DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Dark brown with good head. Malty aroma with hints of chocolate and roast and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is very much like a dubbel. It’s pretty bready from the yeast and a bit sweet. Lots of chocolate flavor but well balanced by the yeast and alcohol. Good beer.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. bottle. Deep red mahogany pour, large light tan loosely structured head that settles to a fine layer in a few minutes. Brown sugar, raisins, earth, yeast,and alcohol evident in the aroma. Medium body and light carbonation give way to a mild astringency. Burnt caramel sweetness comes through early, supplanted by an ever increasing bitterness that is lasting, but never totally dominant over the fruity sweetness.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper body. Thin light tan creamy head. Very sweet and malty aroma with oxygenated vinous notes. Smells decent, but could get annoying (?). Taste is a little stale and sweet fruity. Like apple kringle. Okay beer.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle. Clear brown body under a thin white ring. Prune, yellow apple and dry cocoa powder in the clean, fruity aroma. The flavor features a wide band of sweet plummy caramel in the middle bounded by stemmy hops on the bottom and a lemon acidity on top. Finishes with a certain fruity acidity, sort of like lemon-soaked cherries. There are lots of flavors in this guy but none that I can get excited about.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via Odeed. The beer pours to a dark red brown body with a foamy light khaki head. The aroma is sweet dark malts, light apples, black raisins. The flavor is sweet dark malts, with hints of raisins and other fruits, some candy sugars, light yellow apples, yeasts. Lightly dry yet creamy and semi-full mouthfeel.
TheBeerGod (5454) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - corked and caged. Pours a rich murky brown. Small manila bubbles spread upon the surface. Nose is caramel, brown sugar, raisins, plums (dark fruits, in general), cocoa, and soft yeast notes. The first sip reveals more dark fruits, raisins mainly, with brown sugar, dusty yeast notes, chocolate and soft alcohol. Sweet malt in abundance in this and there’s some hints of muted Whoppers candy in spots (not quite as rich malt). Body is lively and medium-full. Bubbly but dense carbonation. Finishes with cocoa, light cobwebby yeast, soft caramel and sweet malts, more dark fruits. Really nice beer. I’ll have to lay a couple of these down.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Although I did really enjoy the beer, nothing about it seemed to be a Belgian Abbey style. It was a hazy brown pour with a small tan head, leaving very little lacing. Nose of chocolate and dark malts. Mouth more like a bock than an abbey, not sweet and heavy and syrupy. Taste of cocolate and sweet dark roasted malts, again more like a bock than an abbey, without the alcohol, sugar, or yeast of an abbey dubbel or tripel. Nice enough for what it was, although not sure what it was.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle: Pours a cloudy ruby brown with a medium off-white head, aroma has cherries, molasses and brown sugar, full bodied with an oily texture and mellow carbonation, starts and ends sweet,
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cold 750ml corked bottle: Pours a dark brown with a moderate tan head that dissolves. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Taste is of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate with some underlying bitterness. Ending is mostly sweet with some bitterness and alcohol to it. Full bodied and well carbonated. Oily texture.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap, offered as a cask styke.
A cloudy brown body with a thin white head. Cocca aroma wuth hints of fruits. A good mix of cocca notes and balancing hops with notes of alcohol. A small oak presence could be detected, but did not ad to the beer.