Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Big head that settles pretty nice with a lot of lacing. Aroma is plenty of chocolate malts. Flavor has some cherry and grape. Smooth body and dement dryness.
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown with a great sized crème head. Nose is heavy with sugar, yeast, and spices. Flavor is strong with the spices. Kind of a kick going on here. Quite a bit of carbonation here and the liquid is fairly well bodied. This one is nice, but a bit too spice forward and heavy on the carbonation to make it something to hit twice.
hayduke (3341) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz bottle poured a muddy brown with huge off-white head and lots of lacing chunks. Nose of ripe fruits like berries, plums, and some spices like clove. Rich mouthfeel, and flavors of caramel malts, molasses and apples. Chocolate in the finish. Complex brew.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky dark brown pour with a medium tan head. Aroma and flavor of spices and yeast with some sweetness. The body is light with a liquorous texture and soft carbonation.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Best By Cork Date August 2011; Sampled January 2008
A careful pour produces a slightly brown tinged, tan colored, five-finger thick head that exceeds the rim of the glass by about one-finger in height. The beer looks quite black as it sits in my glass, but when held up to the light shows a brilliantly clear, deeply red stained, dark plum color. Quite fruity smelling, with concentrated notes of raisins, figs, prunes and dried berries all easily noticed as is a touch of molasses and rum like dark candi sugar. Complimentary spice notes of clove, a hint of ginger, woody black pepper, allspice and fenugreek. Malt aromatics contribute notes of dusty, concentrated-caramel influenced, crushed grain, toasty malt and an almost dry grain-like maltiness in the finish. A bit of higher alcohols contribute to some slight warming and some ester-derived yeast character contributes aromas of bananas and aromatic-varietal apples. These esters and higher alcohols also contribute notes that smell like a rich, well aged, concentrated-molasses heavy Rum.
Sweet, though not cloying, this contributes to a substantial fruitiness that leans heavily towards the prune side of the spectrum. The finish almost has a slight, rancid fruit character to it, in fact this definitely lingers on in the finish quite a bit and makes me think of infected prune juice or slightly rancid vegetables. This tastes a bit like Dr. Pepper with its yeast derived spice notes and the fruit character. A medium full mouthfeel contributes to a palate clinging character that is ultimately both good and bad (i.e. both the good and bad flavors cling to the palate). Slightly tart, think tamarind or plums, this helps to lighten this beer up just a bit.
At times the off after-taste can be quite overwhelmingly bad, but at others this beer is almost quite palatable. In the end though, the off fruit note is noticed in both the aroma and especially the taste, it make this beer just a little bit too off for my tastes.
Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson, AZ
Adenila (1557) - DENMARK - JAN 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Exploded opon opening, and the foam kept rising in the bottle after the first poor. Brown look with an enormous head. Aroma is sweet and spicy, cloves, dark fruits and other spices i couldnt put my finger on. Madium body and a mainly sweet fruity flavor, along with a soft alchohol touch. The spices comes forth as a little harsh in the finish, but good overall.
BeerandBlues2 (9585) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2-oz bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours clear tawny with an average, frothy, light brown head, somewhat lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, nutty), average hops (grass), average yeast (horse blanket, barnyard) with notes of plum and dust. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.
Jerre (2611) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 33 cl. Taste @ ’t Kruiske, Deerlijk.
Dark brwon color, with nice beige creamy head.
Aroma caramel, sweet, fruits, bit spice .
Taste sweet, yeast, fruits, roasted malts.
bb (6849) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a light tan head. Spicy, malty, toffee aroma. Peppery spice flavor with malt and yeast and a bit of light roast. Medium body. Lingering caramel, malt, light roast.
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A pretty plain tasting beer, which really doesn’t offer much in terms of complexity. Plus the cost is quite high, so that’s a bummer as well. The beer pours out a dark brown, nearly black color with a large rocky light tan head. The bubbles are really large on the top and get smaller towards the bottom. It gave me the impression that I just poured some kind of cola soft-drink. Aroma is very sublte. Almost TOO subtle. Light notes of dark fruits and clove. Mouthfeel is decent enough, a higher level of carbonation but that’s expected from a Belgian. Flavors are also, very very subtle. Dark fruits, cloves and a touch spicy. Nothing special about this beer.