beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown color with a good looking, creamy, medium, light brown head. Decent aroma of brown sugar and spices. The first flavor I notice is roasted malt, then some brown sugar joins the party, also there might be some mild spices. Bitter finish. Light to medium body, liquorous texture, soft carbonation. Better than its blonde sister but still just a little better than ordinary.
Marko (3904) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2008 Rerate:
Poured a big thick tan(ish) head, deep brown colour, lazy carbonation. The nose was spicy and yeasty. The taste was basically malt, alcohol, some fruit. It was sweet and not as impressive then I once thought it was. Weak burnt malt and, when it gets warmer, a herbal hop presence in the aftertaste finish this just slightly above-average brew.
This was certainly interesting. Had an enormous and firm looking white head (maybe a bit brownish), which subsided at an acceptable rate. The body was dark brown, and the aroma was of coriander, and quite intensive, too. But overall the beer dissapointed me a bit. It tasted almost the same I remember the Leffe Blond tasting - sweet and spicy. It’s very good however, but left me wondering if this is really just a colored Blond. Might do a side by side test. 7/4/7/4/15
BeerBaronLS (85) - Grove City, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this from a tap in a bar in Brussels. I was plesantly suprised at how good it was, since it was picked by saying "Give me a brown." It had a very pleasnt smell with a nice full malt body.
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a brown beer. It is very dark brown, as a matter of fact. When I look through the glass I can see some brown-purple shades in the clear liquid. But the foam is white, firm and melts in a medium pace.
The smell is very sweet. It reminds me of traditional Swedish non-fermented “small beer”, sweeten with saccharin. I can smell some flavours of pumpernickel bread, and maybe some hints of smoked ham. There is something in the smell that I just have to categorize as “Belgian”.
The taste of this beer follows the same pattern, generally sweet with a touch of dark rye bread. An interesting observation is the total lack of a traditional taste of hops. There sure is some kind of hops in this brew, as a small bitterness appears after several minutes, but when I drink the beer, I cannot find the hopes I am used to from other beers. Neither can I really say that I find much evidence of fermentation in the taste.
The carbon dioxide is a little on the sharp side, but not too sharp.
The aftertaste is dominated by the saccharine sweetness, but after a while, the bitter notes makes the taste more balanced.
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had search awhile to find this one. Pours a muddy brown colour with a thich head. Earthy aromas of malt, raisins and spice. Sweet malt taste but not much else.
Tessic (840) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this one after dinner one night at the Pepperwood Bistro in Burlington Ontario. It poured a dark brown with a fine spore like head. Typically Belgian with strong spice flavours and yeast. Very good aroma but almost too spicey for me.
pintbypint (2582) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml brown bottle. Poured dark brown with ruby highlights. Thick smooth tan head. Malty spicy aroma. Flavour included yeast, caramel and roasted malts.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dirty brown color with similar characteristics as other Belgians when it comes to the aroma. Flavor is sweet and fruitty but much milder than the smell promotes. I really liked this.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh I dunno. This is better than the blonde it’s sweet aroma, bubbly head and fruity caramel tastes are hard for me to pinpoint... but I like it!
mstockton (224) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
So very good and so easy to find in Europe. The stuff in the US on draft is a bit tasteless and bubbly.