Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber, pured amber with red highlights. Tan head with loads of lacing,. Damn, nose smells great. Sweet fruity, candy, chocolate, and of course, yeast. The taste was as the nose, with some sourness to balnce the sweet. Very good finish and linger after taste. Excellent.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A bubbly brown with a thick tan head. Malty sweet aroma. Taste like sweet. A very long and warming finish. An excellent beer.
GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep garnet pour underneath a tremendous light brown moonscape head with full curtains of lacing. Milder than expected aroma of malt, chocolate covered cherries, candy cane and yeast. Complex dance of flavors layered one atop another all centered around a sweet malty base with candied dark fruits, grapes, oak and biscuit. Mouthfeel very creamy with a long sweet finish. Only drawback for me was a slightly sour and musty note when sipping through the head before allowing it to settle a bit. Overall, an excellent Belgian Strong that compares well with Chimay Blue.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml. bottle. Can’t believe I’ve never had this before. Cloudy brown color with a large tan head. Sweet malty aroma with lots of dark fruits, brown sugar and baked bread. Flavor of dark dried fruits, caramel and nicely roasted malt.
Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cl bottle from 1999. Pours hazy brown, huge head that lasts forever. At the end there is a huge amount of giant floaties. Molasses, sugar, spices, dark fruits in the aroma. Taste is sweet, notes of ’speculaas’ (cookies), nuts, fudge. Very good beer, but the floaties are a restraint.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to DOUGSHOEMAKER for hooking me up with this baby! Cheers!
Pours a dark brown body, cloudy with lots of sediment. Head is foamy, beige, and lasts a while. Some nice lacing. Aromas are mint, fruit, bread, molasses. Taste is caramel, minty, grassy, sour at times. I am having difficulty rating the complexity of this brew. One of my favourite BSA for sure. Thanks again DOUG!
racerx5170 (3) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2005 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had it for the first time recently (06/05) Was pleasantly suprised. Why I like the other from the brewery this had that little extra taste.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown with a fluffy tan head that overblew the 750ml bottle before I could get the cap off! Many floaters all over in this one. Aroma is of caramel, some apples and other fruits, and yeast. Flavor is somewhat sour like green apples upfront. Yeast and spices can also be found in the flavor. Palate is fantastic. A great smooth mouthfeel coats the mouth and makes this delicious. No alcohol can be detected and it leaves you with a nice brown sugar sweet aftertaste.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy rose/brown in color with a copiously foamy and creamy head that’s 1/4" thick. Aroma unfolds cloves, bananas, vanilla, pepper and lemon zest, with a dusty nutshell reminder interjecting its presence from time to time. Slight whiff of alcohol, caramelized pecans and brown sugar. Slippery glide down the shoot, revealing caramel, pistachio, chocolaty toffee and butterscotch. Mild pepper and coriander on the backend. Rich and abundantly sweet. Mild cigar wrapper and dried cherry finish with a rustic nutty aftertaste.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
06.24.05 750ml bottle, drink by 2008. The pour is a hazy burgundy brown, much lighter than I expected for some reason. The bottle was a very slight gusher and the head filled half of my Duvel glass. I was anxious to try this beer that has somehow eluded me for so many years, so I took a sip of very cold beer through the foam. Big mistake as it was all mineral, vinous, and harshly dry. Once it warmed to a more reasonable temp, I got down to enjoying the beer. Very mild aromas, much moreso than I thought I’d find from such a highly regarded brew. Some butterscotch, fig, honey, sweet tea, dried orange rind, mild cocoa bitter-sweetness. Nice balance all around and yet perceptively complex. Most everyone should find something to like in a beer like this, but nothing for me really stands out as exceptional. I bet I’d like it better if it was older.