sayravai (4706) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled@Waagstuk) Deep red with a large, lasting and lacy, tanned head. Caramely-roasty aroma with sweetish malt and a hint of alcohol. Slightly acidic and alcoholic flavor. Sweet and roasted-malty. Blackcurrant marmalade! Sweet-syrupy, low-carbonated, medium to full-bodied palate. A full, but quite sweet and slightly alcoholic brew. Warming and barley-wineous.
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had it at Waagstuk, Antwerp. Dark brown to black colour, large off-white head. Sweet malty aroma, Full body and a sweet-scotchlike taste. Light bitter and burned finish. some alcoholic hints. A very good one.
harrisoni (16832) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at t’Waagstak in Antwerp. First beer of the day in this excellent bar in the corner of a square in Antwerp. Very dark reddish brown colour with thick beige head. Intense bruin aroma, some dark fruit. Blackberry/currants, dark choc and dark cherry. More dark fruit in mouth leading to a dry finish. Big on fruits, but enough malt structure to carry it off. I really like this
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at GBBF, August 2005. I’m afraid my notes weren’t too extensive on this one and I’m not sure why because it was quite early in the day. "Dark brownish red. Fruity and chocolatey. Lots of esters. I like it". Not only is it rather too succinct, its almost exactly the same as the commercial description. Oh well. I did like it though.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very fruity, bitter orange aroma with underlying biscuity malts. Translucent copper-brown with low, off-white head that leaves a lasting cover. Big fruitiness with biscuity malt character, fair offsetting bitterness and light notes of alcohol in the finish. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Sampled at GBBF 2005.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (GBBF): Fruity estery aroma. Caramel colour. Medium bodied warming feel. Peppery flavour with some choco notes. Nice
Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sourish, almost sweaty nose. Pretty sweet beer, dark malts, chocolate, burning alcoholic-finish. Unbalanced.
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled @ GBBF 2005: Amber coloured. Hazy. LIght brown head. Fruit, berries and malts in the aroma. Flavour of alcohol, liqourice, malt and chocolate. Is a little thin bodied. Ends on a light sour and grapish note.
diabel (1678) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUL 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Waagstuk, Antwerp, Belgium Fizzy, light brown head, but fully diminishing. Good lace. Murky, amber body. Nose of malts (grain). Lightly sweet, lightly bitter initial flavour. Moderately sweet, moderately bitter finish. Medium bodied.
JorisPPattyn (9242) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUN 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2006 First version brewed at De Proef:
Brewed for the "Stadswaag" in Antwerpen, a nice square (now with lots of pubs) which was once the target of a bomb, dropped by a Zeppelin. Nearly black, but with red-brown shine. Very ample, yellow-brown head. Nose of roasted walnuts, coffee, celery. Sourish taste from the roasted barley, nearly vegetable-fruity. Roasted malt/barley, very few restsugars. Restrained bitterness. Retronasal quite some liquorice. Medium-bodied, strange, as the beer gives a strong stout impression. Slight burning sensation; long roasted aftertaste. A remarkable beer, but it ages fast. A younger sample would have Guinness, Rochefort and even Westvleteren notes. This, slightly older, ventures into Flemish brown territory. Guinness Foreign Extra Stout the Belgian way?
Second version by Van Steenberge (notes as above)
Amber to cardinal red; huge yellowish-amber, dense head, very stable. Sweet vinous nose, fruity, "Mon Chéri" bonbons, portwine, some faraway, sweet malts. Sweet, vinous taste with a distinct roasted tang. Figs’ flavour, some hidden chocolate hints. Extremely thick, viscous beer, creamy, velvety MF, alcohol obvious. Much sweeter than the Proef version. I would be tempted to say "less complex", but in truth, the complexity is on another level. A more sweet one, sadly.