iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 33 cL bottle, 2005 on the label: dark reddish purple body with a persistent, light tan fluff…the aroma is wonderfully and amazingly complex: zesty, fruity yeast, vanilla beans, oak and soft tannins. Bittersweet raisins dusted with Baker’s chocolate dust. Sweet and ripe, lightly tart plums. Dark red grape jelly and complex yeast roll over the tongue a top a lightly tingly carbonation. Clean finish that leaves sticky, fruit flesh throughout the mouth. Simply outrageous! WOW.
rickgordon (3833) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2006 [Bottled. 2005. Big thanks to joergen]
Dark brown. Huge creamy off-white head. The aroma is enormous, mostly tidbits but also licorice, higher alcohols and a touch of citrus. The body is pretty light at this abv-level. Tidbits, rubber dominates the flavour. Loads of fruits here. Lingering finish.
thewolf (10557) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Truly a nice beer. Very dark brown with limited brown head. Aroma is mostly sugary and caramel. It starts with smoky flavours that expands to malty sweetness and a touch of bitterness. Doesn’t feel vinious at any point.
marcus (5644) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This dark brown ale poured with a nice tan head, eliciting a malty aroma. The flavor is marvelously complex with a predominance of chocolate malt, but otherwise quite balanced. The alcohol is well-masked, and the flavor just keeps getting better as the glass empties.
slcbrewer (44) - USA - APR 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge light brown head, that took forever to dissapate. Nice medium brown color with medium soft mouth feel.
Sweet carmely taste with hints of livorice and fruit. Alcohol not too noticeable. Like drinking a lighter version of one of the good quadrupels. Very good.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2005 TY Papsoe.
A beauty: brownfizzy dirty ivoty, slanted muff hat head. Big Brown Beear. The head GROWS! When I look away - over several minutes of a programme, when I turn back it has expanded to twice its size; a tufty willow and cotton freshba ball on the top - the beer is a natural phenomenon! Whoa.
Aroma is delightful: big oak cake and vanilla raisin warm hearth
Have to taste the head first as its so largein the big Duvel glass. This appetizer is a bit like bitter tree bark.
The beer itself is a delight: cognac plum, delicious perfumed sweethops briar. Vanilla, choco, and wood. Excellent. Definitely a near relative of my former favorite beer, though this is that extra mile beyond that excellent brew. Thanks very much to my Danish friend. This, the motivation for our trade, was worth every bit of work.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Average of 2 ratings:
2004: Kinda ambery pour, a bit hazy but decanted. Intense and delightful aroma of caramel malts and nice fruits, and some interesting spices. Malty fruity flavors - caramel and toffee and medium fruits and some plums too. Warming and delicious.
2005. Bottle, hazy brown pour. Malty and fruity, but not as complex or wow as the 2004. Body was not quite the same either, although it seemed a fair bit sweeter. This was a let-down when drunk side-by-side with the 04.
Skinnyviking (6240) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Off-white creamy and long lasting head. Dark red unclear body. Complex spicy and yet fruity and just a bit alcohol aroma. Thick fluidum giving a nice creamy mouthfeel. Plum liquorice flavor and a pleasant sweetness. I would not have guessed that it had such a high alcohol percentage.
kramer (4381) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, 2005 vintage, via sk8viking. Pours a deep rusty brown with a fluffy billowy off-white head two fingers in height. Lots of visible carbonation. Glass almost completely coated with sticky lacing. Nice spicy and fruity aroma, gingersnap cookies, licorice, candied plums, belgian yeast, and orange rind combine for a rather complex nose. Flavor is very sweet with dark fruits, spices, caramel, toffee, and light yeast. Some alcohol, but very well hidden at 10%, coming out in the finish with licorice and candi sugar. Medium bodied with high carbonation that foams slightly in the mouth and leaves behind a slightly sticky and cloying finish. A very nice complex Belgian, on par almost with a Rochefort 10 in the sense of flavor complexity. Worth seeking out, I’d probably buy alot of this were it to become available in the US.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 Vintage provided by my main man Mads Berg and served in a Duval Snifter: Poured a rich mahogany hue topped by a huge fluffy head and excellent lace. The aroma is a interesting combination of crab apple, prune, starfruit, candi sugar, caramelized malt, earthy yeast esters, hint of smoke and wood. Nice and inviting indeed.
The taste is very fruity and very sweet, almost too much sugars left about. Some oaky and ashy subtones added depth before a mild smack of anise and herbal notes. The aftertaste is vanilla, nutty and vinous character. The mouth feel is a tad chalky and underwhelming for all this presented on the palate.
While this is a good beer, I hardly found it Top 50 worthy. The sweetness needs something else to counter and excite the palate more often. I would like the chance to try it again under different conditions.