garrison (792) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the big, brown 750 ml bottle - This one pours a with a delightful, fruity/spicy/malty aroma and a rapidly fading light brown head of foam. Tastewise, itís very rich, malty, sweet, and complex.... let me mention sweet again, because thereís no escaping the fruity, sugary notes of this beer. I really like this beer and, since itís now Halloween, I have plenty of chocolate
to go with this exeptional Belgian strong brown ale!
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep amber color. Thin head. Low carbonation. Rich malty flavor, fairly well balanced. A little more carbonation would be nice.
Pailhead (5424) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Malty aroma with some hints of apple. Pours an orangish-brown with a small white head. Initial sweetness with some sour apple. Pretty big caramel finish with some light alcohol.
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2006 Aroma:molasse and caramel...
Appearance:Dark hazy brown,light beige head...
Flavor:A lot of caramel,plum and dark fruit......
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looked great in and out of the bottle. I usually interpret a gimick (like fancy labels) as an attempt to cover up for bad beer but was glad I tried this brand. Looked good in and out of the bottle. Tasted fruity and was very filling. strong alcohol tinge.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Liked the label, liked the name, liked the fact that my usually red-wine loving partner wanted to order this one, and last but of course not least - liked the beer. Ruby brown and despite some evident alcohol enticingly fruity aromas.Was hoping Lisa wouldnít like it so I could have a little more than half. Raisins and plums and nuttiness throughout and a somewhat dry somewhat sweet finish. Quite nice.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep Purple. Heavily aromatic, mildly astringent, nose with notes of solvent, cellar mustiness, red wine, dark berries, brown sugar, caramel and nose hair burning alcohol. Not very pleasant. The taste, however, is another story. Dry, with a lovely deep fruitiness of cherries, raisins and plums with brandy like alcohol and a finish of bubble gum, herbs and possibly candy sugar. A lover of merlot would enjoy this brew. The flavors blend so well together.
flemdawg (540) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Kind of a slow gusher when opned. It didnít foam over right away, but after about 20 seconds it began to. Only a pour to a more suitable vessle would stem the tide. Deep mahogony color and a beige head that stayed around for most of the drinking process. Aroma of dark dried fruits such as rasins and plums were the first thing I noticed, but I also got the alcohol and some sweet red cherry aromas as well. A rummy alcohol taste, plus cherries and apples and then there was a slight nutty/bitter finish. This was a tasty beer and at 9.5% in the big bottle, I was feeling good after this one.
marcus (7291) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This dark brown ale pours with a moderate foamy light brown head, eliciting a malty aroma. The flavor, too, is of malt with hints of caramel and chocolate on top of a typical brown ale palate. Although bottled in October 2002, this beer still tasted fresh when consumed in September 2004. I have tried most of the Caracole brews, and this is my favorite.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
foamy tan fairly diminishing head, dark ruby amberish body. lots of microbubbles up the body. 10-02 on the cork. fig/plum/prune/raisin nose, candi and carmely malt too. high carbonation, thick & creamy mouthfeel. strong maltyness, whiskey-like alcohol flavor. slightly dry/yeasty finish.