Ernest (6142) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Arendsnest, Amsterdam, Nov 2002. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, molasses), with notes of pine needles, vanilla, raisin, and clove. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. Light brown color with tan head that dissapears quick. Nice earthy aroma with notes of light grapefruit and spices. Taste is malty and spicy, more like a Belgian Strong than a traditional ale. BTW, how can this be a traditional ale if it’s a gruit? A bit tart and musky with a bit of barnyard and candy sugars.
hopdog (8769) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a medium to dark reddish-brown with an off white head. Aromas and tastes of dark fruits, malts and spices. Herbal. Interestingly different (if that makes any sense).
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
cloudy crimson/amber coloration, with various floatablities, running rampant, an excellent helping of froth buzzing atop.
big spice in the nose, cinnamon, clove, huge, and spilling over with dark fruit, as well, big time cherries, and grapes, and prunes, a wicked mix, not your average cornucopia in the least! Enticing and intoxicating!
In the taste, more of these flavors recurr, ever so pleasantly, the palate is coated well with sweet, rich fruit and copious spicy accompaniament. Full bodied, long, clinging finish, memorable flavor.
I’m still considering this brew, halfway through the bottle, but it definitely registers among the best beers from the Netherlands to have ever reached my lips.
As I finish the bottle, I can only reflect on the marvelous, rich, delciousness...I definitely need to return to the store and stock up on more, for this is a very fine bottle indeed.
Very slick in feel and flavor, rich in taste and texture, full in body and character...damnit, I like it, don’t care what you say! I’m an unabashed fan of this stuff, and you can cuff me if you like, I’ll still sing it on high (and try to procure a case for personal consumption!)
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a hazy deep red with an inch of head and a residual lace ring. The aroma is perfumed with something quite herbal, perhaps juniper. The flavor is somewhat like a dry wine, sweet malt, and herbal. The pallet is fairly rich with a nice carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden. Overall, this is pretty good. I’m fairly impressed.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A translucent copper/amber color. Good head retention, with a fine layer that lasts. Lacing is sticky. Aroma is earthy, astringent, spicy and light on the hops. Taste is sweet and spicy-- earthy with a very slight hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and effervescent.
I had this on tap in Amsterdam. I remember it being darker and a more intense. This bottled version was still an experience.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Marzipan, candy, spices, sweet malt and nuts in the aroma. Smells a lot like a Biere de Noel. Brown-orange colour with generous, tan, fully diminishing head. Subdued spices and sweet malt. Spices emerge more in the finish, especially as it warms. Light yeasty notes. Medium body. Alcohol completely unapparent. Refreshing. Excellent. Bottle (enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere).
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2006 First experience:
Candyish yeast and fruity caramel make for a very healthy body...Roasty haystacks underneath remind of the natural origin of this concoction...Creamy, earthy dates and raisins pullulate and succeed in hiding almost all of the alcohol...A most hearty gruit to quench your thirst for the unwonted...4.1/5
Severely corked aroma and flavor...Tons of yeast particles float about, this is in baaaad shape, even though it was bought but a few months ago...1.7/5
Rating is an average of both extremes, since I don’t know yet which bottle is found most often on the market.
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chestnut brown, generous 1 inch light brown head, diminishing. Surprisingly cerealic aroma, like sweet wheat or oat cereals with a touch of brown sugar, accompanied with clove spiced toasted bread. On the tongue, the same show keeps on with that buckwheat pancakes alike malt worthy of praise. Very bready, incredibly well-hidden alcohol. Great alcohol hiding. Subtle yeast component. Fading balancing leafy bitterness. Medium body fits well. Well built.
PhillyBeer2112 (2514) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown, fading head, mild carbonation. Aroma and flavor dominated by an apply phenolic ester profile, highly reminiscent of Chimay Red, but sweeter. Raisiny Special B notes also apparent. Herbal or spice components difficult to discern, I could not detect them. Instead just a sweet estery malt is present with a mild alcohol presence in the finish. The Belgiany esters are nice but on the whole the beer borderline one-dimensional and not very drinkable.