JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy orange brown body with a thick, tan head. Lovely lacing smooth bubbles. Smells like a Flemish sour with some fruit malt. Taste is big and citrusy, cherries, figs, chocolate, licorice. Aftertaste is sour cherries and chocolate.
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very Warming, plums and raisins. A mildly complex ale, more of having layers than actual complexity. This was better as it warmed, notes of some burnt sugar were also noticed. Some what syrupy and thick, and would be perfect for an after dinner ale, maybe even as a dessert ale.
Tejas (882) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had to use a wrench to get the cork out. Aroma smells almost port like. Amber with very little head. Taste is a tad sour & yeasty. Syrupy to the palate. Good night cap brew. Doesn’t taste like other browns that I’ve had. Not much nuttiness. Reminds me of Koningshoeven Quad except not as complex. Still though, a quality brew. I’d like it to be creamier, especially for a brown.
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like sour ales. This one was nice but not that special. It poured a nice dark amber with some yeast haze and a too sweet for me tongue. The head was creamy and had some lace. It could have been a lot more sour.
mball581 (20) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Initial rocky head with off white color. Head deminishes rather quickly with no lacing. Lovely aroma of vanilla, toasted carmel and toffee. Brillant mahoney color. Moderately sweet at the front of the palate with a slightly acidic but long finish. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Nice night cap.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl bottle. Blood-orange red and hazy with lots of tiny particulate matter and a medium lasting fine-bubbled taupe head...massive melon-inflected nose initially, honeydew and watermelon, with a darker more typically yeasty character emerging late, touches of port and caramel...on the tongue, alcohol obvious, grapy and somewhat sour, with a bitter peppery, unbalanced and unpleasant finish. Too bad, the aroma is quite enticing...
darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is a little too much alcohol. Diminishing head. No lacing. Tastes of peaches, plums, cinnamon.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sour, spicy (hot, not spiced) nose. Slightly sour. Flavor is quite tart, fruity, nice malt. Woody finish.
hopscotch (9549) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Murky, red-brown ale with a big, light beige head. Great retention and good lacing. The nose delivers notes of caramel, cinamon, apple, plum, mint and peat. The flavor is sweet and acidic with hints of lemon rind, maple syrup and caramel. Full-bodied and silky with lively carbonation. Lengthy sweet, astringent finish. A touch too sweet for me.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A beautifully deep and rich dark coppery brown color with a solid foam of ivory colored softness, creamy and firm, with amazing staying power, it hardly moves, settling slowly to a very thick remaining skim and fluffy collaring. Lacing in intricately woven belgian sheets making for one good looking Belgian brown.
Aroma is tangy and darkly fruitish, mild yet eager with some nice light mustyness, caramel, and brown sugar sifting around underneath.
Taste is tangy and dark with a slight grape aspect carrying over a wine like character, yet it lets enough caramel malt through to make it very interesting. Candyish in moderation, kinda zippy with a certain tang on the palate and lips. Mildly fruity, but mostly tangy and grapey with a great backing of caramel/toffee. Finish drys out mostly from the ABV with left over tangy bits and licorice notes.
Feel is fairly rich and tangy with sweetness encompassed within a solid medium body but lacks some complexity as it sets the same feel from front to back. Mild, tangy, and enjoyable, a nice drinker that bodes well even with the 9.5%. Exceptional drinking when served at the listed 55 degree serving temp., definately not one to be consumed cold.