Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2004 Aged 1 year, from a douglas scotch ale glass. Burgundy-brown beer with a big foamy and frothy off-white head that holds the glass reasonably. Flavor profile is yeasty, deeply malty, caramelic and notes of licorice and cloves(which I usually dont particularly like, but fits well here). Bitterness, Astringence. Rather complex, with everything well balanced and pleasant. A beer I love, typical belgian spiciness with a charming round body and dangerously drinkable given its ABV. Belgian take on scotch ale? Sounds about right!
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUL 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with medium head. Aroma is malty. Taste is a bit spicy with caramel and chocolate coming through.Alcohol is well hidden with a warm slightly bitter finish. More like a belgian instead of a Scottish?
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Some of my friends have gone crazy about this lately. You can get a nice glass with some bottles of it if you're interested. I really like this stuff. It is readily available in Australia, and makes a great dinner ale. Beautiful.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown, fairly clear with a medium head. Deeply malty, underwhelming aroma. No apparent alcohol aromas or flavors. Caramel, brown sugar and some oaky notes. A little thin with a short lived finish. Just on the cusp of acheiving greatness.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice looking brown ale. Malty aroma. This beer was a bit thin and I would have enjoyed it much more if it were just a bit heavier.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large head, diminishes. Nice lace. Cloudy, dark red-brown colour. Aroma; fruit (apple), spices (coriander), yeast. Taste; malt, fruit, chocolate and a little bitter (liqourice-like?) finish. Very nice.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very huge creamy head, not stable. Beer rather dark-amber than brown. Nose of roasted & caramel malts, spices. Herb-bitter, like Jägermeister. Spices, no hops above perception treshold. Thick malt base, but not sweet. Just a bit of liquorice and wood retronasal. Full-bodied, thick maltfeel. No alcohol-burn, but the wooden mallet is lying in wait. Aftertaste is again quite spicey, without any particular spice or herb coming to the fore. All in all, quite truer to the British-Scotch ale, than to the Belgian 'Scotches', which would have more overwhelming burnt malts. But the alcohol is Belgian.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUN 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap, Falling Rock Tap House, Denver. Light sweet liquorice aroma. Dark sweet malt flavor. Strong liquorice flavor. Off dry, slightly astringent finish. Straightforward.
johninmelb (1116) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting idea this - a Scottish ale made in Belgium. My mate got it in a gift pack with the La Chouffe for his birthday, and they both went down well. To me this had the fruit and spice characters of a Belgian Strong Ale, maybe one of the Trappist Doubles. Nice.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2003 Excellent chocolate and toffee nose to begin with. The dry hop presence offsets the malt flavour and then mellows to be a fine resinous ale. Scottish? Well ok, but the Belgian character comes through. RE-RATE: All of the above and then some. This is an excellent beer that toally belies its alcoholic content.