fiulijn (12179) - Malmö, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 06-2000, 2 1/2 ys old. 75cl.
Beautiful hazy amber color, creamy head. Strong aroma of malt, caramel, some cork. Good balance of sweetness and bitterness, age character, but it has aged less well than the <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ShowBeer.asp?BeerID=6 de l’Avouerie d’Anthisnes; a lot of malt; not too much hop.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
God i could drink this all day.
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 6, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hmm...is it just me or should Belgians just stick to brewing Belgian beer? With the notable exceptions of the two ’Chouffe’ beers, I"ve been unimpressed with Belgian Pilsner and Scotch Ale. This is no exception. I"ll spare the nuances and just describe this as an overcarbonated semi-Scottish ale that appears to have been brewed with candy sugar and belgian ale yeast. That should give you a pretty good image.
beerguy101 (5206) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium brown color. Large head. Aroma is malty and a little fruity. Full-bodied Scotch Ale. Malts are bold, but a little too sweet. Very fruity tasting. Flavors are molasses, chocolate, cherries, peat and smoke. Very smooth taste. Nice beer, its just a touch too sweet, but there is a slight bitterness at the finish to balance it out. It hides the 8% alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
sets up in a glass real purdy-like, with caramel-copper colors and a pitted beige head like half an english muffin. very sticky fruit aromas: splayed and oozing papayas and plums, with rhine wine, marischino cherry and even a deli-slice of corned beef or some such fleshy and lightly smoked side-dish. cola syrup, dark candy malt sugars run amok over the tongue: the effervesence is effectively flat, and the hops are measurable only in parts per million. worse, there is a soapy note which mingles unsuccessfully --like a werewolf at a daycare center-- amid those unrepentant pickled pumpkin and grenadine hazelnut nectars. might be decent as a sauce for ice cream desserts, but only a creative curiosity as a beer.
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Muddy orange brown color with a variegated foamy head. First smell barrages the olafactory senses with a earthy butteriness and allusions of toffee. Very faint aroma of peat smoked malt. I just can’t get past the buttery texture. Every time this brew touches my tongue my grey matter says ’butter’. Certain toffee malt flavors yield a touch of terrestrial smoky flavors. Full mouth feel, yet very soft and smooth. Fruit flavors peeking through as this warms. Scant bitterness on the finish.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Russet hued with a foamy light tan head. Flecks of carbonation. Soapy aroma, when swirled reveals peat and caramel notes. Fluffy, airy body with a tangy sweet peated malt base and lingering smoked caramel aftertaste. Medium body. Moderate caramel sweetness, though not sticky. Peated malts are dim and appear initially but fade rather quickly. Soapy aroma never subsides. Finishes fluffy still with a cottony, Belgian yeast flair and lessened malt flavor. OK but...I’ll look to Scotland instead.
DaSilky1 (2604) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 Huge head atop an autumn orange..faint aroma of carmel...sweet bready & malty..very sweet indeed..almost way too much...cloyingness..bready aftertaste..
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 13, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
slight licorice nose, chewy, nutty flavor. Nice drinkable beer
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown color, frothy foam that doesn’t look particularly strong and almost disappears within a couple of minutes. Strong malty aroma, fruity, with a little pepper spice. Strong fruity flavors, almost sherry-like, stays sweet throughout. Moderate hop bitterness and some peppery spice in the aftertaste. Surprisingly only medium bodied, making this a pretty easy drinker for 8%.