JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - APR 3, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(on bottle, thanx for sharing Mr. Brog) Deep brown, claer color. Extremly sweet on the coffee-caramel-side. Some melases and prunes too. Bit sugarish and sticky though.
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 A true contender for the best beer in the world. Deep, sharp, mellifluous. About the best thing you could drink before bed--heaven in a glass.
radiomgb (2236) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown in colour. Aroma of figs, raisins, prunes and dark chocolate malts. Assertive alcohol up-front, then some light chocolate malt, dark fruits and some spices. Slightly sweet medium body, high carbonation. Finishes with a long alcohol burn. This needs some time to age.
Sigmund (5009) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33 cl bottle (as Kasteel Bier Bruin), at Les Moules Belgian restaurant in Prague. Served too cold. Beautiful deep brown to ruby colour. Large head which disappears rapidly. Aroma of dark malts, oak, old sherry, spices and leather. Flavour is very malty and sweet with a warming mouthfeel, elements of Christmas spices and old sherry. Very good. Yummy!
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to tiggmtl for this one. Pours deep ruby with medium, off-white head. Aroma of malt, cabernet, toffee. Tastes very red winey with brown sugar, fruit, port. This one reminds me a little of Westy 12. Solid complexity and balance, and just delicious.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown colour with a off white head. Sweet fruity nose with yeasty hints. Sweet yeasty flavor with licorice.
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark, dark brown with very little see-through. Almost impossible to coax a head out of this beer, and what little foam does form quickly vanishes. Not much to sniff at: some molasses, some strawberry, but disappointing given the nature of this extra-strong brew. Very nice, smooth, creamy palate. You can feel the weight behind this beer, especially as it warms up, but it still seems quite innocent given its 11% alc./vol. Not much in the flavour profile aside from the heady alcohol, residual sweetness and maybe a touch of berry fruit.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty beauty with fruits and nuts in the palate. nice portlike body and vanilla praline character. big bread and biscuit body. very nice beer.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
When I first tasted this I thought "Belgian Strong Brown Ale." Looks like the brewer thought that said it all. Dark brown, with ruby notes when you hold it up to strong light. No head at all. Full mouth, almost syrupy. Big taste of malt, chocolate, toffee. Long sweet and sour finish. I would have liked it more if the heat of the alcohol were hidden somewhat.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2006 (Sampled draught at Akkurat, Stockholm) Dark ruby brown, creamy tan haed. Sweet aroma of caramel, belgian chocolate, candied nuts and dark syrup. Full flavour of syrupm burnt sugar, almond and candied oranges. Thick mouthfeel. Long syrupy sweet finish.