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 (6153) - 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 (5570) - 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.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Any first impressions?
-A ring of foam circles the burgundy-brown gown.
-Delicate chocolate emanates from the cold coffee, as roastiness whispers nearby.
-Vanilla and chocolate sweetness offering sufficient malty pleasures to keep the tastebuds interested.
-The expansive effervescence can’t overthrow the lusty maltiness.
What if you dig deeper?
-A vinous fruitiness swims underneath it all.
-A leveled sweetness smoothly finishes the sip, evoking caramel-covered raisins.
-A genuine Belgian Strong which could substitute a St.Bernardus Abt once in a while, but which simply isn’t jazzy enough to be considered as ingenious.
Bottle; no date.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Translucent and fiery amber with blatant filtration and force carbonation. A brief, fuzzy, grayish tan head recedes to distant galaxy dust. Aroma is laden with brandied prunes, maple sugar and a touch of bubblegum. Some caramelized golden raisins, chestnuts basking in brandy Manhattan matter, and rummy apple butter over caramel laden grahams join sequential wafts as well. Large scale flavor profile hammers out honey coated hazelnuts and heavily caramelized golden raisins. Nutmeg, ginger and allspice droll up the spice patrol. Candied, light fruited figs and drippy, gooey grahams. Brown sugar bake casserole over a brandy figgy pudding. If coriander could be caramelized, North Coast did it. Tasty and amiable, with and escalating effervescence that keeps the stickiness and syrupy nature back. Honeycomb, apple butter, golden raisins and fig juice drip down the lane, eventually succumbing to a thicker caramel tract, which in turn creates a fruity-graham-toffee bark character in its stead. A touch of dry, candied cigar wrappers sees us out.
Lubiere (10721) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown ale with a thin moka head. Sweet licorice malt, vanilla beans with molasse and vinous notes, and warming alcohol. In mouth, a sweet brown sugar with vinous notes, light belgian hops, and anis seed. Medium bodied and interesting. Enjoyed with the Mtl Crew Sept. 9, 2006.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, brilliant ruby red with a thin, instantly dissipating brown head leaving a thin ring at the edge of the glass. Fruity, lightly malty aroma that remains interesting without being too sweet. Chocolate, toffee, cherries, raisins, spiced rum, toasted bread, tropical fruit esters, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, plum and perhaps a touch of banana bread. The body is on the bigger side, but not outrageous. The carbonation is on the lower side, approaching non-existent. The flavor is mostly sweet with fairly obvious alcohol and mild spice character. This is a big beer with loads of residual sweetness. Due to the elevated alcohol, the beer doesn’t seem as sweet as it could, but there is definitely little that can be characterized as dry. This is pretty tasty, but not as interesting as I had hoped. Maybe a little time will help, I’m just not sure I’m ready to make that investment yet.