BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[bottle] Pours a slightly hazy brown color. Boozy, malty sweet aroma. Flavors are nutty malts, with some dark fruits (dates and prunes), light spiciness and alcohol warmth. Light to medium bodied. Overall, pretty sweet and kind of unbalanced. This might mellow out with some time, but for now this one is a bit sweet and one-sided for me.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - SEP 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown pour that light travels through, has a minimal beige head. Nose is muted with a sugary sweetness apparent. Palate is a tad thin with a fair amount of carbonation. Flavor is, as expected, nice and malty with almond and walnut drenched in sugar and digested with plum and fig. Warming, strong, and enjoyable, this Belgian falters by a too thin body and lack of variation. The homage to T.S. Monk is preserved, nonetheless, in this ’nutty’ brew.
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle., courtesy of Secret Santa. Not great looking, a clear medium brown with not much head, even though it seemed very carbonated. Sweet, esthery, with clove and brown sugar, with enough carbonation to whisk away the sweet fruitiness.
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at D’s. Dark brown in color with hints of amber and a lot of carbonation. Aroma is very sweet... dark fruits, chocolate and molasses. Flavor is of raisins, plums, sticky molasses and is a tad acidic.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Clear reddish amber with a low dissapearing beige foam. Loads of dark fruit in aroma;; raisin, figs and black currant with notes of dark chocolate, almond, cocoa and yeast. Full flavour of raisin, nutmeg, figs and blackberries with notes of cardamonn, earth and yeast. Long warmong aftertaste of dark chocolate, almond, vanilla and nutshels.
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear medium brown body covered by an off-white ring. Annoying DMS disturbs a lot in the nose with its cabbagey and black beans nuisances. They’re fortunately not covering the rest, which is a rather malty blend with a profile not unlike the munich toasty, nutty and fruity flavour that we find in many doppelbocks. An array of belgianesque spiciness also emanates from the fermentation and anise is particularly evident in that regard. Pretty extreme sweetness level only uplifts the alcoholic strength. Coriander, earth and vegetal nuances feel rather vague in comparison. Quite filtered for a Belgian, its body feels remarkably thin though irrigated by adequate carbonation.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark ruby body topped by a small tan head that quickly vanishes. The aroma is that of dark fruits, caramel, and some sweet almost floral notes. As it warms it devlops some tobacco like aromas also. Flavrowise it starts out medium sweet with plums and dried fruit giving way to some caramel. It never fully develops in the aroma or flavro department though it has potential. The palate is full with some warming alcohol, fairly attenuted. I really dig the label.
GadgetGeek (36) - Snellville, Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Good first taste of this beer. I drank it while it was too cold but as the beer started to warm it developed some chocolate and fig tastes. Almost no head on this beer and little or no lacing.
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This has a deep brown body with red highlights and a slender tan head. No lacing. It’s got a sweet, yeasty aroma with dried fruits (raisin, date, prune), dark brown sugar, sweet toffee, and a daub of chocolate. Lively carbonation in the mouth. The flavor is sweet and malty, now caramel, with all of the fruit, the sugar, some root beer, suggestions of milk chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. A good salute to Thelonius Monk.
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jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown with orange highlights. Very fruity aroma--raisin and grape, fig, and a touch of something lighter and sweeter--with some underlying chocolate and toffee. A fair amount of yeast and a hint of alcohol, as well. The flavor is a big hit of brown sugar with some vinous notes and a jaunting caramel sweetness that speaks of cola. Thick mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Good effort.