brokensail (12022) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A dark amber color with a little extra dose of brown. Sort of oxidized at this point, but nice cherry and caramel aromas. A bit of brown sugar and toffee, maybe a slight roast. Too much cardboard for my tastes, though. The flavor is similarly old and oxidized. Prunes, plums, and cherries give a decent fruit character and there is a lot of sugary sweetness to it as well. Still canít quite escape the cardboard.
Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate, cherry, coffee, banana bread, grape, pancakes and roasted malt. Hints of brandy. Elegant concoction from two wizard brewers. Nice, warming finish that lingers. I expected more tartness from the brett. Reminds me of Ommegang Seduction.
mnoud (290) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle in Ommegang glass. Pours dark brown and mostly opaque. Thick foamy tan head dissipates slowly and laces the sides. Aroma is inviting, not overtly "Belgian yeast-y", a little hint of the cherry. Taste is definitely a bit on the sour side. Not overtly "I sucked a lemon" sour but itís definitely there, a lack of (possibly) expected Belgian malty sweetness, and a sour aftertaste. Not bad, but not something I am really enjoying.
kopher (592) - New York, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
toasty aroma with dark fruit and chocolate and hay and a slight funk. a bit of alcohol and more cherry as it warms. low carbonation and silky but also a bit gritty. looks like coke with dark beige foamy head. mellow sweetness and slightly dark with alcohol warmth. a delicious treat.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A mix of sweet chocolaty malts and sweet cherries. Sounds better than it tastes. Good but not very good.
How: Bottle 750ml. Combination of notes from a fresh bottle shared at a tasting and a bottle I drank with a over one year of age on it
The look: Very dark brown body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is chocolaty, maraschino cherries, nutty toastinessÖ smells like a smashed Cherry Blossomô. Taste is a strong mix of creamy chocolate cake, oaky sourness, uber-sweet maraschino cherries, light notes of vanilla, pineapples-like fruitiness. My notes from a fresh bottles say the flavors were not very cohesive and it felt like if Van Twee was a few few beers mixed together. My aged bottle showed a better cohesiveness of the various flavor elements but the refreshing fruitiness (cherries and pineapples) were more subdued and I was bothered by a high sweetness sensation that I didnít note with a fresh bottle. I didnít find it any better now than when it was fresh, it is just a bit different and I havenít changed my score from my paper notes. Everyday I try drink fresh and aged beers and get surprising results and then enter ratings on ratebeer. Forest Gump was right, life is like a box chocolate, in that I donít have a box of chocolate.
portableparty (1979) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle cork shows a stamp that says Bells 01. Pours dark brown black with a nice tight soapy khaki head that dissipates to a foamy thin film and spotty lacing. Aroma is cherries and wood with a chocolate malt and some raisins. Taste is spice cherries and wood with a chocolate malt and raisins. Palate is full well carbonated and chalky dry finish. Really awesome brew with me wanting more as it warms. Want to pick up another bottle for sure!
drpimento (2319) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured this fresh out of the fridge and a little cold. Got a huge, foamy, very frothy, textured light tan head that slowly settled and an amazing amount of very fine lace that totally enclosed the glass. Color is an almost opaque black brown except in the very thinnest part of the glass it seems to be a clear mahoganey. Flavorís similar in many ways to nose, but not nearly as good. At first it starts out wonderful with tart cherry flavored dark malt, but then thereís a metallic flavor and some other off tastes. Body is good and carbonation started out good but then quickly goes kind of flat. Finish is like flavor ( and, I walked away from the beer for a while, which rounded & smoothed it out, plus seems to have eliminated the metallic part), understated, although heavier in bitterness than anything else. Not bad, not a hug fan. Proly good to cook with.
rougeau13 (2081) - Richmond, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown with a small, nicely lacing, beige head that fades to a ring quickly. Aroma of cherries, other fruit including sour apple and raisin, chocolate, spice and a little alcohol and sugar. Taste is sweet and sour fruit and sweet malt with some spice and a mild bitterness at the end. The body is medium-full, with very mild carbonation and a substantial dryness.
glennmastrange (2362) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Moderate malt notes of dark bread and milk chocolate, perfume and cooked orange for the hops, light soap for the yeast, with fig, dried cherry, alspice and boozy-alcohol in the background. Head is small, creamy with larger bubbles, light brown with good lacing and is mostly diminshing. Color is dark brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly bittersweet and acidic. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a soft carbonation. There is a whole lot of of everything that belongs in a Belgian Strong Ale in this one. Great bold aromas and flavors that play nicely with each other.
Guerde (1194) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle, says Bell 01 on the cork, not sure if thatís indicative of the batch) Pours black with some ruby highlights on the bottom of the glass and a large tan head that leaves behind good lacing. Aroma is pretty interesting with plenty of cherry showing up, chocolate intertwined, and a pleasant base of funk with spikes of pineapple and mint. Brett is certainly present here, and itís matching up well with the chocolate and cherry. I do get some banana too, as it pops in from time to time between the more dominant cherry, funk, and chocolate. It actually matches up quite well with the chocolate. I also get a smell of pancake batter, which just ratchets up the complexity. Gooseberry is a good call in the description, as itís certainly here in spades with more warming. Further warming yields some soy sauce. This is a really unique beer, and one of the more aromatically complex that Iíve drank in awhile.
Flavor is a little more straightforward, but itís definitely pleasant, with plenty of tart cherry perfectly counterbalanced by a smooth chocolate flavor followed by even roasted malt and light roasted coffee. Thereís a decent amount of earthy and cheesy funk on the finish, and it fits in well with the roasted malt. Lingering cherry skin tartness on the finish as well that is synced with light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is quite lively. Overall this was a surprisingly good beer that is fit for sipping and contemplating.