Botolph (16) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great example of one of my favorite styles. A bit o’ caramel o the nose. The flavor fills your mouth with some spikes of hops and a nice sweet malt character.
Monk would be proud even though it costs a bit more than a five spot.
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Burnt caramel color with ruby red highlights, very small head. Very fresh begian aromas. Apricot and almonds dominate, some malt, yeast and citrus undertones. Light bodied yet somehow full in the mouth. Nicely carbonated, as most belgians tend to be too fizzy in my opinion.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice brew from North Coast. Pours light with a very nice head. Aroma was sweet with rich malts. Flavor was very nice with distinct malt characteristics that were easy going.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy maroon amber with a very thin white head. Sweet malts, light caramel, light sweet fruits. Very nice Belgian taste. Pretty sweet, Belgian candy sugar, and sweet malts are present. Nice thick molasses taste in the finish. Alcohol is masked pretty nicely and kind of goes down the throat syrupy smooth. Not extremely complex but solid nonetheless. Nice belgian style brew from an American brewery.
mabel (7177) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 [137-20061209] Bottle. Light meaty steak aroma. Deep dark brown-red body with an off-white head. Meaty spicy flavour with nicely hidden alcohol. Medium body. Good togetherness, OK to repeat. (6/4/7/3/13) 3.3
[5005C-20121208] Tap. Heavy toasted malt yeast aroma. Clear, dark ruby brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Boozy toasted fruit yeast flavour has a sweet long-lasting aftertaste. Full body. Good. (7/3/7/4/14) 3.5
(@ Cole’s, Buffalo, NY)
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2008 Tap. Pours with a nice copper to brown color and a medium head. Aromas of caramel and molassess. Flavors of sweet malts, caramel, a bit of Belgian influence with some hint of fruit such as citrus and banana. It is too sweet for a true Belgian though, it could use a bit of hops.
pilsnerrogge (2630) - Finspång, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Redish brown colour, rich head. "Belgian" yeast-fruity aroma with a light touch of liquorice. Sweet and fruity flavour, very Belgian. The alcohol brings warmth and bitterness to the finish.
Doctormirk (100) - USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light chocolate red with a tan head. Tastes of plums and other dark fruit. Lightly sour. Alcohol not very present.
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The wide range of flavors in this Belgian strong is made all the more impressive by how different each sip can be. To really enjoy this brew, sit somewhere quite and ponder each sip. Though the flavors here are every bit as rich and rewarding as, say, Chimay Blue, it does a lack a little in mouthfeel.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Drafting Room. Deep mahogany with a large head. Aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar and sweet malts. Alcohol warmth. Full body.