Garrat (1258) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From A Bottle.Deep amber in colour with a large head,aroma is of fruit and yeast,taste is fruity and warming with a light sweetness and a dry alcoholic finish.
BrewDad (4890) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(BJCP Class) Strong wine fruity aroma. Reddish color with a very light head. Strong malt flavor not as sweet as you would think this could be. Slightly fruity taste (Dried fruit taste) like a strong beer. Interesting flavor feel very strong with the alcohol.
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a reddish brown body with an average-sized off-white head. Malty aroma with notes of toffee, prunes, and dates. Compatible flavor of malt, dark fruits (prunes, dates, raisins), spicy yeast, and earthiness.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not as much nuttiness and maltiness as I would have liked. However, there are distinct wood and honey notes mixed in with a gentle hint of white wine. The yeast was a little too much in eveidence and interfered slightly with the malt accents. Still, decent.
Crit (3334) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gorgeous sparkling amber, white head,small bead.Light malt alcohol nose. Sweet corn syrup like malt taste,light alcohol heat.Great lace
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1pt corcked bottle. Rather large head. A lot going on. Spicy with fruit but still almost with a strong belgium ale taste.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark autumnal reddish brown with a small foam pellicle, slight aroma of turpentine underneath a wonderful plummy malt base. Soft and brisk on the palate, with whiskey like notes and a faint eucalyptus thing in the background, followed by just a little bannana. Alcohol warms, graham cracker and cola on the finish. This really is the kind of flavor that I think of when I think of quality biere de garde.
Trev (1922) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice brownish ruby with a large white froathy head with decent lace and good retention. Aromas predominantly caramel, malty. Baking cookie aroma and a slight fruity orangish undertone.
Flavour is sweet malty and pleasant. Zippy carbonation give a lively mouthfeel . As the brew warms a bit more sourish flavours come out. A thin molasses taste. Finish is slightly sour.
Overall a very well made and pleasant beer.
JonMoore (1851) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Clear chestnut brown colour with a large off-white head. The nose is malty, fruity, honey perhaps; barnyardy and caramel. Sweet malty taste, noticable but nice alcohol, caramel, fruit and a touch of spice. Nicely balanced. Full bodied, moderate carbonation. I like it a lot.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear dark brown with a sweet malty aroma. Flavour is sweet and malty with a weird spicyness that I’m not really liking, finishes a bit dry.