JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber color with scads of fish food. Fruity nose with apricots, currants and grapes. Mild allspice and ginger in the background. Hefty belgian ale qualities from the first quaff. Heavy liquid with just soft release of tiny bubbles to keep it lively.Pale malt start that leads into some serious stuff. Caramel and candi, honey and honeysuckle, fortified wine and figs, and a little herbal/dried flower hops in the backdrop. Alcohol nips at the senses, but never take a bite. Soft, lightly buttery malt sweetness return int the linger. A really nice holiday ale. Not overdone or foreboding. One of the fruitcakes you look forward to having.
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bt. Pale butter cream colored head. Deep, opaque sultana bronzy color. Nose reminds me almost exactly of a big ol back of freshly harvested Chanterelle mushrooms, Apricots and earth. Tastes like biting an underripe peach thats 10 abv.Nice mouthfeel. Not my favorite
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml Bottle: Sweet aroma of malts, spices, yeast, and fruit. Aroma makes me a little nauseous. Poured amber/golden/copper in color with a medium-sized, dense, fizzy, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of many particles of all sizes throughout. Small lacing. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malts, grains, yeast, fruit, herbs, light spices, raw dough, and bread. Medium to full body. Thick, chewy, sticky texture. Average carbonation. Sweet, bready, herbal finish.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden bronze colored ale, with a beautiful head of white creamy foam. Flavor is elegant and well structured, loaded with depth and nuance. Very sweet, well layered and complex, with well concentrated flavors from start to finish. Notes of peach and pear. Elegant mouth fell. Purely Belgian in every way. Wow, wow, wow. STUNNING.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 Little let down here. Nice triple, but not my favorite at all. Pours a dark orange, with an aroma full of yeast and spice. Flavor is nice, notes of light fruit, spice, vanilla, oak. Way too subtle. No real complaints here, just that the price is double what similar beers run.
thornecb (5017) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep chunky gold into a tulip. Offwhite head recedes to skim surface. Apple and pear aromas. Tingly upfront with sour apple turning to a pleasingly viscous apple pie filling. I want another.
Suttree (5685) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Muddy brown, thick beige head. Very fruity aroma - lots of cherry, plum, peach smells. Flavor is also sweet and fruity, but a particularly agreeable sweet flavor. Usually a beer this sweet would be kinda tedious, but i really liked it. As it warms, some pineapple notes emerge, and finally some sage-like notes and a winey finish.
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - DEC 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy lumpy golden with a nice thick vanishing white head. Sweet weak nose. Some spices. Flavours are also quite hidden to be fair, but has a fantastic creamy, velvety palate if cold, quite burning mouthfeel as it warms.
Travlr (17672) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2010 Bottle poured by the man on the label, at the schoolhouse. According to Urbain, tsjeeses "is an expression of stupefaction."
Slightly cloudy amber orange with a white head that settles quickly.
Aroma of stonefruits. Actually, that’s not true, because I don’t know what a stonefruit is, actually.
Flavor starts malty and progresses through spice and dark fruits to a slightly bitter finish.
It was very special to drink this one with the master himself. Thank you Urbain!!!
douglas88 (7586) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle from the Bayou. Pours out a cloudy orange color with a small white head. A very nice aroma of apples, some spices, and a lot of woody notes. The taste was very nice; sort of a warm and mellow brew, citrus flavors, apples, a dry yeasty flavor full of mellow barrel aged aspects. Very enjoyable. As it warmed it was much more flavorful and fruity. Drink it at 12 degrees maybe more. A fizzy mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.