hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Kinder, gentler, a caressing Belgian with its spicey flavours (cinnamon, fennel) downed down into an easy massage of the senses. Tends toward sweet and salt both when you get into its good round body. Quite a treat.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2002
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark auburn color, very little head. The aroma is stellar - almost stout-like, reminded me of strike out stout - Malty, soft chocolate and fruity. The body was very spritzy, some faint sweet malty, light chocolate flavors. The mouthfeel was terrible - this beer was very dry, kind of like a bad merlot, drys out the tongue. Anyway, great aroma, but aroma does not carry into the body. dissapointment, not sure what the fuss is about.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Foam exploded out of the bottle, and the glass foamed over when I first poured, filling the air with a strong chocolate aroma. Flavor dominated by chocolate and nuts, and maybe some raisins, like a good candy bar, but with just a touch of espresso to round it out. After all that commotion when I opened the bottle, the beer itself is rather low in carbonation. Excellent, much like a Tootsie Roll in a bottle.
William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate coloured, filled with particles. Very malty (too malty), chocolate, raisin, caramel taste. Creamy, almost slimey mouth feel.
jonas (5445) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 7, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep red color but weak head, caramel and bisquit in aroma and taste.
leaparsons (7710) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A bitter-sweet symphony of a beer! This may be ’brune by numbers’ but it is still impressive, anyway.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2003 Rerate: A bit of smoke in some of these beers; the Bretty nose and slight fruity hop and yeast charateristics shine at 60 deg. A world beater, IMO. Has fresh nut meat components. Original: 2/20/2002: Perhaps my favorite brew yet. The aromas of malt, wood, chocolate and some fruitiness (not as much as I anticipated) were outstanding. As others have mentioned, it is very effervescent, almost too much, and thinner than expected. I haven't liked that in some dubbels, but it works here although the palate rating drops a hair. The finish is very long, dry, fruity but also quite bitter, at the same time, and all in a good way. Middle is fruity as it warms, but not overly so. No sign of pepperiness in the finish or middle, but some noticeable alcohol burn at the end...just enough, really. A very refreshing beverage.
caesar (4623) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 3, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The combination of double features as caramel and malts, and some fruity elements, is extraordinary. Im not a fan of those fruity elements, but this St Feuillien Brune makes it hell of a worthwhile!
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A deep, dark, cloudy brown/copper. Thin white head with thick lace. Aroma is staggering. Nuts, wood maybe,liquorice, fruit and malt. Very lively in the mouth. Palate full of malt complexities, caramel, nuts and spices, maybe citic fruitiness going on. Slighty bitter in the finish. Loaded with flavor and class. An awesome brew.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2004 Flowery/fruity/nutty/hoppy aroma, huge off tan cream head that clings to glass like a champ. Very effervescent mouthfeel, the middle is light ans soft, the finish becomes nutty, semi-bitter and semi-dry. This beer would go oh so well with many, many fine dishes. Another 'standout' from one of my favorite breweries.