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 (542) - 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 didn’t 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 (7671) - 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.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy and hazy with a deep brown-red body. This beer foamed up at the neck before I could pour it into my glass. Large head which dissipated extremely fast. Nose of raisins, malt, alcohol and a touch of cotton candy. Not much hop to taste. Flavors include raisins, plums, malt a pinch of yeast. Enjoyable finish with a good amount of malt. Chunks (Sediment) at the bottom of my glass. I also really like the label. Wow, quite strong!
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 18, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma has cherries, lots of caramel, very sweet, some vanilla. Flavor is pretty sweet, almost cloying, with caramel, oak, apple, hints of alcohol.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dull brown body. Deep dark honey and vanilla properties. Medium bitter finish. Quite enjoyable late in a night of Belgian beer debauchery.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tangerine sweetness, milky chocolate, banana and dough-like yeast in the aroma. Opaque, deep brown with off-white/tan head that recedes to cover. Sweet tangerine flavour up front opens for chocolate with spices coming to the fore in the finish. Medium body. Refreshing though fairly simple. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A reddish color with hints of orange. Aggressive carbonation with a fluffy tan head and slippery lace. The smell is malty with fruity esters, caramel and a grassy background. The taste is malty sweet with a spicy finish and a lingering hop presence. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a complex mix of spices.
IMHO: Many of the Belgian Dark Ales have a strong presence of spices and hop finish that can overwhelm the balance of tastes. This beer does a does a better job than most by expanding the spectrum of flavors and maintaining a balance.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Interesting aroma, smelt slightly aged. Some salted licorice, mollasses, wood, smoke and peppery spice. Palate, was quite sweet, but then some peppery alcohol in the finish. caramelised candy sugar sort of flavour, some smoky notes, salty, licoricy, woody, with slight hints of sherry. I honestly feel that this beer wasn’t fresh, but thought it reasonably interesting anyway. Slightly stale.