auderale (605) - Minot, USA - MAR 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark cherry red pour with small white head. Sweet, slight orangish aroma. A little spicy flavor. Better than I expected.
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Poured a cloudy broan amazing fluffy long lasting lacing head. Aroma was spices and dark fruit. Flavor was candy sugar spices dark fruits. The alcohol wasn’t hidden in this at all. "
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1996: Pour is dark amber with a tight bubbled tan head...smell is warm and malty and spicy with lots of corriander or clove...taste was nice and sweet with lots of fruit...alcohol still apparent, but slightly oxidized...
harrisoni (12648) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Kulminator, Antwerp. First beer here on the Friday (came back the following day) and whilst I was wading through the beer list, I had a draught beer just to keep me going. Deep copper/amber colour with lasting beige head. Choc/coffee and dark fruit aroma. But also quite fresh. Some spice and heat in mouth, slightly raisiny on end. Slight rubber on finish too.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown color with a huge off-white head that lasts and lasts. Excellent lacing throughout. Hazy body with small floaties. Moderately malty aroma with light bread notes along with apple and allspice notes. Moderately sweet flavor from start to finish with more hints of apple and spice. Full bodied with fairly soft carbonation. Delicious.
GregClow (2812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry & tupalev - courtesy of blankboy. Hazy mahogany colour with a medium tan head. Aroma is big and spicey - nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon - with notes of tart orange rind and yeast. Flavour is robust and complex - we really should’ve had this one earlier in the night, as my palate was on its last legs by this point, and I found it tough to pull flavours out of the mix. It was just big and spicey and warm, and really good.
gnoff (7415) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2012 First rating.
Draught at The Rover in Gothenburg Sweden, January 6, 2006.
Very nice dark red color and a nice head. Spicy and a bit alcoholi in scent and taste. Nice to warm you up when it’s cold outside.
Second rating, November , 2006.
75 cl bottle
Some Belgian yeast smell, strawberry yogurt and sweet cherry smell. Sugary. Shady red color, tan head. Lots of marzipan and alcohol taste. Too sweet palate. Just too much sugar.
At the ekstedt vintage tasting on December 28, 2012. 2012 (thanks dunbar72) vs 2010 (thanks ekstedt ) vs 2007 (thanks ekstedt ). All from big bottles.
Hazy copper to brown color, tan head. Sweet, estery, sugary scent. Sweet, alcohol, sugary, Belgian taste. Alcohol bite. Medium smooth mouthfeel, fairly low bitterness.
Hazy dark copper to brown color, tan head. Alcohol and cheese scent. Sweet, apple taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.
Clear brown color, small tan head. Sweet, bubblegum, minty, dirt cellar, maltys cent. Sweet, malty, sugary taste. Dirt cellar aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.
Again a bit surprised I go for the freshest one as the best one, leaving that score.
Dorqui (2056) - Brescia, ITALY - FEB 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 Bottled 0,75L at Oberon (Ospitaletto).
Creamy and adherent head, good persistence. Dark reddish color tending to the brown; Enough dark and with a good fizz. Alcoholic and complex aroma; enough winy with overbearing alcoholic notes. Medium pungent taste, dense and liquory. Nicely flowery and spiced but is too much top heavy.
blankboy (5797) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- my bottle. Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a good size off-white head. Sweet, sugary aroma of malt, spices and alcohol. Complex flavour of sweet malt, spices, alcohol, brown sugar, citrus and herbs (thyme and the like). Full bodied. Wow, this is a great beer and a pleasant surprise -- fantastic!
Gorbalev (2893) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared with blankboy, gregclow, and hogtown harry, thanks for the bottle blankboy. Dark brown, medium bubbly off white/orange head, looks nice. Alcohol, spice, sweet aroma. Wonderful taste! Lots of spice, lots of malt, some alcohol. Full bodied for the style, yet balanced with a perfect amount of carbonation. A near perfect taste for the style. Bloody lovely.