Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy brown pour with a decent sized tan head that melted down to a thin layer that stayed on top of the beer while I was drinking it. Sweet malty, fruity smell and taste. The aroma didn’t capture all of the flavor, but it had a great fruitiness to it and a smooth finish.
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, with a huge beige head. Sweet smell, yeasty, caramel. Wow, now that is balanced, wheres the alcohol?? Flavors similar to the smells, and is quite fantastic. Crazy lacing on my glass, like a piece of art.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a murky dark brown color, with a rocky beige colored head, huge lacing. Aroma is bread, caramel, dried fruit, brown sugar. Flavor is brown sugar, honey, caramel, bread dough, chocolate, dried cherries, prunes. Palate is medium bodied, very smooth, no hints of alcohol, surprising easy to drink, resinous, doughy finish. World class!!
bergface (56) - madison, Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Head dissipated a little quickly but the lacing was phenomenal. The mouthfeel was velevetly smooth. A tatsy ale with a complex yet well balanced flover profile. Sweet yet hoppy.
BrandonB (86) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a nice dark brown with an off white lasting head. Lots of carbonation, sweet smelling of fruits, sugar, caramel. Taste is sharp from carbonation, with hints of honey, sugar, caramel, fruits. Easily drinkable, filling, and quite satisfying.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2009 11.2 oz bottle-Date code 12 07 11. Poured a murky brownish cream color w/a moderate foamy head. Floral, fruity nose, very fragarent. Sweet fruity flavor w/ a bit of spice-very complex, very hard to describe, & very good. Lots of carbination & lacing. Incredibly smooth, don’t taste the alcohol at all, very long finish-Excellent beer!
BenDover (219) - Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown, huge dense tan foam. with little brown specks in it, looks like nutmeg. Good job hiding the alcohol. Has just a very faint tinny taste and just a tad sour, otherwise it would have been perfect. Fruity, sugary, a touch of hops, great stuff.
tcfishler (65) - USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, dull brown with a large tan head, which is notable for its very fine texture. However, the head is not very sticky.
Sweet but fresh nose of fruit (including banana) and spice.
Heavy carbonation enlivens the moderately heavy, round mouthfeel. Clove is more apparent on the palate than the nose. Alcohol is there to be sensed but not sharp by any means.
Rich but not astoundingly complex.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with a real fluffy and long lasting head. Aroma of grape honey and bread. Sweet flavors stand out first, with some brown sugar, honey, caramel, milk chocolate, grapes, and plums. Fades to vanilla as I swirl and swallow. Finishes surprisingly dry for such sweetness, and the light hops make their presence known quite wonderfully. The yeast continues to dry things out, but then my mouth tastes like choclate. Hmm! This beer is mildly thick and VERY creamy feeling. NO alcohol presence to be found anywhere in the drinking experience. I should revisit this when I’m not in a smoky bar.
JoeinDahlem (1437) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2008 33 cl bottle at Moeder Lambic after a not-so-hard day’s work. I get cheddar and apples in the aroma--wish I had some sausage. Takes time to contemplate this one. Flavor for me is appleskin, grapeskin, faint malt, tart cider, with moderate layer of bitterness over all. Fruitier than I expected. Finish is dry hops, dark chocolate, faint cider. It was worth the hype for me, and I’m grateful.