ba2008 (25) - USA - JAN 2, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a real dark brown beer boardering on blacker than black. Beautiful frothy, light- brown head. Quite a bit of sticky lacing in the glass. Complex array of aromas. Bittersweet chocolate on the nose with hints of citrus and floral notes accompanied by espresso and roasted malt aroma. Slightly bittersweet chocolate, cocoa and molasses. The citrusy hops are present as well. The bitterness lingers and lingers through to the end. Alcohol is noticeable. Complex flavor and mouthfeel. Extremely well balanced.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
250th pour: Had on tap at Ebenezerís Pub in Lovell, ME. Pours Black with a two finger brown head. Aromas of chocolate ,coffee, and hints of sweet fruits. Very nicely balanced. Chocolate, coffee, and caramel come together with a nice hop bitterness. Full mouth feel. What an amazing stout. Thanks Struise and Chris at Ebenezer for letting me try this treat.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
For my 200th rating I was privileged enough to have a glass of this wonderful beer at Ebenezerís Pub. All I can say to start is wow. It pours from the tap extremely dark black and forms a small brown ring of bubbles on the top of the liquid. The aroma is vinous with chocolate, coffee, and sweet malt scents. Flavor is sweet with some soy sauce character, and a dry coffee bitterness on the exhale. The body is wonderfully perfect. A spectacular beer.
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On tap, Erasmus Brugge. Deep black color with dens brown foamy head. Concentrated aroma packed with coffee, mocca, Belgian pralines with coffee filling and touch of Rum. It also has some boozy hints of cognac and even dried raisins soaked in Tia Maria coffee liquor. Later on this blockbuster beer shows hints of pine, mint, and crisp green hops. The taste is truly massive with an out of this world complexity. Drop candy, smoke, burned rubber, coffee and black chocolate are just a few taste sensations that immediately comes to mind. In the finish, the hop bitters are adding more complex touches into this world class Belgian Royal Stout.
airforce1 (61) - Atascosa, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2008 On tap at Ebenezers: Pours Electric Black, smooth, big Coffee, Carmel,and Chocolate frontside, with a delicious Challeger Hops, Garlicy Finish. Iíve never had a Belgian Royal Stout before! IHOPE THIS BEER WILL FIND ITíS WAY TO A REGULAR RELEASE ONEDAY. retried again in May and was even better and smoother. I swear this was barrel aged!
REReview 33cl bottle thanks regine! This beer is simply amazing, and if the tap was good, the bottle was better. tasted like a red Wine in the beginning, yet a Pannepot like finish! Iím not sure how to desribe this beer actuallly....
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap Erasmus - Pours an intesnse black with a thick, rocky tan head, great head rentention. Big and aromatic, lots of chocolate, coffee, slightly burnt tones and a hint of alcohol. incredible flavors rich chocolate, bitter coffee and hops all mingle and create amazing balance. An awesome creation!
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An amazing gesture made by Chris, publican at Ebeneezerís Pub in Lovell ME on my maiden voyage there. This poured a very rich dark brown/black with some faint ruby highlights when held to the light, definately not opaque and not quite living up to the standards of Imperial Stout, but definately on par for a Belgian Strong Dark. The aroma was a wonderful collage of rich dark fruit esters, bready yeast, a hint of roasted coffee beans and the purest of cacao beans lingering across the surface. The flavor follows suit with the aroma, rich fruit,coffee,chocolate,yeast but also added is the very controlled alcoholic warmth adding a roundess to such a big beer but without being obtrusive or offensive.They claim this is 13% which makes me think one of two things, theyíre either spinning yarns or this beer was produced under the careful watchful eye of someone who truely understands zymurgy, added to the fact that it has a touch of age and conditioning under its belt. The body was a bit disapointing due to the fact that they label this beer an Imperial Stout, so I was expecting something a little chewier and dense, but when I say disapointing thatís more of a subjective issue, objectively it was well in line with the rest of the beer. Overall this is a great beer, by what appears to be the next great artisinal brewery to come out of Belgium.Belgiium to me has always been more about great tasting and innovative beer rather than strict adherence to style guidelines,so why start now? This is a world class Belgian Strong Ale on par with the Westy 12ís,Rochefort 10ís ect....so why not just let it be,instead of trying to recreate a wheel that already spins fluently without any complications. Once again thanks Chris and thank you Struise, looking forward to many more great offerings from you in the future.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chris, the owner of Ebeneezerís Pub in Lovell, ME hooked dirtymike and I up with a pour of this which was a very kind gesture. Opaque black in color with a light tan head. Aroma: musty yeast, dry chocolate, light roast, dark fruits, a touch of caramel, and light floral hop and spice notes. Taste is very balanced with rich and earthy chocolate, light caramel, belgian yeast, light sugar, floral hops, and spices. The chocolate seems to come more to the forefront than the roast-overall, this seemed to be more of a dark belgian strong than an imperial stout to me, but this was definitely better than other belgian stouts that Iíve had. I am in the minority in that I didnít get the thick chewy body that some ratings here indicate. I would say it was actually medium bodied, like alot of other belgian stouts. These are minor complaints though- as this was a great experience overall. No evidence of alcohol perceived, quite a feat for a 13 % stout that is less than a year old.
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - NOV 23, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick black looking beer with espresso foam on top. Aroma is super complex and the coffee sensations are jumping out of my glass. Smooth caramel, spices, hops, even fruits are generally present in this fabulous beer. The taste is just right and rich, balance is perfect. This brew is so rich and and so elegant at the same time. Intense coffee, chocolate, caramel, Rum richness in the first attack. later the more subtle hints of flowers, hops and dried fruits are coming up. On tap at Hotel Erasmus Brugge. VIVE LA BELGIQUE, VIVE STRUISE, VIVE LE ROI ALBERT! FUCK BELGIAN POLITICS, WHICH SUCKS ANYWAY!
Phil (177) - Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught in Erasmus. Big black heady beer, rich warm foam. I couldnít wait to get it, helped me forget about a few things in my head at the moment, and really grabbed my senses... Big typically RIS notes, but just soooo balanced, not screamingly bitter, just a lovely long finish. I couldnít do justice to this beer with words, but this is simply one hell of a beer. Iím just pleased that I had two glasses, just to make sure.