harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - DEC 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge beige head, quickly disapearing. Dark amber in colour and hazy appearance. Powerful aromas of spicies and a wide range of fruits (cherries, orange peel above all). Tasty, with the same reminiscences of aromas in the mouthfeel. Alcoholic but well balanced and body enough. Nice brew.
TrefwoordPunk (1124) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 33 cl. Pours a muddy brown with a small tan head and an aroma of citrus, orange, brown sugar and coreander. Taste is pretty complex, brown sugar, caramel, honey, spice and carame. A long both hoppy, sweet and mildly sour finish. Nice one
faroeviking (10742) - FAROE ISLANDS - DEC 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Poured in a nice growler glass. Deeep dark brown colour with a nice beige head leaving a very good lacing. The aroma is sweet with spices, roasted malt, dark fruits and liquorice. Very good mouthfeel. The flavour is nicely spiced with a good roasted maltiness, roasted caramel, dark fruits, liquorice, slight smoke. Roasty spiced welllasting finish.
KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet, spicy, sour, dry - a fine Belgian that has it all, including Christmassy spices. Lovely.
cluny6 (115) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a gorgeous dark honey color. Cloudy with lots of yeast present. Good cappuccino like tan head that persists. Sweet, yeasty smell, reminiscent of prunes, dark fruits. Fizzy in the mouth. Flavor is sweet but not too much. Lots of dried dark fruits/molasses. Little bitterness present. Incredibly delicious ale. One of the best Belgian I have tried. A+
Brix (660) - DENMARK - DEC 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 2007-12-08. Fresh bottle, 33cl. Pours thick, hazy, dark brown with small, frothy light brown head. Aroma: Alcohol, yeast, spices, cocoa and banana. Flavours: Very chocolaty! Burned notes but without much bitterness. Very complex and rich. Sweet - maybe too sweet. Very accessible for a beer of this magnitude.
gnoff (10152) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled two bottles side by side. One labeled best before 2007, the other 2010. The older one was insanely much better, both ratings below
BB 2010 (33 cl bottle, thanks rickgordon!)
Muddy shady dark brown color, tan head. Spicy Belgian ale yeast scent. Spicy, Belgian ale yeast taste as well. Spicy aftertaste. Spritzy mouthfeel, medium bitterenss.
It might not have been very fair to rate this side by side with the older one, but interesting though!
2007 (33 cl bottle, thanks ekstedt!)
Muddy shady dark brown color, tan head. Color is a few shades lighter than the 2010 "fresh" version above.
Sweet, spicy and chocolate scent, also lots of nuts. Smooth chocolate and vinous, raissin taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. This is a winner in regards of storing, nice work there!
ekstedt (6681) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2009 Tried a fresh bottle along with a three years old bottle together with some ratebeerians, they were quite different. The fresh version is rated here. Hazy reddish brown with medium beige head. Spicy and perfumy, with dark berries and some sweet liquorice. Medium bodied and smooth. Sweet but decently balanced with a dry edge. Quite complex.
FatPhil (15800) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle (Poirotti Eira, Helsinki)
Ruby red, thin light head. The initial sweet aroma becomes a bit acidic (not vinegar, something else), and like cut grass or hay, maybe fresh asparagas. Some rubber burntness. Taste is sharp and rich, but on swallowing it’s pure gravy, rich and beefy. Some soy sauce too. Confusing range of different tastes. Most were very nice, but I don’t expect them all in the same glass.
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - NOV 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Garrafa. Coloração âmbar escura/avermelhada. Creme bege razoável. Notas de café, torrefação, nozes e amêndoas. Presença de sedimentos grandes no fundo. Carbonatação média. Encorpada. Creme denso, mas não persistente. Final levemente seco e amargo.