nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. For such a common beer, this was a real pleasure to drink. It is rosy, almost tea colored in the glass with a range of sediment sizes. Rather thin head, but not so much that it detracts from the appearance. The smell is surprisingly fresh for an 8% beer, with lemon, citrus, alfalfa, wheat, and some light caramel tones. the taste is very sweet with a bitter lingering taste. Bracing spices, oak, caramel, and some christmas spices abound. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick.
vanvenlo (1775) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
19 Nov 2005 - Nice spicy fruit aroma. Excellent head, nice lacing, clear orange red brown colour. Sweet complex fruit, spiritous flavour. Sweet well balanced, thickish mouthfeel.
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUL 2, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, 33cl. I was expecting a lot more from this one. Itís a good beer but something in the flavour was not right.... Pours a red/brown colour with a small beige head that disappeared a little too fast (next time iíll try to drink it in her special glass). Aroma of fruits and spices. The flavour is strong and very complex also very dry. I can sense the malt, spices and the alcohol. However, thereís also something like burnt wood in the flavour that isnít good. Not very smooth and not the best belgian beer around.
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - JUN 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2005 Fantastic - esp. if enjoyed from the excellent and rather unusual glass.
Lots of complexity, maltyness, and a really nice mellow aftertaste. Oh yes - almost bananalike aroma.
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 25, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Dark copper coloured, bubby/foamy head. Plummy fruitish aroma with caramellish hints. Halfbitter plummy fruitish flavour. Malty aftertaste and sticky palate.
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[bottle from beer cafe] pours an amber colour with a moderate head which doesnt last well. nose is yeasty with a little spiceyness, some caramel malts. body is decent, fairly long finish.
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep copper with a tan head. Nose is spicy with hints of caramel. Taste is malty, with caramel up front. Not bad, but not the smoothest beer Iíve had.
dwyerpg (5644) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholish in aroma. Head disappears quickly. Has tons of floaties, and it clots! Very dry for its style. No repurchase here.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Suspended globs upon pouring. Red brick in color, large and lasting foam. Stale, musty yeast in the nose, with hints of barnyard, caramel, spice and red fruits. Flavor is dry and funky, sprucey and thin, with stale malts and boozy fruits, Really sweet and thin. I surely prefer the Tripel.
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very decent throughout. Pours orange with not much head. Taste is spicy and has hints of maltiness throughout. Gets better with every drink. Alcohol is under the surface just enough to warm the belly. Give this a try!