joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy dark amber w/ ruby hue. Generous beige head. Malty (caramel, molasses, chocolate, butterscotch, licorice), yeasty (peach, banana), & fruity (raisins, plums) aroma w/ mild underlying sourness. Light, spritzy, highly carbonated feel. Fruity & malty flavour w/ a dry, peppery finish.
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown body, good sized khaki head. Sweet malt and lots of dark fruits (fig, prunes) and very mild notes of chocolate in both the aroma and flavour. Tiniest hint of an underlying sour bitterness. Pleasant smooth mouthfeel but not too heavy. Very nice beer. Shared at Smokeless.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle brought back from Belgium, in a Duvel glass. Very dark brown, reddish tinge. Chocolate aroma. The beer is chocolate, malt and heavy fruity. Pretty good….
Sammy (8027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Doug Shoemaker for the thoughtfulness, saving a bottle at Smokeless Joe’s. Licorice in aroma of yeast along with fruit, and licorice in taste. Lace in brown appearance crowns it nicely. Malty. Tart aftertaste following hops. Medium mouthfeel.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl bottle No BBD date except some cryptic code Sexy, gorgeous head giving brunette beer. Classic Belgian malt/raisin/fig/melanoidinal aroma. Smells "brown." Thickish dirty sponge sweetness leaves an odd feeling on the roof of my mouth. Iron taste? Otherwise the flavor follows the nose. Probably too much CO2. Malty, sweet beer, some English hop flavors(goldings? fuggles?) & a good dose of yeast. Greater than the sum of its parts, but not by much. Gorgeous beer, silky head & lace but marred by the over carbonated dead ladybug finish. Rich, but the iron ain’t cool.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle, aged for about five years. Brown color with a very thin head. Complex and appealing aroma of toffee, chocolate and alcohol. Flavor of toffee, chocolate, candi sugar and alcohol. Light to medium body, liquorous texture, medium carbonation. It seems to be losing a bit in body but gains in complexity.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear garnet body topped by a frothy ran head that disapates quickly. The aroma is sweet raisins, some plums, and butterscotch. Quite malty, dark fruit and some flral hoppiness. The body is extremely fizzy. Sweet finish and aftertaste. Decent but nothing real special.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet marzipan, malty aroma with dark fruit and touches of alcohol apparent. Hazy, orange-brown with thin, tan head that recedes to ring. Voluptuous sweet malts with dark fruit (plums, dates, figs) and brown sugar in the flavour and very subtle dark malts peeking from underneath. Medium-light body. Mildly warming. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Rastacouere and a gang of bierophoux.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown. Gentle aroma with notes of plum, raisin, clove, caramel and chocolate. Soft, rich flavor combining nice flavors of clove, red licorice, plum, spice, pit fruit, brown sugar and subtle hops. A nice beer that seemed to be lacking a little.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2004 Approximately 5 yr old 750mL. Good looking dark copper pour. Head is small, of-white, gentle. Complex aroma has mellowed to a charming and balanced scotch ale like expressive malt fest. Old burnt cookies soaked into a butterscotch purée. Floral and brown sugar suggestions in there too. There’s still a faint trace of the hops which lent it a slight bitter finish that kept it from being overly sweet. Mild smokiness comes out through ashes and tobacco flavors. Almost earth malt notes are quickly followed by a slight watery edge just before the spicy fennel reminiscent bitterness kicks in. Yep, reminds me of a scotch ale. As far as that light watery escape toward the finish, I assume it’s a function of the age. While the body was smooth and moderately rounded, I expected more carbonation.