patrick767 (3235) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle - This North Coast ale has a yeasty aroma with a little alcohol noticeable. The taste is mainly malt and yeast, some nuttiness, and then some alcohol in the finish. Carbonation is light for a Belgian ale. It’s medium to light bodied and easy drinking for 9% ABV with a nicely warming finish. While tastey, I was hoping for something a bit more robust and better displaying its complexity in this style.
Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown/amber with a small beige head. Aromas of candy sugar, alcohol, dark fruits and a little yeast and roast. Flavor of candy sugar, dark fruits and alcohol. Strong carbonation.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark mahogany with a tannish head that dissapates quickly. Hot, sweet nose of caramel and bittering hops. Dark fruit aroma such as plum or red grapes. Woody almost. Earthy and rich malt flavors. Slight nuttiness to it with a ton of bittering hops. The fruits are back in full force with an almost sickly sweet prune flavor. There is a lot of alcohol present in this beer. The tongue is left a bit rough and sticky. The body is full and rich. The alcohol is a bit thick though. Not too shabby.
BitchesBrew (713) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[bottle] Pours a slightly hazy brown color. Boozy, malty sweet aroma. Flavors are nutty malts, with some dark fruits (dates and prunes), light spiciness and alcohol warmth. Light to medium bodied. Overall, pretty sweet and kind of unbalanced. This might mellow out with some time, but for now this one is a bit sweet and one-sided for me.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - SEP 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown pour that light travels through, has a minimal beige head. Nose is muted with a sugary sweetness apparent. Palate is a tad thin with a fair amount of carbonation. Flavor is, as expected, nice and malty with almond and walnut drenched in sugar and digested with plum and fig. Warming, strong, and enjoyable, this Belgian falters by a too thin body and lack of variation. The homage to T.S. Monk is preserved, nonetheless, in this ’nutty’ brew.
jzzbassman (1417) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle., courtesy of Secret Santa. Not great looking, a clear medium brown with not much head, even though it seemed very carbonated. Sweet, esthery, with clove and brown sugar, with enough carbonation to whisk away the sweet fruitiness.
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at D’s. Dark brown in color with hints of amber and a lot of carbonation. Aroma is very sweet... dark fruits, chocolate and molasses. Flavor is of raisins, plums, sticky molasses and is a tad acidic.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Clear reddish amber with a low dissapearing beige foam. Loads of dark fruit in aroma;; raisin, figs and black currant with notes of dark chocolate, almond, cocoa and yeast. Full flavour of raisin, nutmeg, figs and blackberries with notes of cardamonn, earth and yeast. Long warmong aftertaste of dark chocolate, almond, vanilla and nutshels.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear medium brown body covered by an off-white ring. Annoying DMS disturbs a lot in the nose with its cabbagey and black beans nuisances. They’re fortunately not covering the rest, which is a rather malty blend with a profile not unlike the munich toasty, nutty and fruity flavour that we find in many doppelbocks. An array of belgianesque spiciness also emanates from the fermentation and anise is particularly evident in that regard. Pretty extreme sweetness level only uplifts the alcoholic strength. Coriander, earth and vegetal nuances feel rather vague in comparison. Quite filtered for a Belgian, its body feels remarkably thin though irrigated by adequate carbonation.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark ruby body topped by a small tan head that quickly vanishes. The aroma is that of dark fruits, caramel, and some sweet almost floral notes. As it warms it devlops some tobacco like aromas also. Flavrowise it starts out medium sweet with plums and dried fruit giving way to some caramel. It never fully develops in the aroma or flavro department though it has potential. The palate is full with some warming alcohol, fairly attenuted. I really dig the label.