winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a murky reddish brown with a thick lasting light tan head. Aroma is quite complex, I almost enjoy smelling this beer more than drinking it. Spiced candied cherries soaked in brandy and vanilla. Flavor is quite smooth and all of the different tastes blend together beautifully. There is a robust caramel maltiness with a light roasted character mixed with gentle spicing and a gab bag of dark fruits. Hops are used quite heavily for a belgian beer, mostly leaving a soft bitterness that helps dry the beer out. Finish is pleasant to say the least, sweet but not cloying, bitter but not overpowering the malt, and lasts on the tongue so you can enjoy this one for a long time.
Diogène (1145) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2009 Bottle. Pours a dark brown and ruby brew with a huge beige head. Aroma is citrus, spices, caramel, yeast, dark fruits and malt. Taste is roasted malts, yeast, spices, raisins, plums, caramel. It is well balanced, sweet with some bitterness, full body.
kmarthomebrew (18) - USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice slightly cloudy appearance. I like a bottle fermented beer that isn’t transparant. Nice citrusy aroma with a little hint of sourness. Warm mouthfeel with complex presentation of flavors. Nice sweet roasted malt flavor with secondary hints of yeast and citrus. Slight bitter aftertaste but not so much as to take away from the overall pleasure. Overall a decent beer.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cork reads 5/05. Being a Noel brew, I’m guessing this is a best by date? Could be wrong. Dark brown/ruby with a large, rocky, light brown head. Nose of rich and toasty caramel, pungent and past ripe dark fruits, doughy yeast, spices - anise and others unnameable, candi sugar?, cocoa powder, green plants, incense. Very nice. Flavor adds a pronounced bitterness throughout. Some from hops, some herbs or spices. I should not be drinking this before dinner. It will only increase my appetite.....for more beer. Full, smooth, soft palate. Aftertaste is sharp - herbal, yeasty, toasty, sweet, alcoholic. After tasting I would guess the 5/05 is a bottled date, makes sense with the commercial description. Excellent winter brew, even in Florida in June. Our heat index was in the upper 140’s today. Can’t wait for them supercharged Hurricanes.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. Pour dark brown and relatively clear. Almost looks like a cola. Heavy molasses scent, with a good note of hops. Very heavy and sweet. A very good beer for the price.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very interesting brew. cloudy brown color with thin fast disappearing head. flavors of pears, carmel, molasses, nutty flavors, and some strange peppermint flavor to it...
JorisPPattyn (9531) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1.5l bottle, so I’m drinking the real Friart thing Huge foxy-beige head, dense; over red-amber beer. Very vinous nose, explosion of wine-like aroma’s upon opening the bottle. Further green wood, woodstripper, coloured malts, oatmeal, brown sugar, harvest-ripe grains. Very good & aromatic. Typical caramel-covered light-roasted grains; sweet-bitter, but not hoppy. Spiced malts dominating. Faint fish oil penetrating, more aroma than taste, and not oppressive. Bit gassy feel, smooth-slick texture in a very well bodied beer, making it almost viscous. Very good Christmas ale, that is dangerously drinkable for all its power. Superb job from this small brewery that is getting more interesting by the month.
vyvvy (5892) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown with a slightly lighter brown head. Not much head retention. Aroma has toffee, figs, spice, musty rich maltiness and earthy Belgium yeast. Possibly some cinnamon and cloves in the aroma as well. Full bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Taste has dark maltiness with toffee, caramel and spiciness. The finish is mainly the earthy yeast and some sourness from the hops. Further down there are aspects of anise and brown sugar. A respectable Belgium winter offering.
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2011 Bottle. Ruby colour, no head. Red berry aroma, over carbonated in mouth. Nice red berry fruit flavour throughout this. Fairly simple but I am a sucker for that red berry taste. Re-rate, a little too boozy, but otherwise it’s a drinkable Belgian strong ale.
rederic (3257) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy deep brown color, with a tan-colored head, with a sweet caramel malt, toasted malt, brown sugar, fruity notes, with a warm feeling in the aroma, follows through on a medium-bodied palate, with a sweet dried fruity character, toasted malt, caramelized malt, brown sugar, toffeish accent, with a nice carbonation, the alcohol seems well hidden in this big beer, leading towards a sweet malted and mellow alcoholic finish.