beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(01.14.06) On tap at Firkin’s, Libertyville, IL. Clear dark brown ale with medium long-lasting creamy head and good lacing. Light malty aroma. Medium-to-full bodied with smooth texture that starts with light malt sweetness and some caramel, spicy and butter scotch flavors. Finishes with light malt sweetness. A good sweet-tasting drinkable beer.
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep copper body, thick but dissipating light tan head. Thick toffee, chocolate-covered banana, and caramel aroma, with sharp notes of alcohol and touches of dark fruit and spice. Bready, toasty body with toffee and light hints of chocolate, earthy and cookie-like. Sharp carbonation but a rather delicate body for 8% ABV. Somewhat bitter, spicy finish. Quite drinkable at this ABV level.
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[bottle from dorsvlegel] yeast, berry fruit, raisin, some alcohol. full body, dry, spicey finish.
Jayb0 (1110) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark golden brown with nice head. Deep flavors of dark fruit, chocolate and bread. Fairly estery. Good, hearty belgian strong.
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2006 Served in a gold rimmed glass, this beer had a dark golden color with a very good head. It smelled delicious and was every bit so. Lacing was fantastic to the finish as was the taste. For a belgian strong, this was a good one.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2006 Absolutely the MOST amazing head of any beer I have ever poured, bar none. Floating on top of a gorgeous, glowing mahogany pour, I was shocked to find an incredibly thick, rich, rocky head that was so dense and so long lasting, that once I over-poured and sent an intense plume of creamy tan foam skyward, up and over the top edge of my lighted pilsener glass and the excess, rather than ooze over the sides and run down the glass, kept rising, perfectly intact, molded almost by the sides of a glass that wasn’t there...then just stayed there, in perfect suspension, unaided and unsupported by anything as substantial as reality, and then slowly twisted clockwise, looking like nothing so much as a mocha frozen custard sitting in a glass cone. (Someone please...send me a diagram of that last sentence!) Nuts candy sugar and dried fruits in the flavor...but at this point in the festivities, who needed flavors at all! Complex blend of plum, dates, raisins, caramel, brandy, and must, making the prospect of my deconstructing this one ever more remote. I will seek these out again!
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a large head. A yeasty, chocolate aroma with a bit of leather. Sweet-sourness of dark fruit in the taste with some alcohol and a bitter finish. Nice one to end the year.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle from a petrol station in Belguim. Deep brown with way to much head for the poor little tumbler in my hotel room. Sweet malt with Belgian yeastyness. Hints of dark fruit and chocolate, but nothing to strong. I wouldn’t aplly the term "well-balenced" to this malt heavy brew, but not bad.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Tyler’s in Durham, NC. Clear deep mahogany color with an off white foamy head that left a thick lace on the Maredsous chalice it was served in. Smelled and tasted of alcohol, yeast, and brown sugar. Also a hint of dried plum and fig.
Pailhead (6025) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Secret Santa. Aroma of chocolate, fruit, yeast, and a slight hint of tartness. Pours a transparent mahogany with a small off-white head. Flavor is fruity with lots of plum and loaded with yeastiness. Finishes with a moderate bitterness and a hint of tartness. Alcohol is there, but is really hidden in the background. Strong yeast presence really starts to wear on me by the middle of the glass.