Boutip (4964) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy/cloudy dark brown colored beer with a below average head which lack retention. Aroma consists of a strange mix of spices (cardamome??) and some very light roastiness. The mix of spices seems to be even more present while I drink this but the roastiness seems to have disappeared. Body is above average but carbonation could be better for Belgian Ale). Alcohol can be detected in the end, which I don’t particularly enjoy. Overall, this one leave me a bit perplex because I did enjoyed the spice but the lack of roastiness and the fact that the alcohol is way too detectable leave me hanging a bit.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany with an off white tannish head almost. Small lacing. Dough or yeast aromas. Alcohol, candi sugar and citrus. Some coriander followed by bitter hops and caramel. Musky flavors of dough and alcohol. Maybe some fig. Bitter hops, caramel malts and some coriander. Chewy, thick and yeasty. Finishes sweet with some bitterness and spicy alcohol. I think I liked it better than the Bückster.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ruby color with low carbonation. Thin head, light lacing. Aroma is malty with plums & raisin, balanced hops. The flavor is sharply yeasty and metallic. Finishes sweet, highly carbonated & full of alcohol. Average BSA with some off-notes. Thanks Sham!
Nate (3800) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet malty nose, caramel, candi sugar, but also with a sour hoppy lactic hit. Belgian yeast. Dark red-brown cloudy with light tan foamy lacing head. Thich watery body with medium body. Starts sweet with rich malts, raisins, dried prune, candi sugar. Brief acidity and some carbonic notes. Finish is sweet, with light bitterness. Alcohol. After is raisin, alcohol warming, sugar. Light bitterness and no acidity.
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - JUL 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cherry-red colour, light brownish head, little existing.
Volatile red-orange aroma, dark malt, banana aroma, weak vinous, weak aroma of preserved plum, "egg dough cake" soaked in rhum, light yeasty.
Taste is fruity (ripe banana), cane sugar sweetness, light alcohol.
Oily to watery texture, light body, very easy to drink, thin mouthfeel.
heemer77 (5138) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks, civforprez for sharing this bomber. A typical brown Belgian in my eyes. Pours a dark, cloudy brown with a little bit of red. Has little head or lacing. The aroma is maple, brown sugar, a little dank must and leather. The taste is maple, apples and glazed donuts. Overall, a little sweet, but in a pleasurable way.
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours milk chocolate, large fizzy off-white head, ample carbonation, with rather slick lacing. A somewhat earthy aroma, light spices with some dark pitted fruit. Dark pitted fruit up front, with some toffee flavors. Slight hop bitterness emerges in the middle. Remaining dark pitted fruit, plum, raisin, figs, all the way through to the finish. This was quite good. Body was fanstic, mouthfeel was good. I’d have this one again.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the Sharp Edge Beerfest ... i left no notes for this beer... which usually means i couldn’t think of anything to describe it one way or another... so i’m gonna just stall until i have 75.. see the #’s
zach8270 (3690) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2008 [bottle - Great European Beerfest 8, Sharp Edge Tavern - East Liberty, PA] Poured a rich amber color with a thin, creamy white head. Sweet, malty aroma with a hint of caramel and various spices. Initial taste was sweet and caramelly with a strong alcohol backbone and a creamy sweet finish. Very tasty.
SpringsLicker (3196) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Brewtopia ’04
Deep amber color with an aroma of sweet caramel and hints of anise and spice.
Sweet caramel flavor, slightly spicy. Slight alcohol in the finish. Decent Belgian offering, but there are so many other better Belgian beers to compare this to and this offers nothing to make it rise above the crowd.