iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 My original glass was enjoyed on one of the most picture perfect days I can remember (4th July 2002): sunny, 70 degrees (F), nice breeze and I was sitting on the patio at the íbrew pubí across the street from St. Sixtus. . . I remember the amazing fruity aromas and robust malt well. I recently sampled another bottle and though the setting was as great, the flavours were just as amazing. . . the aroma has loads of different fruits: ripe pears, bananas, watermelon, and kiwi, as well as freshly cracked nuts, almonds, pecans and deep, full malt. The body has light brown edges that get steadily darker and more red in the middle. What little alcohol is present in the nose is also folded into the complex flavours and velvety palate. Smooth chocolate, strawberries, toasted and buttered sourdough, this is truly a first rate beer!
11.2 oz bottle [22.05.05 on the cap, sampled 4th July 2005]: cloudy beechnut with a modest taupe cream that diminishes significantly, but never fully leavesÖThe palate is actually softer and smoother than I remember, I didnít think it could possibly get better! The flavours a bit dark and more developed than the fresh sample: the alcohol has penetrated each ounce and helped spill more of the nuttiness and fruitiness throughout. I have heard that it is best at 3 years, and after this experience I would tend to agree.
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 18, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Every drink of this brew brought with it new flavors. From nuts to berries to spices, it never ran out. The color seemed odd but that was most likely due to the lighting in the room. I was sad to make it to the bottom of the glass.
EKGoldings (523) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This was a very complex and amazing beer. A lot of different flavors coming at you all at once. Fruit, candy spice and an absolutely velvety mouthfeel. At 10.2%, this is a velvet hammer.
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - SEP 9, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2006 Well, I finally bought the true "King" of beers. 11.2 oz slender, tapered brown bottle. No freshness date seen, but none needed either. Poured out a dark, murky brown color, with hints of ruby around the edges. Had an enormous white head at first, but slid back to a yeasty island on top of the beer. When I poured this beer & got near the bottom of the bottle, I noticed big, brown chunks of yeast coming out, so I eased off on the pour. Aromas right off the bat are of brandy soaked raisins, plums, and other dried fruit. No hop aromas at all. All dried fruit, spices, and sweet caramel malts.
The aromas are very complex & change over time as the beer warms up. Tastes kind of strong at first, then the malts soothe the tongue from the bite of the spicy alcohol. Very malty, very well made beer overall. Finished with a warming effect, and a slight coating of the tongue. I truly wish I could afford more of this nectar.
temporrari (377) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2012 Very interesting. Absolutely gorgeous looking beer. Thick head that dissipates slowly, large bubbles, deep amber color. I canít say that Iím experienced enough to describe the flavor, but it is quite fantastic. Smooth for such high ABV. Alcohol is hidden well. Deserves the high rating. One terrific beer. Wish it was more accessible, and cheaper.
redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A caramel country oak color with a fizzy tan head. Oak aroma with vanilla, lake water, alcohol, roasted malts and pepper. Taste is woody, alcohol, spicey. I thought it was good but was not knocked off my feet by it.
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 27, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2005 Iíve only had one bottle, but it was a great beer. There are others more qualified to describe it, but if I had to describe one of the flavors that jumped out at me, it would be the fruity charactistics that come out. Quite interesting. Now if they would just start serving this on tap at Cletisí Saloon/Topless bar/Bail bonds/Gun store I would never have to go to another place of business...
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep redish burgandy...with a nice supple head. Strong sweet aroma. First taste you get a sweet rich fruit taste...very sweet grape and a little vanilla hint. This is one amazing tasting beer. So smooth each sip can be savored to get the distinctive flavors that run across your tongue leaving you smile and just amazed by this beer!
egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 [3 - 7 year old bottle rating] This immaculate elixir poured a beautiful cloudy brown color with a medium tan head. Roma was that of dark fruits such as grapes and plums. It had a creamy mouthfeel and a sweet vanilla, fruity but at the same time nutty and slightly chocolately taste. Slight alcohol burn as the beer warmed up. Calling this a beer is an understatement, more like heaven!
15 - 20 yrs of age puts this beer past itís peak.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2009 Nice dark ice tea appearance, and some nice cream head topping it off. Smell is sweet with hints of apple and other fruits. Alcohol is almost not apparent in the flavor, which is very balanced. There is the first initial hop taste, then a very complex mouth feel. There is a a bittersweet quality to this one for me however: I finally got to drink it, but I was supposed to drink it with my brother, who is now en route to China...