KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like spring bloom at the Keukenhof. Shared bottle number 200709 with my fiance at the Het Elfde Gebod bar in Amsterdam. Complex as all hell taste with things like flowers and fruits leaping out at me. Wow.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 Rerate 5-18-07
Very elegant with a brown fruity flavor and a bubbly palate to be enjoyed. Yes,l the finish draws me to this beer but there is more to be said. The taste has a certain exuberance to it as it is very well balanced with floral, fruit and a very yeasty accented tone.
This one rocked my world as well as my buds who tasted it tonight. It started with a flowery smell. Aroma-wise it wasnít too striking but it made up for this in taste. I had a bottle aged from 1999. It had a very refined character that was smooth on my tongue with a flowery overtone, some malty tones underneath and some sweet carbonation. The alcohol was definately noticeable. One of my buds had a bottle of Chimay Blue and we noted that while this beer isnít as overpowering taste wise, its finer in many ways. I could drink the foam of this one! I gave it the Max dog test and he sniffed it and tried to sip it!
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another thank you to rich, seemed to be a dark cherry or ruby color, definitive like a soda pop. Nice tan head that seems to keep a lid on whats in store. Apple/yeast taste to it, banana hints in the finish. Iím not a big abt fan yet but this helped me keep an open mind.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2005 appearance of a coke, dark brown but the head is creamy tan and never fades away. aroma is of apples and bourbon. taste is excellent, with hints of yeast, tons of spices, and hints of apple and banana. aftertaste holds the spicyness and is nice and sweet. took me awhile to get to this, and iím not disappointed.
Geiserich (3307) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAY 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet nose with candy aroma. Fruity like apples, malty and winey like a long stored red wine. Flavor is quite spicy, full bodied and warming. Light to medium sweet but good balanced astringent. Notes of plums, raisins, alcohol and malt. Balancing bitterness. A real pleasure.
llgrgg (18) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Dark red / burgundy appearance. Fruity aroma with some bready features. Tastes of fuits and hints of bannas and cloves. Went down like candy. A good beer
GregClow (2858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark burgundy colour with a large mocha coloured head. Rich aroma with the expected yeast notes along with dried fruit (dates, apricot), caramel & wood. Flavour isnít quite as complex as I was expecting, but is still very good - moare dark fruit and caramel, malt and molasses, a bit of chocolate, and some coffee and smoke in the finish along with warm booze in the throat. I lingered over a 33 cl bottle for almost two hours, and it improved with every sip.
ElGaucho (2193) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Belgian wheat aroma with some faint sweet, candy notes evident upon deeper inhale. Pours a nice big off-white head. Brownish red in color with large particalia. Muddy and almost opaque. Very nice lace. Head lasts. Why is it that so many brews just cannot get a long lasting head? My first impression is that of high carbonation. I followed a La Fin Du Monde with this brew and this is clearly better. When I had this for the 1st time a few weeks ago at an in store tasting at Cellars Minnetonka, it seemed overly carbonated and airy and was perhaps served too warm. I am enjoying this go around much better. Caramel notes. This is a little overly carbonated for my tastes, otherwise, a beer of exceptional quality and perfect sweetness.
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Very dark with a beautiful and stable head. Lots of malty flavours, caramel, dried fruits - all the best to find in a top-Belgian. Very full-bodied with awarming alcohol. Amazing average of this beer through no less than 541 ratings.... 260993
auerbrau (3157) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 11, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My bottle is warming and is almost ready for itís uncorking. This is my first caged, capped and corked beer. Iím anxious. I must admit that I have fears about this bottle, as with other top end Belgians I bought from the store. They spent time in a continously lighted cooler, potential months. The Orval and Rochefort 10 were lucious, the Traquair and Founders Imperial Stout were not. Iím hoping this falls on the right side of the spectrum. The cork ejects quickly, with vicious power. Carbonation is rising. I sniff the cork. A vinous winy typical cork aroma seeps up my nostrils. Slowly into the Tulip glass goes the beer, it develops a healthy, yet uneven head. Itís a pearlescent ivory tone, with fine bubbles and a clearing center. So far so good. To the nose: cherries, plum and a swirling reminsicense of an overdone scotch ale with port and currants. Honey and wine bring back the airy thoughts of a fresh flower field and a dose of potpourri. Savory tones creep in from the sides, with aged oak, balsamic, and juniper berries. The aroma is complex, but not glowing. Brought to the light, this beer glows of deep dark cranberry juice, flecked with yeast like a fresh robinís egg. The yeast stays well suspended in a clear blood beer. The beer is opalescent, running from amber to golden to deep red. The carbonation is fine like Champagne. This should be good. Unfortunately on the palate, Iím let down. Itís a scotch ale, with sherry. Thereís more, but first, Iím dissapointed. This is one dimensional. When the beer is in my mouth, it bursts into a fury of carbonation and turns into foam. Itís not clingy, oily, or sugary. Just a slightly sweet beer, with some water to wash it down. The beer really expands and foams in the mouth, which isnít really a desirable trait for me, since it doesnít give my tounge a chance to participate, instead it just hints at a touch of itsí taste and then leaves an aftertaste. The flavor is dominated by brandy, apples, and plum pudding. That rich, lucious deep wheat and yeast are most omnipresent, really showing strongly in the middle. The alcohol bursts on the back end, adding a nice growing warmth to the profile. Raisins, sherry and port make flash apperanaces, but donít detract from the quality. I donít think this beer has suffered any age or light damage, it just is what it is. The aftertaste is dominated by green apples and butter diacetyls. The palate is average, with a drying trend. The complexity is pretty good, but the texture and depth seem one dimensional. As the beer has warmed some more, itís starting to show more nuances and unveil subtlties, but nothing jumps out at me, the beer just gains more body, tone and depth. The texture gains some chewiness and fullness. A fruit swirl laced on top of a rich yeast and sugar base, with some deeper notes. Overall, Iím somewhat let down, but generally pleased with the way the beer has gone, although it leaves me longing for more. Iíve enjoyed my time with it, but look forward to new horizons down the road. How fitting for how this past semester of school has gone and my thoughts of a friend I wish I could be closer to. This beer is a true tribute of the evening.