BrewDad (5117) - 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 (12150) - 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 (3534) - 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 (1997) - 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 (2012) - 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.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a reddish brown with a thin head. Fruity nose with some noticeable alcohol, yeast, spicy. The flavour is sweetly malty with the alcohol popping up again as well as some floral notes, lightly yeasty with medium carbonation. A pretty good beer. Now let’s see how it ages.