hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2005 Re-rate
I have trouble rating this lower.
Aroma is heady licorice sweet. Thick.
Pours a beautiful reddish-brown with a thick creamy tan head, mostly lasting.
Starts very well balanced, bitter, sweet, complex with hops, malt, and yeast. Definitely estery.
Finishes somewhat bitter, lightly sweet.
I drank it this time warmer than last, and it is even better. I think I could sit out in the hot sun, drink and enjoy this beer at 75 degrees.
I have found one I definitely will be with for a long time to come.
leaparsons (9499) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks very good - dark with an off-white head. Aromas are earthy, coffee, sweet and bready yeast. Flavours are sweet malts with roast coffee. Some spices on the palate with more bready yeast following. Not bad - even though it is a little simplistic. The faux stone bottle looks great on the mantle piece (if I had one - I have radiators).
Dogbrick (10714) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for the 16oz bottle of this Belgian. Pours a murky dark brown with a burgundy tint. Thick beige head and nice lacing. The aroma is malty and nutty, but has some characteristics of a Flemish Sour too. Medium-bodied and smooth with flavors of burnt malt, raisin, sour fruit and yeast. The finish is on the thin side and is rather fruity. All in all this is a decent Belgian. At times it is well balanced and at others it is not, but more often than not it is pretty good.
jimhilt (2539) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light tan, two finger-head that goes slowly leaving a good lace. Nice clear, deep amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is a malty chocolate. Starts sweet, finishes smooth and mellow. Nice dark beer. $7.99 for a 16oz bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY.
bu11zeye (12517) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a murky brown body with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma of yeast, dough, toffee, and mustiness. Flavor of sweet malt and yeast.
jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This wonderful belgian pours a murky brown, looks quite good. Smell is of (I am going to have to agree with the previous reviewer) of dark fruits and hazelnuts, slightly sweet smelling, not to bad. Taste is quite bland compared to the cornucopia of smells erupting from this beer. Leaves a great lacing on the glass, nice head... Overall a solid selection, very good. Great packaging too.
JonMoore (2058) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Great looking, deep chestnut coloured beer, with a rocky, creamy off-white head. Aroma is sweet, raisins, toffee and perhaps chocolate. Taste is dry, bitter, chocolate and roasted almost smokey malts. Medium bodied, nice mouthfeel. A class beer.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Porued deep brown with thin white head...smelled musty and sweet...taste is watery but sweet with raisins...yeasty too...not good yeast though...cloying raisin sweetness in the finish...I like the jug though...
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark garnet color, somewhere between eggplant and maroon, with a huge, rocky, creamy tan head. Aroma is soft, sweet, nutty, with notes of toffee, butterscotch and dates. Smooth palate, with a generous, gorgeous, tingly mouthful of hops, abundant in flavor. Excellent body and texture, extemely fruity, too. Like a big, sparkling, delicious boozy fruit punch. I caught this on sale for $4.99 a 750 ml, which is a bargain and then some. A reliably tasy Belgian brew.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very hard to pour especially into a short chalice. Head was rather non-existant even after a fast and very aware pour. More bubbles than anything with a modest sized ring around that glass that laced up well for what it had to work with. Color was burguny with rubyish-yellowish-pinkish highlights. Nice color on this one.
Definately cherries in the aroma but I really had to smell deep to conjure up anything else. Once you get those cherries it is very pleasing.
Tastes pretty good especially on the mid-palte. Unique is the word I would use to describes its flavor. Fruity and well hopped. Lots of cherries, raisins, dates, some clove on the mid-palate with a well balanced smooth character. Tastes great!