Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 4     Pale Yellow(1)->Copper(5) : 4     Still(1)->Volcanic Sparkling(5) : 3
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 4     Lasting: 5     Lacing : 5
Intensity : 4
Yeast : 5   Bread : 2   Dough : 4   Esters : 4   Phenols : XX   Dusty : XX   Spicy : 2   Apple : XX   Banana : 4   Tropical Fruits : XX   Brett : XX   Barnyard : XX   Leather : XX   Wood : XX   Vinous : 2   Cheese : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX
Malt : 4   Pilsner : XX   Pale : XX   Vienna : XX   Biscuity : 3   Toasty : XX   Hay : XX   Caramel : 3   Honey : XX   Cereals : 3   Grainy : XX   Wheat : 1
Hops : 1   Noble(1)->American(5) : 1   Leafy : XX   Perfume : 3   Orange : XX   Floral : 2   Lemon/Lime : XX   Herbal : XX   Grassy : XX   Piney : XX
Notes : Pepper : XX   Cloves : 1   Coriander : 1   Ginger : XX   Orange : XX   Earth : XX   Vanilla : 2   Oxidation : XX   Bubblegum : 3
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 5   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 5   Sourness : XX   Acetic : XX   Lactic : XX   Bitterness : XX   Farmy : XX   Complex : 5   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 4   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 4   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : 3   Mineral : XX
Comments: A ridiculously complex beer, thick, spicy with extreme sweetness and pure yeast decadence. I recognize the subtlety in the barrel flavour impartition, but it felt almost futile to a Pannepot. I canít say I found it greater. If anything, it felt a bit more alcoholic, of course woodsier and I found it more caramel focused. Less naturally spicy, but just as gorgeously fruity. Anyway, both are world-class and I canít imagine anyone who enjoys one and does not the other. A must.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to BierKonig for the bottle.
This pours dark brown with a foamy, dirty white head. The flavor has some sticky sweetness along with notes of dark fruits.It finishes smooth and dry. Itís a tasty, well-crafted brew.
anders37 (14720) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Vintage 2006. Pours a dark amber/grown color with a large longlasting off-white head. Has a malty spicy licorice aroma with hints of dark fruit. Smooth malty dark fruit flavor with spicy licorice and vanilla hints. Malty oak finish with hints of dark fruit in the aftertaste. Very nice!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2006: Poured a hazy dark brown-amber color with a cream colored head. The aroma was sweet with estery fruit and a mild spice. the flavor had a malty start with a growing sweetness. The sweetness drys out on the finish. Yeasty spice. medium to full bodied and very warming.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much thanks to egajdzis for breaking open this treat. 2006 version...
Appears a murky brown with a small, fluffy, off white head that slowly fades into a small head and clumpy collar. Plenty of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, roasted nuts, vanilla oak, light spices, ripe red cherries, roasted nuts,and a hint of dry sherry.
Taste echoes the aromas with a hint of anise and cinnamon poking through the cherries, and caramel.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, with the sweetness outcharming the spices, which seem to be abundant in the American released version.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009
Date: January 10, 2009
Source: Tasting, HMoG
Appearance: muddy brown, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet ripe fruit aroma, brown sugar sweetness
Flavor: rich and fruity flavor, sweet dark fruits, nice balancing oak, touch of vanilla sweetness
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Date: October 13, 2007
Appearance: muddy brown, fine tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: rich chocolate and ripe raison aroma with light oak and an array of spices
Flavor: rich dark fruit flavor, dark caramel sweetness is restrained by the oak character, dark chocolate goes well with the ripe fruits, light alcohol has a spicy edge, light bitterness springs mostly from the oak
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
chimay67 (41) - hunt sta, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another Gem from the Wayne Gretsky of new Belgian breweries. Sweet, big, fruity, thick! chewy, I only wished I had two livers so I could have drank twice as much of this in Belgium. These guys are not only excllent brewers, but really fun guys to hang with. I canít wait to get my hands/mouth on more of this sweet nectar - gods willing.
Trappistenbier (48) - BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Top fermented, unfiltered, unpasteurized, bottle refermented. 10 vol% strong.
Uncorking the plastic cork (a good thing - who needs cork taste in his beer anyway) gave a nice plop-sound.
Carbonation was just perfect. Immediately some flowery-estery aromas filled the room and lucky my nose too. This is a good sign already!
Pouring gave a dark to black, quite dense liquid, producing some fine creamy beige colored foam.
A head that evolved into some 1cm. thick creamy layer. Perfect foam retention.
Smelling revealed alot of spices. I notice flowery-estery perfumes too. Roasty malts, perfect hoppiness and some winy touches. The "winy" resemblances with Oerbier Rťserva were remarkable.
Smelling was a treat already, but tasting , well this brings you straight into beer heaven !
What an amazing texture. Dense, full-body as it should be. The creaminess is astounding.
First thing I noticed was that this beer is less sweet than the regular Pannepot. Oak ageing has clearly diminished some sugars here.
Iíve tasted vanilla, cinnamon, liquorice, roasty malts, tannins (oak barrels), candi sugar, other spices (nutmeg?), fruity-flowery esters (makes it refreshing at the same time), warming alkohol.
Very nice about this beer is the creamy texture. Really exceptional and a wonderful treat for the taster in question.
Now, itís only waiting to taste the Pannepot Grand Rťserva which underwent an additional 8 months of Calvados barrel ageing. Makes it a total of 22 months of barrel ageing. Amazing at least !!!!
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
rbesg07, bottled. rich shade of brown with a steady off-white head. aroma of stewed stonefruit and pawpaw, sweet but in a rich and invigorating way - rum, caramel, cinnamon, prune juice. classy stuff
KimJohansen (10341) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown with medium beige head. Vinious aroma with toffee, spices, overripe fruits and malt. Full body, sweet, overripe fruits and a warm finish from alcohol. Huge complexity. Not much room for improvement. Excellent!