edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Excellent. Dark brown color. Definate plum taste, but not overpowering. I was worried it would be too sweet fot my taste, but I really enjoyed it
Earlier Rating: 6/23/2006 Total Score: 4.5
Excellent beer. I was afraid I would find it to be too sweet for my taste, but it was perfect. There is a definate plum taste to it, not overpowering though. Very pleased with this beer.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 oz. very dark brown with a long lasting off white head. Aroma is dark fruit, light chocolate and dark malts. Taste is very complex as I expected it to be, with dark fruits, earthy, lots of yeast flavor, very smooth on the palate but full bodied. Alcohol almost seems non existent.
sanmiguel (118) - Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled. Pours a dark caramel body. Strong dark, slightly burnt chocolate/coffee flavor with hints of spicy hints. Nice caramel finish. Clearly one of the best beers I’ve ever had! Goodbye lagers!
zombywoof (457) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 19, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2014 Very pronounced nose of raisens, figs, banana and peach ,very little alchohol aroma. Mildly sweet and spicy. Soft mouthfeel punctuated with brisk short carbonation. Complex palate alternates between dry and sweet lots of earthy spicy ,woody and carmelized fruit notes. Yummy. Goes great with a CAO Corilla. One of the most interesting brews I’ve had-it lives up to the hype.
Louipa (121) - USA - JUN 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2006 This is a very complex beer, and I cannot put my finger on the various flavors in my mouth. It is the god beer...you will drink it....you must obey...
But for real, its good stuff.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2oz bottle, 21 12 10 is printed on the bottle (maybe the best by date?). Had this one time @ the Royal Mile in Des Moines (and was delicious), and am gonna have it again. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head into my Chimay chalice. Aroma of bananas, yeast, spices, fruity brown sugar, ripe raisins. Very sweet tasting up front, adding oak and/or bourbon to the mix. Bananas show up in the aftertaste. Bitterness is noted 2/3 through until the end, though it seems to alternate between sips--sometimes bitter and dry, sometimes sweet and dry. creamy mouthfeel despite the sharp carbonation. . Alcohol is evident though not harsh. A very different and good beer. I’ll have to run to Dirty John’s and rerate this one, because I know it’s good and I like it, but I just don’t know how good it is and how much I like it. For now, a 4.0 rating will have to do.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle. Aroma: Dark fruit, caramel, sweet malt, alcohol, and yeast. Wonderful aroma! Appearance: Beer is the color of the dark raisins in the aroma. Head was abundant and beige-y in color, but diminished quickly. Decent lacing. Flavor: malt sweetness, followed by dark fruits, followed by candi sugar, followed by an intense alcohol flavor and warming. Everything has it’s place, and nothing is stepping on anything else. Very complex, but masterfully balanced. Palate: Full bodied. Carbonation was a little high, but helped accentuate some of the flavors. Alcohol warming on back of tongue and roof of mouth is very enjoyable. Overall: A masterclass on the brewer’s art. An exceptionally well put together beer. One of my personal favorites.
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JUN 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dull gold murky appearance – nice head however, the head does not last long– nose is prunes, cinnamon, raisins, grassy, caramel very sharp – medium body – initial taste is sweet then turns acidic, and malt, dried prunes (barleywineish quality) - aftertaste is medium with a creamy, acidic and bitter chocolate
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle L30 11 10. Deep cola brown with a fluffy tan head. Bubbles range from tiny to large. Aroma is sweet candy plum, sour cherries, and a touch of alcohol. Quite appetizing. Palate is very smooth. Flavor is a touch sour when cold. Letting it sit and warm up highlights the sugars (and the alcohol twist). I’ve got another bottle I’m going to let age for a while. I’m going to let it warm up before drinking... this one has improved significantly as the temperature approached room.
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - JUN 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2010 FINALLY A BELGIAN ALE THAT I REALLY LIKE! Chimay is ok, but this stuff has it beat hands down... Dark brown in color with nice lacing. Aroma was malty and slightly sour. Flavor was mostly sweet and a little tart with a hint of chocolate.