MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Any first impressions?
-A ring of foam circles the burgundy-brown gown.
-Delicate chocolate emanates from the cold coffee, as roastiness whispers nearby.
-Vanilla and chocolate sweetness offering sufficient malty pleasures to keep the tastebuds interested.
-The expansive effervescence canít overthrow the lusty maltiness.
What if you dig deeper?
-A vinous fruitiness swims underneath it all.
-A leveled sweetness smoothly finishes the sip, evoking caramel-covered raisins.
-A genuine Belgian Strong which could substitute a St.Bernardus Abt once in a while, but which simply isnít jazzy enough to be considered as ingenious.
Bottle; no date.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Translucent and fiery amber with blatant filtration and force carbonation. A brief, fuzzy, grayish tan head recedes to distant galaxy dust. Aroma is laden with brandied prunes, maple sugar and a touch of bubblegum. Some caramelized golden raisins, chestnuts basking in brandy Manhattan matter, and rummy apple butter over caramel laden grahams join sequential wafts as well. Large scale flavor profile hammers out honey coated hazelnuts and heavily caramelized golden raisins. Nutmeg, ginger and allspice droll up the spice patrol. Candied, light fruited figs and drippy, gooey grahams. Brown sugar bake casserole over a brandy figgy pudding. If coriander could be caramelized, North Coast did it. Tasty and amiable, with and escalating effervescence that keeps the stickiness and syrupy nature back. Honeycomb, apple butter, golden raisins and fig juice drip down the lane, eventually succumbing to a thicker caramel tract, which in turn creates a fruity-graham-toffee bark character in its stead. A touch of dry, candied cigar wrappers sees us out.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown ale with a thin moka head. Sweet licorice malt, vanilla beans with molasse and vinous notes, and warming alcohol. In mouth, a sweet brown sugar with vinous notes, light belgian hops, and anis seed. Medium bodied and interesting. Enjoyed with the Mtl Crew Sept. 9, 2006.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, brilliant ruby red with a thin, instantly dissipating brown head leaving a thin ring at the edge of the glass. Fruity, lightly malty aroma that remains interesting without being too sweet. Chocolate, toffee, cherries, raisins, spiced rum, toasted bread, tropical fruit esters, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, plum and perhaps a touch of banana bread. The body is on the bigger side, but not outrageous. The carbonation is on the lower side, approaching non-existent. The flavor is mostly sweet with fairly obvious alcohol and mild spice character. This is a big beer with loads of residual sweetness. Due to the elevated alcohol, the beer doesnít seem as sweet as it could, but there is definitely little that can be characterized as dry. This is pretty tasty, but not as interesting as I had hoped. Maybe a little time will help, Iím just not sure Iím ready to make that investment yet.
argo0 (11078) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 9, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle) Minimal beige head that vanishes quickly, atop clear ruby body. Aroma is medium sweet, plum, some perfume, alcohol astringency. Taste is moderately sweet, plum, light caramel, vinous, some alcohol. Soft, medium-full body, some stickiness.
shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2008
Sampled from bottle at Riverís Bend on 9/1/2006 - Thanks Matt! This one was sweet and thick. Amber color, mostly clear. Moderate carbonation. Also had some bitterness to it that was okay, but not great. Not nearly as well balanced and interesting as the Victory V12! Rating: 7 3 7 4 15 = 3.6
8/05/2008: According to the label, Brother Thelonious is a "Belgian Style Abbey Ale". Yep, it sure looks (dark amber-brown color with a frothy dark beige head), smells (strong and fruity with dark/dried fruit, sweet caramelized malt, banana, and more), and tastes (good presence of caramelized and slightly roasted malts, aged dark fruits such as dates and berries/cherries, hints of banana and subtle smokiness, candi sugar, and a strong but tasty alcohol presence) like it! It starts on the sweet side and moves through the main flavors toward a strong, slightly dry finish. This beer is strong, yet intriguingly complex and tasty brew! It has a medium to medium-full body and a smooth mouthfeel. Actually, this beer reminds me of a good Scotch Ale in a number of ways...
12 fl. oz. bottle (Alc/Vol. 9.4%) from tish. Thanks again Tish! Rating: 7 4 8 3 16 = 3.8
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer poured with a nice initial fizzy head, but it dissipated quickly to a trace amount of bubbles in the very center. Aroma is yeasty and spicy, with occasional hints of a smokey malt flavor. Very nice and ever-present. Taste continues those flavors, with a bit of nuttiness, and mellow roasty bitterness in the finish. Sounds very well and good, but the beer should be a bit thicker. This way all of the flavors can fully coat your mouth. Towards the end, I think the yeast flavors became a little strong for me, but overall I still found this beer enjoyable and worth trying. North Coast did a good job making a genuine abbey style ale, even if thereís room for improvement.
tennisjoel (1146) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle rating. Deep burgandy colored, with a smaller head than I would expect from this style of beer. Dark fruit aroma, belgian sugar, vanilla, and a smoked aspect too. I also can smell the alcohol here. The head almost completely diminishes, almost barley wineish in that respect. A very sweet taste immediately attacks the palate, with a spicy cinnamon like finish coating the palate. I also get slight hints of wheat/banana notes. Fairly complex, but nothing that is mind blowing. A good beer, just not exceptional.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark chestnut color with hints of ruby when held to the light. Smaller, but creamy looking head. Second bottle and I must admit the scents from this one are less pleasing than I remember from the first (granted the first was during a general set around and swill some brews). Woody caramel, stewed prunes, wild flowers, and light peat. No noticeable alcohol and nothing that incites any emotion. Full malty flavors. Now there is something to sink ones teeth into. Mild caramel, light cherry wood and dark candi sugar, some floral notes lighten this up. A very chewy brew. This somehow begs to be coupled with a thick maduro cigar. Just a few sips and a puff every five or ten minutes make this a long and interesting brew.
Nugget (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2006
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
This beer tastes like lake water. I was expecting a hell of a lot more from North Coast. The Silver Jubilee was fantastic, this is just baloney.