ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s Belgian Beer Festival 2006 in Pasadena. Dark, bloody amber with a large beige head. Excellent lacing. The nose is dry.. notes of chocolate(!), prune, and spices, with a vague soapy astringency (maybe the glass wasn’t rinsed properly?). Big malts up front in the flavor, roasty and chocolate again w/molasses. Spices and dark fruits. Lightly bitter. Finish is brief and quite sweet. Highly drinkable but the palate is a weak point.. watery and too flat. I would definitely pick up this beer on tap again.
OldMrCrow (1945) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle. Pours a beautiful deep brown with golden highlights, abundantly carbonated.
This is a perfectly nice beer, but it’s not a world-beating Belgian strong.The aroma is brown bread baking, molassas, plums, and a sort of musty cellar sourness; the flavor comes through with a big taste of dark malt, slightly sweet, spicy, some nutmeg, belgian yeast, a curious hint parmasean cheese.
HenrikSoegaard (10775) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Frothy white excellent mostly lasitng head. OK aroma but a bit week flavor. Not the best Belgian strong ale, but still good beer.
jgeiman (27) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 Fl oz: Opaque dark caramel color. Good frothy yellow head. Berries and spice scent. Big on palate, malty. Alcohol finish.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL: Pours a very dark brown color. Very slightly off-white head, big, lasting, smooth. Aroma of citrus, lavender, spices. Slightly bitter, slightly sweet taste, molasses, warming, good mouthfeel, alcoholy.
Zeswaft (1397) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out murky brown with ever flowing yeast chunks. Head is off-white and incongruent. Aroma is figgy and yeasty. Flavor is much of the same and malty. Not as much fruit flavor as I’ve seen in BSA’s. Seems more like a tripel. Body seems medium to light. In the end it’s a pretty good tasting Belgian. Kicks the ass of the Rochefort 6 I just had. Wish it was more "complex" though.
thewolf (11237) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong smell. Good whitish head that dissappears quickly. A fruity powerfu taste with slight bitterness. Quite sweet but with a long, fresh fruity aftertaste with slight malty undertones.
gilvanblight (801) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong scent that I picked up past arms length, very sweet and very aromatic. Light head hugs the glass over a very dark pour. Bit of alcohol in the taste at first then bitter with a clean finish. Swear I tasted Prune in this one. I found it got more sour the more I drank it.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is lots of apple juice, though gains sweet malt and spicyness as it warms. Pours deep, ruddy brown with a huge head. Flavor is very full and complex, much like that of a Quad, with lots of plum, sour apple, a bit of puckering from the palate. Interesting, velvety mouthfeel. Nice beer.
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Moderately malty, medium to strong molasses like sweetness. Light yeast notes. Hints of brown sugar. Medium light body. Small head that lingers the entire sitting. If this didn’t cost me $11.99 for a four pack I’d be putting these in my fridge more often.