Brigadier (2745) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 Pre-Great Taste sampling at 1FastStiís house
There were two 2005 vintage bottles of this opened. I got the bottom of the
first one for an extra special yeasty treat. At some point it would be nice
to try it again with a better sample simply to see how it compares. It was
well made, but at least to me it falls just short of what I would consider a
Top 50 beer.
Aroma / Appearance - The half-finger tan head lingered over top of a
midnight brown body. My pour was a little darker than the others; I think
I got the dregs of the bottle in mine, causing it to be cloudy and murky.
The complex nose had hints of fresh honey, caramelized sugar, bittersweet
bakerís chocolate, peppers and cloves. It balanced well - nothing seemed
out of place but at the same time I felt it could have been maybe a little
Flavor / Palate - Green apples, cloves, freshly squeezed honey,
caramel, black cherries and both bittersweet and bakerís chocolate. The
mouthfeel was well balanced and smooth. I felt as if it could have possessed
some more texture. The finish was a little lacking as well - despite a
pleasing dry coffee feel I was left wanting more. If the finish were better,
this would be borderline Top 50.
MIBRomeo (2485) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Jason & Matt for sharing.
Deep red hughes gigantic thick creamy ultra firm well laced head w/ visable carbonation. Huge aroma very big and spicy. Tons of dark fruits, figs, toffee, touches of nuts and lots of sweetness. Palate is creamy but a bit thin in body, light and fluffy mouth feel. Flavor is dark fruits plum/fig light toffee some butter an odd off spice that isnít really appealing. Flavor is a bit of a letdown.
hezron (609) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is very strong, with lots of dried figs, wild berries and tons of caramel malt with a touch of smoke. Dark, mostly opaque mahogany brown with a thin, off-white head. Sweet flavor that is loaded with complex malty flavors that include chocolate, dried fruit, licorice, caramel and cigar smoke. Murky and complex. Medium-full body and very creamy. Thanks to the person brought and shared this!
Zeswaft (1336) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My last belgian beer in belgium and if i had my way the last one ever. dark color and one of those sweet bsaís like abaye des rocs brun or whatever.
bluevegie (3041) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
24/05/05. Brugges. Deep dark cherry red with an off-white head. Funky musty aroma. Semi sweet start that stated to get heavier. Quite enjoyed this drop.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - AUG 10, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2007 the american release of this isnít so hot
Pretty good stuff. Pours a chestnut brown with a small head. Aroma is intense spice and fruit. Flavor is the same with a bit of alcohol and much more sweetness than I expected. Mouthfeel isnít as heavy as I expected...or compared to similar brews. Very well balanced and quite a big beer in its own respects.
yngwie (12562) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Clear brown beer with a reddish note. The head is small, creamy and beige, and it lasts for a while. Complex aroma with tobacco, sugar, dried fruits and spices. The alcohol is surprisingly missing. Quite sweet, but indeed pleasant flavor with brown sugar, tobacco, dried fruits, grapes and raisins. Creamy and sweet in the mouth. A beautiful beer I really loved to taste again, and hope to repeat. (060714)
Pailhead (4381) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: Shared by the artist formerly known as wolhfs. I also received one in a trade with Phillip, but unfortunately I dropped that one and it broke. Excellent aroma of dark fruits, yeast, moderate chocolate, licorice, and a hint of alcohol. Pours a dark brown with some orange tine and a small beige head. Lots of dark fruit, residual sugar, chocolate, toffee, and raisin. Flavors really blend well together and incredibley smooth for 10%. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Outstanding!
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to sk8viking for this beer.
This pours an opaque dark brown with a large head that stays around for a while. The flavors are very complex: apples: cinnamon, chocolate, raisns and a few other goodies. Tasty.
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
05 vintage from a 33cl bottle, no government warning on the label, nice! Bottle acquired in a recent trade with Eyedrinkale. Large tan head, excellent retention, laceing is minimal, stringy at times spotty at others. Chestnut brown color, hazy with deep copper colored edging. Nose is rich, fruity apple notes with some coriander and chocolate, spicey. Body is medium with a surprisingly gentle carbonation, a touch oily. Nice. A blend of fruit flavors, orange, apples, raisins meld nicely with the chocolate and caramel flavors, the spices hanging around. A hint of licorice, bready malts and toffee making themselves known. 10% alcohol is nowhere to be found, amazing! Finish is lightly sweet and fruity. A real treat indeed. Thanks Mike! You da f* -->n man!