TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Pours neatly with little to no head.What is there is pearly and white.Pale golden in color, a little hazey. Nose is blatent with bourbon, not exactly appealing(But the taste is well worth it!) While I don’t like the smell of boubon or whiskey, I do enjoy the flavor. This is well balanced and mature. Fruity belgian flavors whisp around a robust bourbon flavor. An absolute pleasure to drink. cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2005
September 2004, 9.5% alcohol. Golden, with a frothy, rocky head that dissipates rather quickly. Aged in my china hutch/beer cellar for the last year- typical triple aromas, I don’t detect the strong oak and bourbon notes that others have, they are there, but not out there. I didn’t taste it when it was bottled, but this is a nice, balanced triple with well integrated flavors and a smooth, rich finish. This is a fine ale- and highly recomended. jzzbassman (1634) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Thanks to my Secret Santa dhlesq for this treat.
Poured a yellow gold with a medium head that left nice lacing. The aroma was of alcohol and a lemon cake. Bracing hit of alcohol, maybe a touch hot, but with a nice flavor of spicy and citric fruit. A strange flavor in the middle that reminded me of Orange Triaminic cough syrup.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2005
750 mL bottle, corked and caged (December ’04 bottling, sampled December ‘05): hazed apricot with streaming bubbles into a full, starched white small bubbled foam. Vanilla bean and wheat yeast aroma, with an icing freshness. An alcohol essence flows out as it warms, tingling the nose. Sweet fruity flavours: pears, strawberries, mangos and pineapple. Warming, yeasty alcohol coats the mouth with biscuity, vanilla malts round and combine the flavours nicely. This one was way more refined and subtle than I expected the oaky character really comes out and the bourbon is completely left behind; I believe that the year in the bottle really did nice things to this one. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Bottled July 2005 (I have no patience): I love the idea of a Belgian strong aged in a sour mash barrel. Two of my favorites neatly blended together. Hazy straw body with a nifty head that vanished when I blinked, the nose is a lightly bourboned toffee with traces of vanilla, smokey wood, and a light floral scent. (I’m not sure where that last one came from, but it’s too cold here in Chicagoland today for me to have picked that up from elsewhere.) The mouthfeel is both creamy and oily, and a little bit warm. The flavor is a buttery toffee, light fruits, Jim Beam, yeast, and a hot spiciness. The finish is warm, mildly sweet, and highly spirited. This is a damned fine beer.
Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2005
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February ’05 bottling (a batch of 290 cases), listing 11% abv. Hazy dirty yellow, dense white head. Musty, woody, bourbon aroma, with a lot of alcohol. The flavor has a bit of coriander and banana, more alcohol, strong bourbon. Dry, with a great palate that is a mix of carbonation and alcohol tingle. I can’t say I really wanted to drink a whole bottle--it’s too intense--but it was Thanksgiving 2005 and my wife just had a wine-glass full. It is an extremely flavorful and aromatic beer, thanks in part to the alcohol, and while it is curious (of course), it is also highly enjoyable. I found that it was great for a long-sitting, being as easy-sipping cold and freshly opened as it was close to room temperature and nearly two hours later. sledmilki (1) - USA - NOV 22, 2005 does not count
Draft pour September 2005. Milkier amber color. Aroma of almost pure vanilla extract. Vanilla again on palte with medium body. Further in, a bit of molasses and banana (?!). Not too oaky. Long finish. Almost a wine-like one. Preferable, in 750ml bottle though. Ratman197 (14852) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
750ml bottle 2004 vintage poured a clear golden amber with a small white head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, and carmel. Palate was light bodied but slightly syrupy. Flavors of light bourbon, carmel and vanilla with a sweet lingering finish. jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Perfumy nose, golden brown color. A whiskey-like component that is interesting and enjoyable. The wood, which plays rather nicely with the dry, spicy character of the beer, does detract form the overall complexity of the beer. This goes down fairly easy, which makes it a bit dangerous. So...over all....Nice : ) Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Sample courtesy of Silphium. Pours medium gold with big white head, fades to film. Huge alcohol burn up front, lots of bourbon. Whew! Flavor the same just a huge alcohol and bourbon kick. This burns. Not much going on besides that.