footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle 750 ml. Mahogany brown. medium tan head. Nicely rounded malty sweetness with hoppy bitterness. Definitely need to try again.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked thisup to celebrate my new job. Tasty beer, but nothing all that special. It will do for this evening though.
omhper (24092) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2004 Bottled. Cloudy amber, small head. Dryish and almondy upfront, sweeter in the finish. Rich in flavour, lighter in mouthfeel then expected. Lightly yeasty, some caramel, very complex and well balanced.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a reddish brown with a slight layer of tan foam.Nose is sweet like a toffee and dark fruit confection.Taste is the same as the aroma.I get the sweetness taste of caramel,toffee and still not sweet in a sickenly way.Nicely rounded out with the taste of dark fruit dates maybe figs??I also liked the body of this, thick but not like a heavy Impy but not like some watery pilsner.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yeasty, sweet, malty and musty. Monsterous head. Aroma of apples and pears. Nice ruby brown glow, biege head and ample floaties. Good stuff, but not Great. I expected more.
ElGaucho (2394) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My first ever taste of this brew was on tap at the Blue Nile in Minneapolis. A buddy of mine actually ordered it, so I only got a single sip. I didn’t really know about it then, and the tapper was actually a hand written note over somebody else’s tap handle, so my impression was that it might be a home brew. Anyway, not having had a large enough sample size the first time, I bought a bottle recently. I had a preconceived notion that it would be overly carbonated, thin and tinny. None of these were the case. Rich, molasses, Beligian aroma with a good alcohol presence. Sweet. Some olfactory notes similar to a German weissbier. Excellent aroma. Dark, reddish amber in color with a huge, billowy, off-white head. Excellent lace. Tons of large chunky particalia, which may have been exasserbated by my having stored the large bottle on its side in my fridge. The particalia was a little scary, as most of the time I have drunk something with floaties like this it was bad. Not this time. Although I could occasionally feel the floaties pass my lips, which was a little ishy, once in my mouth, that sensation was lost. Caramel notes pervade on the tongue. Softly carbonated. Good alcohol presence, but doesn’t taste anything close to its 10%. Very drinkable and perfectly balanced. Outstanding.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Attractive coppery colour. This is a powerful beast and the alcohol makes its presence felt with some volatility in then aroma and an afterburn on the way down. In between there plummy fruit, candied orange peel, resiny hops and some burnt treacly caramel. Although there’s obvious sweetness, there’s its not too cloying. Impressive. Bottled at Bedford Beer Festival 2004.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This Abbaye makes the best fucking beers!!! Orange colour with a tall and foamy long lasting lightly tanned head (right to the end like a good de rocs)! Aroma is fruity and spiced with an infusion of chocolate, raisins, prunes, oranges and apricot. Palate is Malty, nuts and toffee with passion fruits and a tad of sourness towards the finish. Seriously, this is a beer that should convert even the staunchiest anti-beer afficianados.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled - Bedford Beer Festival. 75cl bottled shared between the gathering. A wonderful moussey aroma with tons of spicy fruits, berries and currants. A mid brown colour. The taste is typically AdR with tons of alcohol but some challenging ’meat and veg’ type flavours. Very complex and obviously well brewed but there is something that I just cannot grasp about it.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2004 Bottle conditioned at Bedford Beer Festival 2004, Wednesday Beautiful elixir, so sweet and spicy, dried fruit also. So rich and and complex in flavour.