BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle: Pours to a dark brown, mostly opaque but does not appear to be cloudy or have any particles in it. Medium tan colored head at first, fades somewhat quickly to a small, thin covering atop the beer. The aroma is light yeast, wood, light plums, hints of dark fruit, and some caramel and light roast. Taste shows some yeast, light wood, toasted wood, plum, a light spice from the yeast that tastes just a bit like clove & cinnamon, with notes of pear, dry apple, almost a hint of smoke, and some mild earthy hops. Medium bodied, medium carbonated. Finishes with a light roast & hints of mild licorice.
JoeMcPhee (8313) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vermont Brewers Fest ’07. Deep brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma is quite smokey and sweet with lots of earthy malts. Fresh beechwood smoky aroma over a candyish caramel malt base. Yeasty and spicy through the middle. Belgian yeast shows lots of character with heavy fruit, apple, peach and raspberries that intensifies through the middle. A soft smokiness on the back. Finishes spicy and quite dry considering all the sweetish aspects of the brew. Comes across as very refreshing and a nice surprise. Completely unlike anything I’ve ever had.
rocbyter (1886) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of yeast and cinnamon. Dark amber color with a small brown head. Peppermint taste with hints of hops and malty.
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2007
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Cloudy brown body with a small beige head. Cloves, anise and all kind of herbal spices jump to the nose. Too much. Taste is more of the same with the addition of floral notes (tulips?). The beer is WAY too aromatic for my taste. To the point where I needed to focus to pierce the wall of perfume and get to the under underlying caramel and butterscotch flavours. Chaotic. Hope this was just a bad bottle. Sometimes too much is like not enough. But sometimes too much is like too much.
mds (2194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Bright red-amber body with a small white head. The aroma has generous anise, gingerbread, and tobacco notes. Similar licorice in the flavour though not overpowering as there is a certain sweetness peeking through.
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance :Hazed brown with light creamy off brown top.
Aroma:Black tea , herbal , green flower ? Truly different.
Flavours unusual as aromas. Highly herbal , indie stylistically. Spice , pumpkin seed like ,seedy with bitter finish. Interesting set up.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
My Bottom Line:
Clovey spiciness and a bag of Halloween candy overwhelm the frail body of this somewhat incoherent Belgian Strong Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam looks onto the hazy brown.
-The finish is earthy and yeasty, not exactly fitting the sweet spiciness which dominates the flavor profile.
-The low and soft carbonation exposes the lack of substance.
-Floral notes and fruitiness even appear through the sweetness, imparting an unwanted tartness.
-Hmmm...Barry’s rating makes me want to try it again, although this initial experience definitely had the reverse effect.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle from Richmond Beverage in Richmond, VT (January 2007) consumed from a Chouffe tulip a bit below cellar temperature. Translucent, dirty dark brown body with a thick lasting off-white meringue of cream and a solid dollop of nice swirly-patterned lacing....nose is rather low-powered and difficult to get a hold on, but once you do you find a delightful mix of molasses and licorice, a bit of brown sugar, light coffee....body is quite sweet, dark licorice in a bath of caramel and sweet cherries, hints of vanilla and tarragon along the way as it slowly dries out and gains a touch of tartness; light sour grapiness evident also towards the finish....faint yeastiness throughout, a touch of sour wildness perhaps, certainly as it warms there’s more complexity and even a hint of funk, though sugars dominate overall, bittersweet chocolate making an appearance eventually as well.....smooth, silky body with soft carbonation, no alcohol apparency whatsoever....this is a lovely dubbel-like creation with a modicum of Flemish sour character which could be truly awesome if it were more expressive aromatically: could well end up being this brewery’s best beer; certainly I will be trying it again. Well done!