hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mahogany colour. Thick white/yellow-ish head. Cake, red berries and sugary nose. Sweet, full bodied flavour, with hints of brown sugar. Somewhat chewy mouthfeel. Small hints of orange in finish. Chocolatey, acidic aftertaste.
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. pours dark red in color with a huge head that goes away rather quickly. has a plum and fruity smell. taste is sweet, yeasty, malty, yet rather watered down tasting. slight alcohol ting to it as well. not a bad beer, not the best, but certainly worth a try and something to order if seen. id drink this again, any day.
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, sampled at Delirium Café, Göteborg.
Dark copper colour. Almondy nose, rich malty adn clear notes from the alcohol. Flavour rich and sweet - almost cellary - with an alcohol touch. Big and malty brew.
blanstuf (16) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2005
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2005 One of my favorite beers. I’ve had 3 bottles in the past few months and I’ve enjoyed each one... thoroughly. It has a decent smell, and an absolutely great taste. I would recommend this to anyone even if you’re not a belgian person.
zathrus13 (1740) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep amber/browm, with a tan head. Aromas are malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, and some spice. Flavors are much the same, sweet, then a dry finish.
ClarkVV (4591) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2005 BB 9/2006 11.12 oz bottle from Csbosox. Rich butter toffee, rum raisin iced cream, vanilla liqueur (though with little to no alcohol presence) in the nose. Light, well-done, elegant yeastiness is clean. Opaque ruby to tawny port wine colored body, with lighter auburn edges. Big, 2 finger head is very dense and beige colored. Well-retained with huge amounts of lacing. Flavor begins with raisins, prunes, chocolate, bananas and light rum. No alcohol. Caramel and cream as well. The finish does not go bready/astringent like so many high abv Belgian darks, nor is it alcoholic. Yeast is not overdone. A touch light on the mouthfeel, but the carbonation is low, with a slight prickly sensation, not sure if that’s the bubbles or the alcohol. Balance between sweet and dry is near perfect. Almost a perfect palate overall if not for the slight looseness. But ridiculously drinkable and hard to believe it’s 9.5. Lots of fruit lingers; plums, raisins, concord grapes and then some light milk chocolate and anise. Elegant yeast with no breadiness screams that this is distinctly Belgian. . .or maybe that just means it is distinctly high quality? I’m satisfied not to debate the difference.
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle 33 cl) Dark, reddish bronze colour with a small, off-white head - surprisingly small actually. Huge bottle sediment. Even the bottleneck is full of yeast although this has been stored upright for quite some time. Aroma of yeast and some notes of overripe fruit - plums I believe. Flavour is sweet’n’sour with some noble rot and notes of caramel and honey and some sweet fruit. Rather vinous with a warming alcohol. Gets better and better as it warms. 280805
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 In the 1550s Nostradamus predicted I would drink this. He also predicted that some brewery in Belgium would make a beer named after him. Finally, he predicted that this bottle is best before 2009. Sorry. Pours a dark reddish brown body, minimal head. Usual aroma for the style of yeast and spices, but also a strong berry aroma. Finish is the same with a hint of caramel. 9.5% is hidden here well. A little bit of burn at the end, but overall this is a powerful berry flavored Belgian. Great stuff!
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish-tan with small head and lace. Aroma of malt that almost reminds mme of a pale ale. Slight sweetness but mostly just a pleasant smooth mouthfee with nothing strong standing out. The malt is quite well done and not overttaken by other flavours or yeast.
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml - Pours a deep amber, medium to large off white head. Really this is standard Belgian beer. Yeast flavor is present, some malty sweetness, some fruits, a little bit of spicey zip. Pretty tasty. The alcohol is practically not even there, a feat at 9.5%. Overall, it’s executed rather well, even if the aroma leaves a bit to be desired. Quite enjoyable, though.