beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow - this was an extra from beandip, so kudos to her, in a deal with muzzlehatch, so thanks to Barry for bringing this one and sharing it with CapFlu, tiggmtl, radiomgb, Rastacouere and DumDum in Ottawa. 2003 Reserve bottle. Had this not been the second-last bottle in a long line of sampled beers I might have had the palate to better appreciate this one. As it was my tongue still seemed to discern its quality. Great aromas of black/sour cherry, malt and hop, chocolate and then some barnyard gueuziness too. Nice. Big head atop a cloudy brown body. Sweet malts are offset slightly with the bitter chocolate until it becomes a touch medicinally alcoholic. I think the wonderful tingling mouthfeel actually woke my mouth up a little, and I would definitely want this one again with fresher senses.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2005 Barnyard, pit fruit - notably cherries, horse-blanket, a light cinammon spiciness and of course, bittersweet, dark chocolate all intermingle in the wonderfully complex aroma. Solid-looking, opaque brown with thin but lasting, tan head. Perfume-like, saffron, tart, bitter chocolate flavour is initially malt dominated but a strong balancing bitterness emerges to counterpoint nicely. Touches of alcohol waft through the presentation without ever being dominant, though definitely warming. Crunchy mouthfeel - strong carbonation, fine-bubbled, engaging. More please! Bottle enjoyed with beerhugger, CapFlu, DumDum, muzzlehatch, radiomgb and Rastacouere.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle shared in Ottawa with diverse Ottavians and Montrealites: Rastacouere, tiggmtl, beerhugger, CapFlu, DumDum, radiomgb). Thick, luscious brown cola body, huge lasting head...big spicy nose full of sour cherries, farminess and some lovely dark chocolate...thick yet nimble body, with a slightly high carbonation level...complex sour chocolate-blueberry-cherry flavors, stinging medicinal alcohol on the finish, Jagermeister and champagne...truly wonderful, an exceptional treat courtesy of the most marvellous Beandip!
Rastacouere (6142) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
26oz: Dark chocolate brown, superb beige head is eternally lasting, foamy, full of subtle lacing. Enormous chocolate malt aroma, predictably tart, yet somehow, they managed to find a fit between this and saison-like haystack scents. I found the balance to be remarkable for such an experiment, delicate herbal and flowery undertones together add tremendous depth. Rich bitter/tart chocolate, actually this may be tarter than it appears, yet I didn’t find any annoyance in the marriage with the roastiness. No trace of alcohol in the aroma, remarkable feature by itself, but in such a complex blend, you don’t get to spend much time thinking about that. Add to this a killer expanding in bubbles incredibly smooth foamy mouthfeel and you know where your 25$ went. I still think I prefer the regular Brut, but then again, I tend to prefer blonde Belgians to darker ones. I can recognize a killer recipe though and this one gave me a hard time to find places to give less than perfect scores! Astonishingly unique. A sipper that you couldn’t drink too much of while being an incarnation of greatness! de Landtsheer can brew people, my rating may be a mess, but take that for granted. Cheers to my pal muzzlehatch for this.
CapFlu (4651) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(22oz bottle) Never-never ending head with an opaque body. Nose of a cherry gueuze merged with a belgian strong and seep malt. Great chalkiness in the malt and the sour undertones are lovely. A tad medicinal... but greatly different from everything else in style.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Very lively. Unusually hoppy for a Belgian beer. Spicy and a hint of rubber. The alcohol content is well consealed.
omhper (20176) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Dark brown, very lively. Chocolatey, sweet nose. Almondy and salty with grassy hops and notes of banana and yeast. Elegant soft mouthfeel. Lightly vinous. Dry finish.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown body with a frothy off white head. Woody aroma, almost lambic like, some dark fruits and malts. Very woody flavor, very refreshing. Very nice one.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown color with a small beige head. The taste is a sharp sweetness with a balanced yet dominant spicy pattern.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very intens dark brown beer with an acajou red glow and almost no head. It has a warm and powerfull nose with hints of dates, dried figs, dried apricots, expresso coffee and ahorn sirup. This blockbusterbeer has a dens mouthfeeling with hints of Irish coffee and old Tréffin candy’s ( Butter caramels with coffee taste.) In the afthertaste you can notice a touch of black bitter chocolate. Overpowering beer that lacks some frechness in the end. Heavy stuff.