SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle - pours clear and deep reddish brown; thick and sweet aromas are fruity, malty and spicy; the alcohol has some bite at first, but smooths out as the richness of the flavors sink in
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful ruby color, with a small tan head. Sweet an yeasty aroma. Flavor is yeasty at first, and gets sweet and tart with a slight bitterness at the end. Medium-thick body, and a dry finish. Pretty good, jazzy.
PhillyBeer2112 (2751) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m very pleased with this deep ruby red color. Medium tan head, thick but faded fast. Pleasing fruity aroma, with raisin, also bubblegum, and then a higher alcohol giving it a layer of sweetness. Doesn’t seem real sweet at first but a lingering stickiness on the lips feels nice. Molasses soaked raisins. Quite fizzy, causing the finish to lack in depth, then an unwelcome bitterness rises to say goodbye.
Aquilo (621) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one has a nice thick head, and is rather dark, with red tones if you hold it up to the light. Pours a bit watery though. Smells like champagne with hints of cinnamon french toast. (I always love a glass of champagne with my french toast.) Taste is winey like the smell, but with more of a caramel and cinnamon flavor as well. A bit watery on the palate, but not bad overall.
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 - Washington Brewers Festival – Kenmore WA
Deep brown color with a very thin head. This was with a molasses aroma and a deep fruity nose. A strong Belgian brew this was a very good beer. Need to let this warm up not a drink fast beer. Good beer never the less. Liked the flavors the spices and the dry finish.
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
color is murky chestnut shade with only minimal tan head. aroma is sweet and yeasty with some leather and earth. estery fruit and sweetness are overtaken by spicy hops and some alcohol. a little tart with some cherry notes. good but not great
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 15, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
NorCal tasting June ’07 - While this is one of the cooler names for a beer that has come out in awhile, the beer inside might just be one of North Coasts biggest let downs in awhile. An aroma of sweet bubblegum, with a sugar blast of a nose. There are subtle molasses notes too. Appearance was a dark reddish/brown in color, mostly clear. Mouthfeel had an unpleasant harshness about it. Flavor was a sugary malt bomb with a soapy, burnt sugar character and old/cheap chocolate. Truly a disappointing beer from my boys at North Coast.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big malty mess...roasted caramel, dried fruits (prunes, dates, figs), molasses, brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, and, strangely enough Carl, root beer. Some surprisingly robust carbonation to liven things up a bit. Alcohol was pretty well hidden, until I tried to find my keys. Good brew on every level.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
(750mL bottle): Pours a dark brown color, some head but diminishing. Light tannish head, fine bubbles. Strong belgian alcoholy aroma, dark fruit, sweet smelling. Some earthy smells. Clean, not too strong a taste surprisingly. Malty sweet with clean finish. Not alcoholy taste. A little tempered on the taste, though. Sweet tasting. Malty aftertaste. Good.
JoeinDahlem (1448) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Love the label. Deep brown color, but beige head could have stuck around longer. Malts and fruits are strong in the aroma and flavor, but the whole package is a bit too sweet from start to finish. Easing back on the sugar would have brought out more character. Nice, lively palate. Does a decent job of honoring the abbey ales, but in the end it’s out of balance.