SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the 0.33L bottle from Dirty John’s. Mighty tasty beer. Poursa purple-brown in color with a large boisterous head. Sludge in bottom comes out black. Very fragrant with a delicious combination of fruity berries and malt. Thick palate which fights you all the way. This tastes like an abbey ale without the high alcohol or tartness. A very satisfying brew.
jefcon (1404) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown in the glass with a rocky inch of light tan head. Aromas of dark malt, brown sugar, licorice, caramel. Some fruit on the nose, too, with banana and a wine-like floral quality. Flavors are less dense, but still complex, with a sweet banana-orange and clove undertow to the caramel of the malts. Palate is a bit thin, with just a bit of fine carbonation. The rating seems too low for this beer. Judging from recent reviews, maybe they have just now got this one right.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - AUG 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Ruby brown with persistant head. Malty aroma with caramel, banana, yeast, nut. Good warming mouthfeel, fruity finish. I enjoyed this.
jrob21 (2606) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
full bodied brown ale. lots of fruit in the nose. a bit spicy and malty. medium finish.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2011 Pours medium brown, huge off-white head. Dark fruits, spice, bread/biscuits, faint alcohol. Flavor on par. Ripe fruit, light spice, metallic character through the middle, dry biscuits and alcohol through the finish. Billowy mouthfeel, turns slick. Well attenuated. Metallic character is detracting a bit.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy brown body with a reddish tint and a small creamy beige head. Aroma of toffee, toasted malt, nuts, and spices. Flavor of toasted malt, banana, and caramel.
Otje (677) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
wonderfull looking beer, brown with a HUGE biege head. aromas of fruit, yeast, camille and sweat(farmyard?). taste: caramel, fruity, bubblegum, bit bitter, alcoholic sweetness. finish is long and fruity. silky mouthfeeling. very nice!
rpattinson (84) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Mid-brown colour with a dense head; plum, cream, spice and chocolate aroma; sweet/bitter taste with black chocolate, pepper, toffee, roast and fruit aromas; bitter finish with black chocolate, burnt, liquorice, toffee and chicory aromas.
Now Westvleteren Red has gone, this will have to do. A beer packed with flavour and character. It drinks like a beer 2 or 3% stronger. Has some very pleasant dark malt flavours.
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Ommegange. Deep brown in color with a nice fluffy head. Aroma is fruity and malty. Raisiny. Hoppy and malty flavor. Full bodied beer. Earthy and woody notes. Well balanced beer. Drinkable. Very nice.
chriso (7396) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep tawny brown colour with a lasting, fluffy, beige head. I would have assumed that this was an abbey dubbel but what do I know. Quite a reserved beer if it is. The aroma isn’t very pronounced. Bits and pieces of caramel and wood. On the palate its dry, with some roasty malt, licorice and dried fruit but, again, its not very forthright. The mouthfeel is a bit chalky, with earthy and woody edges. Not very rich. Finishes distinctly bitter. Nothing wrong with it, but it doesn’t have enough presence to score higher. 2001 bottle (I think - best before date was 31 December 2004, so it might have been a bit past its best) frombeersofeurope.co.uk.