tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001 Vintage: Sour cherries, light pleasant vinegary note to the generally sweet and sugary aroma. Opaque tan-brown with decent and lasting cover of off-white head. Burnt brown sugar, cooked balsamic flavours with mild fruitiness of mixed berries and cherries. Some hints of alcohol peeking through the fair spiciness. Medium body with gentle, soft but engaging carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier and Rastacouere.
Rastacouere (6123) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2001, first batch. Muddy brown, light off-white cover. Very fruity nose containing a dense creamed berries flavor topped over by fresh bananas, blueberries, cherries etc. Interesting sour hint, mostly fruity. More fruits come out as it warms, notably peaches. Extremely sweet, cream soda level, yet in the genre, this is fun and works well. Just as fruity taste, pie-like, an alcoholic meringous to my senses. Sugary whipped cream strawberries. Very creamy palate enhanced by very light carbonation. Understated spiciness all throughout, I couldn’t name one, I could feel many. Long sweet aftertaste. A big candy. Nice treat, gracias to New York babblers Bill and Warren.
MartinT (7760) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2001 vintage in 2005; Thanks Warren and Bill!!):
Plump sweet and sour cherries give their complexity to the citrusy and dessert-y spices. Alcohol reminds of the potency of this brew, but never attacks or worries.
Yeast floats abundantly within the alcoholic fruit salad, as burnt sugar and cake wafts create interest. Citrus acidity induces curiosity and pleases the palate.
An unpretentious yet creative arrangement beautifies the Christmas fireplace.
rauchbier (3596) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap, at Essen Kerstbierfestival 2004. Muddy orange brown, no head and minimal condition. Very sweet aromas of honey and caramel with some traces of malt. Syrupy sweet wort and honey mix in the mouth and linger into the finish. Not fully fermented.
caesar (4957) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very cloudy brown color, medium brownish head. Aroma of roasted malts, heavy licorice, some coffee, very spicy of things like candy sugar. Sweet thick malty taste, very spicy. Alcohol is not too overwhelming. Heavy on the stomach. Heavy is the key-word...
skortila (4436) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is malty, strong, quite spicy and some licorice. Hazy, dark brown coloured with a lasting, off-white head. Taste is massive, malty, quite spicy, sugar, some licorice and some fruits. Well bodied. I liked the brew.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very sweet, yes. But very very well made - heavenly bready and like pudding - tastes of some bark and leafiness. Soft pine or perhaps balsa wood. Delicious, even though sweeter than I prefer. Deeply *natural*, I guess that’s the word.
Liberty (52) - Stompwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer is much too sweet. No carbonation, because of problem with the fermentation, so therefore a lot of sugars left in the beer. Overall not bad, but too sweet for my taste. Very recommendable beer! Tasted at the “kertbierfestival” Essen, Belgium, organised by ober. www.ober.be.
MiP (13535) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2005 Bottle. Red/brown colour, NO head. Fresh, fruity aroma. Quite strong, very malty flavour, reminding me of super-strength lager (not positive). A bit aggressive on the malt, but maybe not too bad.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Quite a beast. Very sweet and rich, with a big hit of warming alcohol. Plums, candy sugar, some brandy and apple, a little sticky, and perhaps a little too much for me, some good flavours in there, but perhaps it was a little too sweet, with a touch too much alcohol showing.