little to no head. Aroma hints of plum & clove with a nice balanced hoppiness to balance the alcohol. Flavor is well balanced. The finish is full-bodied & refreshing. Not complex but still solid.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a nice, lightly sweet for the style, moderatly well balanced Grand Gru with flavors of raisons, figs, and strong malt. Bold and flavorful, but maybe a little thin and dry for the style. I prefer Grand Couralus (sp?) by far, but this one is quite drinkable. This got better as it warmed, too. I'm not sure it's worth the $6.29/750l bottle. I wish I could brew something half this good, though......
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smell is subtle and a touch spicy. Yellowish head that has big bubbles in it and dies quickly. Deep spicy flavor with a noticable alcoholic sharpness. Strong raisin flavor but the alcoholic bite leads into a dryness that makes you want more.