beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle. Big sweet malts up front. Caramel and cherry show with a great warming effect. Woody flavors show towards the finish with a great estery finish. Pours a light brown with a tan head.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 9, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, a rich light brown colour with a thin head. Vinuous aroma, sweet with just a little touch of spice. A deliciously easy mouthfeel for 9%, a spiciness (similar to xmas cake) with a complex combination of flavours - plenty of malt with some sweet fruit. Delicious.
OldMrCrow (2308) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2007 Small capped 33 ml bottle.
This one pours a beauitful light caramel with a lovely light tan head. The aroma is warm and enticing: gingerbread with melon layered over the top, certainly sweet, ample yeast spiciness adds an interesting complexity. The flavor is a reasonably good match to the aroma, rather sweet with toffee and plenty of winter cake spiciness, again melon, toasted marshmellow, some alcohol to the taste, almost more so than to the mouthfeel. It’s certainly amply carbonated on the mouthfeel, but as it warms the carbonation does not seem to go overboard and the palate is otherwise quite nice as well.
All in all, I’m favorably impressed though not blown away; this a very enjoyable Belgian ale.
Corked 750 tasted Dec ’07. Much as described above, slightly sour on the tongue, I would have given this one a 7/4/7/4/15=3.7.
Stine (1744) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Barley John’s. Rich pine resin color with aromas of caramel apples and pear sparklers. Flavors are similarly sour and sweet together, with intermissions of spicy yeast to distinguish this from a fancy cider. ABV is completely hidden under all the fruit, so hidden that, well...
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wispy aroma of gentle spiced fruits, a la plum sauce or apricot glaze. The pour is a murkied ruddy heath, creamy soap above. Flavor is a mingling of muddled pale fruits, lots of sweet, yet soft and supple caramels and toffees in the back end. The spicy yeast and bread notes play long, gently melting into a pleasently parching balance of hop dust. Alcohol completely obscured by the mellow, yet refined and mature fruit character. Delicious.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like fresh cut maple with a light sour mash of cherries. A ruby color and a thick tan head. Has a malty, coffee, taffey flavor. Good evervescence. Excellent.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby with a medium off-white head with low retention. Aroma of spicy cherry muffin and cloves. Spicy flavours abound (cinnamon, cloves and more), very fruity (tropical fruits), spicy candies, cherry/raspberry pie. Ends with mildly bitter pine-tree flavoured hops. Absolutely no alcohol presence despite the supposedly High abv (9% on bottle, 9.5% on ratebeer). I’m predicted that in the future I shall have more of this Nostradamus who I’m sure never predicted he’d have a beer named after him.
BeerHound53 (24) - USA - OCT 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a dirty amber......smells of old sour cellars. nice malty taste. Licorice and fruits. nice
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer pours burgendy color with a big, thick off white head that is mostly retained. Aroma is significantely malty with some mild earthiness and a profound yeast aroma. Dark fruit aromas, too. Flavor is big malt flavor with yeast, licorice, and dark fruit. Seems a wee bit hot going down, but maybe I am just having an off stomach night. Perfect mouth feel as with almost all Belgian ales. Good beer.
sunevdj (3732) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark red/brown with a slightly tanned diminnishing head. Quite fruity and berry like and slightly sour. Hints of yeast. Medium to light bodied. Long fruity, crisp finish with some alcohol.