Dongster (15) - DeKalb, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Beautiful looking beer with a wonderfully complex aroma. Pours dark with good legs (we had it in a snifter). Quite tasty with dark body and a slightly sharp finish for what the aging would suggest. Iíd buy it again for about $20, not the $40 they charge. ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2006
Cloudy deep amber with a nice foamy off white head. malty and carmel sweet aroma, notes of alcohol and perfume. Malty and sweet flavor, light toffee notes without ever getting cloying. Alcohol and perfume notes in the finish. Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Bottle. Aroma of apple,caramel and some spice. Poured a hazen golden with a nice foamy head. Flavor was good more apple than anything a tinge of caramel not much to note from the barrel aging. I suspect it may have been better to cellar this as the alcohol made this hotter than it had to be. Palate was good and the finish was relatively clean. Overall, good, however the price really wasnít justified. Oh well,live and learn bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Aroma is similar to many triples with a hint of spice and alcohol.
Pours a cloudy amber with a head full of the tiniest bubbles.
Fllavors include spice and a woddy taste. All of which is slightly overpowered by the alcohol flavors. A nice warmth from the alcohol as you drink it. Leaves a pleasant yeasty/ malty taste on the tongue. A good beer for sure, but I donít think itís worth the $40.00 a bottle price. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Buddy Andy (Landseers) shares many good beers with me and the C-U Beer Club. This was one. Even if I didnít care for it as much as others he provided, it was easy to recognize its quality. This golden amber brew nestled under a huge fizzy head. The aroma was tart cherries, anise, some caramel notes, cognac, and oak. Lots of carbonation and a warm feel in the mouth. There was a tinge of saltiness in the taste but that didnít distract from the fruity flavor and warm alcohol feel as it was swallowed.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Pours a dark and cloudy amber with a massive head. Complex nose with tons of citrus along with some alcohol, straw, and grassy notes. Funny citrus flavor with lots of sweet and burning alcohol and bread like notes. Decent stuff but way overpriced. TBone (17442) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2006
BottledRooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
My first rating in 2006!
Hazy nut brown color with shades of orange. Big off-white head. Personal aroma: barnyard, yeast, oak barrel and chocolate box plus lemon. Liquerish palate, medium to full bodied. Citric acid bitterness, malty, kind of herbal flavor, alcoholic as expected. Long warming aftertaste. Complex but not so enjoyable as I expected.
The aroma is a plethora scents: the sour smell of citric acid is the first to grab the nose; then comes the smell of yeast; and protruding from the background is a chalky lemon fragrance. It is a cloudy dark maize colored solution that doesnít produce much of a head. This beer is dry, bitter and sour. It has the taste of rotten oak. It leaves the mouth in a very sour and dry disposition. Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Sampled at the monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club, courtesy of Andy. Thanks. Sampled side by side with Scaldis Noel, which I liked quite a bit more. Lots of grass, hay, and wheat notes on the nose meet up with more of the same on the palate. Combines with vanilla and toasty oak from the wood, and green apple and carmelized sugar. Complex, but not overwhelming. Maybe a few more years of age and this will all end up well. bigbeersrule (113) - USA - DEC 28, 2005
I shared a bottle of this with a friend the other day after reading some good reviews of it to celebrate Xmas. At $40 a bottle it isnít one to drink all the time. The beer had all the Belgian character that I expected. I was a little surprised that more of the oak didnít come through in the flavor but still I imagine it was like stepping back into the past as this was made the way Belgian beers were made long ago before stainless steel tanks were around. That was my biggest knock on the beer since I wanted more oak barrel flavor. The beer was a medium brown color with some faint red hues. Aroma was characteristically Belgian. Taste was smooth. We let the bottle warm up but probably not enough because the last few sips we had that had warmed up even more really made the great flavor stand out. Bought a second bottle for New Years eve and am really looking forward to it..