badgerben (4253) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/red color with a medium head. Very strong malt aroma with a pinch of nut at the end. The taste is more of the same: strong sweet malt up front with some walnut for a finish. This seemed more like a type of Brown Ale than an Abbey, but still pretty tasty.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brownish with Light Tints of Red Coloring with Creamy Tan Head. Sweet Malt and Fruit Aroma. First Impression was That it Was Sweet, Lightly Rich and Quite Drinkable. Agreeably Hard to Put it Squarely in the Belgian Category. Sweet Malt, Grapey, Fruity with Some Grains/Hops in There as Well. Tried Two Pints and the Second on a Different Occassion Was Much More Grainy/Hoppy at the Ending and Not as Enjoyable as the First. Overall Should be Nice ,Sweet and Balanced ....a Beer ;)
JK (3966) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Doesnít fit very well into any style, does it? The dubbel was a good call. I did get a dubbel taste but only for a few seconds. Sweet aroma, sweet taste. Rich. There is minimal fruit, but the sweetness seems to be from sugar.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hard brew to pin down, so forgive me if the stylistic designation is off...Iím not sure what exactly makes it in the Belgian mode, some of the malts may hail from there (?), but it doesnít taste exactly like anything...like a sweeter, lighter abbey dubbel? As it is, the brew was made in honor of bartender Andyís upcoming daughter Abigail...itís a beautiful brew, as Iím sure sheíll be a beautiful child. Well, letís crack this growler and find out for sure (Iíve had 3 or 4 pints at the pub, but can I trust my memory?)
Clear dark crimson color, caramel-y, with a nice layer of creamy foam above.
Sweetness dominate the aroma, malt, rich, fruity a bit, but mostly grain. bright, plums, grapes, cherries...nice. very well-balanced, extremely intelligently put together. Every time I savored one at my stool at the bar, I wondered where it stood among Belgian styles. Well, screw that. Doesnít fit this or that, who gives a diddly...damned tasty beer, with Belgian ingredients and a nod to that taste.
I canít shake it...it tastes so nice, itís not too strong, itís not too hoppy, not too malty, just about right, for being utterly unclassify-able. Iím sure this beers namesake will be just as sui generis, and just as sweet.