schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle, bbe Sep 2006. Very dark mahogany, dark red shine, no haziness, quickly dissipating beige head composed of big bubbles, modest gas release. Aroma: nuts, alcohol, figs, grassy/hoppy, caramel. Flavour: very malty, a little bitterness (mostly in the aftertaste); cocoa, butterscotch, spiced/peppery towards the end. Thick, rolling palate.
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep garnet/brown with a quickly diminishing head. A little cloudy. The aroma is intense, with raisin, sherry, and bubblegum notes. The taste is very complex, with plummy maltiness, candy sweetness, and spicy yeast flavors. Bready as well. Sweet but not cloying. Not sure if I could have more than one but it is very enjoyable. The alcohol is well hidden.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep amber with a small white head. Big aniseed and raisin aroma. Some spicy yeasty notes there too. Flavour is quite similar, with some cara, prunes and spice. Medium-full bodied. Nice stuff
TAR (2685) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz.: Speckled garnet. Broad covering of dusty-white foam adheres to the glass. Yeasty nose of bubblegum, must, and banana with hints of port, cedar and anise. Soft, expansive carbonation quickly condenses. Seductively candyish with rum flavors, with a resiliently succulent body that’s slick enough to thwart the alcohol. Manageable cedary astringency along with a semi-firm yeast dusting coarsens the abundant slipperiness and punctuates the musty yeast. Softer yeast notes unite with a sweetly-bready malt tease to spawn a banana-bread notion. Finishes mistily dry and vividly spiced with anise-tinged hop and melon flavors alongside perpetual notes of toffee-glazed bananas and rock candy. Another artful creation from a standout brewery.
Palidor19 (3165) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2007 the first thing that came to my mind was "Sherry", this beer gives off a fruity presence that reminds me of Sherry.
The fruits and aroma give a perfect balance. great malts, subtle hops. the AC is not as strong as I thought it would be. cant wait to get this one again.
I bet it goes great with desserts and cheese
BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Muddy Pig. Took a chance, and boy did it pay off. Dark grape sweetness balanced with the perfect level of tart (pear?) and dryness. Reminded me a bit of Goudenband, but I dig this more. What a thoroughly pleasant surprise! Alcohol was present, but not at all off-putting.
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark chestnut/brown with quickly vanishing head. Not much lace. Aroma is strong of alcohol with yeast and dark berries. Taste is a caramel fruitiness with alcohol. Not my favorite, but interesting and highly drinkable.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this on tap at Monks Cafe in Philadelphia. They called it a medium body/brown ale. With the 9.5% alcohol this one almost had hints of a barleywine to me.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a hazy brownish with a hint of red. Very bubbley head that thins out but did managed to last a fair bit with modest lacing. Smells of yeast, earthy aroma. A little bit of sour fruit/orange. Taste is sour and a little nutty with an alcohol finish.
Sammy (11219) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yeasty medium mouthfeel. Some tart dark fruit, on sweet side, with brown sugar and nuttiness, cloves and other spice. Barnyard aroma. Alcohol presence and astringency surprising. Strong carbonation. Thanks IPFreely.