highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
It took three attempts to get hold of this but by God it was worth the effort. They can bury my worthless carcass now and I would die a happy man. This is nectar. As always with this brewer, it looks superb: a teak colour with amber highlights, a thick suspension of proteins and a lasting 2cm head. The aroma is thick and vinous, with a distinct gingery character. It has some of the Christmas cake characteristics of the Speciale Noel, plus burnt sugar, peppery young shiraz and a hint of oak. Like all the best strong Belgians, it has an aroma that you can lose yourself in for an age before you take that first sip. The mouthfeel is faultless - full and creamy. The initial flavour impression is of raisins and toffee, sweet but not overpowering, before that magnificent late surge of warming alcohol. It has a spicy bitterness in the finish that is never overpowering. Sadly, the ’local’ supplier had just two bottles left and I promised the other to a fellow RateBeerian. What was I thinking? Fool! Enjoy it Aarleks! (33cl bottle, IBS, Perth)
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish-brown with off white head; winelike. Lots of yeast. Creamy mouthfeel leaves a little warmth and a hint of bitterness. In two words: sweet, smooth.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber: Pours orange/amber with large sustaing rocky head. Lots of sediment in this one boys and girls. Aromas are all sorts of Belgian, lots of raisens and bananas, smooth yeast and malts. Flavor is sweet and powerful, burnt caramel and toffee, sugars, warming alcohol.
DYCSoccer17 (3686) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Rudolf. Very apparent aroma of raisins, toffee, bananas, and sweet candy sugars. Mildly peppery aroma as well. Moderately to mostly hazy orange/dark copper color with a khaki colored head. Start is quite sweet and sugary, turning roasty and toffee-like un the middle. Smoke is also present in the middle with more sweetness to finish. Very nice, aggressive, and very drinkable.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle shared with my brother, DYCSoccer17. Murky brown pour with a tan film of a head. Raisin, alcohol, plum are all abundant in the aroma. Nicely smooth, incredibly smooth. Dark fruitiness, yeast presence, silky, sweet. This is probably as close to perfect mouthfeel as there can be. Alcohol is undetectable, even though I detect it in the aroma. Damn great beer.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours brown with a huge tan head and a lot of chunks. Excellent lacing. Very fruity and spicy aroma--plums, nutmeg, some vinous notes. Flavor is sweet and earthy, with fig and a nice hot alcohol finish that, in my opinion, adds to the brew.
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
best best 2006 33cl bottle: i have had this beer in the cellar for about 2 years. pours a deeep amber/mahogany color with little head and a ton of yeast chunks. the aroma is very sweet and fruity. hints of caramel a chocolate. the flavor is strongly of malt/carmael with lots of fruity esters. wine like. tart citrusy fruits. spicey. very smooth creamy mouth feel. very balanced. i wish i could remember what is tasted like before cellaring.
Crit (3949) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque brown with chunks. Lasting large tan head. Great complex nose of plums raisins, brown sugar. Taste has same ingredients,faintly cinnamon, light bitterness, with a medium alcohol heat
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark auburn with a 2 inch head and lots of swirling yeast and sediment, similar to their Grand Cru. Nose was very sweet, tart fruits, caramel, and lots of malt. The Taste was less sweet then I expected but very complex, lots of malts, nutmeg, coriander, charred wood. Loving it. Mouthfeel was not as full as I hoped, but it wasn’t of an issue to make this brew any less then exquisite.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Brad. Pours a strange orange color with a big white head. A dark cloud floats just below the head and above the body. Massive chunks of yeast, protein and other sediment swirl around visciously. The nose is light alcohol, some cranberries, raspberries, caramel, and overall very full with random scents and hues. The taste is not quite as high quality as the nose. There is a bit of alcohol up front and a warming in the throat. Some malt and caramel are present, but the alcohol taste, somewhat of a gin or vodka, is the main flavor absorbed.