lovibond (115) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost as flavorful and aromatic as its bigger brother, but so much easier to digest.
mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2006 Poured a cloudy brown with an off-white foam head that dissipated rather quickly. Aroma of woody malt with just a twinge of skunkiness. Big mouth feel, dry and cola-like due to the carbonation. No real detectable alcohol. I expected more, but not bad.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Pours very dark, cloudy brown with a big, pillowy cream-colored head. The aroma is clean and fruity: banana, berries, mild hops, and smooth malt. The flavor has much the same character as the aroma, but with a yeasty foundation. The hops are a bit more present than other Belgians, and it makes an interesting complement to the rich vinous flavors. Altogether it’s very tasty, and it makes me want some aromatic cheese to eat with it.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I didn’t pour the ’grinds’ into the glass and this tasted better than the # 10(in which I did pour it in). Maybe it’s just in my head of I don’t truely appreciate this style of beer. But it was smoother and seem less bitter with a milder finish.
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - NOV 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle, ’bbe’ July 2009. Dark brown, becomes opaque dark red when held against the light. Strong pearling, initially creamy then lacy beige head which never disappears. Caramelly but not sweet and/or sugary aroma, very dry in fact. Also vinous, banana, sulphurish, aromatic hops. Malty and sharp earthy taste with some pear liqueur and a burning alcohol aftertaste mixed with gentle hops. Very smooth and good body, nice tickling mouthfeel.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cL bottle bought in Belgium in 2000. Reddish brown color with medium head, nice lacing. Malty aroma with dried fruit. Definite alcohol flavor that almost makes it taste dry. It’s musty, malty, a bit of sweetness as it warms, some orange flavor, woody, a bit medicinal, slight tartness (the alcohol again?), nice carbonation. Good beer.
SudsMcDuff (6850) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2005 Big Aroma ...choc,plum,raisen,dirt,berries,dirty sherry,dust,cooking choc.....awesome lacing! tastes good too!! Has alot going on here! would love to try an aged sample,just to see how it all goes together! all and all, i overpaid bigtime but i am happy i finally got to try a highly rated and truly good belgium strong ale. try it but don’t overpay!
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red orange, with a large billowing light tan head. Brown sugar, currants, alcohol, dates, and figs in the aroma. Dark chocolate, raisins, and earthy dark fruit flavors. Spicy ester finish with dried cherries and high alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and fairly hot.
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark mahogany with a thick creamy off white head. Reserved much of the sediment inside bottle to be enjoyed after rating. Very fruity aroma, lots of plum and rasin especially. Vinous with yeast and belgian candi sugar, some alcohol as well but rather muted. Flavor is intensly fruity. Dark cherry, plum, raisin, very vinous and multi layered. Nice spicy and warming finish. No notion of alcohol in the flavor though. Fullbodied on the palate, creamy with moderate soft carbonation. Overall, a very complex and flavorful brew. I could drink this often.
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I open the bottle to a slap-on-the-back chuff, and the frenzied froth pour collects itself into a rust-colored body and an enormous, lumpy tan krausen that mushrooms jubilantly over the rim of my tulip glass. I’m greeteed by predominantly earthy aromas accompanied by prunes or dates, cherries, flowers, yeast, gingerbread, and bubblegum wrapper. Inside, I meet a blur of flavors: walnut, fruit (plum, rum-raisin, gooseberry?, orange gumdrops), and wood. Everpresent ethanol hovers nearby, and confettis my head with fuzzy static. Shy candied citrus and anise peek from the background. I sip the secret liquid, and her pangaean lace veil discretely lava-lamps into eldritch foam amoebas. Her touch is fluffy, cottony on my tongue; an alcohol snowflake. The abrupt farewell is bone dry, spicily bitter, peppery, and strongly tannic. I depart with a sawdust or barklike astringent aftertaste. An unforgettable tryst, but at $6.99 to sample her, I’ll be content with the memory.