Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled from draught at Danish Beer Festival 2004 (#59).
Hazy amber beer with no head. Aroma is sharp spicy and malty, tones of pepper and alcohol. Flavor is also malty and spicy with pepper and coriander notes. Too sharp and not very complex.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Faint fruity/citrus, spicey, and pineapple aroma; nice caramel and toffee flavor, some dark fruit notes and a slighly acidic and oakey presence; feels rather flat, yet lightly creamy on the tongue, and a tad thin in body. It doesn’t provide the rich, malty, smoke/peat flavors, nor the body, one would expect from a "scotch".
Choos (593) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mocha and nutty aromas with some floral hop notes. Dark brown with a dark head. Malty with some nutty flavours.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark mahogany pour, off white head and sheet lacing. Tangy malts, spices and floral hops in the aroma. Woody roasdted malt flavors, more spices, hops, and some wood. Sticky palate full of spice, well defined body, and a finish of alcohol and spice.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I find this a bit disappointing... Generally a nice flavor, but its too weak. Too watery i think....
Kinz (3258) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with perfect pillow head. Aroma is sweet malt with an underpinning of very slightly sour Belgian yeast. Flavor is malty, with a touch of earthiness and Belgian yeast character. Could have been a hair more complex, but quite satisfying overall.
heemer77 (5098) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark purple with lots of carbonation and a medium sized light tan head. Aroma of banana, peaches and clove. The taste is surprisingly hoppy with orange peel and a bitterness at the end that reminded me of drinking a Coke. Lots of lacing. Belgium continues to amaze me with their variety.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark mahogany color with a good head and lacing, just right for the style. Enough carbonation to keep my chimay glass busy with it’s bubblicious column of aromomatic generation. The aroma has is lightly malty like a scotch but has a definate belgian quality to it. A bit of sweet malts and vinous hops. The flavor has a good amount of alcohol with some dark malts and tart toffee. Finishes very belgian with some bottle conditioned yeasyness and a little tart kick. Not too bad, unique scotch for sure though.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2005 Cool label. Big head, little aroma. Tastes a bit like a dunkel or Vienna? Really tasty beer, malty sweetness, bit of an astringent and nutty finish. My favorite brown.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 Foam tried to escape out the top of the bottle upon opening, but I was too quick. Pours with a massive head which settles to a nice head of foam. Nice clear dark brown with lots of red highlights. This bottle was nearly two years old and the characteristic Achouffe yeast phenolics have gone a lot leaving an mild appley, herbal aroma with some Indian food smell. Light bodied and lightly malty with some toast and a spicy (pepper) flavour. It’s fairly nice with no faults but never really grabbed me. I’ve got another bottle aging as per Oakes’ recommendation but I don’t hold out much hope for greatness.
Aged bottle - BB 05, drank Jul 05: Gushed pretty seriously. Great looking beer too. Dunno that it had changed all that much. There was a very nice fruity element in there, and the typical McChouffe herbal stuff. It wasn’t any worse for the aging, but I don’t think it really gained anything.