jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 49F Trappist Glass. Aroma is very nice and warm, with lots of yeast, grains very bready like smelling freshly ground grains very delicious. Dark golden cloudy colors with accents of red. Reminiscent of a summer sunset. Light white head, that is both frothy and tight, wonderful array of bubbles, nice lacing. Very large taste, very bready, with quite noticible alcohol, no hops or citrus notes to speak of . But the taste is much darker than the appearance fortells. Finishes quite bitter. Decent amount of mouth feel, but still a very noticible warming from the alcohol. Not as tightly carbonated as i would have expected. The alcohol presence is very noticible and I believe it detracts for the beer itself. Not a bad beer, but when aiming for such a big finish the brewers should ensure their is enough of a earlier act to ponder.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Caramel/amber with soft white head. Aroma: grapes (?) and alcohol---but doesnít smell like wine. Flavor is strong---I canít really get over the strong alcohol taste. This is the beer that I usually get at the end of Happy Hour because it does the job quick ;) Canít say Iím terribly thrilled about it though.
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Dark orange with a thick white head. Aroma of fruit, malt, and yeast. Sweet taste, yeasty, alcohol present, underlying wild berry flavor. Palate a bit thick. Not much finish, sweet and alcoholic.
tsp (113) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours reddish golden with stable white head. Sweet delicious beer, with dominant fruity notes (tropical fruits/apples/citrus), alcohol, sweet malts & some spices. Well balanced, and very very nice overall. A real winter warmer!!
EithCubes (4571) - New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 Bottled [in either Belgium or the Netherlands -ed.]. Thick, frothy eggshell head on a cupreous pour. Delicious, almost overpowering grape and mango (and other sweet fruit) aroma. Sweet, syrupy, alcoholic taste. Very sweet, way too much. Warms. None of that desired complexity.
Re-rate, 18 Feb 08, stateside. Huge fruit and caramel nose, quady with plum, raisin, cherry, loads of malt and alcohol . Ruddy pour with a big, creamy, frothy beige head. Taste is overly sweet, nearly cloying, but fat and super, super malty. Sugar and a touch of egg white. Unbalanced with a very gentle touch of industry (metallic grain) and a boring mouthfeel. Probably one of the few 11%+íers Iíd consider chugging - itís good enough to enjoy (as opposed to, say, a fresh 120 IPA), not super harsh, but too simplistic to take slowly. I think, ratings inflation considered, Iíd probably score this higher today [owing maybe to the brewery changeover?], if just for the sheer drinkability/buzz combo [maybe a 3.5?], but the old score just ,feels better. :p
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours golden orange, white head with lots of little bubbles in the head and floating to the top. Fruity aroma, reminds me of cinnamon apples, applesauce and some kind of citrus fruit. More apples when I take my first sip, but reminds me more of red delicious apple skin. There is a slight hint of caramel and spice as well. Initially I really donít notice the 11.5%. I feel this is really drinkable, a little too heavy on the carbonation. This is good.
PorterPounder (5101) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Habersham Beverage Warehouse, Savannah, Ga. - 750 ml corked bottle. Attractive, bright orange pour, bright white wispy head. Aroma of fresh oranges, fruit salad, and faint alcohol greets the nose upon opening. Flavor has elements nectarines, maple syrup, brown sugar and tangerines - delicious. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, excellent - best I have had in a while.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber/orange in color. Decent head. Sweet and a bit of spice. the alcohol is definitely present, but obtrusive. This is a strong one, but rather drinkable.
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ML bottle: Slightly clove and pepper spicy yeast nose at first becomes lightly cigarette butt smoke like mid sniff...strange! Light apricot fruitiness as it warms slightly. Hints of alcohol in the nose as well. Lightly grainy malt and floral hop as well. Well balanced, a slight bit to sweet at first, but finishes a bit semi dry. Crisp finish. Slightly peppery yeast and a bit bready malty flavored throughougt. A bit of herbal hop thrown in for good measure. Lighter body but not watery from higher level of carbonation. However, the mouthfeel is very warming, almost hot, and stings the mouth just a bit on itís way down. Lightly dry in the mouth as well. Above average beer, but a below average Belg. strong for MY palate. Complexities are very subtle and a well made beer, but seems a bit too dry for me as I prefer more malty sweet strongs.
yngwie (12529) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2009 Bottled. Served by the brewer at the beer-fair at the Belgium Embassy in Oslo. Orange beer with a large off-white head. The aroma has alcohol, hops and candi-sugar. Lovely flavor of dried fruits, malt, alcohol and hops. Sweet on the palate. Full body. A real winter ale. Rating: 8-4-8-4-17-4.1. 060328
Bottle, 33cl. Itís a clear, copper-colored beer topped by an off-white head of moderate size. Lacings. Quite lovely aroma, dried fruits, a pleasant alcohol sting, tropical fruits in syrup, semi-dark sugars, hop notes, medium dark steeped malts and some fresh fruits tickle the nose. Itís quite intensely warming in the mouth, but in a lovely vinouse way. Sugars, fruits in both dried, fresh and canned versions, bittering hops, some spicy touch and a hint of fruit caramel too. As the aroma, itís vinous tending towards port. Some peppery notes as well, especially towards the finish. Smooth and silky on the palate, with a good warmth staying there and following the swallow down the throat. Full-bodied, not sticky, even though itís a sweet one. Actually, in the end it feels dry. Lots of alcohol steeped raisins and alcohol in the finish, and a good bitterness trying to combat the malty flavors. The first two sips of it made me think I had rated it way too high last time, but as the glass emptied, I found out I hadnít. This is a beer I would like to have crates of in my cellar, to enjoy through the dark, cold months. 091020