Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Dark amber with a nice, full head. Lots of floating sediments that creates small, bubbly geysers when they settle at the bottom of the glass. Typical, dark- malty flavours with a very full body. Fresh rather than sweet with a subdued touch of hops. 251093
ElGaucho (2285) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Bulldog in Minneapolis during the "I love beer" pubcrawl. The Muddy Pig also had this on tap, but it required two "hole punches" on my ticket there but only one at the Bulldog. Seeing how much I drank that day, I probably should have used 2 punches on it, especially since it was at the 5th of 6 bars on the crawl and I barely remember it. Roasted malt and higher ABV aroma. Clear dark amber in color with good lace. Tastes like a malty German beer. Some Belgian-style higher carbonation. Tastes like a Baltic porter. Was served too cold. Not having looked this brew up before I sampled it, I thought it was more highly rated that it is. I recall being underwhelmed by it initially, but then as it warmed, I really thought it blossomed into a pretty decent brew.
MoritzF (8676) - GERMANY - MAY 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Red to amber colour with a little tanned creamy head. Malty aroma with some fruity and vinous notes. Medium dry flavour with a taste of roasty malts and liquorice, quite lasting and lingering bitter finish. A fine and enjoyable strong Ale.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perhaps the "best looking" Belgian brune I’ve come across: as brown as they come, still with a slight ruby tint. Very tall light-tan Irish coffee head of minuscule bubbles that leaves extended lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma is a pleasant mix of malt and yeast but little more. Flavor is much more extended than the aroma, with interesting elements of toffee, salty cucumber, coriander seed and a nice supply of hops especially on the finish (as this type of beer is generally designed). Very smooth, rich palate; not quite the extensive carbonation of some other brunes. Alcohol is rather though not extensively noticeable. A nice beer overall.
stouby (3957) - Holbæk, DENMARK - APR 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, at Benny.
Dark brown with large light brown head, almost lasting. Excellent lacings. Aroma moderate to heavy sweet of malt (brown sugar, raisin, fruity) and moderate bitter of hops. Light yeasty. Moderat sweet and bitter flavor, average duration. Medium body, oily, soft carbonated.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5338) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 I have had this beer a few times both on draft and from the bottle. I find the draft to be very bitter and lacking in any other character. I tend to avoid the draft. The bottle is decent though. Sampled from an 11.2 oz bottle for this rating this beer pours a dark caramel color with a huge creamy tan head. The aroma is sweet malt and spicy hops. The flavor is strongly sugary, nicely malty, mildly sour and has a light fruity undertone. The hops are nicely noticeable. There is a mild alcohol burn underneath.
BeerandBlues2 (10608) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a huge foamy tan head. Fruity hop and caramel malt aromas. Yeast and malt dominates the flavor but has a spicy hoppiness as well. Warm and full-bodied fizzy palate.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 4, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown colour with thin white head. Malty and yeasty aroma. Flavor is malty with some dark fruit and yeast. All in all a boring belgian strong ale.
presario (4828) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 26, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml. Best befor March 2007. Brown ale and yeast aroma. Lasting light head. Basicly a high alcohol yeasty brown ale. Nice for drinking while your mind is occupied.
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - MAR 22, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was a run-of-the-mill dark beer. Not much aroma, looked average, had a boring palate. OK, I guess...a bit of a letdown.