MiP (14563) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Sour and very malty aroma. Dark chestnut brown colour, big unstable head. Malty, slightly acidic, roasted flavour. Full-bodied and very complex. Maltiness well balanced by alcohol flavour. Very nice.
diabel (1645) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Clear, brown-reddish body. Light brown, creamy head, which lasts mostly. Good lace. Nose of malts (caramel, nuts, banana) and some hints of hops (citrus). Stouty flavour. Lightly bitter, lightly sweet initial flavour. Lightly sweet, moderately-heavily bitter (moderately long) finish. Medium bodied. Lively carbonation. Oily texture. Loved it.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75 cL bottle, snifter. Caramel and LOTS of candi sugar in the malt profile. Hops are light and perfume like, gently tickling my nose. A light presence of doughy yeast. Clove, red grape, toffee, rich brown sugar, plum, and perhaps a hint of anise round out the aroma. Deep plum to brown colored body shows heavy carbonation and is topped by a large, creamy, lightly brown head. Flavor is very muddled up front...dull sweetness, light acidity...mid palate releases a taste of fresh, dark fruits...finishes very soda like with strong acidity and a light bitterness. Some alcohol can be detected in the finish. Medium-full body, creamy/watery texture, fizzy carbonation. The bottom line is: cherry coke...tastes exactly like cherry coke.
ian2000gsxr (69) - USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
loved the bottle/cork awesome dark color. taste was kinda "burned something" cant really describe. so many different tastes all at once. pretty strong in the alch % but overall good enough to get again.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy Brown. Very malty sweet with some alcohol. A pretty darn good beer. Maybe a little too sweet, but still very good.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bright crimson color, hazy, and gorgeous, huge, luscious head, a beigey-near-green thing, altogether a picture of beauty...urging me for the next sensory experience...ah, this is the stuff, the nose is tickled by this deliciousness, dark fruit, vibrant spice, grape and clove in harmony, alive and sizzling...perfectly plays out exactly what is desired..cheers to that...
A repetition on the palate, a revisitation by these same full flavors, a big buzz on the tongue, a rich, sumptuous repast, unmatchable...well, maybe...but i’m so content that I toss about hyperbole with utter abandon...spicy, zesty, rich and fruity, a tangible tingle all throughout the duration...zam, bam, boo-ram!!!
This is my first taste of this excellent ale, and I’m damned glad to have drunk it. "Belgian brown ale" says the label, but it’s not like any other brown ale, from anywhere...possesses a zest that only the luckiest and happiest should take as their succur...and no matter what you were before, when you have it, you are on of them...I said "yum" already, right? No? Well, to nail it in the shell of the nut, ...there you go...yum, yummy, yummers...
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle...Ruddy brown pour with a generous amount of floaties. Head is tan with no staying power. Sweet fruity aroma, yeastly. Malty, yeastly flavor, some dark sugars. Mildly bitter to finish, a little alcohol noticable. Decent brew.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours reddish with small, lasting head, no legs. Aroma is of yeast, malts, apples. Taste more of same, with a little bitterness. Nothing exceptional, but good for style.
Shag (2723) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark red appearance with a large beige head. The aroma is rather mild with some pears and caramel. The flavor is quite fruity with some hints of the alcohol and raspberries. Large yeasty overtones and it has a lambic tyle quality to it. This one is quite complex and tasty. Nostradamus predicts a high rating from Shag, once again he is right!
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a hazy burnt red color with a big off white head and minimal residual lace. The aroma is big yeast and perhaps cheesey stale hops. The flavor is good as a typical BSA, sweet malt, dark fruits, yeast, stale hops, and a lingering bitterness. The palate cleansing as there is no shortage of those tiny Belgian bubbles. Overall, a bit drier than some other BSA, a bit more stale hops - makes it great with cheese, and just really pretty good.