ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2004
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 (7583) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2004
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
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
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
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.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: APR 2, 2005 Pours a hazy deep mahogany with a dense off white head. The head didn’t explode out of the glass like I expected. A fast pour is required. Nice head retention and a thick beautiful lace clings for its life on the glass. Sticky and marvelous!
Incredible aroma! Upon opening the scents fill up the air around you and surround you in a bubble of brilliance. Orange peels throughout the nose with sweet candy, lemon, sour plums, pineapples with alcohol woven in slightly. Now the long anticipated first taste....Here goes.!.!.!.!
Nice soft and sensual flavor. Caramel malt with peppers and spices woven into the first sip. Dark and Tropical fruits in the mid-palate with sour cherries, lemons and raisins. Peppers come back on the finish with some tartness but not sourness, yeast and alcohol.
Rerate: April 1, 2005. Not nearly as good as it used to be, or as good as I thought it used to be. Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Deep amber with a nominal head. Aroma of sweet candied fruit,honey,frut cake. Flavor had so many things going on it made this one hard to pick apart. Candied fruit,mild malt,mild caramel,possibly over ripe peaches,autumn spices. Just so much going on with a nice alcohol warmth. The first couple sips had a somewhat unpleasant finish of cigar wrappings(don’t know where the hell that came from) but it was gone in a couple minutes of being able to breathe.
Not that impressive looking but kudos for the complexity. Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Unclear amber/orange beer with a tall and foamy long lasting lightly tanned head! Aroma is nice and sweet, heavy fruity and light spicy with caramel tones. Also chocolate, raisins, prunes, oranges and apricot in there! Flavor is delicious to the bone! Malty, nutty with sweet toffee notes. Lots of fruit also and some sourness towards the finish. Soft, smooth and very complex and highly tasty!! Hides the 10% well! More please...... Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 22, 2004
UPDATED: APR 12, 2005 rerate #3--Pours a slear amber brown hue with a halo of a tan head. Romas of flral and spice , honey. Flavors are on the sweet side with caramel and roasted malts at the forefront. Fairly dry finishr erate----Pours an amber hue with a frothy off-white head. Aromas of apples yeast and pennies. Flavors of honey, slight yeast with a slight bitterness. -----Pours a deep brown with a reddish tint with a frothy/creamy head that seems like it will never die. LAcing is just as marvelous. Aromas of caramel, grains, with a slight roastiness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with flavors of alcohol and spices....mmmm..... Tastes a little flat....like a bad seal on the cork.... I will rate as is. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Brown/Red Coloring. Good Head. If There Was Spice in the First Abbaye...it Was Because it Stood Behind The Grand Cru....LOT of Black Pepper Here...Good Bite from the Spice/Herbs and the Alcohol is Certianly Noticable. Wouldn’t Drink This All the Time, but Wonderful to Try.