JK (5809) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Initial aroma of dried fruit, malt, and only a little alcohol. It looks great; nearly black, with a thick head that leaves a thick lace on the glass. Flavor is primarily sweet. There is also malt, brown sugar, wine and cinnamon. Sinus clearing alcohol detracts slightly from the taste. Heavy.
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown beer with a tiny off white head. Aroma of grapes and other dried fruits, some alcohol. Same flavour, with a vivid mouthfeel and somewhat syropy. More sweet than bitter, and the alcohol is difficult to notice. Some sourness in the finish.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle labeled as Kasteel Bruin. Chestnut color, tan head, diminishing. Sweet malt, raisin, caramel, rum, and banana. Full creamy body, alcohol is noticible, but hardly. Very nice beer, goes down effortlessly for such a big beer.
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2010 First time I tried this in 05 I really didn’t care for it. Had it again last night, sitting on the porch on a cool summer evening and it was excellent. I read in my original rating that I thought it was sour, which it definitely wasn’t so I am suspecting an infected bottle, hence the rerate.
Poured a light clear brown auburn color with a very small amount of quickly dissapating white head. Aroma is sweet, rasiny, syrup, and rum. Flavor is very sweet, brown sugar/molases and lots of alcohol. Would highly recommend with dark chocolate or a cigar.
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - AUG 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet aroma with hints of banana, caramel, and raisins. Deep reddish brown colour with almost no head though it still draws lace. Almost no carbonation and taste of chocolate, ripe fruits, and caramel.
Might be good for dessert - possibly on its own.
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Mahar’s in Albany. Dark, sour tasting belgian beer, with too much alcohol on the palate.
Sten (742) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JUL 24, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A dark brown beerwith hints of chocolade, at my opinion the blonde is much better. This one is way to sweet for me. (Bottle 33cl)
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(V2003) This beer is garnet in hue with virtually no head and a very complex aroma featuring brown sugar, fruit syrup and a dash of warming alcohol. The body is bright and mouthfilling with an array of flavours including port, black currant and ripe plum. The finish is long and slow but never bitter.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courteys of Matta in my very first trade. Pours dark ruby/brown with no head. Lots of sweet caramel malt in the aroma, very bread-like. Flavor is all sweet malt and sugar with a tiny bit of alcohol. Lots of resisuel sugar. Too sweet for sure. 4-5oz sample would be enough for a dessert.
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2005 Bottle (330ml). In an Orval chalice. Pours a dark, reddish brown - off white head, thin, dissipates quickly, minimal side lacing. Aromas of dark, sweetish malt, more than a hint of alcohol, steeped fruit (apple, plum, raisin). Flavour - hits you big - strong alcohol and ripe apple, with fermented raisin, sweet malty/yeasty notes, cloves, black pepper. Very sweet, but it works for me with the aging. Alcohol lingers - definite flavour and aftertaste of sweet wine, like gewurtztrauminer. My bottle is at least 8 months old - better balanced now, more interesting - I will buy more if/when they come around again.