Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Not as heavily carbonated as the regular brut. Smells oakey with figs, some plums and raisins popping out. Tastes of biscuits with chocolate, coffee beans, some alcohol and whiskey notes. Some fruity notes on the finish. Good, but the regular brut is much better.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
75 cL bottle, Black Chocolate version, Reserve 2003 (sampled February 2006): Extremely loud and explosive cork removal. Thick, frothy light cocoa colored head quickly diminishes into a thin, dark brown film with loads of small bubbles. Deep, outrageously rich and complex aroma. Dusty cocoa powder and light alcohol combine with toasty dark bread notes in the background, while soft flower petals and butter soaked almonds mix with herbal esters and thick raisiny malts. Well textured palate – balanced between super tingly, slightly gritty while being velvety smooth. A peppery, chocolate spice hits the tip of the tongue, while the tropical fruitiness jumps between papaya and mango. Dark, smooth chocolate truffles with a lightly sweet raspberry essence and soft brett notes…truly a remarkable beer with a depth of flavour matched by but a few…
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First thing that struck me was that this was more like a sour brown ale vs a Belgian Strong.The nose was weird inthat I did not detect the normal spice and dark fruit I was expecting. The taste was different tho’ and was full of sweet malts but there was some kind of underlying sour tongue numbing action going on.Very complex brew.
badgerben (4869) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
MN Winter Get Together, 2006: Color of mud with no head. Bready malt aroma with what struck me as cherry. Bone dry malt taste and a slight sourness that I believe is still cherry. Solid!
JK (5743) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good in its own style and as beer overall. Sweet malt and fruit aromas. More sweet malt in the flavor but less fruit. Dark and nearly opaque, anlmost like a quad.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light fruit aroma. Somewhat light body with ripened fruit taste. Mostly banana with what reminds me of those chocolate covered cherry candies. Good mix of flavours, and well balanced with a drying finish.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Cquiroga! Pours a slightly hazy dark/medium brown color with a small off-white head and sticky lacing. Aroma is malty and sweet with cherry and chocolate hints. Flavor is like bananas with hints of malt, nuts and a slight note of alcohol in the finish. Very smooth and slightly dry at the end.
Tejas (979) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 reserve. Beautiful dark appearance. BIG puffy tan head that lasted the entire drink. Licorice, honey, wine-like after taste. Little alcohol in the finish too. Great interesting beer. 12% is not to be fooled with at all.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Tom at Monk’s Cafe.
I forgot to write down the vintage, but the bottle looked quite old as the ripped label was showing lots of signs of aging. Aroma is heavy with chocolate malts and Belgian yeasty notes. Hints of dark fruit as well. Crimson hued brown/black color with a frothy tan head. Very concentrated chocolate malt flavors in the fore followed by a hint of raisin and cherry sweetness and leading into a slightly dry and funky finish. The chocolate and dark fruit flavors linger nicely in the aftertaste.
Lubiere (12880) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 bottle. Dark reddish brown, hazy with a thick off white to moka head. Nice horseblanket lambic aroma, coniferous, ground cherry notes, complex. Rich hoppy malt, resinous, with grapefruit, an hybrid between a gueuze and an old ale. Excellent. Merci Mike. Shared with Chris, and Mike, November, 2005.