ALLOVATE (2687) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, labelled Kasteel 11º Bruin from an off-license in Brussels, Belgium.
I tasted this a few months ago during the World Cup and reading back through my notes it is one of the few that I can’t remember trying. So I’ll just repeat what I wrote. Here goes:- Brown, hazy, smallish tan head, little lace. Deep, rounded chocolate malt nose, sticky toffee, sweetish, light alcohol prickle. Pleasant. Sweet, very sweet palate. Toffee, soft sticky date pudding note, caramel, biscuity malts, savoury fruits add little. Bready, doughy, thick mouthfeel. Sherryish note in back, dries out lightly, alcohol evident. Long cocoa, chocolate, warming swallow. Touch of malt bitterness in swallow. Too sweet, sticky, alcoholic. Average. (33cL, BBE 01/2011)
Eructoblaster (3432) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown body with low carbonation and a thin beige foamy head. Enjoyable malty aroma with fruity (grape, cherry) notes. Perfectly balanced malty taste that hides the alcohol very well. It also carries fruity and flowery notes. Nice warming, bittersweet finish. Nice!
Stine (1682) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2007 11.2 oz bottle. Pours to a curious depleted brown, with a caramelly tan head. The aroma brings to mind almond and brown sugar. Immediately apparent is the unmistakeable flavor of Chardonnay - buttery, dry, and sweet, followed by cashew, more brown sugar, and maple syrup. Delicious and surprising, to say the least. This could be the beer-lover’s wedding champagne.
ArendH (7) - BRUCHEM, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2006 does not count
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
This is a very tastefull beer. Very dark. I have several in my basement. You can keep them there for a long time and when its time to whipe of the dust... sante!
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Cork dated 11/2003. Best by 11/2008.
Pours a hazy brown with hints of red. Thin tan head. Lots of sheeting lace. Smells fruity. Rich caramel and vinous aromas.
Rich and fruity flavor. Alcohol still present in this nearly three year old sample. Sweetish and candy sugar flavore. Hints of plum and notes of port. Big beer, thick and sticky mouth although the low level of alcohol taste dries it out, keeps the sweetness in check. This is some nice brew. Some more for the cellar is in order.
saxo (15094) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Decent head with medium duration. Color is brown. Heavy aroma of fruits and spices. Taste is sweet and fruity with some alcohol.
Terminus (3381) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 thanks to Vyvvy for sharing. plum hue with a soff off-white soapy head. nose of vineous red grapes, like a red wine, dark fruit, musty leather quality and plums. wow, this is a sweet one. lots of dark fruit with a hard candy note as well. body is medium with a cloying sweetness. red grape skins on the finish. way too much sweetness here-needs some dryness to round out the brew.
vyvvy (4777) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 9, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cork date 08-2004. Pours dark brown with garnet tint - there didn’t seem to be any bottle conditioning. Lots of dark fruit on the aroma - figs, dark cherries. There is also brown sugar, sweet roasted malt and some alcohol warmth. Thick syrupy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Taste is very sweet and cloying with some Belgium earthiness, dark fruits and brown sugar. Finish is much of the same. An okay beer, but there are much better for the style.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a thin head. The aroma is alcohol and raisins. Sweet and smooth, with a good bit of raisin and licorice in the flavor.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, cork is dated Mar. 2004. Malty, sweet and fruity aroma, toffeeish, sugary and lightly bready with notes of red grape, black cherry, plum and raisin. Deep mahogany color, initial pour is clear with a fine, uneven, light tan head and sheets of fine lace. Flavor profile is predominantly malty, full of brown sugary sweetness with vinous and lightly musty accents, finishing with a noticeably alcoholic, spicy tinge. Palate is smooth, sticky and warming, low in effervescence with a body that is quite full. Interesting but not a lot of complexity noted here.