wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JUL 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster on tap at Stone brewery after aged beer tasting. No head. Deep amber color. Taste is a bit young and unrefined. Smell is too mild to rate. A little background harshness. Possibly the tiniest bit of background sourness that rises off the back of the tongue as a finish. Alchohol is prominent, reducing the drinkability of the beer.
jgentgesdo (674) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours translucent dark brown with red notes. Nose is spicy, herbal, with Belgian candy sugar, yeast, cream. Flavor is initially allspice and thyme, quite sweet, with a rather biting peppery yeast note. Strong alcohol note. Creamy mouthfeel. Heavy bodied. Pretty good stuff.
badlizard (5536) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stone. Cloudy dark brown with a thick creamy white head. Earthy aroma of dark fruit, yeast, chocolate, and caramel. A rich smooth taste of chocolate, dates, figs, and the hops come through in the finish.
hapjydeuce (958) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 Limited Edition bottle. This is a very interesting brew, difficult for me to describe. Pours a deep copper color with a copious beige head that lasts. One of the spicier Belgians I have ever tried. Very herbal aroma, hints of grass, and the classic notes of banana, pear and raisin. Sweet and peppery initial flavor that fades into a more citrus-based hops finish, followed by the noticeable amounts of thyme used. Yeast is definitely present too. Great tingly finish on the palate. Nice!
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Bottle labeled as Limited Edition 2005. Pours copper in color with brown head. Sweet malty and hoppy aroma. Taste is of yeast and malt with a dry finish.
Eructoblaster (3141) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 750ml. Dark brown cloudy body with good carbonation and a thin off-white frothy head. Complex malty/hoppy aroma with herbal, spicy and yeasty notes. Perfectly balanced taste that carries yeasty, spicy and fruity hints. Texture is soft/oily and alcohol is well hidden. Ends with a good warming finish. Nice!
after4ever (6314) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750. Pours deep grainy, opaque ebony with a thicky, goopy, moussy tan head. Enormous dark fruit nose hits you at arm’s length, even from a fairly cool beer. Dust and hay as you reel in the glass. Big thick body but totally free of stickiness or oiliness. Nice soft abundant carb. Heavy roast fruit flavors, wet leaves, leather, tobacco--it’s a super rich mid palate. Nice sharp herbal hop sting to the finish; beautiful contrasting element.
dwh50 (47) - Clay, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer was the high point of my vacation in Illinois. Very dark brown with good lasting head. Malt and carmel with smooth finish. I do not know if it is available in Central New York, but you can be sure I’ll look for it.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Draught at Brouwers in Seattle. Highly recommended, possibly the best beer I’ve had all year. Aroma is dried fruit forward, followed by sweet malt and an excellent floral hop boquet. Beer is a vary dark brown with a strong amber undertone, slightly hazy, with a good off-white head that leaves excellent belgian lace on the glass. Flavor is malt forward, lots of carmel, tons of dried dark fruit and low hoppiness. Flavors blend together excellently with this complexity, no clashing here. Body is moderate, as well as the carbonation and feel; great creamy finish. Overall, a very complex beer that should wow anyone. It’s hard to put this much into one bottle and not find something standing out too much to object to. Well made.
Grovlam (4157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Huge fizzy beige head that lasted for a very long time. Excellent display of lacework. Somewhat clear and sparkling body with a mahogany color. Huge spicy and fruity notes. Cinnamon, caramel, mix of dark fruit, pepper like notes, almost soy sauce like, yeast. I just have that Christmas feel to it. Full bodied with an average carbonation and hint of alcoholic texture. Flavor was moderated sweet with light notes of bitterness. Finish was spicy sweet and somewhat liquorish lingering. Excellent Christmas beer.