harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours very dark brown aroma is sweet dark fruity.very drinkavle smooth with a little alcohol burn, spiced up a bi, lightly malty which adds well to the texture. wish I would have aged more tho
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasting at goldtwins 9/20/06 - Aroma is nutty malt, yeast, cherry and maple. Pours cloudy brown with a nice medium brown head and good lacing. Flavor is smokey with cherry, bread dough and raisin. Palate is tart and crisp turning creamy as it warms. A very tasty brew.
Ernest (6148) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 Bottle.
Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of banana, raisin, plum, clove.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Second try, and still the same outcome: Not bad, but somewhat vague in character...pretty run of the mill strong Belgian brown.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bomber. Aroma: Candi sugar, caramel, sour cherries, light spiciness, belgian yeast, raisins, and a light herbal floweriness. Appearance: Dark reddish brown and hazed. Light tan head was full and foamy, but dissipated rapidly. Some good lacing. Flavor: Medium sweet maltiness with some candi sugar. Raisins and dried cherries. Some lively spiciness and a good yeast character. Alcohol is strong right before the finish. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Good alcohol warming on back of tongue. Overall: A good Belgian style brew, but not a standout. Head was almost nonexistant. Carbonation was a little sharp. Not bad, overall.
jefcon (1359) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark caramel in color. No lacing and little head. Aromas of dry wheat, caramel, and plum fruit. Flavors develop the fruit a bit more, with a sour cherry, plum, prune flavor. Yeast presence is lacing, and the palate is not as deep or as developed as other belgian strongs. This beer hides its alcohol well, though. Tasty and fruit-forward.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A pour with no head in a Mikasa snifter of a Belgian style is a major downgrade, esp one packaged in a 750 ml caged bottle. Dark ruby red color. Molasses taste, slight orange, spices. Aroma of sweet malt and spices. Decent beer but I would like less of any charasteristic that would give this beer a semblance of a head.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark chestnut brown. Almost black. Tan head quickly turns to thin layer of lace. Aroma of sweet alcohol and ripe dark fruits. Plum, grape, raisons. Taste is smooth and diverse with dark fruits, spices (nutmeg?), breadiness, and even a hint of nuts in the finish.
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at maproom. all dark fruit and alcohol. pretty sweet, but very alcoholic. seemed less complex than old stock ale, and a good bit maltier.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - SEP 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear, dark rich mahogany with thin white head possessing medium staying power. Tempting aroma of raisins, dried cherries, hints of dried grain and smooth, soothing alcohol. Said soothing alcohol hits right up front upon first swallow, followed by a rich but not overly sweet malt presence. Dried grain dances around in the background along with a moderate hop kick and spice that starts out too aggressively when this beer is served too cold (as mine was) but eventually settles down into a more ideal balance. Thick solid palate is sweet without ever becoming cloying. A pretty well-crafted beer that I had almost written off until my better judgment told me to let it warm up a little before making a final determination.
patrick767 (3528) - 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.