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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle courtesy of hopdog and one of the dude’s final batches at McKenzies. Pours pinkish brown with a thin tan head. Smells perfumy with lots of dark fruit, spices and dough. Taste is of tarte cherries, lots of fruit, nutty malt and pepper. An excellent beer. I hope to see this brewer land firmly on his feet.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Appears a murky, copper toned amber with a 1 finger off white head that slowly fades out into a gentle collar. Mild speckles of lacing are left around the goblet. Smell is of a raisin & plum reduction infused with light brown sugar, yeasty dough, and a dash of cooked banana, and light dusting of cocoa & powderized vanilla. Mmmhmmm...sure do love that Rochefort yeast. It’s the shizle. Taste is of the same great aromas, only better. The complex flavors materialize into a well blended Belgian Ale. Perhaps not as complex as Rochefort itself but if Scotty Morrison could bottle these again and us uber-beer-geeks could sit on them for a while, I’m sure it would ripen beautifully. Mouthfeel is sugary, yeasty, mildly spicy, and semi-dry.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2006
A generous regular shaped dark beige head covers the dark brown body. Diacetyl comes heavy in the nose leaving most other flavours secondary, yet a sweet touch of white chocolate fights a friendly battle with a considerable roasty fiend all amidst nutty, tobacco and strongly fruity flavours (berries, figs like). Understated yeastiness provides a few minor spice hints and soft, rounded banana esters. Manages to develop a certain dryness in mouth which brings the fruitiness to a further level while the palate is round and well carbonated, with an unfortunate buttery oiliness imparted.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Shared 750 bottle. Nice beer. Good interpertation of what it suppoed to be. Had a nice Belgium nalt character to it.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2005
Huge, fruity butterscotch diacetyl aroma is overwhelming. Opaque orange-tan coloured body with low, fine bubbled, tan head that recedes to a lasting cover with good lacing. Fruity, caramel, butterscotch flavour is saturated with diacetyl. Some solventy phenols and acidity emege as it warms. Medium body with moderate to lively, pointy carbonation. Perhaps this is why they stopped bottling. Bottle (trade, May-05) sampled at DenverLogan’s pre-GABF party 2005. Thanks, hopdog!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Bottle 03. Pours reddish brown with a big foamy white head. Aroma is very sweet and spicy. Spicey flavor with dark fruits, carmel, clove, and mild yeast and a little alcohol. Kind of smooth, buttery mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Pours a dark brown, nice white head. Aroma is buttered popcorn with lots of salt. Flavor is smooth, fruits and figs BABY!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2005
reddish tones. spicy nutmeg flavor. slight alcohol burn that refuses to go away

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle courtessy of EDA. Brown, hazy, nice tan head. Candy fruity aroma. Big malty fruity flavors. Malty fruity finish. Nice effort.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Thanks EDA. Deep amber in color with a nice head. Sweet, spicey aroma. Spicey hoppy flavor. Citrusy. Fruity. Malty finish. Full bodied. Very complex. Drinkable. Very nice beer.


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