drfabulous (8563) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2012
750 from Bruisin Ales. Malty. Raisin. Dried fruit. Yeasty a bit. The sweetness comes through. Nice. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2011
750, corked and baled. The usual Boulevard workout comes in removing the cork--you don’t really have to be a competitive powerlifter to uncork one of these bottles, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt. Pours a murky, grainy dark brown with a dense and creamy, surging tan head that falls quickly away to loose suds around the edge of the glass. Big sweet gingerbread house nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Brown bread, molasses, and gingerbread cookie/holiday cookie spice on the mid palate. Mild clovey/spicy finish. Appealing but rather reserved and overbalanced in favor of the sweet. Ernest (7815) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Head is initially large, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is medium to dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain/nuts, caramel), lightly hoppy (herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of gum/banana, clove, orange peel, coriander.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Pleasant aroma and appearance. The spices push the finishing bitterness a little over the top, making it a little grating on the tongue. Watery and thin for its weight, but not really quaffable due to the alcohol. Pretty solid but nothing special. Although admittedly it’s pretty rare for this style to impress me.AirForceHops (7793) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Earlier Rating: 5/3/2006 Total Score: 3.3
Draught, Avery Strong Ale Fest 2006.
Head is mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted bread, nuts), with notes of clove, banana, sage/rosemary, and alcohol.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Nifty aroma with some apparent dried herb spicing, but as with the saison the mouth experience doesn’t quite live up to the nose’s portent. Pretty good.
750 ml bottle purchased @ Table and Vine, West Springfield, MA. Red color with deep brown highlights. Nose is nothing but light sweet yeast. The flavor doesn’t impress me. Light caramel, maybe molasses, not overly sweet. Lots of Belgium yeast throughout the sip. Light dry, spicy finish. It’s an ok brew. A tad above average. I may have built this up in my head a bit. Only my second beer from this brewery. Shared this bottle with LiteWait. Strykzone (7624) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Tulip at Bigelo’s. This poured dark brown and was opaque. A smallish tan head. The nose was fruity, malty, and had yeast. The first thing noticed in the taste was the alcohol. This is hot and it is not hidden. It would have been a better beer without that but it is to style. Nice malt, sugar, yeast, and fruit flavors. Mild bitterness. Too hot for me but not a bad beer at all.
Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Poured clear, honeyed, medium orange with a creamy cap of soft yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up toasted green raisins, toffee, and figs surrounded by cinnamon, anise, and fresh vanilla bean.. lovely floral and citrusy hops accented.. warm and inviting. The flavor opened with some tanginess from a combo of hops, anise, and black pepper.. fig, raisin, and molasses sweetness backed it up.. complementary bitterness around.. more spices on the finish in the form of cinnamon, nutmeg, and anise. Medium-bodied with creamy carbonation on the palate.. spices and hops were quite complementary.. warm finish. Excellent, excellent beer! Iphonephan (7263) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2013
From a 75 cl bottle shared in Avon, NC. Pours a hazy brownish amber with an ecru head. Aroma of caramel and cinnamon. Flavors herbal flavors with a touch of licorice. Medium bodied, highly carbonated, crisp and effervescent finish. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2011
750 ml from Binnys (Naperville, IL) split with the missus over making Sunday dinner. Pours a luscious brownish copper pour, good fiery orange red edges and bottom, healthy haze and a frothy beige head sits atop and cakes well, leaving a nice layer and good lacing. Aromas are coriander right off the bat, cool mellow spice growing into toffee and caramel, some touches of cinnamon, fruity estery banana, some brown sugar, and bready yeast spice. A touch of anise, but nothing overbearing (from a spice that easily becomes so for me) and a gentle touch of orange. Initial is medium bodied, offering a spicy front. Coriander and anise, touches of bready and Belgian spice. Middle throws some of that sweet estery fruit, caramel, toffee, and biscuits. Touches of brown sugar, faint cinnamon. Finish brings the spices back into the fold, taking over with anise and coriander, a strange pair in my book. Some dryness, with lingering spice that gets a bit dominant (But I wouldn’t say really strong, just definitely becoming the focus). Overall, this isn’t quite my thing.. getting away from the dark fruit and brown sugar/sweeter malt feel I like in my Dubbel and making this a spicy bomb kind of. Ok. But nothing I’d buy again and one of my least favorite Smokestack beers. Looks beautiful. Smell is good, taste slacks for me and the whole experience is subpar as far as how the flavors work in harmony. Meh. wlajwl (7063) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Dark fruit and raspberry in the aroma. The flavor is malty and the aforementioned dark fruit, with some alcohol in the finish. Among the best American interpretations of the style.