fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
However, dirt brown in color, Struis still maintains a lovely brightness. The aroma is subtle yet predominate of chocolate malt. The flavor and aroma are somewhat earthy lending a nice balance with a soft, slightly bitter finish. The overall balance is excellent.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark burnt amber color fading to dark brown and establishing a thin yet firm khaki layer of froth. Crisp apple pie fumes flow, deeply authentic with a pinch of cinnamon and a subtle sweetness underneath. Apple flesh malt flavors absent all sweetness, a slightly acidic bitterness rides in the background..growing stronger..the apples start to brown, the flesh getting softer, and maltier...the acidic bitterness growing..
TAR (2382) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear strawberry liquid with suspended sandy yeast specks. Thick, sticky, and patchy foam blanket. Very clean aroma of perfume, flower petals, yam, and tin. Sufficient amount of airiness and chalky yeast curb the elegant caramel and juicy, grapey malt undertones. Soft-bodied mouthfeel. Expansive bubbles scrub the palate before turning decadently creamy. Rich, chewy, dusty yeast and rose petals briefly contain the ester outbreak. Stunning interaction between the herbal hops and dusty yeast qualities. Light note of tin comes into play shortly after the sip before the thrusting herbal bitterness. Bright passion fruit and chamomile flavors meld effortlessly with the esters and sweet fruity malt goodness. Closes with earthy hop bitterness, herbal yeast, and just enough sweet, juicy maltiness to balance the dark fruit twang and herb flavors. Bitter herb notes linger in unison with the passion fruit, black currants, and chalky yeast whispers. This is teeming with a soft earthiness that is absolutely addictive, nevermind the fact that the high abv never becomes a distraction and the beautifully modest ester display. What a beer.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer smells great - strawberries and fruits abound! The finish is also quite good - full mouthfeel and nicely balanced bitterness. Many spicy fruits in the flavor as well, and the alcohol is well masked. The flavor is just a tad too thin for my taste, but overall this is a very good beer.
notalush (4456) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an odd bird of a bird (pun intended) - cloudy burnt orange with an attractive, frothy, off-white head - interesting aroma of mustiness, tartness, yeast and some raisin and floral aspects - the flavor is an odd combination of saison-like qualities (earthiness, grass, straw, and a slight tartness) and some fruity vinous qualities (dark fruit, chocolate) - mild sweetness tries to tie the two flavor profiles together, and mostly succeeds - creamy mouthfeel - finishes with a slight bitterness - odd but quite good.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 bottle [best before 4/04]: Deep, hypnotizing red-cedar body . . . gorgeous, tight, slowly falling off tan cream. Huge floral esters, along with strong fruit (sweet red grapes, raisins, plums, and sugar coated figs). Smooth, creamy palate with great fizzy carbonation. Wonderful flavours of buttered popcorn, brown sugar coated raisins, dark cherries, milk chocolate, and great yeast. A stand out for me of the t IJ beers. Wow, I am off to buy another . . .
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chestnut body with a thin, persistent tan head. Plenty of strong, dark fruit in the aroma. Cherry, appple, plum, orange and mango. The body is fairly full and round, with nice prickling on the tongue. The flavors are really pretty nice. The fruit is accompanied by some nice yeast and alcohol (pepper and licorice). This is a well-crafted tasty beer. The best offering from t IJ yet.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - FEB 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber to dark-amber color; creamy magnificent head. Quite poor aroma, soapy; and with some malt. Quite good body, some sweetness (but dryer at the end), malt caramel and liquorice; a touch of vegetables. The final is warm and can't completely hide the alcohol. Thanks Jacob (Lövenlund) for this bottle.
haukur (1127) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very malty brew this is, bitterness
is everywhere, much much better then the
Natte, but still something missing. Very
drinkable dispate it´s 9% ABV and bitterness
argo0 (11079) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky orange brown body topped by small beige head. Aroma is rich, chocolate, nutty, molasses and raisin. Taste is molasses, chocolate, fruity, caramel. Finishes with a floral/herbal bitterness and alcohol warming. Rich full body. Yummy!!