Aquilo (623) - 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 (1455) - 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.
Boutip (5910) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep mahogany color ale with a medium size dirty brown head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with a small touch of dry fruits is quite interesting. Taste of sweet malt is offset by some light dry fruits. Body is quite full with some adequate carbonation and no alcohol was noticeable. I thought it lack some complexities for the style but still very enjoyable nonetheless.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
this was quite brown ale tasting, with a bit of sourness and some Belgian yeast overtones of banana. Actually, as far as american "Belgians" go, this is quite nice.
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. average, tan, fizzy (fully dissapating). dark red body. dark fruit, brown sugar, and malts are all present.
slight metalic flavor. sweet, sweet, sweet. fizzy carbonation. strong alcohol presence. thick mouthfeel; somewhat creamy.