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 (8127) - 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 (6137) - 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 (2540) - 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.
Indra (2656) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkly fruity, malty aroma, vinous and plummy with herbal and yeast accents, some very faint chocolate and sugar as well. Dramatically deep garnet color, partially opaque, with a slight, fine head. Flavor profile is malty and sweet, some banana, grape and berry fruitiness throughout, finishing on a lightly acidic, spicy, gently warming note. Body is full, palate is smooth and lightly winey. A gruit beer that drinks like a Belgian Strong ale. Very interesting and a nice beer.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Little head, brown, blah, blah, etc. Smells, very sharp--juniper? Some type of herbal/piney smell. Myrtle? Unappealing though complex. Taste, like sour unripe plums, fruity yet funky. Dry finish. Smoke and burnt wood feel. Not my cup of tea.
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Medium sized tan fizzy head and fine-small sized bubbles that completely diminished. Very little carbonation and a mahogany hue. Malty, caramel, spicy aroma. Malty, caramel and alcohol flavor. Fairly smooth palate. No lacing to speak of. Worth trying this one.
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This corked and caged bottled brew poured a large sized head of fine to medium sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body was a very hazy dark brown color with no visible carbonation. The aroma was malty mildly acidic and mildly harsh with a vinous note to it. The mouth feel was harsh with a acidic finish and a malty aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of malts bread vinous brown beer malts and a mild acidic note.
jonas (5774) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAY 19, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Complex aroma:Fruit (strawberries,figs, apricot), Port, oak, a hint smoke.
Redish brown, low head and carbonation.
Taste is a bit of a downer:
Light Portlike, oaky, raisin and leathery notes, but not nearly as much as you would expect after the aroma.
Surprisingly light body and lacking substance in mouthfeel.
Such a good start and then then the weak second half - what a shame.
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red in color with a tan head. Caramel and raisiny aroma. No hops. It has a figgy flavor too. Dry finish. Good beer.