MiP (14454) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2005 Bottle. Dark brown colour, white head. Very malty, but not too sweet. Balanced well by a strong alcohol flavour. Aroma and flavour have a hint of horse or goat, but it suits the beer OK.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burgundy in color with a large healthy white head that laced the glass very well. The head retained well and morphed into a plateau of head that stayed until the last sip. It was quite odd.
The nose, which was one of the issues of this beer, was descent. It showcases dark fruits, nuts, some spices and toasted grains.
Chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and frosting were all around. This was pretty well hopped Belgian as well. However, I found it to be a little to thin in the mouth for it to taste great.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - OCT 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice and dark with lofty crisp champagne head and a little cloudiness. Fresh green apple aroma with musky mature yeasts. Very smooth, mellow malts with a slight apple and prune zing. Carbonation is a matter of perfection. Very clean and very refreshing. Alcohol is not stated but the buzz is appreciated. No bitter quality. No alcohol acridity. No annoying hops. Just natural, liberated, fermented and thuroughly appeciated beer.
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty and vinuous, raisins, alcoholic vapors. Dark red-brown clear with off-white foamy lacing head. Medium-heavy watery body with medium carbonation, carbonic burn. Malty fruity start, raisin, cherry-almond essence, alcohol. Finish has sweetness but the tang of molasses, light acidity. Alcohol. After is cherry-almond sweet, just a little bitter. Decent dubbel.
twid (2) - Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown with a slightly red tint. foamy whitish head. strong yeast scent with some sweeter notes. well carbonated with a sweet, somewhat fruity finish. i really liked it.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours dark cherry, off-white foamy head, super sticky lacing, with fairly strong carbonation. Lovely belgian candi sugar, yeast, and must on the nose. Earth, basement, candi sugar, and a slight dark pitted fruit on the tongue. Good body, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Finishes with a bit more earth, slightly smokey, with a mild sweetness.   Tasty!
hopdog (9854) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Poured a dark Mahogany color with a small off white head. Malty and fruity aroma and tastes. Lightly sweet. Smokey and musty. Alcohol content well hidden. I enjoyed this one.
legion242 (2334) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this right after having an NB Abbey and I can not understand the disparity in ratings- this beer is far superior to the NB. Mouthfeel was far superior, depth was far superior. Far superior indeed.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 27, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark brownish-red, average head that never quite foes away fully. Some vanilla, yeast, faint hints of dark malts. The mouthfeel seems a little bit crusty...this could benefit from some more sharpness of feel, or some more alcohol-sting. Unchallenging and not a good representative of the style.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A sample of one of my favorite styles from an as-yet untried brewer...this is always fun!
Color is a deep, dark, gorgeous red, and the head is a thick, full, frothy off-whitish hue. Aroma: jam-packed with with spice, vanilla, cola nuts. (I can’t shake off a certain similarity to Coca-Cola, as much as I’d like to!)
Lush and luscious mouthfeel, fueled by tingly, sparkling hops. Aflood with earthy, yeasty feeling, and rich, satisfying malt. Just delicious! Tantalizing on the tongue, with flavor fully realized. This little stubby 11.2 oz. bottle depletes far too briefly!