unclemattie (4262) - Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled this at the Great Decatur Beer Tasting Festival. Red color. Very Chocolate aroma. Malt palate, lingering muchobitterness. Very balanced for a west coast Belgian Strong Ale, although I feel that it is more of a Scottish Ale with the dark, rich malt.
bp (810) - Queens, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle purchased at ABD in Brooklyn: pours a redish brown, strong aroma of cherries, caramel and maybe a litte cherry flavor. This is a really nice American Belgian. Well worth a try.
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 [Bottled. Stockholm Beer Festival]
Hazy brown colour, rocky beige head. Spicy aroma with dried fruits and chocolate - a bit Sottish over this one. Medium bodied. Big on caramel in flavour, and fruity esters.
Dark brown colour, with a tint of red. Big vanilla-coloured head.
Dried fruits and yeast, caramel and light smokey aroma.
Full mouthfeel, caramelly backbone, dried fruits, light smokey.
Alcohol aftertaste.Exact the same numbers as in previous rating.
Dorwart (2386) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin head of fine bubbles. Excellent carbonation. Typical belgian strong with raisins, other dark fruits, some caramel and thick sweet malts. Color is a dark brown with a nice hint of red in the light. Flavor is a little weaker than expected. Light sweetness acompany the plethora of malts, plums and light spices. A hint of dryness gives way to a slick oily mouthfeel post swallow. For 9%, the alcohol is rather subdued and is cloaked behing the malty sweetness. Finishing thick and coating with a little lingering spice and prune. A pretty fine belgian strong. And even better since it was brewed here in the ole US of A.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Umm, this was a nice brew, lightly roasty up front, with some peach and plum sweetness in the finish. Lightly hopped just to balance with a great estery finish. Great body that brings out the sweetness on the palate but never feels cloying due to the higher carbonation that really makes the spiciness stand out.
PSmith (35) - Kennewick, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, Very nice beer, with just enough hops to keep the sweet maltiness "down". Beutiful brown-red color, nice head. A very good American Belgium. A nice warm finish and at 9%, no heavy alc. flavor.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - OCT 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml corked bottle: Clear ruby red color with small light tan head. Aroma has notes of cherry, oak, vanilla, caramel, bananna, faint solventy alcohol notes. Flavor is malty, fair amount of caramel, bit of bananna, lemon. Finish is balanced a bit towards the sweeter side. A good brew.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Brown colored pour with a small tan head. Aroma had some molassas, spice, and a bit of dark fruits, some alcohol was present as well. Flavor, brown sugar, fruits, and a bit of alcohol. Very warming. Solid beer.
GregClow (2910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at Union Beer Trade Tasting, NYC. Ruby orange with a tight off-white head. Aroma of brown sugar, spice (cinnamon, corriander), soft malts. Nice body. Flavour is complex but not overwhelming, with notes of dried fruit, toffee, caramel, mild roast and a long, warm finish. Great way to finish the night!
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle poured a hazy copper brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of dark fruit, spices and toffee. Palate was medium bodied and warming. Flavors of raisin, plum, spices and brown sugar with a sweet lingering warming finish.