whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep rusty-amber and a uniform, off-white head. Toasted bananas, sweet tree sap, bubble gum, and mild cocoa in the aroma. Flavor is of caramel and medium sweet dark sugar. Sweet and lightly sticky mouthfeel. Decent beer.
egajdzis (5254) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast, dried fruits, banana, caramel malts, light yeast and vanilla. Taste of spices, some dried fruits, banana, citrus, and light alcohol in the finish.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep purple/brown eggplant, I know it isn’t purple but it looks like it in the light. It leaves a thin lace head wheat in color. The nose is very fruity black cherries, plum, raisins, grape, very complex with a slight presence of alcohal. The taste is nice starts up front on the palate with a raisin sweetness followed by a grape juice quality. The taste continues with some sight hop bitterness for balance for then finishes refreshing with very light carbonation.
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft from the Drafting Room. This one poured dark brown with a medium, off-white head. The aroma was malty and spicy, with toffee, cabernet, and rock candy hints. The flavor was malty, spicy, with some caramel malt, cabernet, spices, and berry notes.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of StewardofGondor. Transparent amber/mahogany with no head. All yeasty banana up front in aroma. some faint spice and candi sugar in the background. Body somewhat oily. Flavor again banana up front, but also getting apple and peach, minimal clove, barely shows up. Looks like I’m in the minority, but was decnt altogether.
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2006 2005, best before March 06 bottle consumed on 1/18/06. The liquid decants a very clear amber-beige, with some copper and gold hints and a strong ruddy undertone. Fairly large bubbles rise lazily creating a moderate amount of beige-yellow, bubbly head that has VERY poor retention and provides no lacing. Crystal clear, even towards the end of the bottle, with no sediment. Seems bottle conditioned, very lightly so, with a really heavy filtration. The aroma boasts of banana weizeny esters, sugarplums, light dates and simple sugars. Slightest touch of clove, but it’s mainly bananas here. Strength is medium. The flavor begins with an mildly acidic/sour yeastiness, candi-sugar like stickiness (caramelized, dry sugars) and plenty of mushy banana flavors. Light hop apparency is mildly spicy, lightly bitter, quite herbal, while the bananas again dominate and are joined by a bit of bubble gum and clove. Finishes very simple, a round caramel sweetness, light hoppiness lingering. Bordeing near cloying levels of sweetness, mostly due to the lack of complexity. Low carbonation, but not tight at all, leading to a watery feel. Heavily thinned out texture, terribly so on the end, and the filtration allows for light, high alcohol notes to appear in both the nose and flavor.
can8ianben (1315) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good, it features a very belgiun style flavour along with the strong malt and spice typically found in winter offerings.
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddsih-brown, clear body with a small head. Sugary, lightly fruity aroma - faintly yeasty. Thin palate. Tastes sugary, faint banana, very faint yeast, and just a little spicy. Decent flavor, but not very distinguished. Mild sweet aftertaste.
TomDecapolis (4427) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep clear amber with a very small head that went away quickly. Aroma of various fruits (picking up some apple, mango, pears) and candi sugar. Flavors of nuts, toffee, candy and fruit. A little thin and lacking for this style...still decent though.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JAN 12, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. AT first, I was excited to see that Smutty was jumping back into the Belgium beer realm. At first. Poured decent enough, nice clear crimson, good head. Aroma is alright. Brown sugar, some dark fruit and a little bready. Weak, though. First sip and I thought I was back to the Bornem Dubbel. VERY watery. And, when the water receded, there was leftover vinyl. If I tried really hard, I could get a sense of undetermined spices and sweet bread. Finishes roasty and dry. I have to say that I’m disappointed.