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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Thanks to CaptainCougar. Poured a hazy golden amber with an off white head. Aroma is sweet, spicy, clove, and buttery diacetyl. Spicy flavor and medium body. For me diacetyl hurts a beer a good bit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Pours a clear copper brown with a frothy off-white head. Has a musty, earthy, semi-sweet, peppery aroma with some butterscotch and cooked vegetables. Starts earthy, dry and bittersweet with a nicely spiced semi-tart balance. FInishes dry and mildly warming. A nice replica of the Belgian style but could be a little more complex with less diacetyl. Thanks to slob for the trade!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3046) - Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2005
This red-bodied beer pours with a large head. The aroma is brightly citrusy along with a bit of banana. The malt in the flavor is fairly dry.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 5, 2005
Amber to a deep red hue. Tall, frothy, off-white head. Huge butterscotch/diacetyl aroma. Alcohol, banana, pineapple, caramel. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Slightly oxidized. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderate alcohol. The bottom line is: too much diacetyl and alcohol.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Bottle: Poured light briwn with a fizzy off white head. Diacetyl nose with mild vinegar notes. Big carbonation. Buttery flavor with mild Belgian yeast qualities. Short finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2005
This was probably the best beer sampled at McKenzie’s. It had a reddish orange appearance with a fair amount of head. It was a little bit on the thin side but flavorful nonetheless. I tasted cherries, raisins, grapes, and some light citrus notes. Pretty good example of the style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Pours a rusty amber with a huge head that fades slowly. Aroma of hay, spice, slight barnyard, and mild dark fruit. Flavor is a blend of elegant fruit, malts, wheat, sugar, and tea like hops. Interesting and different. Rich but light and drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Bottle pours dark ruby, much like a root beer, very large off-white pillowy head, with sticky lacing.   Slightly yeasty and candyish aroma.   Very subtle chocolate covered cherry like aroma.   Not as aromatic as I would have hoped. Very little dark pitted fruit.   Semi-sweet malty flavor, but unfortunately thats about it.   Medium body, with a very fizzy/spritzy mouthfeel.   Finishes rather bland, slightly sweet, but without any of the darky fruity flavors I have come to expect.   This was a let down.   So far the Super Saison was much better.   Still have yet to try the Impy Stout and Barleywine.   Thanks goes out to egajdzis for the trade.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7729) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Pours turbid dark brown with medium splotchy wgite head. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, spices....very Belgian dubbly aroma. Tastes malty, fruity, with some finishing toffee and caramel malt and candi sugar. Not real dense on the palate, and with very little carbonation. Still, very complex and well balanced. A nice example of the style, and another winner from McKenzie’s.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Vintage August 2004. Hand bottled by McKenzie’s - 750ml bottle. Poured a medium to darker, cloudy copper color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas and tastes of spices, bananas, yeast and some caramel. Malty and bready in the tastes as well. Lively and dry body.


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