kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
i could smell this from about three feet away. smells fruity like apricots and peach. has a bit of malt to it as well. mouth feel is creamy at first then gives way to a slight dryness that i really enjoy. pours a light copper color with a large lingering slightly off white head. it leaves little rings of lacing with each sip, wonderful. taste is apricot and peach. kind of sweet which is its only real draw back. gives a slight hint of the alcohol. really pretty good with a cool label as well.
Boutip (5185) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy medium brown ale with a huge head with great retention. Aroma is mix between spices, great malt and strong yeast. Carbonation is excellent and body is above average. Very sweet taste (probably a tad too much) with some subtle raisins in the background. Yeast is very present and may hides a bit of overall taste of this. Alcohol is not detectable which I always appreciate from brewers. Great for the style but still not up there with the greats (Westy, Rochefort, St-Bernadus).
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2005
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2006 This is not a great beer. Very sweet, too much. Syrup aroma. No head. Some bitterness in the end. The alcohol is very well hidden.
Pailhead (5675) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Aroma is malty and fruity with grape and banana. Pours a mostly transparent amber with a white head that has good retention. Decent lacing. Sweet throughout with caramel and raisin. Banana comes in the finish as well as a pretty strong alcohol presence. Leaves a lingering caramel aftertaste.
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful crystal clear orange color. The head is a big-bubbled off-white one. I don’t get a lot out of the aroma. Some apricot/orange fruitiness and Belgian "funkiness", but very subdued. The taste is very smooth, with peaches, apricots, and alcohol mixed with spicy esters. The aftertaste is surprisingly dry for such a high alcohol content. Some bitterness appears too. This is a great beer.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ligt hazy amber color with nice warm glow and medium yellow-beige head. Aroma of malts and caramel malts, orange marmalade, Grand Marnier, milk chocolate, spices and figg chutny. Taste is warm, smooth, caralmely, nutty and has hints of yeast and agrum confit. In the aftherttaste there is touch of alcohol-sweetness, hints of caramel bitternes and a herbal touch of hops.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Glowing amber-ruby-gold. Candi, peaches, apricots. Velvet on my tongue, without the dryness of real velvet. Carbonation is just right, alcohol not apparent at all: well done there--espescially at near 12%. Sweet malty honey and herb finish. This one’s a keeper--better for me than Rochefort 10 any day.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured golden amber with a nice dense off white head...smell is citric and fruity with a hint of alcoholic sweetness...nice fruity taste...alcohol becoming increasingly apparent as it warmed...
Arayaga2 (1905) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2006 Beautifully rounded honey taste gives small alcoholic hints, particularly in the finish. The alcohol is still well hidden for a beer of this type. Quite nice. $8/750ml
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber, huge head. Malty and soft aroma. Butter, toffee, herbs, yeast and caramel in aroma. The flavour is malty as well, lot’s of caramel and toffee in here with tones of herbs and gooseberries. Smooth warming finish. Very well-hidden alcohol.